Winter Wedding Cake Design: Part 1

1. frosted sugar flowers by the Wild Orchid Baking Co, Mark Davidson Photography

Frosted Flowers & Winter blooms

Adding a touch of sparkle to your sugar flowers gives an unmistakable winter beauty to your wedding cake design. The Wild Orchid Baking Company’s pastel winter wedding cake showcases this beautifully (image by Mark Davidson Photography).

You can use a choice of products to add the frosted effect to your sugar flowers. Firstly, paint the tips of the petals with a light layer of edible glue. For a heavy frosted look, shake white coarse sugar/sanding sugar gently over the bloom. For a lighter, sparkly effect, use magic sparkles. You also can add a sprinkle of edible glitter mixed with your medium of choice to catch even more of the winter light for extra sparkle.

For a beautifully elegant side design, The Wild Orchid Baking Company have frosted the entire flower below – a stunning jewelled ponsettia – instead of just the tips for a fully iced effect.

2. frosted flower by The Wild Orchid Baking Company

An  undercoating of silver metallic edible paint makes a fabulous base on which to apply edible glitter for added winter beauty. Silver-centred white orchids crown the majestic winter wedding cake design below by The White Cakery (a division of Connie Cupcake Luxury Cakes), framed with elegant frosted fronds for a touch of vintage splendour.

Scroll cutters can be used to create this edge design, or alternatively, scroll shapes can be piped with a large star nozzle and attached to the cake once dried.

3. winter wedding cake with frosted fronds by Connie Cupcake Luxury Cakes (The White Cakery)

A statement metallic silver floral corsage is given a striking winter touch with a silver glittered centre for a beautiful winter lace wedding cake design by The Cake Whisperer (below).

4. winter wedding cake in lace by The Cake Whisperer

Another winter lace beauty, from Sweet Temptations Custom Cakes & Desserts by Albena, features below (image by Anda Panciuk Photography) with elevated wired sugar flowers, frozen berries and seed heads adding a spectacular frozen effect to the overall design.

5. winter wedding cake by Sweet Temptations Custom Cakes & Desserts by Albena, CA , Anda Panciuk Photography

Textured, pointed petals add a dramatic winter effect to Rachelle’s Cakes‘ “The Ice Queen” winter wedding cake below, fanning out from a jewel-centred corsage on the base tier.

6. The Ice Queen cake winter wedding cake by Rachelle's Cakes

Delicate applique flowers add an extra dimension to the detailing on this silver and white winter wedding cake below by Bellissimo Cakes, UK. Pointed petals add an unmistakable winter effect, surrounded by gossamer light lace piping and dressed with delicate sprigs of tiny white blossoms for an ethereal iced design.

7. winter wedding cake with lace by Bellissimo Cakes UK

Wafer paper is the perfect medium for creating dramatic, spiked winter blooms with icy frilled centres as demonstrated by Fat Cakes Design, UK  in their striking winter wedding cake design below. (For more, check out our earlier Wafer Paper Flowers feature).

8. winter wedding cake with wafer paper flowers by Fat Cakes Design UK

Frozen winter jasmine foliage and tiny blooms enhance the beautiful lace winter wedding cake below by Cakes by Krishanthi (image by Brett Harkness Photography), while on the right, sprays of tiny wired blossoms woven through winter white blooms add extra iciness to Alice Cakes design, below.

(You can use a stephanotis cutter to create the pretty winter jasmine, below left).

9. winter wedding cake with sugar jasmine by Cakes by Krishanthi, Brett Harkness Photography, right Leesa Collins of Alice Cakes

The Winter Forest

The winter forest offers lots of inspiration for nature-inspired winter wedding cakes. The dramatically beautiful design below by Megan Joy Cakes mixes snow-covered pine cones, winter sloe berries and mistletoe amongst an array of white and ivory blooms, dressing the beautiful “peeling layers” textured tiers, with Megan’s siganture fondant feathers covering the bottom tier.

1. winter wedding cake by Megan Joy Cakes

To create your own winter forest wedding cake design, here are a selection of tutorials to inspire you:

Snowy pine cones are mixed through Alessandra Frisoni’s silver and white winter floral and foliage display below adding an extra rustic touch to this striking winter forest style wedding cake.

2. winter wedding cake by Alessandra Frisoni

With a base tier decorated in the on-trend birch tree effect, this beautiful botanical style winter wedding cake features a rustic twig-styled monogram with watercolour grey effects evoking a winter forest effect for a superb design by The Cake Whisperer.

3. birch tree winter wedding cake by The Cake Whisperer, Canada

Suzanne Brady of Cove Cake Design, Dublin creates a marvellous winter composition below with an artful gold leaf centre providing a warming glow against a contemporary pale grey canvas. Beautifully crafted rustic berries and foliage nestle between the soft pink blooms which add a pretty bridal touch.

4. winter berries wedding cake by Cove Cake Design, Dublin

Sugar dusted everygreen foliage lends  a simple winter charm to the buttercream wedding cake design (below left) from the Cakewalk Bake Shop.

