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Fête equality with one of these cakes from same-sex weddings!
13 of the 50 United States have legalized same-sex marriage.
Currently, 13 of the 50 United States recognize same-sex marriage as legal and perform the ceremony, and many more are in the process of determining where they stand with regard to the issue.
Celebrate marriage equality with these fabulous cakes!
And with wedding ceremonies, often, comes cake—traditionally frosted in white, adorned with flowers, and maybe balancing a tiny couple in black and white on its top layer.
But because same-sex marriage is only recently legal in some states and still yet to be legalized in the majority of the country, same-sex couples are creating marriage traditions as they go. As a result, many couples are bucking traditional cake styles and going the way of colorful cakes in unusual flavors and finished with unique cake toppers.
This is true for straight couples as well as for gay couples; regardless of who is getting married, there are cakes that are really stunning, some that are classic, some that are funky, some that are strange. The only thing that really distinguishes a same-sex couple’s cake from an opposite-sex couple’s cake is that the figurines atop one are both women.
Here are 11 Fabulous (Gay) Wedding Cakes, many of which were in fact served at the weddings of same-sex couples.
45 Beautiful Ideas Wedding Cake 2021
The wedding cake is the centerpiece of any wedding and often the only guest with its own table. Delicious and decadent, it is the perfect way to end any wedding banquet and for many guests, it can be one of the most memorable parts of the wedding. The emergence of micro weddings, intimate gatherings, and virtual celebrations meant a major shift in how we celebrated weddings last year but in 2021 and 2022, we are looking forward to the return of exciting cake designs, be they elegant and grand, modern or rustic, simple or chic. We predict that there will be a greater focus on cake flavors, with immune-boosting and healthy options being top consideration for many couples.
Chocolate Drip Semi-Naked Cake
This unfrosted cake is dripping with a chocolate glaze and dotted with lush pink flowers and figs. It would be such a lovely addition to a late summer wedding—the perfect cake for the couple wanting something completely out of the ordinary.
Dark wedding cakes don't always have to be moody and brooding. This stunner exudes a soft elegance with its floral-painted tier and accents of handmade sugar blossoms in powdery tones.
Sweet Cakes By Melissa, Oregon Bakery That Denied Gay Couple A Wedding Cake, Closes Shop
The Oregon bakery which sparked the ire of same-sex marriage advocates nationwide by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has closed up shop.
As Willamette Week first reported, Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed its storefront on Saturday, Aug. 31, as the shop is not open for business on Sundays.
"This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery," an Aug. 30 entry on Sweet Cakes' Facebook page reads. "I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same [email protected]"
Meanwhile, KOIN reports that a sign hinting at the controversy that ensued after co-owner Aaron Klein cited his religious beliefs in turning away the lesbian brides-to-be earlier this year appeared on the bakery's door a day after the shop closed for good.
“This fight is not over," the sign read, according to the report. "We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart."
The shop's closing came on the heels of news that the lesbian couple that Klein rejected had filed a complaint with the state, alleging that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against them based on their sexual orientation, according to Oregon Live.
In response to the complaint, the bakery's co-owner Melissa Klein argued that turning away the couple was "definitely not discrimination at all."
"We don't have anything against lesbians or homosexuals," she said in August. "It has to do with our morals and beliefs. It's so frustrating because we went through all of this in January, when it all came out."
Her remarks echoed sentiments her husband Aaron shared with NBC earlier this year. "I think [the state labor commissioner] is going to have decide what's more important: The Oregon State Constitution, or the statute that was passed in 2007," he said at the time. "They dropped the ball by not putting in any exemption for religious beliefs."
Meanwhile, the company's Facebook page has been filled with a myriad of supportive comments.
Photo by Whiskers and Willow Cake by 2good2b Greenery by Plenty of Petals
If you really want to tie your obsession with succulents into your cake design, don’t be afraid to go all out! Succulents are such a delicate plant, and adding plenty of pops of sage green with a bit of purple makes a stunning outdoor display for an otherwise simple white cake.
Alex Drummond Is Married! All the Photos From Her Dreamy Wedding So Far
Ree's daughter positively glowed in her wedding gown.
Introducing for the first time&hellipMr. and Mrs. Scott!
That&rsquos right folks, Ree Drummond&rsquos oldest daughter is married. We&rsquove been waiting for this day since Alex and Mauricio first got engaged last August. We watched as she found the perfect dress, celebrated with a beautiful bridal shower, and let her hair down during her Nashville bachelorette. But now, Alex and her "friend" are officially husband and wife! The wedding was held on Drummond Ranch on May 1, and it was nothing short of perfection. Want to see more? Of course you do!
