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Nashville Bride Guide’s Best Wedding Cakes of 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Let's keep it going with the best of Nashville weddings from this year! Yesterday we explored the floral realm, and today we'll tackle cakes! This year's wedding cakes ranged from classic white buttercream to eclectic shapes and colors. We surveyed each published wedding and styled shoot this year and here are our picks for the best of the best!

Photo by Anjeanette Illustration Photography

1) Courtney's simplistic, lush white buttercream cake

Classic white textured cakes with sprigs of greenery were (and still are!) a huge trend in 2016! Courtney's cake by The Rolling Pin sitting atop a hammered silver cake stand tied in with their whole theme!

See Courtney's classic, elegant wedding at Long Hollow Gardens here



Photo by Abigail Volkmann Photography

2) Abigail Volkmann's jewel toned styled shoot cake

A funky black cake with gold flecks by Oh Crumbs Bakery! is so fun for fall! Adding some fun jewel toned florals and a canoe cake topper by Whiskey Teacup really set the fun styled shoot tone!

See the rest of Abigail's fall jewel toned styled shoot at The Chapel at Steward's Grove here.



Photo by Crystal Petrina Photography

3) Trista's art deco wedding cake

We love a good Great Gatsby wedding and Trista took the theme and ran with it! She put her own spin on art deco in every detail of her wedding - even her geometric wedding cake by Nashville Sweets

See Trista's art deco wedding at Cannery ONE here.



Photo by Abby Leighanne Photography

4) Abby Leighanne's Traveller's Rest styled shoot cake

We're head over heels for this cake by Tis So Sweet with white anemones! The white to gold ombrè buttercream base captures most cake trends from 2016!

See Abby's styled shoot at Traveller's Rest here



Photo by Shannon Bankston Photography

5) Paige Brown Designs' lakeside styled shoot cake

Each and every layer of this inspired styled cake makes a statement! From a printed floral pattern to the gold foil doilies, this cake by Devyne Delights is for the posh and glam bride! 

See Paige Brown Designs' lakeside "I Do" styled shoot here



Photo by Justin Wright Photography

6) Jennifer's white lace and floral wedding cake

A custom stamped initial "A" and vintage lace patterned layers made Jennifer's cake by Patty Cakes one of a kind. Add in some florals and you've got one beautiful cake (almost too beautiful to eat)!

See Jennifer's soft, elegant Cedarwood wedding here


I think this just put me in a sugar coma! I love seeing all of the fun and amazing talent the bakers here in Nashville have! Bravo!

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Fall Wedding Dessert Trends from Baked in Nashville

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall brings out some of the best desserts! Warm spices, apple, cinnamon... and of course the most "basic" pumpkin! When it comes to innovation and creativity with desserts, Baked in Nashville's Tiffany Riches is the queen! Her macaron creations are top-notch in Nashville and her cakes are out of this world! Each and every flavor is custom made by Tiffany - the hard work and dedication she's put into making everything from scratch is unmatched. From macaron towers to naked cakes, Tiffany gave us the low down on what's trending for Fall wedding desserts in Nashville. Take a look at what she's created!

What are some dessert trends you're seeing at weddings this fall?

Tiffany: A huge dessert trend this fall is definitely French macarons. Whether it's a macaron tree, individual favors at each place setting, or as part of a dessert bar, they are everywhere! We love to customize flavors and colors to match wedding decor! Also, NAKED CAKES! "Naked cakes" are the cakes you see that either have no buttercream around the outside, or very little buttercream, where you still see some of the cake poking through (hence the name "naked"). They are often decorated with fresh flowers and even candied cranberries or gilded raspberries to give a pop of color.

What are some fall flavors Baked in Nashville is offering to brides?

Tiffany: I am super excited about our fall macaron flavors this year!

-Pumpkin Spice: white chocolate ganache mixed with real pumpkin and spices.

-Blackberry: blackberries, lemon, and sugar = jam, as simple as that.

-S'more: fresh, homemade marshmallow fluff swirled with chocolate ganache and sprinkled with homemade graham cracker crumbs.

-Apple Pie: Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg...just like Grandma use to make it!

-Mocha: crushed coffee beans steeped in cream and mixed with dark chocolate to create a creamy coffee ganache.

