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BN Weddings: Say Yes to That Cake! Feast Your Eyes on these Stunning Wedding Cakes

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Cynthia & Ebuka Obi-Uchendu's Wedding | Photo Credit: George Okoro via Instagram.com

Cynthia & Ebuka Obi-Uchendu | Photo Credit: @GeorgeOkoroWeddings via Instagram.com | Cake: @TulipsCake

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Majula and Seun’s Wedding | Photo Credit: Abusalami Photography | Cake by Luigi’s Complex, Gambia

An intriguing forget-me-not aspect of most weddings, after the bride’s dress, the couple’s first dance or kiss is definitely the wedding cake.

In Nigerian culture, the act of cutting the cake solidifies the union between the couple, as a display of affection is executed when the groom feeds the bride and the bride feeds the groom. Their togetherness is reaffirmed, symbolizing the beginning of a new journey for them as 1!

Traditionally, the cake symbolizes a number of things, from the colour on the outside layer down to the mixture within. Topics of wealth, good fortune, fertility and purity are all but a few in the long list of requirements a couple considers before making a final decision on what cake to choose.

Most wedding cakes vary from 2 to 7 tiers in size, with layers that may differ in width – but the bigger the bottom base, the better!

Picture By @sojioni

Photo Credit: Soji Oni

This seven-tier cake at Tola and Dele‘s wedding by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was a nod to the seven years of the couple’s relationship, and each tier showed a different stage of their love.

Photo Credit: Adebayo Deru Photography

Photo Credit: Adebayo Deru Photography

As with photography, makeup and tailoring,  the art of cake making requires a certain type of 21st century finesse to create a mind-blowing, unique and desirable cake that will make you want to career hop or relive your wedding day over and over again.

Some couples even opt for multiple cakes! Like designer Ewemade of Shakara Couture and Bode at their musical wedding.

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Photo Credit: Isaace Emokpae Photography

What happens to the wedding cake after the wedding?It is but a mystery as to what exactly happens to the cake after all this effort. Many couples freeze the cake and share a slice on their 1st anniversary, others share it on the day, while some leave it as a decor piece during the reception, then divvy it up among the bride and groom’s family after.

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Photo Credit: RH Photo Arts | Cake by Edet Okon

Back to the wedding day, with all these intricate details in place, the most inspirational element of each cake design are the untold stories behind them and most importantly, the way they look!

This beautiful white and silver topped cake for Ezinne and Uchenna Texas wedding is just the beginning!

Here are BN Weddings’ Top 8 Pick of 2016 Cake Trends

1. Firstly, white or ivory with gold detail, this cake was made by Santis Cake Creation for Anuli and Ifeanyi wedding ceremony, it’s a perfect mix of traditional wedding cake glam.

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Photo Credit: Imagio Photography | Cake by Santis Cake Creations

Here’s another beautiful gold cake by Andy Clark Cakes featured at Megan and Ekene’s spectacular wedding in Lagos.

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2. Personalized cake toppers or fondant figures are a big hit! Maggie and Lionel had a cute fondant figure of themselves and their initials on their cake by The Cake World UK.

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Photo Credit: NK Abani Photography | Cake by The Cake World UK

3. Couples names/initials. Just like the cake above, with the couple’s initials, many opt to have their names or initials on their cake. Here’s a white cake with ombre hearts, at the 1st ever Bliss Wedding Experience by Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel.

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Photo Credit: Steven Adusei Photography | Cake by Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra

4. Traditional-inspired cakes. Usually for the engagement/traditional wedding, the cakes have elements like chests, coral beads, palm wine gourds or figures of the bride and groom in their traditional wear.

Cake by @heladodelicia

Cake: @heladodelicia

Cake by @dripplescakes

Cake: @dripplescakes

5. Statement or centre-piece decor wedding cakes, this grand gesture is by Ivel Cakes at Dami and Ayo’s ATL wedding.

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Photo Credit: Alakija Studios | Cake by Ivel Cakes

The extended round tier design, ascending in size this stunning 9-tier artwork by G Cakes Couture was featured at the wedding of  Grosvenor House wedding of Ruby and Dipo.