Thankfully, Ree, Alex, and Mauricio have shared tons of snapshots of their sweet ceremony and super fun reception. To make sure you don&rsquot miss out on any of the gorgeousness, we&rsquove compiled all the best photos from Alex and Mauricio&rsquos wedding that have been shared so far. Try not to tear up when you see all the happiness&mdashand when you see how stunning Alex looked in her dress!
Welcome friends: You&rsquore cordially invited to Alex&rsquos wedding album. 😍
13 Unique Wedding Cakes That Are Anything But Traditional
Of all the sweet moments you'll have on your wedding day, one of the best may just be enjoying your cake. Serving wedding cake is one of the most popular traditions still upheld today by couples. According to The Knot 2019 Real Weddings Study, 76 percent of couples who got married last year served wedding cake, and of those, 82 percent held a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Perhaps you, too, want to follow this tradition, but you'd rather give it a modern spin. If so, you'll need a unique wedding cake that's anything-but-traditional.
If flowery white cakes aren't your style, there are plenty of modern wedding cake designs that will make yours stand out. Fresh twists like succulent clusters, tilted tiers or geometric cake stands will elevate your cake and make it an unforgettable part of your reception. If this sounds like what you envision serving on your wedding day, you'll be thrilled to know there are plenty of ideas to get you started on designing your ideal cake. Below, we've rounded up the best unique wedding cakes of 2020 for maximum inspiration. Find one (or two) that you love, and let it inspire your own.
Geometric and Marble Flair
A geometric stand separates the top two tiers from the bottom, making this modern wedding cake design impossible to miss. With a light gray marble finish and eucalyptus sprouting from all angles, this confection is perfect for those who love clean, minimalistic styles. The addition of gold geometric cutouts placed around the cake add a pop of color to the muted palette.
This topsy-turvy cake is a must for those hosting a whimsical wedding. Branches and hanging grass add a woodsy flair to the white textured tiers, while Spanish moss poking out from under each layer makes this cake feel like a 3-D work of art. Plus, since incorporating various types of greenery is one of 2020's biggest wedding trends, this unique wedding cake design is a delicious way to make your confection feel modern and fresh.
Naked and Tilted Tiers
This modern wedding cake combines two of-the-moment trends—naked icing and tiled tiers—for a cake that's simply unforgettable. While your guests might question the physics of a gravity-defying cake like this, they'll have no problem indulging in the modern treat. Blooming flowers and succulents on every level help make it stand out.
Thin garlands of greenery adorn this textured cake. A variety of tier shapes add dimension to the design, while the modern, minimalistic green garlands give this cake an elegant finishing touch.
If you're all about the details, a hand-painted cake is a must for your wedding. The gold geometric designs on this cake table are accented with gold foil encircling the cutting cake. With gold and white florals and a small pop of crimson, this modern wedding cake design is a total eye-catcher.
Blue watercolor brushstrokes bring the only pop of color to this otherwise white tiered cake. Your wedding cake doesn't have to be an extravagant treat covered in icing flowers and colorful design if it's not fit to your taste. Instead, having a light pop of color on one tier is a unique wedding cake idea that will still garner all of the attention. Plus, if you're looking for a creative way to incorporate something blue, leave it to your caterer to make the magic happen.
Gold and Greens
Unique wedding cakes don't have to include over-the-top elements. Single-tiered cakes are great options for couples who may want to serve alternative wedding desserts without totally giving up tradition. This small serving cake is perfect for a ceremonial photo op—plus, with modern additions like a gold flecks and simple greenery as décor, it's a trendy addition to the sweets table.
Hidden Geode Cluster
The latest update on this popular style is the inclusion of hidden geode designs, which is a fun way to surprise your guests. After all, who wouldn't be delighted by a sugary gem cluster hidden in the center of a wedding cake? Not only would a geode cake make for a great Instagram snap, it's one of the most fun modern wedding cake ideas for couples who want to break with tradition.
Chocolate lovers, this unique cake idea is for you. Wedding cake designs don't always have to be clean and polished. If you want to serve your guests a mouth-watering treat, consider having an icing drip added to your cake. This rustic cake's chocolate drip stands out against the white icing—so if you choose to emulate this design, you'll be counting down the seconds until you can dig in.
Looking for unique wedding cake ideas that don't actually involve the cake? Go for an unexpected cake stand to deliver serious wow factor. This cake sits atop a tree stump-inspired stand, making it a perfect option for nature-loving couples. If you love this idea, look for stands that will hold tiers at various levels to make your cake feel effortlessly cool and modern.
