Wood Grain & White: A Rustic Wedding Cake

We’re starting the week off right with a gorgeous cake from a bakery with a very appropriate name.  Renata of Lovely Cakes in Norwalk, Connecticut, has a knack for creating just that…. lovely cakes!  Today’s cake has a natural feminine charm that would be perfect for any rustic wedding.  With alternating wood grain tiers and oodles of incredible 3D flowers, this unique design makes a beautiful statement.  Created for a collaborative photo shoot with other local vendors, you’re going to fall in love with this romantic Wood Grain & White Wedding Cake!  Not to mention the insider tips shared by Renata… keep reading!

Rustic Wedding Cake, Flowers & Wood Grain

I absolutely love the contrast created by the simple wood grain tiers and the great white-on-white texture of the flowered tiers.  Let’s get a better look at the detail work…

Rustic Wedding Cake, Flowers & Wood Grain

It’s simply beautiful!  The entire table was full of rustic charm featuring a combination of both sweet and savory treats.  From baked blue cheese apples to cinnamon caramel bread puddings!  Not to mention the selection of mini pies, cupcakes, cookies and donuts.  I love the idea of balancing out the sweets with a selection of cheeses and fruit!  It offers a little something for everyone!

Rustic Wedding Dessert Table

And now for an extra treat!  Renata of Lovely Cakes kindly shared a few of her insider secrets to creating the beautiful wood grain effect!  Here are her tips:

  • The wood tiers were painted with ivory and warm brown food coloring.
  • Using a thick brush helps to create the wood grain effect.
  • To make the darker spots on the wood, paint random spots with food coloring (straight from the container) and let them dry for a few seconds.  Then paint it over with diluted food coloring (I use Vodka to dilute the food coloring) and the spots will drag a little and blend in the ‘wood grain’.

Rustic Wedding Cake, Flowers & Wood Grain

A big thank you to Renata of Lovely Cakes for sharing her rustic Wood Grain & White Wedding Cake with us today!  With its natural charm and understated detail work, it’s simply lovely!!

Vendors & Credits:
Cake:  Lovely Cakes
Desserts:  Cookie Creatives
Table Design: Jess Country Flowers
Photography:  Candace Jeffery Photography
Stationary: Parrot Design Studio

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured on TLC, DIY Network, The Cooking Channel, Glamour and more.


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    Gigi Johansson says

    Very creative and an amazing attention to detail! Beautiful work of art for the eyes and stomach. Great job!

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    This is a really beautiful cake. What is really neat is you could probably make thousands of variations by choosind different kinds of wood veneer.


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