Same Sex Wedding Cake Trends


We are back with another wonderful wedding cake discussion which features our conversation with Ron Ben-Israel, the chef and owner of one of the country’s finest couture cake studios (and also a member of AllSeated’s Advisory Board)!


Photo Source: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes


Selecting the perfect wedding cake for your special day is often at the top of the planning list for wedding couples.

But what about same sex wedding couples? Is the cake selecting process the same, are the trends different — We need to know!

Thankfully, Ron was here to help us out, giving us his expert insight on wedding cake trends for same sex wedding couples. Along with his words of wisdom, the pictures of his beautiful wedding cake creations help us visualize the delicious beauty of his special wedding cake designs!

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Photo Source: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes


How do same sex wedding couples go about selecting their wedding cake? Do you they bring you photos and have ideas in mind or do they look to you for guidance?


The creative process is very much the same! I ask couples to bring in ideas and inspiration from their lives and to share with me the visual plans for their reception.

We look at everything related to the occasion – stationery and invitation, the ambiance of the location, the season of the year and the time of the day, what they’ll be wearing, the floral displays, the linen and decorations, and so forth.

Couples also have favorite colors and textures, and often they like to include elements from their life together.

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Photo Source: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes


Are there trends in same sex wedding cakes?


The major trend is to customize everything, but I don’t see a particular style or trend – yet! Same-sex weddings are relatively new, and therefore there are not many traditions to follow.


Photo Source: Nannette Bedway Studio
Are same sex wedding cakes the same as other wedding cake styles or would you say they differ?


I have to say that while female couples usually opt for romantic and floral cakes, male couples are much more specific with their choices. They usually want a very textural cake, and draw inspiration from their professional affiliation with architecture and fashion.


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I know that there’s a trend of adding a “groom’s cake” to the regular wedding cake for weddings today. Do you see this with same sex couples too?


Yes! We’ve provided to some elaborate celebrations both a joint wedding cake and two separate groom’s cake. That was a lot of fun for us to create!
What do you want people to know about same sex wedding cakes/wedding trends/styles?


We keep in mind that we’re providing a cake to celebrate two people joining in marriage, and that their union should come first. Of course, I love showing off with our cake designs, but as I like to say, “There’s the right cake for the right couple.” Therefore I try not to assume what will please our clients, and offer our craft in the service of their vision.


Photo Source: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

Ron’s confectionary creations have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town and Country, People, New York Post, New York Daily News, Martha Stewart Weddings, In Style, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Elegant Bride, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Knot, Time Out and Vogue Magazine, to name a few. Ron was named “Best Baker” by Vogue Magazine and was declared Martha Stewart’s favorite cake maker. He continues to regularly contribute to Martha Stewart’s eponymous magazine and TV shows, and their collaboration was highlighted in Martha Stewart Weddings’ 20th anniversary issue.

Ron has served as both host and judge of Food Network’s Sweet Genius, and he is a judge on the series Cake Wars. He has also has appeared as a guest and judge on a variety of Food Network shows, including Chopped and Worst Cooks in America. In addition to being on Food Network, Ron and his work have appeared on numerous television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts and The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS).

Learn even more about Ron here. 

In case you missed our last blog post with Ron, click here to read all about customized wedding cakes!

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Same Sex Wedding Cake Trends