Perhaps you don't want a geode in the middle of your cake. If you still like the look of them, though, consider having a similar topper sit on the highest tier of your cake. Get it personalized with your monogram or leave it plain—no matter what you choose, the eye-catching decoration will bring a modern touch to your dessert.
If your home is filled to the brim with succulents, why not incorporate them into your wedding cake too? Perfect for newlyweds with green thumbs, a simple cake accented with succulents is a fun way to pay homage to your love of self-sufficient plants and your affinity for modern design. The simplicity of this single-tier cake is great for those who don't love over-the-top wedding cakes.
Decorating your wedding cake with unexpected florals is a great way to give it a unique touch. A variety of crimson florals bring sharp pops of color to this naked cake. Plus, with some simple branches poking out of the flower arrangement, this cake is a perfect dessert for a modern fall or winter wedding.
Andy Stanley Wants You To Bake A Gay Wedding Cake
Andy Stanley is at it again. An article published by Raw Story tells of Andy Stanley’s recent comments in regards to Christian businesses baking cakes for gay weddings. Andy claims, “Serving people we don’t see eye to eye with is the essence of Christianity…Jesus died for a world with which he didn’t see eye to eye. If a bakery doesn’t want to sell its products to a gay couple, it’s their business — literally. But leave Jesus out of it.” Let us be clear that as Christians we are not called to “sort out” the world to determine who we serve. The difference is when it comes to providing a service that celebrates sin then you’re entering into dangerous territory. If you’re asked to bake a cake for a gay wedding and choose to oblige you’re contributing to the celebration and therefore you’re affirming an event that God clearly disapproves of. Let us be clear the sin is in the willful participation in the celebration of the gay marriage. This would violate the Christians conscience. The sin is not in baking a cake for homosexuals the sin is in the celebration of the sinful same-sex union. Romans 1:32 says, “and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
A Christian should never violate their conscience. Romans 14:23 states, “But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith and whatever is not from faith is sin.” This is an issue one must be careful with. What if a fornicating couple asks you to bake a cake for their wedding? It’s a matter of conscience. What’s astonishing about the article is that it reports Andy Stanley met with “gay members” of his church to discuss his new book, “The New Rules for Love, Sex and Dating.” In his on words Andy says,“I asked them if they wished I would have addressed them specifically, since all of my illustrations and teaching assumed heterosexual relationships,” Stanley said. “These men and women unanimously said no. They said that in the LGBT community, when they attend church, they are accustomed to contextualizing all the relationship teaching anyway.” A homosexual church member is an oxymoron. What pastor would allow an unrepentant sinner living in habitual sin to become a formal member of the local church! Let us look at a biblical definition of church membership, “When an individual is saved, he becomes a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). Because he is united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he is therefore qualified to become member of a local expression of that body. To become a member of a church is to formally commit oneself to an identifiable, local body of believers who have joined together for specific, divinely ordained purposes. These purposes include receiving instruction from God’s Word (1 Tim. 4:13 2 Tim. 4:2), serving and edifying one another through the proper use of spiritual gifts (Rom. 12:3-8 1 Cor. 12:4-31 1 Pet. 4:10-11), participating in the ordinances (Luke 22:19 Acts 2:38-42), and proclaiming the gospel to those who are lost (Matt. 28:18- 20). In addition, when one becomes a member of a church, he submits himself to the care and the authority of the biblically qualified elders that God has placed in that assembly.”
Church membership is for believers who have repented of their sins and are living under God’s grace. So for Andy Stanley to allow open homosexuals to become members is sinful and completely contrary to Scripture. Andy has been giving clear evidence for a few years now that he leans towards affirming homosexuals. He willfully refuses to call homosexuality a sin. Andy prides himself on having a church that treats LGBT congregants the same as anyone else. As an elder of a local church, the pastors of Northpoint have a biblical mandate to exercise church discipline towards members of the church living in habitual sin ( Matthew 18:15-17). So why isn’t Andy exercising church discipline on the “homosexual members” of his church?
Back in 2012 Andy took heat for an illustration he made about a family in his church. Andy told a story of a divorced couple who attended North Point. They separated after the woman’s husband began a same-sex relationship with another man, who was still married to a woman. The man and his partner wanted to serve as volunteers at the church, but Stanley explained that the two men were committing adultery since one of them did not finalize his divorce yet and thus could not serve as volunteers. Albert Mohler responded saying, “The woman then insisted that her former husband and his gay partner move to another congregation. They did move, but to another North Point location, where they volunteered together as part of a “host team.” The woman later told Andy Stanley that her former husband and his partner were now involved as volunteers in the other congregational location.
