Small Cakes for Intimate Celebrations
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
2020 could be described as the year of the micro wedding. Micro weddings are not a new concept and many couples have been moving towards smaller, more intimate wedding celebrations for cost and other reasons (see here). However, due to the COVID pandemic, many lovers have not had the luxury of choice this year and have chosen to have a micro wedding out of necessity.
These “minimonies” allow couples to have their big day, just on a smaller scale. The usual traditions are adhered to, but things are shrunk to accommodate a more intimate guest list. This includes one of our favourite wedding traditions: the wedding cake!
Bakers and cake makers around the world have had to unleash their creativity this year. And man, have they blown us away! You may have seen a number of cute mini cakes on your Insta feed. We spoke to the makers of some of our favourites to get their insights into and tips on this trend.
Heather Leavitt of Sweet Heather Anne has been blown away with how creative clients have been with intimate weddings this season. Cutting your guestlist can mean adding even more fun details, which has allowed them to work closely with couples to create bespoke options ranging from petite versions of their dream wedding cake to individually packaged mini cakes for each guest. Check out some of Heather’s incredibly creative and stunning small cakes below:
Jenne Alonso, Owner & Creative of Posh Little Cakes, firmly believes that a small cake doesn’t mean ‘less impact’. She suggests using a beautiful cake stand and table decor to elevate the wow factor of your cake presentation and playing with cake design elements like florals, macarons, sails, and gold leaf to add extra height and impact to your cake design.
Elisabeth Starkey from Elisabeth Cakes shared her top tips for making and selecting cakes for intimate celebrations during a COVID climate:
- 1. Pick a cake that travels well and be mindful of set-up requirements. You may need to minimise the number of people required to be involved due to social distancing restrictions.
- 2. Consider using dried flowers as decorative elements. Not only are they very trendy right now, but dried flowers can be sourced easily online. This is useful as local florists may have limited stock, restricted opening hours or even have been forced to close. Edible flowers are also a great option—see inspiration below from the magical Loria Stern:
- 3. Make use of online suppliers. Sourcing ingredients and products online has helped many baking businesses continue during lockdowns and other restrictions.
- 4. Your cake is a sweet memory of your special day. Having a cake is all about sharing. It’s literally a “piece” of your wedding that you can share with loved ones. If you have had to downsize your wedding, you can still share part of your special day with friends and family unable to join you in person by posting a piece of the cake for them to enjoy. What a lovely idea!