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Faux Out! Unreal Cakes Hit the Sweet Spot

We’re sharing some beautiful (and exclusive!) inspirational photos for this rapidly rising fabri-caked trend.

Most couples-to-be have heard of the time-honored tradition of saving the cake topper for a freezer shelf, then defrosting and devouring it a year later for their first anniversary.  But what if you were able to preserve and enjoy your entire wedding cake?  Perhaps not in an edible fashion, but certainly for its artistic appeal.  Have we piqued your interest?
Enter faux cakes.  Though they aren’t new on the scene, they’re quickly gaining even more popularity.  “I have not done a ‘real’ wedding cake in many years,” says Jordan. “There are so many benefits to presenting a faux cake in my opinion.  Believe it or not, the wedding cake can be a keepsake!   Yes, a big one—but it is fun to have it on display in your home for the first year. Why not?!”

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Perks to having a fictitious cake include several major advantages, one of the most important being complete creative freedom. The cake designers don’t have to worry about utilizing aspects that aren’t edible.  “You also do not have to worry about guests having any issues with it when eating it—like fondant, for example,” explains Jordan.  “Many guests do not like the thickness of fondant and they tend to peel it off.  Well, when they peel it off, guess what?  There goes the buttercream icing with it, which is the best part of the cake!”
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Pretty, perfectly cut slices of cake also make the highlight reel.  When the catering team is divvying up a sheet cake behind the scenes at the reception—versus wrangling pieces of cake from an intricately designed dessert—the results are beautiful slices served neat and tidy.  This also means there’s no delay between the cake cutting and guests being able to enjoy their own piece.  As soon as the newlyweds have completed their formalities, dessert is served!  And yes, there’s still a cake cutting even if it’s a faux cake.  “When the bride and groom cut the cake, we place in a real slice so that you still get your yummy cake and beautiful pics!” says Jordan.  “I always vote to place the real slice in the back right on the second tier from the bottom, depending on the cake’s height.”

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Wedding cakes are often like investment pieces.  Similar to commissioning a custom work of art, but instead a cake is eventually cut up and devoured.  With the faux approach, the cake can be displayed for the entire evening—talk about some eye candy!—and the room isn’t left with an empty space when the cake is normally taken away.
From having a gorgeous dessert on display throughout the event or to simply have a major memento from the Big Day, one thing’s for sure:  These stunning faux confections quite literally take the cake!