Trending Now: Wedding Cakes with Statement Tiers
Chances are, your wedding cake is going to attract attention—whatever it looks like. It's not just because your confection is dessert (yum!), but because it's a main plot piece in the trajectory of your wedding reception. All eyes will be on the treat come cake-cutting time. Of course, if your wedding cake is really epic, it's bound to draw some stares well before that particular moment. If you're trying to come up with ideas for a confection that's as eye-grabbing as it is delicious, you'll want to put the latest wedding cake trend on your radar: statement tiers.
As far as trends go, this one is pretty broad. Some couples interpret that statement tier through color. Take this Layered confection, for example. The central blue tier is the treat's focal point—and that's really saying something when you consider its gorgeous floral sash. Not a huge fan of the color-blocked look? Opt for a wash of metallic cake paint (we're loving rose gold!) or enlist an expert to hand-paint a rendition of your venue right onto your cake's base. Believe it or not, we've seen statement tiers that aren't even made from actual cake—take note of the cakes that use terrariums, geometrics objects, and more as in-between layers.
Some statement tiers are more pronounced than others. Searching for simple wedding cake inspiration, but still want to inject a bit of personality onto your dessert table? Consider an ombré layer, which softly transitions from white, to pastel, to a saturated hue at the base. Click through to discover all of the ways to make the statement tier wedding cake trend your own.
You don't have to confine this trend to a single tier—and you don't need to choose one color or accent type to accentuate your cake. This Sugar Bee Sweets confection featured not one, but two slate blue layers, a few gold micro tiers, and an eye-grabbing crest. If that's not a multi-layered statement, we don't know what is.
Of course, not every statement tier is over-the-top. Take Batter Up Cakery's dainty three-tier cake, complete with this subtlest purple ombré at the base, for example.
Embrace the old-world feel of European architecture with an accent tier inspired by blue-and-white Portuguese tile, à la this pretty confection by Studio Victorias.
Though you'll find that many couples designate their bottom tier as the confection's accent, a middle layer works just as well. The pretty blush midsection of this wedding cake served as its focal point.
Reference your confection's statement tier somewhere else on the dessert for a connected, cohesive touch. Notice how Loana Cakeaway added a strip of rose gold around the top layer, which tied it back to the base.
Not all statement tiers involve opaque washes of color. The hand-painted watercolor swirls seen on this Pavlov's Lab treat are splashy, but subtle.
Edgy, bold brides, this one's for you. The abstract gold foil detail on the black bottom tier of this Sweet Fix confection is completely eye-grabbing—your gaze goes straight to it.
Another way to connect your bold tier to the rest of your confection? Opt for a shade that matches the fresh greens your baker (Feathers & Frosting was responsible for this beauty!) adds for visual interest.
Ask your baker to use your statement tier's leftover fondant (this mauvy pink shade, created by Hey There, Cupcake! is beyond perfect) to create rolled rose embellishments for the top.
One cake, two statement tiers—now that's one way to impress your guests. Hey There, Cupcake! followed up a bold green base with a multi-hued layer, complete with abstract swirls.
Statement Tier Topper
Replace a wedding cake topper with an accent tier (like this petite blue layer by Sugar Bee Sweets) for a contemporary twist on the classic cake element.
Not every major cake moment happens on the front face. Have your baker paint the top of your confection in a reflective rose gold—or any metallic that suits your fête's aesthetic.
A gold fondant vine brings a minimal—but still classic!—touch to an otherwise neutral cake, like this one by Cake-aholics Bakery.
Throwing a bohemian garden wedding? Make like Pavlov's Lab and slide a succulent-filled terrarium in between your first and second tier.
Or stuff raised tiers with fresh roses for a more secret garden vibe.