Albert Mohler responded saying, “The woman then insisted that her former husband and his gay partner move to another congregation. They did move, but to another North Point location, where they volunteered together as part of a “host team.” The woman later told Andy Stanley that her former husband and his partner were now involved as volunteers in the other congregational location.The story took a strange turn when Stanley then explained that he had learned that the former husband’s gay partner was still married. Stanley then explained that the partner was actually committing adultery and that the adultery was incompatible with his service on a host team. Stanley told the two men that they could not serve on the host team so long as the one man was still married. He later told of the former wife’s decision not to live in bitterness, and of her initiative to bring the whole new family structure to a Christmas service. This included the woman, her daughter, her former husband, his gay partner, and his daughter. Stanley celebrated this new “modern family” as an expression of forgiveness. He concluded by telling of Christ’s death for sinners and told the congregation that Jesus does not condemn them, even if they cannot or do not leave their life of sin. Declaring the death of Christ as atonement for sin is orthodox Christianity and this declaration is essential to the Gospel of Christ. The problem was that Stanley never mentioned faith or repentance — which are equally essential to the Gospel. There is indeed no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, but this defines those who have acted in repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). As for those who are not in Christ, they stand condemned already (John 3:18). The most puzzling and shocking part of the message was the illustration and the account of the homosexual couple, however. The inescapable impression left by the account was that the sin of concern was adultery, but not homosexuality. Stanley clearly and repeatedly stressed the sin of adultery, but then left the reality of the homosexual relationship between the two men unaddressed as sin. To the contrary, he seemed to normalize their relationship. They would be allowed to serve on the host team if both were divorced. The moral status of their relationship seemed to be questioned only in terms of adultery, with no moral judgment on their homosexuality.”
It’s sad that men like Andy Stanley are heavily influencing churches across the world. Yet those who listen to and follow men like Andy are not victims. 2 Timothy 4:3-5 says, “ For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” People run to churches like Andy Stanley’s because they know that so called pastors like Andy will preach to their fleshly desires watering down God’s truth. We as Christians are commanded to be discerning. John MacArthur provides a clear definition for discernment saying, “ In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.” Given enough time the truth will expose those who hide from it. An acquaintance of mine stated, “Does Mr. Stanley believe that John the Baptist would’ve baked a wedding cake for Herod Antipas’ wedding to his brother’s wife Herodias? With Stanley’s past antics, the answer I’m sure wouldn’t surprise us.
[Contributed by Cameron Dobbins. You can follow my blog at camerondobbins.org]
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14 "Naked" Cakes That Take Everyone's Favorite Dessert to the Next Level
You might never want to cover a cake in frosting again.
You might never want to cover a cake in frosting again after trying out these quick and easy cake recipes.
Extra sweet berries add the right touch to this simple cake.
Get the recipe at Ashlee Marie.
You'll be drooling as the ooey-gooey drips of toffee sauce cover this pudding cake.
Get the recipe at Style Sweet CA.
Freshen up your standard vanilla cake recipe with summer flavors like strawberries and thyme.
Get the recipe at The Cake Blog.
Decorate this light lemon cake with fresh sprigs of rosemary and crumbled candied pecans for a polished finish.
Get the recipe at The Little Epicurean .
Pin this easy-to-bake cake now and bake it later this spring and summer when you'll find the best selection of fresh raspberries.
Get the recipe at My Baking Addiction.
Naked cakes recently became trendy when bakers realized that the real beauty of a cake was in the ingredients themselves. This sweet recipe, for instance, highlights nature's beauty&mdashno bells and whistles necessary.
Get the recipe at I Am Baker.
The only thing better than chocolate-covered fruit is chocolate-covered fruit in cake form.
Get the recipe at I Am Baker.
Using box mix helps make this stunning layer cake a fast and easy treat.
Get the recipe at I Am Baker.
Any cookie lover will go absolutely bananas over this decadent, three-layer cake filled with vanilla buttercream.
Get the recipe at Life, Love & Sugar.
Tea adds color and a subtle flavor in this beautiful naked cake.
Get the recipe at Mbakes.
This made-from-scratch cake is packed with strawberry flavor, making it the perfect addition to a summer party.
Get the recipe at The Kitchen McCabe.
Brown sugar cake soaked with caramel sauce in cinnamon apples? We can't think of anything better!
This cake might be mini in size maybe, but it's packed with flavor.
Get the recipe at Raspberri Cupcakes.
We have one word to describe this chocolate chip buttermilk cake soaked with passion fruit puree and topped with passion fruit curd, chocolate crumbs, and coffee buttercream: epic.