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Traditional and Modern Anniversary Cake Designs by Anniversary Year
Plan your design around a particular theme
by Renee Shelton

Looking for ideas for an anniversary cake? Think of the traditional or modern gift that cooresponds to the date. While all anniversary years are noteworthy, the most highly celebrated are the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 60th years.

The Traditional Milestone Wedding Anniversaries

There are some wedding anniversaries that are also known by the gifts their traditional gifts

  • 25th Anniversary is the "Silver Anniversary"
  • 30th Anniversary is the "Pearl Anniversary"
  • 40th Anniversary is the "Ruby Anniversary"
  • 45th Anniversary is the "Sapphire Anniversary"
  • 50th Anniversary is the "Golden Anniversary"
  • 55th Anniversary is the "Emerald Anniversary"
  • 60th Anniversary is the "Diamond Anniversary"
Anniversary Cake
Image above: Dried Female Cochineal Insects,
which were used to make red food coloring.
Source: MorgueFile.

Anniversary Cake
5th Wood/Silverware Wood grain with chocolate or fondant - impression mat or chocolate tool
10th Tin/Diamonds Something related to where the wedding ceremony took place, or where the couple honeymooned at.
12th Silk/Pearls Create a border using a pearl silicone mold, and dust with a silk powder, or a pearl luster powder.
13th Lace Use lace molds for intricate and easy patterns for the sides of the cake.
14th Ivory/Gold Jewelry Use ivory tones for the buttercream or fonant, with gold designs in edible gold dust.
15th Crystal/Glass Accentuate the cake with a crystal or clear glass cake topper.
20th Fine China/Platinum Recreate the couple's china pattern around the sides of the cake.
25th Silver Silver leaf accents for the Silver Anniversary.
30th Pearls Fondant pearl strands or irridescent colors.
35th Coral/Jade Coral or jade accents on the cake.
40th Rubies Ruby red colors or ruby sugar gemstones.
45th Sapphires Deep blue colors or sapphire sugar gemstones.
50th Gold Gold leaf accents for the Golden Anniversary.
55th Emeralds Deep green colors or emerald sugar gemstones.
60th Diamonds Diamond sugar gemstones in assorted shapes.
75th Diamonds/Gold Create something memorable with gold leaf or with diamond sugar gemstones.





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