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Many brides see their wedding cake as more of a decorative feature than something for their guests to eat, and wedding cake designs are ever evolving.
Here are the current top ten wedding cake trends:
There is a growing trend towards basing your cake design on the style of your wedding dress. Ivory, cream and white cakes are regaining popularity, and these are being decorated with pearls, diamante, fabric, flowers and pieces of jewellery to mimic the bride’s outfit. Some high end cake makers are actually working with dress designers to create couture cakes inspired by the designers’ collections.
For brides that want something different to the traditional white cake, strong colours and bold patterns such as polka dots are very fashionable. The cake colours can be chosen to complement the overall wedding colour scheme; choosing a bolder shade of the bridesmaid dress colour often works well. Large individual patterns such as flowers can extend across several cake layers to add impact.
For casual summer weddings, ice cream cakes are the perfect choice, and should double up as dessert as your guests won’t be able to take a piece home. White chocolate and strawberry or lemon are popular flavours for ice cream cakes, just be careful not to leave the cake out of the freezer for too long if you don’t want it to collapse.
The trend for filling a large cake stand with individual cup cakes is still thriving, but some brides are looking for a new way to take this idea forward. One innovative solution is a traditional square layered cake with a couple of layers made up of tiny individual square cakes, fully iced and personalised for your guests. This is a more formal alternative to cup cakes but still means that each guest gets an individual cake.
White icing with black detail has been fashionable for some time now, but this season stylish black and white cakes are being livened up with a splash of colour, such as bright red, pink or orange flowers, or a bold ribbon.
Chocolate wedding cakes are ever increasing in popularity, but many brides are also choosing to have layers in toffee, fudge, coffee, carrot, and fruity flavours.
Metallic themes are creeping into every area of wedding design and cakes are no exception. Ribbons, icing and other decorative features can be found in traditional silver and gold, or more contemporary metallics such as pink, pewter and bronze.
Tiered wedding cakes no longer need to have matching layers. Stacking various shaped on top of each other creates a modern, alternative look. Some brides are choosing to have layers shaped like a particular object. A layered cake designed to resemble a pile of suitcases is a great choice for a destination wedding.
The trend for wedding cakes with writing on follows the fashion for monochrome cakes, as they tend to be white cakes with black iced writing. Many couples choose a single word or phrase, while others have a whole poem or verse in beautiful writing on their cake.
Large pieces of costume jewellery are replacing fresh flowers as the most fashionable way to adorn your wedding cake, and to tie the cake design in with your overall wedding theme. This trend is particularly good for winter or evening weddings, where the jewels will sparkle under your lighting.