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Photo Credit: Alakija Studios | Cake by G Cakes Couture

6. Colour coordinated or two-toned

Cake by @heladodelicia

Cake: @heladodelicia

7. Squared or a replica of a gift box/package was the option chosen by Petra & Emmanuel at their wedding, cake by Edet Okon.

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Photo Credit: RH Photo Arts | Cake by Edet Okon

8. And lastly, the wow!wow!WOW! factor cake, that has a little bit of everything, height, colour, elegance, a touch of floral and definitely a statement piece of decor goodness, Tolu and Gbenga magical wedding went all out with this one, cake by Tiny Little Cakes.

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Photo Credit: PoshClick Photography | Cake by Tiny Little Cakes

Tolu and Gbenga_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Lagos Nigeria Yoruba Wedding_PoshClick Photography_13I hope you enjoyed the traditional, conventional & breathtaking cake designs from weddings featured on www.bellanaija.com/weddings over the last few months.

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Diabanjo is a member of the BellaNaija Weddings Team. She obtained a Bachelors degree in English from Coventry University and is an unpublished short story writer, distinctly known for her unique metaphors with a drop of self-indulgence. She is a passionate minimalist and particularly loves to read romance genre, with a mesmerizing interest in 21st century bridals. Visit diabanjo.wordpress.com to view her write-ups & feel free to send an email to [email protected] for weddings/bridal related inquiries. Be You!

16 Comments

  1. Kiiki

    May 18, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Honorary mention->The Black Cake! It has been/ IS a HUGE trend for wedding cakes this year…?

  2. Ify

    May 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Chai. I’ll probably spend more money on my CAKES than food on my wedding day. I love all of them!!

  3. Concerned individual

    May 18, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Beautiful, well chosen images. The text however could do with some work.
    First of the all the premise for the article is false.
    The cake minus top tier is always eaten.
    Your a young writer, my intention is to encourage you but simplicity is best.
    Your editors should be helping you to pare down.
    You have a gift and with guidance and time your writing will get better and better.

  4. ACE

    May 18, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Dripples cake made the list yayyyyy!

  5. Bluberry Cakes

    May 18, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Nice article.

  6. Mizzy

    May 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Dreamy, lovely, super creative n mouth watery…………..

  7. BerryB

    May 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Don’t understand what the article is about? Expected a lot more; a high point or conclusion or information!!! Lost!

  8. Yeyeperry

    May 18, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Ok. So what should they do with the cake afterwards? I thought that was what the write upp was about.

  9. Tosin

    May 18, 2016 at 9:31 am

    “the act of cutting the cake solidifies the union between the couple”
    Na So.
    😀

    Pretty pictures. Pretty page.

  10. Buki

    May 18, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Love it, love it, love it! The title says feast your eyes… I didn’t even read the write up, the title was clear… so what else were you expecting o. Gorgeous and dreamy cakes.. I feel inspired!

    • chick

      May 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

      The title has been changed.

  11. Niyoola

    May 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Pretty Pixes, Ome cakes don’t look as nice as I expected.

    As an avid Bn weddings reader, you missed some cakes: there was one hanging from the ceiling, there was the Biola Daisi cake that triggered all this “i tap into it” comments, many wedding cakes featured here made by Cakes by Tosan were ah-mazing and so pretty.

    well, choosing cakes can be subjective ….. so …. peace out

    • Sweet.

      May 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      @Niyoola, which cakes here were by Cakes By Tosan?

    • Niyoola

      May 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Not cakes in this article, cakes featured on previous BN Weddings.

  12. molarah

    May 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    My own ish is what happens to all that cake after the wedding? Is it eaten up? Thrown away?

    These peeps must have very large families – I’ve seen a 3-tier cake get wasted, so I always have reservations on many-tier cakes. They are pretty though.

  13. Yori

    May 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    In Nigerian culture, the act of cutting the cake….cake aint even Nigerian how is it culture?!

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