Fabulous Floral Wedding Cakes
Garden-themed wedding cakes are the perfect union of sugar, flour and flowers.
“Garden themes on cakes are timeless,” says Graham Haddock, owner of Cakes by Graham in Richmond, Virginia. “Today ‘a garden theme’ doesn’t necessarily mean a picket fence like it used to. There are so many different ways to incorporate gardens into your wedding cake; it just takes a little imagination.”
In his 20 years in the world of wedding cakes, Haddock has done every flower imaginable, both real and created. “I’ve done roses, calla lilies, orchids, gardenias, peonies, leaves, tree trunks, branches and poinsettias,” he says. “Whether or not I use real flowers or create my own depends on a variety of factors, including the design of the cake, where it will be displayed and seasonal availability. Calla lilies and poinsettias are not food safe, so we create those with petal paste, or sugar dough.”
Need more cake inspiration? Browse the gallery below for more gorgeous, garden-themed wedding cakes:
Stop And Eat The Roses
Handmade buttercream roses in pastel colors were piped petal by petal for the top of this three-tier vanilla cake with raspberry filling created by Umpleby’s Bakery & Café in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Four Tiers of Flowers
This four-tier cake by Mahiha Creations in Charlottesville, Virginia, is covered with smooth Italian meringue buttercream and covered with roses, peonies, ranunculus and maidenhair fern made out of sugar dough. Inside there are two layers of vanilla butter cake with bourbon caramel and dark chocolate ganache and two layers of almond cake with lemon curd, vanilla cognac buttercream, fresh strawberries and blueberries.
On a Pedestal
A sweet ending to an autumn wedding in a vineyard, this cake was elevated on a wooden box and decorated with fresh moss, delicate blooms and Champagne grapes by Bergerons in Washington D.C.
The state flower of Virginia—dogwood flowers—adorn this wedding cake made by Cakes by Graham in Richmond, Virginia. They’re made from petal paste, or sugar dough that’s been rolled out, cut, textured and air-dried on shaped forms.