Beyond Butter Cream: Cakes With Personal Flavour

Let your wedding cake become an extension of your personality. For the pastry chefs at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in Los Angeles, no request is too great.

Oct 10, 2011
Blue and white wedding cake
An inspired wedding cake can make your already special day even more personal.
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Tiered and towering white cakes will always be in style for weddings, but Four Seasons pastry chefs around the world are seeing requests for confections that are much more expressive of the newlyweds themselves. “The cake has become an extension of the couple’s personality,” says David Laufer, pastry chef at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in Los Angeles. Consider these ideas for putting a personal touch into your wedding day dessert.

Worldly Flavour

Whether as a nod to family heritage or a favourite vacation spot, an ethnically, geographically or culturally inspired cake is a sweet way to tell your story. A traditional fruit-infused cake, which has dried pieces folded into the batter, is ideal for an Indian wedding, for example. A couple drawn to all things Parisian would appreciate a modern take on the croquembouche, where colourful macarons make up the tower in lieu of pastry puffs.

Couture Confection

Four Seasons pastry chefs can render just about anything in icing. For fashion-forward brides, Laufer has designed wedding cakes inspired by couture. One recent confection mimicked the details of the bride’s gown, with tiers swathed in fondant “fabric” and embellished with silver dragée pearls, frosted buttons and piped trim. Another cake indulged a bride’s handbag obsession by featuring stacked, rectangular tiers decorated to look like Louis Vuitton luggage.

Skinny Treat

Health-conscious couples can have their cake and eat it, too. Inspired by Westlake Village’s partnership with the California Health & Longevity Institute, the Longevity Cake has flaxseed baked into the batter, and fresh blueberries and banana jam filling topped with light vanilla cream.


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