Let There Be Cake! | Cake Topper Inspiration

By, April 26, 2016

At the wedding, even the smallest details can make a big impression. One unexpected way to showcase your personality as a couple is the cake topper. This fun expression of love can be as outrageous, understated, or glamorous as you want it to be.

Although its origins are shrouded in mystery, legend says the cake topper began over 100 years ago. Engaged to be married, a baker’s daughter came to her father seeking a unique symbol of love for her groom. After multiple attempts, and long consideration, the baker presented the bride-to-be with two figurines atop a cake. This representation of the wedding couple became instantly popular, and still holds to this day.

The ritual of the cake topper has been updated over time, with modern twists. We’ve seen ornate hand-carved designs, customized figurines, sophisticated paper cutouts, and much more. We hope you enjoy these recent cake topper inspiration photos below.

Cute text and sports-inspired wedding cake topper

At Lauren and Stephen’s wedding at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (see below), they cheered on their favorite sports teams with personalized hockey and soccer cake toppers!

Cute hockey-inspired cake topper with wedding couple Rustic, chic wedding cake toppers of birds and wedding couple Minimal red and yellow cake with gold text cake topper

Cake toppers can be a fun way to get festive and celebrate your ancestry. This Day of the Dead cake from the wedding of Danielle and Michael (below left) and figurines from Jennifer and David (below right) added a pop of color to the day’s activities.

Mexican-inspired, day of dead wedding cake toppersCute, tiger-themed bride and groom cake topper

For April and Vernon’s wedding (below), the couple had an artist capture them in their wedding day attire, depicted as paper cutouts. This resulted in a timeless keepsake that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Modern, chic cake topper customized to look like wedding coupleCute and fun airplane topper with bride and groom Funny and cute dog-inspired wedding cake toppers with wedding couple Creative navy-themed cake topper with wedding coupleFunny cake topper with groom pulling brideCute, ceramic owl wedding cake topper of wedding couple

If figurines aren’t your style, you can switch things up with a dash of fresh flowers. These two cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking (see below) added elegance and tropical flair to understated white frosting bases.

Colorful, floral and exotic wedding cake toppers

Another idea is to incorporate streamed banners, adding a whimsical, handmade touch to the dessert table.

Cute, rustic wedding cake toppers with bannered signsClassic wedding cake decorated with sailor wedding cake topper Creative, beach-inspired wedding cake toppers with chairs and sand

No matter how you top it, a personalized wedding cake topper is a fun way to welcome guests to your reception. We leave you with this sexy cake topper from Sisanie and Michael’s wedding at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which really says it all :)

Classic wedding cake with cake topper of bride and groom kissing

Check out more ways to personalize and decorate your wedding cake top.


San Diego Wedding Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

By, April 04, 2012

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co is a women-owned team of super talented people!  We pride ourselves on quality in all aspects — from great customer service, to healthy infusions in the product, to the highest level of flavor in every bite.  We buy many of our ingredients from local farmers, use eggs from local/veggie-fed chickens, and even deliver in a Hybrid vehicle.  We incorporate fun into our baking world and do our best to share our positive energy with the industry and our clients.  After all, cake is supposed to be fun and delicious!

Cake trends vary in color and design. The current trend is towards either super clean lines (often the most challenging décor due to its need for perfection) or rustic-vintage outdoorsy designs (a’ la Anthropologie, like the birdies in a nest as a cake topper, below).

Contemporary wedding cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking CoModern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego

Bird wedding cake topperModern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego

Our design style is personalized to each client, and customized to their vision and  personalities. My personal focus lies in nature, and its amazing opportunities for spiraling vines, leaves, feathers, and anything that creeps up a cake in a cool way.

San Diego Wedding Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. Natural wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego Green ribbon candy wedding cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Since our cake flavors are all custom combined by our clients, it is hard to say which is most popular.  It’s probably a toss-up between our Fresh Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Mousse & Slow Cooked Chocolate Fudge, frosted in Italian Butter Cream or our Sunshine Raspberry Swirl with Raspberry Curd & Lemon Butter Cream.

Floral amd lace wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego Modern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego

We believe that the most important part of the cake (especially to most grooms) is the TASTE. We want to be sure that clients choose us because they love the cake.  Great design can be done any time after they’ve chosen our product and have budgeted accordingly!

Modern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego

For Ashley and Derrick’s wedding at the Hilton Bayfront, we were given a great chance to express both their excitement for modern lines with fabulous embellishment.  This cake, with its dangling crystals and mod square layout, utilized edible silver pearls and gorgeous hand painted scroll décor.  They selected two delicious flavor combos for their tiers of So Cal Citrus Cake with Lemon Curd as well as the Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese filling.

Modern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego Modern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego Modern wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego

We tend to charge based on the size of a cake, which on average is $6.50 to $8 per person. Some designs, based on lengthy labor hours involved, can jump to $10 or even $12 to $15 per person. Rather than having a large cake, many clients opt for a fun buffet of mixed mini desserts, which average closer to $3.25-5 per person. We create dessert buffets at least once each weekend with separated cakes, cupcakes, mini key lime tarts, crystal sugar cookies, mini cannoli, and various yummy cake bites.

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego Chocolate and Red Velvet cupcakes with hearts at wedding by Sweet Cheeks Baking CoDessert table Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

We make brilliant groom’s cakes, and love creating them to fit the passion of a groom!  The groom’s cake is often a surprise planned by the bride or by his parents. The groom’s cake should represent his style, his love outside of his obvious love for his bride – cars, sports, movies, beverages, pets, music, etc. Many people choose to give this cake its own focus by featuring it at the Rehearsal Dinner vs. competing with the main cake on their wedding day.  The groom’s cake is typically a totally different flavor from wedding cake, to offer something fun, unique, and super cool.

Grooms cake a can a SPAM by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co Modern Grooms Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego

We offer many fabulous footed pedestals for cake and cupcake displays, and have also created many custom stands by utilizing fellow vendors such Enticing Tables Designs and Embellishmint Floral & Event Design! We charge anywhere from $10 to $75 for such displays.

Cuocake tree by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. in San Diego Floral Cake Design by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

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