Published on October 29, 2019

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Serving up a store-bought wedding cake on your big day isn’t just a genius way to put a little extra cash towards your honeymoon fund, it’s also a chance to get creative with toppings that can transform even the simplest of cakes into a chic statement dessert.

Start by picking out a Pantone hue—to ensure you’re getting the closest possible color match—that’s within the palette of your big day. Take it to your local Whole Foods and request that the pastry team whips up the frosting in your desired shade. (We tried it and surprisingly enough, they were totally game!) Then top it with one of these non-traditional add-ons—all available at the grocery store—to make it your own, no matter what style your celebration. Ahead, a few creative ideas to help you with a little inspiration.

Modern Minimalism

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This graphic look couldn’t be easier. Just line the bottom edge of the cake with fresh blueberries, then evenly space the fruit along the top. Add an on-hue melamine cake stand and you have “something blue” that can be used again back at home after the big day.

Rustic Chic

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Set the right tone for an outdoor celebration (whether you’re saying “I do” on a farm or in the rolling hills of Tuscany) with a cake that’s as simple to top as it is impactful in finish. Kumquats and their leaves pop against pale yellow buttercream, and a gold cake server elevates the entire scene.

Tropical Punch

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A warm-weather party on the beach calls for an equally bright dessert spread. Arrange sweet cherry fruit slices, which you can get in bulk, along the top of a pretty pink pre-made cake. (And then bag up the leftover gummies to use as favors!) The result is a candy-coated dream.

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