Top It Off: Trendy Metallic Wedding Cakes

Speak volumes with couture cakes and trendy metallic toppers.
From: Fall/Winter 2016 edition

(from left to right) Solid Gold

Inspiration for this bold, gold-painted creation came from the cake topper itself, constructed at Farina Baking Co. “We wanted to ensure that the topper complemented the delicate design. We’re able to customize any cake topper to the occasion,” says owner and head pastry chef Tracy Kohler. The dainty ruffles on the bottom layer are made of paper-thin fondant, while a house-made sugar-paste peony makes a statement on the top tier. “Metallics are elegant and work well with many different styles and colors,” Kohler says. “Gold, silver and copper can start in the couple’s décor, then roll over into the cake.”

Farina Baking Co., Excelsior, 651.253.7126,, Topper ($35) from Farina Baking Co.

Silver Lining

The secret to this stunner? One word—vodka. “The silver is done with a luster dust highlighter; we create a ‘paint’ using this medium mixed with alcohol and apply with a brush,” says Queen of Cakes owner Terri Leckas. The dripped-paint effect offers an edgy contrast with the flowing waves of the bottom tier, made of buttercream icing and silver-frosted edging. “Metallics are super-hot,” she says. “Gold and blush is the most popular combination, so I thought silver needed some exposure.” Inside this ice-queen design is pink Champagne cake with warm amaretto mousse filling.

Queen of Cakes, Edina, 952.942.7628,, Topper ($30) from Emily Steffen,

Not Your Grandmother’s Lace

Country Cake Cupboard makes something old new again. “I sketched out a timeless, traditional style and a simple design,” says owner and pastry chef April Wysocki. To coordinate with the silver from the topper, Wysocki added small metallic dots and a silver ribbon. (This ribbon isn’t edible; it’s used on the wedding bouquets and boutonnieres to literally tie everything together.) The raised doily-inspired flowers are made of gumpaste and fondant, while the cake that lies beneath the snowy frosting is white almond cake filled with strawberry Bavarian and raspberry purée.

Country Cake Cupboard, Long Lake, 952.476.0222, Topper ($25) from Chicago Factory,

Flower Girl

Calling all princesses at heart: the dessert of your dreams awaits. This design is as romantic as it is glamorous, cinched with a glittering jeweled sash. Swirls of white chocolate rosettes cover alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla cake filled with strawberry cream cheese mousse—because a bride shouldn’t have to choose. “We use a star tip when piping; when pressure is applied, it has the finish of a rose,” says Buttercream’s wedding manager Marisa Farinella. Delicate baby-pink flowers complete the sweet design.

Buttercream, St. Paul, 651.642.9400,, Topper ($22) from Leanne Madeline Boutique,