-Butterscotch: homemade butterscotch sauce in the center of butterscotch buttercream.

What is your most popular fall flavor?

Tiffany: Chocolate cake with caramel buttercream is a very popular fall cake flavor. We make our caramel sauce in house and mix it with our Italian buttercream and then layer it and the caramel sauce between layers of delicious chocolate cake. Our most popular French macaron flavor would probably have to be either the pumpkin spice (because, pumpkin!) or the s'more. I can't forget about our chocolate bourbon pecan pie! This has so much goodness in it, it's hard to decide whether you should do large ones or individual so each guest has their own!

How are brides getting creative with their wedding desserts?

Tiffany: Many brides have started doing dessert "bars" for their guests. This can include anything from mini pies, macarons, cupcakes, individual banana puddings, to being as simple as chocolate chip cookies! Also, as mentioned, French macaron trees are popping up more and more often. This includes a tiered stand with an assortment of flavors and colors cascading down.

Do you have any fun dessert ideas for bridal shower or wedding favors?

Tiffany: I love decorating custom sugar cookies! This can be for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or wedding favors. Wedding dresses, tuxedos, and custom monogramed cookies are big at bridal showers and the weddings themselves! Bachelorette parties tend to get a little more fun with lingerie cookies and blinged out diamond rings. Another beautiful accent to a wedding can be individual cakes or desserts that are displayed at each place setting, or even as part of the table centerpiece.

Yum! Not sure about you, but I've got a hankerig for some macarons right about now! 

Check out more of Baked in Nashville's work on their website and Instagram page.

And you can also see Tiffany's 3 layer rose gold and marble cake she created for our Today in Nashville appearance here!

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Frosted Affair: New Location Now Open in Hillsboro Village

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Nashville staple in wedding cakes, Frosted Affair now has a new location! Making a slight move down the road from Green Hills to Hillsboro Village, Frosted Affair is conveniently located for brides near and far. Plus, Frosted Affair is joining other Nashville wedding greats in the Hillsboro Village area like Enchanted Brides and Karen Hendrix Couture.

Each design from Frosted Affair is uniquely designed for the customer. From hand-crafted grooms cakes to beautifully painted wedding cakes, the sky is the limit at Frosted Affair. How creative and beautiful is this hand-painted wedding cake!?

Call 615-856-1903 to schedule a tasting at their new Hillsboro Village boutique: 2021 21st Avenue South, Suite 310, Nashville, TN 37212

Visit Frosted Affair’s website or Instagram page for more great cake inspiration!

All photos from Frosted Affair & Jay Qualls’ Instagram pages.

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The Cupcake Collection Offers Gluten-Free and Vegan Cupcakes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

We all know cake and cupcake tasting is one of the best parts of planning your wedding. But as tasty as the traditional cupcake may be, many wedding guests may have gluten allergies or dietary restrictions. And we know you won’t want any guests missing out on your delicious dessert. Now you can take the worry out of your wedding cake since The Cupcake Collection offers gluten-free and vegan cupcakes!

With flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, red velvet (gasp!), wedding cake, marble and strawberry cheesecake, there are many options for your gluten-free guests.

Contact The Cupcake Collection to set up a tasting and give them a heads-up you’re interested in one of their gluten-free or vegan cupcakes.

All photos from The Cupcake Collection Instagram page.

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Think You Can’t Afford a Designer Wedding Cake?  You Might Be Surprised!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Brides are sometimes intimidated by custom options for their wedding: couture gowns, designer cakes, custom invitations.  We get it.  But, we often makes assumptions and don't realize that we may actually pay about the same for a mass-made item when there are high-quality options available that could fit our budget.

Take buttercream cakes by Vicki, of Signature Cakes.  You've seen these beauties often showcased at Mint Springs Farm and adorned with stunning florals.  The taste is no different than the flavors that Signature Cakes is known for, and the design, while not as ornate, is ideal for most brides.  

Instead of running to Publix or a lesser known baker out of fear, know that a scrumptious, textured buttercream cake (which by the way is all the rave) may not be as far out of your budget as you think.

Here are some of our favorite buttercream creations by Signature Cakes by Vicki.

All photos: Signature Cakes by Vicki's Facebook page.

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