On the right, The Little Cupcakery, Northern Ireland adds subtle touches of gold leaf to their textured buttercream wedding cake below with a rustic arrangement of rich red spray roses and forest foliage adding a superb seasonal flourish (image by You Them Us Photography, flowers by Scarlet & Crimson Flowers).

7. winter forest wedding cakes from cakewalkhome. blogspot left, right The Little Cupcakery NI, You Them Us Photography, Scarlet & Crimson Flowers

A second rustic style design from The Little Cupcakery features below and although dressed with summer fruits, we think forest foliage and red berries paired with fondant frills would make a beautiful winter wedding cake design too (image by Jonathan Ryder Photography).

8. The Little Cupcakery NI, Jonathan Ryder Photography

Frosted Branches

Frosted branches add a wonderfully authentic touch to a winter wedding cake design with a mesmerizingly beautiful example below by Lori Hutchinson of The Caketress. Snow-laden branches curve under the weight of the snowfall and Jack Frost has left his mark on the beautiful cream Christmas roses with silver frost-spiked centres, all wrapped together with an elegant couture bow.

1. winter wedding cake by The Caketress

Snow-covered branches create the perfect winter forest backdrop for the surreal Narnia-inspired wedding cake by Michelle Sugar Art (below).

2. narnia wedding cake by Michelle Sugar Art

Minimalist style berried branches create a magical focal point for the winter lovebirds wedding cake (below left) by German sugar artist, Floralilie, while on the right, Rachel Teufel of Intricate Icings creates a beautiful composition of frosted grasses to complement her wonderful seasonal wedding cake.

3. winter wedding cakes by Floralilie left, Intricate-Icings left-Murcury-glass-Christmas-cardinal

Superb artistry and design by Kara Andretta of Kara’s Couture Cakes makes for an inspired wild and rustic winter wedding cake (below left).

On the right, bridal lace is blended beautifully with winter forest foliage in a perfect mix of elegance and rustic chic by Renay Zamora of Sweetface Cakes (image by Leila Hunt Photography).

 Kara Andretta of Kara's Couture Cakes left & Sweetface Cakes, Renay Zamora, Leila Hunt Photography as featured on Cake Central Magazine

Delicate silver branches are enhanced with sparkling sugar jewels for a stylish winter wedding cake display below (image by Ann-Kathrin Koch).

5. Image by Ann-Kathrin Koch via Rock My Wedding

If branches and twigs are a little too heavy for your winter wedding cake design, twisted hazel is a great alternative. The Pastry Studio enhance their beautiful design (below right) with delicate white sugar blossoms added to twisted hazel stems.

On left, twisted hazel paired with ivory florals makes a beautiful winter composition to set off the snowy textured tiers, created with gently waved lines of horizontal piping (image via Pinterest).

6. winter wedding cakes by The Pastry Studio right, image left via Style Me Pretty

Silvered Foliage

Adding sprays of silvered foliage and leaves is one of the most elegant ways to add a winter touch to a wedding cake design – for example Maggie Austin’s exquisite posty of ivory florals and silver berries below, beautifully accented with a silvered-jade colour foliage.

2. winter sugar flowers by Maggie Austin

A sprig of dusty miller foliage tucked underneath a posy of peony buds, blossoms and baby’s breath adds a natural frosted touch to the wedding cake (below left) by Sweet Harmony Cakes.

On the right, Uta Hornemann of Pasteles Alma has paired a silver leaf finish with a statement sugar peony framed with silver lamb’s ear foliage for a chic and elegant design.

4. winter wedding cakes by Sweet Harmony Cakes left and Alma Pasteles right

Silvered leaves and white snowberries add a classic seasonal touch to Cake Maison’s “Winter Rose” wedding cake below (image by Danni Beach Photography), with Cakes in Art enhancing their frosted branch design below right with subtle silver accents and floral tips.

3. winter rose wedding cake by Cake Maison UK, Danni Beach Photography, Cakes in Art right

Metallic silver tips add an extra dimension to the beautifully silvered-jade foliage below in a design by The Cake Whisperer, with glittered silver berries adding even more seasonal elegance.

5. The Cake Whisperer

A rustic garland of cream roses, silver foliage and pine cones encircles this vintage lace doile wedding cake design by Swedish designer, Mina Magiska Bakverk.

1. winter wedding cake Mina Magiska Bakverk

Pearlised and silvered berries combined with mixed, textured florals make a unique winter arrangement in this stylish winter wedding cake design below by Lauren Kitchens of Fancy Cakes by Lauren.

6. winter wedding cake by Lauren Kitchens of Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Frosted moss surrounds this stunning beautiful winter lace wedding cake in a rustic chic design by Megan Joy Cakes with burgundy and blush roses paired with silver foliage for a fabulous wintered look (image by Cara Leonard Photography).

7. silver foliage, lace and moss, Megan Joy Cakes, Cara Leonard Photo

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For more on winter wedding cakes, see the following also:

And for Christmas cake decorating features see: