You would think choosing your wedding cake is an easy task. Let’s put it that way – it seems really simple, but there are so, so many choices out there! Just about anything can inspire your wedding cake – your joint love of modern design, the pattern for the china you just registered for, even your love for France – hey, macaroon towers are really hot this year! We’ve gather a few trends – the top, hot wedding cake trends, to help inspire your custom cake. When it comes to crumbs in vogue – we got you covered, so read on, find inspiration and let your baker help with the rest!
Ombre wedding cake
An artful cake design – the ombre effect on your wedding cake colors can be as whimsical or glamorous as you like! “Consider an ivory ombré for a classic look that’s both subtle and stunning,” Maggie Austin of Maggie Austin Cake suggests.
Metallic wedding cake
“We’re not talking about a gold and silver vintage style, but more a stylized glam, art-deco, old-Hollywood look,” says Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes in New York City. The best part about metallics? They can adapt to any style; delicate embroidery in gold feels opulent while geometric shapes give off a fresh, modern feel.
Yes, you read that right – naked cakes! The ‘naked cake’ phenomenon – basically a wedding cake without frosting or icing – you get to show off the inside! With so many rustic weddings at the moment, it is a popular choice for many brides and it is set to continue to be a big trend!
White-on-white wedding cakes
A white cake is always in vogue and in good taste, you simply can’t go wrong with it! The new and definitely fresh way to do a wedding cake is adding interesting all-white embellishments. Hexagons and ovals or cascades of sugar flowers are great for adding dimension!
Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge wowed the world in her lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown, lace has been a popular choice when it comes to all aspects of a bride’s wedding reception, including the cake. “A lot of brides are looking for patterns copied from the lace in their dress, or their china pattern,” says Sylvia Weinstock, of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes in New York City. It is up to you to decide which detail from your dress to highlight on your cake!
The key to pulling it off is in the color. This trend works best with light hues and little contrast.
Flower bouquet cakes
Flowers – fresh and sugar-made – are practically synonymous with wedding cakes. The new take on wedding cake flower accents is to cluster sugar-made flowers into a mini-bouquet. According to Cake Maison, wedding cakes with sugared flowers are ‘seeing a movement towards slightly different techniques to add a modern spin – such as laser cut effect flowers.’
Painted wedding cakes
Marbleized cakes, stained-glass painted cakes and even Monet-inspired wedding cake designs – take a cue from what many invitation designers are doing and ask your baker to get artsy with your wedding cake design. For an intricate design keep the tiers simple and stick to all one shape – either all classic round tiers or all square.
Geometric wedding cakes
“We’re seeing a lot of fondant triangles rather than dots,” says Mary Maher of Cakegirls in Chicago. A few places to find inspiration: your wedding invites, the ready-to-wear fashion runways and home design blogs and stores.
Macaroon towers and cupcakes
Yes – a macaroon tower! Macaroons are known in the industry and have been around for a while, but they are gaining popularity with brides who want to do something different. Same goes for the cupcakes – couples have been opting out of the traditional wedding cake in favor of bite-sized cupcakes.
Trio and Quintet Tables
A large cake table like this gives you the opportunity to create a visually stunning display at your reception, which means you get another place to show off your wedding colors and theme! Another perk: Having more than one cake also makes it very easy to choose multiple cake flavors. You don’t have to decide between traditional vanilla, decadent chocolate or carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting.
For the decadent dessert-loving couple, an all-chocolate wedding cake is the way to go!