If there’s a wedding in your family’s near future, you are very likely already knee-deep in dress designs, color schemes and venues. When you’re ready to check wedding cakes off your to-do list, you may be surprised at what’s new and smart in today’s traditional tiered cakes.

While white-on-white will never go out of style, celebrity bakers say the choices are endless for brides and grooms who are looking for a cake to be remembered.

Consider these, experienced pastry chefs told editors at

Metallics – With silver and gold popular everywhere, it’s a natural for elegant wedding tiers. Stylized and glamourous, they can range from the all over art-deco style of old Hollywood to the sleek opulence of towering tiers banded by glittering metallics.

Ruffles – Frills are at home in every reception from avant-garde to country chic, and sugar ruffles lend a light, airy elegance to a cake, especially when finished off with fresh flowers.

Painted Cakes – We’re talking marbleized, stained glass, even Monet-inspired artwork skillfully hand-painted on your cake – maybe the design on your invitations. There’s no limit to the scenery or faces that can be recreated on your cake.

Woodland Cakes – Popular for outdoor receptions, these whimsical tiers feature white or ivory fondants set with flowers, greenery, even tiny replicas of woodland creatures set in their natural habitat.

Geographic Designs – Colorful squares, chevrons, stripes and circles in a palette of your chosen colors on white or ivory tiers create an air of urban sophistication perfect for contemporary weddings.

Monograms – The idea here is a cake made to highlight your new, shared initials. Think scripted monograms on a gold sugar plaque, or repeated around the cake to make a pattern discerning guests will recognize as your monogram.

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