The Sweet Life

Three hot trends dish up fun and creativity for dessert.

Cupcakes by Sweet!

Norma Molina Lopez


The cupcake craze has been sweeping the nation ever since Carrie and Miranda first dined on them outside of Magnolia Bakery in an episode of Sex and the City. On the verge of edging out their three-tiered competition, cupcakes have become a sweet go-to alternative for a bride’s special day. “People like the fun, casual attribute of cupcakes, and how easy it is to serve them,” says Jennyfer Mancino, owner of The Sugar Suite in Maitland. The rise of the trend lends a hand to both brides worried about pleasing all of their guests and guests bored to tears with yet another vanilla cake. “Whether it’s fruit, chocolate or red velvet, the guests are getting a choice,” says Hollis Wilder, owner of Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly in Orlando. Brides also shouldn’t worry they’re sacrificing presentation for the sake of variety. Opulent cupcake towers can make these untraditional confections look shockingly close to their three-tiered cousin. 




One of the most interesting cake trends is the topsy-turvy cake, also known as the mad hatter. These whimsical, gravity-defying works of art are being chosen for a wide variety of weddings. “Brides want something different, but they want to stay somewhat traditional to the wedding,” says Pam Hummel, co-owner of Oviedo’s Frosting on the Cake. “They’re using the topsy-turvy setup or design in a more elegant way.” Designers have taken the Alice in Wonderland-esque style cake and decorated it with more contemporary elements in a formal fashion, giving brides the option of having much more than just a pretty cake. With each tier performing a balancing act, guests are sure to do a double take. 





Groom's Cakes

Traced back to the Victorian era, also with deep Southern roots, the groom’s cake fell out of favor for quite a while. But today’s brides have reinvented the tradition with more personal and creative options than ever before, “The groom’s cake has made a huge comeback,” says Richard Gregory, manager of Party Flavors Custom Cakes in Ocoee. “Intended to be a gift from the bride to the groom, it’s usually a fun flavor like chocolate or carrot and designed with a nod toward masculinity.” Guests at The Royal Wedding dined on a groom’s cake made of Prince William’s favorite snack, McVite’s Rich Tea Biscuits. A groom’s cake often is designed to represent a special interest of the groom, like a sport or hobby. To keep the groom’s cake from upstaging the traditional wedding cake, set them on a separate tables or displays.

Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

College Guide List 2019

2019 Premier Veterinarians

The 2019 Central Florida List is OUT! Each year Orlando Magazine publishes the Premier Veterinarians List. Take a look at the full list now.

2018 Premier Doctors

Our annual list of over 500 doctors.

Real Estate All Stars 2019

Let Orlando's best real estate agents help you find your dream home!

Retirement Living 2019

This feature highlights several great retirement communities that Central Florida has to offer.

Orlando's Best Lawyers 2019

Our annual list includes hundreds of Orlando-area attorneys in dozens of areas of practice.

Orlando's Top Dentists of 2019

Our annual list featuring 220 of the area's finest dental professionals.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Health Hub: Take The Feel Whole Challenge With Us

Now is the best time to start! Come take the Feel Whole Challenge with us!

Upgrade Your Specs! Oxford Eyes In Ivanhoe Village

Get ready for Fall with the latest eyewear trends and avoid those busy malls!

Focus On With Dr. Sadek: Women’s Health and Epilepsy

Did you know women face additional challenges with epilepsy due to hormones?

Health Hub: Why Are Flu Shots Important?

Fall has arrived, and with it, the start of flu season. While you can get the flu at any time, cases typically rise in October and hit their peak around the holidays. Learn why it's important to get your flu shot!

Special Olympics Florida Celebrates Its Annual Champions Gala

This annual exclusive event honors community leaders and fundraises for statewide athletics!
Edit Module