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  • Writer's pictureLouise Remedios


Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Nope, we’re not bringing you Joe Jonas and the DNCE tribe, but the central piece at any destination wedding in Goa - a gorgeous cake. It creates drama, offers a focal point and even a sense of mystery - what flavour is it?! It’s important to get some research in before chatting with your wedding cake designer so you don’t go in completely blind.


Wedding cakes were a sign of high social status, traditionally made back in the 17th century as fruit cakes topped with marzipan and laid out as tiers. They were white to symbolise the couple’s standing in society since refined sugars were quite expensive, and made of fruit as a sign of fertility and prosperity.

Today, none of the symbolism is important, but cakes like these tend to offer a regal twist to a vintage do. Get your wedding cake designer to look into contemporary twists to traditional styles, such as a spray of fresh flowers that the florist for your wedding can add in.

Picture credits - Beurre & Berry


Back in the day, fruit cakes soaked in rum had a long shelf life and couples often saved the top tier for their first wedding anniversary or to celebrate the birth of their first child. Tiered cakes are especially helpful when the guest list to your destination wedding in Goa runs several pages long. Imagine a single-tier cake to serve 500 guests!

Tiers also add a wow factor, and they don’t necessarily have to be round. Make them square, hexagonal, rectangular or even a combination of various shapes. The more complicated the structure and detail of the result, the higher the final price from your wedding cake designer.

Try varying colours based on your theme to amp up the look. And dispense with the traditional fruit cake; each layer can have a different flavour, from classic chocolate and red velvet or salted caramel to more unique ones such as orange and berry, key lime, coconut sponge or passionfruit and rum.

Picture Credits - Mog Cake Studio


No, not you! Naked cakes are trending, particularly for rustic, summery celebrations that are the easiest to organise in Goa (hello gorgeous blue skies and shimmering seas). A naked cake does away with the frosting and your wedding cake designer will probably use just a very thin layer for a wispy effect.

Because it’s an exposed cake, it needs to be baked closer to the time of the reception, which guarantees you fresh, moist deliciousness in every bite. Most wedding hotels in Goa have an in-house bakery, so ordering your naked cake with them will guarantee freshness. Consider decorations that feature seasonal fruit, succulents, tiers of different flavours, funfetti, ferns and even lemon slices.

Picture Credits - Sugarlicious


When wedding planning in Goa, check out options for double-barrel cakes. These are two or three cakes stacked one on top of the other and covered with fondant or icing to look like a single tall tier. There’s often a cake board hidden in the centre so don’t worry about ridiculously large slices coming your way.

Look into having one double-barrel cake topped with a smaller tier, with white roses for a totally minimalist cake. Ombre cakes are all the rage and perfect for a light, fun, and slightly more casual feel, particularly if the icing is made of buttercream. Double-barrel cakes also look great with a dripping effect, topped with edible shells, macarons, and even meringue cookies or marshmallows.

If you’d like an edgy twist to a double-barrel cake, go with a tall square cake with shimmery fondant, ferns and dried orange peels as décor.

Picture Credits - Cakes & Doilies



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