Sugar and spice  ...and all things delicious. This year, ditch the trad vanilla sponge and choose a wedding cake with unusual favours (cardamom, black tahini or cinnamon, anyone?)

Nato Welton

OUR FAVOURITE REAL WEDDING CAKES

(From left) Black sesame, cherry and hibiscus tart, £5, luciebennettpatissier.com. Antique silver vessel and dish, £2, to hire, idyllicdays.com. Pear, almond and cardamom cake with salted caramel buttercream, £585 (serves 130), luciebennettpatissier.com. Rose, pistachio and cardamom cake, £80 (serves 28), frenchmade.co.uk. Charger plate, £2, to hire, classiccrockery.co.uk. Black tahini and honey cake, £112 (serves 28), cakesbyyolk.com. Cake stand, £125, tomdixon.net. Pistachio and rose bundt cake, £65 (serves 18), lilyvanilli.com. Charger plate, £2 to hire, classiccrockery.co.uk. Rhubarb and rosemary crumble cake with rhubarb curd and orange and cinnamon sponge, £162 (serves 36), cakesbyyolk.com. Cake stand, £3, to hire, classiccrockery.co.uk. Antique cake slice, £2.50, and white linen, to hire, idyllicdays.com. Red roses, £4 per stem, maisondefleurs.co.uk. Candles, 50p each, flyingtiger.com. 

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