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Published June 09, 2012, 11:30 PM

SPECIAL WEDDING EDITION | Cakes, desserts showcase couples’ style

MOORHEAD – When Darla Julin started decorating wedding cakes 30 years ago, everything was done in butter cream.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – When Darla Julin started decorating wedding cakes 30 years ago, everything was done in butter cream.

The cakes were adorned with heavy piping and a lot of pillars, she said.

Now, more than half of the cakes baked at Moorhead business Fantasies in Frosting, which Julin owns, are decorated in fondant, a dough-like sugar mixture that is rolled thin and easily molded, crimped and shaped.

A lot of the cake designs will follow fashion trends, Julin said. Brides will bring in pictures of fabric, wallpaper, or even their own wedding dress to be used in the cake’s design.

Brides are looking for unique cakes, which have really become works of art, Julin said.

Smaller bites

Cupcakes have also become popular options. They’re easier to serve, can be offered in different flavors and can still be decorated to look beautiful, Julin said.

Fantasies in Frosting offers 20 cake flavors and all of the cakes come with filling, unless the bride and groom request otherwise.

“A bride the other day said she was in cake heaven,” Julin said.

Some of the more unique cakes include pink Champaign with a strawberry mousse filling and chai tea with caramel filling – a new flavor Fantasies in Frosting developed this winter, Julin said.

“Every bride who has tried it has ordered it,” she said of the chai tea cake. “I was really surprised.”

Though she bakes and decorates cakes for all occasions, weddings are about 75 percent of Julin’s business, she said. Even when the recession hit, she wasn’t hit too hard.

“For the most part, brides still want that nice wedding cake,” she said. “If they’re going to pay good money for something, they want good quality.”

Casey Steele, who owns and operates Fargo’s Love in the Oven Bakery, does a lot of cake alternatives for weddings.

She started her bakery in 2010, and weddings are about 50 percent of her business, she said.

Her most popular wedding desserts are her cake bites.

“People are really into bite-sized desserts,” she said. “They also make cute favors.”

Cake bites are cake and frosting rolled up and dipped in candy coating.

The bride and group chose their cake and frosting flavors and the bites are dipped in a chocolate or vanilla candy coating.

Dessert buffets with things like bars, cookies, and bite-sized pies are also becoming popular, Steele said.

A lot of the couples who go for a cake alternative, will still have a cake for the cutting ceremony, she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526