Fair warning: Your bright dessert could cause a few stains.

By Alyssa Brown
January 17, 2019
amy mark california green cake with bright pink flowers

Wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. But when it comes to colors, they tend to be a pastel shade or bright white. Why? Likely because of the possibility of staining-and not only staining the bride's wedding dress, but staining guests' teeth as well. Here, we review all things you should know if you want to break the norm and have a colorful wedding cake.

Your wedding photos may reflect some colorful smiles.

Wedding planner Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events says, "If you're serving a cake with blue, green, or purple frosting, just know that you and your guests' mouths may turn colors." While colorful fondant can be easily peeled off and avoided, not all guests will take that route. As for the bride and groom themselves, make sure to remove that bright layer before digging in (or smashing!)-the last thing you want is blue teeth or cheeks in your wedding photos.

Pastel colors can offer a good solution.

If a classic white cake isn't for you, don't worry: Cake maker Kelsey Robinson of The Whole Cake says, "I think pale colored buttercream is nice, but I don't like to add too much color because I fear it'll stain and change the taste."

Remember that flowers are a great way to bring color to a cake.

You don't want a white cake, but you don't want colorful fondant either. What should you do? The pros say to decorate your treat with flowers. Whether your baker uses fresh blooms or sugar options, floral decorations are a great way to add a pop of color to your cake. Since the flowers are typically removed before slices are served to guests, it's easier to control the outcome in terms of stained teeth and outfits.

You may end up with more leftover cake.

Nichols says that, in her experience, "People tend to not find foods that are dyed blue, purple, or green as appetizing, and you may have fewer cake takers as a result." Many couples opt to have a groom's cake that's more colorful and a bit smaller, which can be a good middle ground.

You can have a colorful cake without using dark fondant.

For those looking for a colorful cake without solid color on the outside, Robinson says, "I would suggest a pale background with some painting, either a floral composition or maybe an abstract painting." This allows your baker to incorporate varying hues without committing to a dark icing. She says, "I would just avoid deep colors in buttercream and stick to fondant if you want to go dark or black."

Your baker should be able to offer alternate ways to incorporate color on a cake.

Robinson says, "Color can be used in so many ways that are fun, modern, and bold. Have a white cake with yellow splashes of paint and hot pink wafer paper bougainvillea!" The takeaway is that cake makers have plenty of ways to incorporate color, so just have a chat with your baker so you can come up with a colorful design that suits your wedding.


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