With the whole nation gearing up for the 4th of July, you may be thinking of giving a nod to this beloved holiday via your wedding cake. Not too keen, though, on the whole stars and stripes angle? Don’t worry. We spotted some fabulously creative cake designs that blend the iconic colors of the 4th (and all right, some stars, too) with a look of either elegant sophistication or Americana charm—all befitting your most special day! See which of these ideas sets off your fireworks!
Some Design Hints to Get You Started!
The symbols and colors associated with the country’s biggest celebration are so well-known and loved. So all it takes are creative references to these worked into your cake design, and you’ve got it made!
Hint #1: Use color cues.
The old red, white, and blue palette needs no introduction when it comes to channeling that patriotic spirit! Whether you apply it via buttercream frosting or rolled fondant tinted in these colors, you can convey the “We Love America” message without shouting it out. In fact, you can even select just red (as in the lovely example in photo 1) or just blue, and you’ll have an elegant tribute right there!
Hint #2: Hint at iconic patterns.
Incorporate patterns of stripes or stars into the cake decorations. But to avoid having your cake look like it’s draped in the flag, do this subtly or with a touch of whimsy (see photo 5). This can be done with ribbon, cake toppers, fondant or sugar paste trimmings, or by arranging garnishes in a themed design (like photo 2).
Hint #3: Try fresh elements.
Speaking of garnishes, you can even turn to nature to bring in the needed colors. Just see what stunning results you can get with borders of luscious berries and grapes spilling from a multi-layered cake (see photo 3)! Or you can use red, blue, or white flowers as gorgeous toppers, paired with striped ribbon (as in photo 7).
Hint #4: Go for an Americana look.
Another charming way to evoke a patriotic air is with quaint Americana touches. A perfect example is a traditional quilt pattern in red, white, and blue created out of fondant cutouts (see photos 4 and 6). Or maybe a country-inspired look, using a gingham print or a Western bandana pattern. You might even opt for a special apple pie in place of a cake—after all, what’s as American as that?
Hint #5: Wow with ‘special effects.’
Finally, what would the 4th of July be without fireworks, right? So heighten the visual impact of your cake with surprises like star burst bunting, candles (it doesn’t matter that it’s not a birthday), and of course actual sparklers you can light up (photo 2 again). Fun!
See? No need to shy away from giving your wedding cake that nationalistic spin. Especially now that we’ve seen how this can be done tastefully and stylishly. Wishing you a wonderful July 4th-inspired wedding!
1 – Cake Envy (site now closed), via Pinterest
2 – CJK Visuals, via Style Me Pretty
3 – Cakes Decor
4 – Confetti Cakes, via Brides.com
5 – Whipped Bakeshop, via Oh Joy!
6 – AK Cake Design, via The Cake Blog
7 – Bubble and Sweet