When you think of the 1920s, you think of Art Deco, dancing the Charleston, flappers, speakeasies and Jay Gatsby. The 1920’s were a decade of style and sophistication, and if you have chosen this for your wedding theme, you have a world of fun ideas to choose from.
For a wedding cake that reflects your 1920’s theme, I recommend the following five ideas. Some of these are from friends’ weddings, and one is even a variation on my own wedding cake. You can use these ideas as a jumping off point for your own imagination, discuss them with your wedding cake designer, or even make these 1920s style wedding cakes yourself!
Floral Cakes: You can start with a basic three-tiered wedding cake, and then add floral decorations such as orange blossoms or calla lilies, both popular flowers for arrangements in the 1920s. You can use real flowers or sculpt them from frosting, or even a combination of the two. (I did this with my own wedding cake and the effect was visually stunning.) Make sure you match your bouquet and other flowers to your choice for your cake. Another 1920s variation of the basic cake is to add ivory sateen frosting with lacy details or a heavy fringe on each layer (reminiscent of the flapper dress.) For the cake itself, angel’s food and devil’s food cakes were very popular in the 1920s, but since it’s your wedding you should choose your favorite kind of cake!
Art Deco Cake: You can have a lot of fun with this one, working within the Art Deco premise of vibrant colors and simplicity. Use the colors from your favorite Art Deco furnishings and let your imagination run. One idea is to use several sheet cakes, in descending size, and stack them like boxes. This is especially fitting for an evening 1920s wedding, as you can use bold colors that will compliment the colors you choose for your flowers and attendants’ gowns.
Cupcake Cake: A pastel cupcake cake, with cream, pink, mint green and soft yellow frosting, is perfect for a 1920s day wedding. This combines whimsy and sophistication, the perfect epitome of the 1920s (think Daisy Buchanan). Again, make sure you pick up these same pastel hues in your wedding flowers and attendants’ gowns, using soft, draping fabrics with plenty of lace for the full 1920s effect.
Black and White Cake: This is the perfect 1920s “gangster” cake. Use either a black and white checked cake (very easy), or black and white layers for this type of cake. Top it with bride and groom figurines that resemble a “don” and his flapper “moll” for a truly amusing 1920s flare. For an interesting twist, use alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla cake, so guests can have their favorites to choose from.
Martini Cake: This is a really fun cake that is reminiscent of the speakeasies and bathtub gin of the 1920s. Start with a traditional tiered wedding cake, but decorate the layers with olive leaves instead of flowers. On top you can use two martini glasses (engraved with your wedding date), or a martini glass and a flask. (No true flapper went out on the town in the 1920s without her own flask.) Add a few olives and you’re done.
For a great resource of ideas for your 1920s wedding, click here. This site is loaded with resources for 1920s costumes, accessories (great for favor ideas), decorations and drink ideas. For cake toppers, click here. They have some especially beautiful couple figurines featuring calla lilies and other floral designs, very appropriate for 1920s cakes.