Today’s wedding blog is dedicated to one of my favourite things…CAKE! The wedding cake was traditionally made to bring good luck to the couple and their guests, symbolising unity as the first task performed by the newlyweds. It’s also an excellent way to express your personalities and can be a stunning centrepiece. So, why not make your cake as unique as you are? Go for a quirky wedding cake or something unique? From comic book to italian classics, we’ve searched far and wide to compile a list of the UK’s best alternative wedding cake makers. Whatever your style, there’ll be something for you here!
Let them eat cake!
Cabbage Patch Bakery - Creative wedding cakes
Cabbage Patch Bakery is on a mission to take over the world by baking it healthier cakes that feed the soul of any occasion and are mind-blowing to behold. To make all your alternative wedding cake dreams come true, their baker and nutritionist duo will ensure to nail a recipe for a cake that looks out of this realm, is healthy enough to enchant your insides and tastes like magic. Whatever your dietary requirements and however crazy your ideas are, Cabbage Patch Bakery has your back!
Tiny Sarah's Cakes - Vegan wedding cakes
To put it simply, Tiny Sarah makes people’s vegan wedding cake dreams come true! She specialises in vegan and allergy-friendly cakes that look awesome. Born in France, she trained as a baker in Paris before going into cake desig. The perfect combination of her love for food and weddings! She loves working with couples to make them unique and breath-taking cakes. Whether they want them full of little sugar flowers and cute figurines, dramatic flower arrangements or hand painted designs. Quirky or boho, modern or whimsical, her style is incredibly versatile. The one thing they all have in common is that she will never compromise on their perfection!
Photo Credits. Field: Rebecca Searle Photography. Glitter: Red Door Photography.
Confection of affection - Hand crafted wedding cakes
Leicester based, Lisa from Confection Of Affection uses her science background to create the perfect balance of flavours for delicious wedding cakes. She is able to create anything from a rustic feeling semi-naked cake to more elaborate designs incorporating sugar flowers, hand-painted designs and sugar embellishments. Firm customer favourites include: zingy lemon, a royal inspired lemon and elderflower and a nostalgic mint chocolate mud cake.
Lisa takes inspiration from everything from all the things she loves – fairy tales including Alice in Wonderland, vintage designs and fantasy! We’re a big fan of quirky wedding cakes and totally LOVE the Alice in Wonderland wedding cake featured below. Above all, she loves listening to her client’s stories to create unique twists on traditional wedding cakes, reflecting the couples’ individuality.
Pasticceria Lorena - Italian Cakes & Pastries
You can’t get more alternative than an Italian patisserie table at your wedding. If desserts are your thing, check out Pasticceria Lorena. The only Italian patisserie company in the UK offering styled wedding dessert tables. Not only are the desserts deliciously unique and stunning in their own right, Lorena prides herself on creating a dessert display that is styled to perfection, inspired by you and your special day. Not a morsel of icing in sight- instead, think mouth-watering chocolate, pastries, crème patisserie and Italian liqueurs to indulge your guests!
Bake To The Future - Unique wedding cakes
The home of unique and quirky wedding cakes. We asked Lou from Bake To The Future in Kent what makes her business so awesome…
“What makes my business so unique and totally awesome? Simply put, me. My passion, my knowledge, my uber geekiness! I’m all about interpreting my couple’s personalities, passions, hobbies and interests- I take their individual and collective lives, and I create the wedding cake of their dreams. The outcome is an edible masterpiece which truly represents them! Couples put so much time and effort in to personalising every aspect of their special day and yet so many lose that creativity when it comes to their wedding cake. I am all about breaking the mould!”
Strawberry Cupcakes - Edible works of art for your wedding day
Strawberry Cupcakes specialises in bespoke, edible works of art for your wedding day. Their Nottingham shop is known for its varied selection of beautiful, elegant treats that never lack detail or flavour. They pride themselves in creating classic and alternative wedding cakes for every style, couple and budget. Creativity is encouraged when designing a custom cake with Strawberry Cupcakes- the more interesting the better! They also have a wide selection of mini treats, including macarons, brownies and mini cupcakes. Get in touch to start designing your dream wedding cake!
Debbie Gillespie Cake Design - Unique, One of a Kind wedding cakes
We asked Debbie Gillespie what makes her creations so unique…
“What makes my cakes awesome? My customers do! It’s all about their stories and lives together which they want to weave into their special day. It is these experiences which give me the greatest inspiration and allow me to design wedding cakes that truly showcase that couple’s personalities and love for one another. So, if you are looking for a fun and relaxed, non-traditional approach to choosing your wedding cake where nothing is too big, small or crazy, you know where to come.”
Debbie Gillespie is the Winner of I Do Magazine’s Yorkshire and Humberside Wedding Cake Designer of the Year 2019 and North of England Wedding Awards 2016.
Credits: Hand painted stag – Stevie Jay Photography. Doctor Who – Yvonne Lishman Photography
Little Brown Fairy Cake - Quirky wedding cakes that stand out from the crowd
Little Brown Fairy Cake specialises in alternative & inspirational bespoke cakes for any occasion. Owner Nicola now has a following of likeminded people, including prospective, soon to be wed couples who want a cake that reflects their uniqueness. She loves creating new cakes for those who ‘dare to be different’! There is nothing in the rule book that says a wedding cake must be white with a few flowers on. It can be whatever you want it to be, and at Little Brown Fairy Cake, all your alternative wedding cake dreams can come true!
Look how realistic these wedding cakes are!
Where The Ribbon Ends - bespoke wedding cakes
Where the Ribbon Ends specialises in bespoke and delicious wedding cakes. Based in North Yorkshire, Gayle creates a wide range of creative wedding cakes, cupcakes, macaroons and favours. One of our favourites is the featured wedding cake above, which appeared in our ‘Live Your Own Fairytale‘ blog a few months back. How magical the wedding cake looks when its hanging in mid air. If you’re looking for the wedding cake of your dreams step into the fairytale!
My Little Cake Studio - hand crafted, unique wedding cakes
If you are looking for incredible detailing and a truly, unique wedding cake, then pop along to see Debbie at My Little Cake Studio. From her Leicester base, she created wedding cakes with a marriage of elegance & flavour. The flowers on the cakes are also edible! All created by Debbie herself – I tell you they look real to us! The attention to detail is incredible. Whether you are looking for Bold & Beautiful, or, Small & Elegant, give Debbie a shout.
other people we LOVE! Godminster & the Tattooed Bakers
Not got a sweet tooth? What about a cheese wedding cake? This tiered cake from Godminster is every cheese lover’s heaven! All their cheeses are organic, and made with an environmentally aware and ethical attitude. This is a perfect alterative to a traditional wedding cake, and a great way to add personality to your big day!
The Tattooed Bakers are accomplished food artists pushing creative boundaries to create mind-blowing cakes. From life sized, rainbow filled unicorns to moving cake-carousels, there doesn’t seem to be much they can’t do! As well as working on extravagant cakes for top brands, they offer an amazing bespoke wedding cake service, aiming to make your cake as personal as your wedding day. An alternative wedding cake from The Tattooed Bakers is guaranteed to turn heads and entertain the taste buds, with a wide range of flavours to choose from. Check out these awesome cakes!
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