Cake cutting is one of the major events eagerly awaited by family and friends on a wedding day. The wedding cake is often displayed throughout the reception to be viewed by all guests. Reasons for choosing a particular wedding cake are varied with the most common being to blend it with your wedding style, theme or color. Other cakes are trendy, adventurous or hold sentimental family values.
Consider different wedding cake fillings and flavors as you’ll be hosting guests with varied tastes and likes, especially if you’ll be serving the cake as dessert. These fillings can consist of vanilla, cheesecake, raspberry, carrot, chocolate, fudge, etc. Current wedding cakes styles are personal and elevated in style with designs meant for a party filled with fun and relaxed vibes. Even though not exhaustive, the list below has ten good and unique wedding cake trends popular right now:
Wedding Cake Trends
Ruffled or Pleated Cakes
These are meant for a pronounced and stylish look leaving out the old-fashioned gallant patterns and extras for delicate accompaniments consisting of sugar ruffle coverings. They are best finished off with sugar flowers on top and fresh flowers between the tiers. The product has a light and airy look with very little additional details required. Using fondant, this cake design gives an appearance of fabric-like folds or real ruffles.
These cakes can be blended with any style that has symmetrical shapes giving a fresh and contemporary feel. The subtle embroidery in gold portrays opulence. The tiers can be added with a decorative luster of fine edible glitter without changing or overpowering the cake design. Known to be big for weddings, these cakes can be gold, bronze, glitter, silver, or a different shade of metal. Metallic cakes are usually created from crystals, sparkling sugar, fondant or edible sugar.
White on White Wedding Cakes
This cake is always a great option and is the tradition of most weddings. The traditional all white has been improved with additions of all white accompaniments. The tiers are dressed up with jeweled embellishments, piped embroidery, pearls or petals. To give it a modern look, different shaped tiers are used such as hexagons and ovals.
Rosette Wedding Cakes
These cakes have a beautiful and sophisticated look with textural sugar making roses all over the cake. The design is enriched by giving these sugar roses different colors, flavors, and sizes. Even though the additional dimension is unique and different, it is advisable to balance the layer that is textured with additions so that it doesn’t appear too pronounced.
Lace Wedding Cakes
Professional cake bakers are creating tiers with beautiful designs, decorated and reminiscent of the most graceful wedding gowns conceivable. Many brides want to match the lacy patterns on their gowns to what is on their wedding cakes. With experienced bakers, this is not an impossible feat because they can match varied designs from sugar-made buttons to white and ivory fondant lace appliques on each tier. The color is the key to pulling off these designs with best results achieved on light hues with little contrast.
Painted Wedding Cakes
Taking a cue from invitation designers, bakers can now get creative and artistic with wedding cake designs. The cakes that give best results when depicted include Monet inspired designs, stained glass painted cakes and marbleized cakes. When added to hand painted tiers with simple flower accents or solid colored layers, expect an intricate and exceptional finishing.
Geometric Wedding Cakes
These cakes are best for a function held in a modern reception such as a city loft. They have eye-catching patterns with squares, chevron, and stripes giving a fresh, fun twist. The inspiration for these cakes is found in wedding invites, home design blogs, online stores, and ready to wear fashion runways. The idea is to stick to a simple color theme that will not compete with the design.
This cake appeals to both the stomach and eyes. And it’s sure to leave the guests salivating as they wait for the reception or dessert. The naked cakes come without any frosting or icing and are popular with many brides. If your wedding is in summer, berries work well as fillings while in winter and fall seasonal fruits like blood oranges, persimmons, pears or apples are best.
Woodland Wedding Cakes
These cakes cater for the down to earth, original wedding cake themes that are currently in style. The cake should be styled to taste as good as the look on the lake, river or mountain side. An edible white or ivory color with fresh lifelike leaves and sugar flowers work best to produce an awesome look. A simple white cake placed on a wooden tree ring decorated with leaves and moss is a great treat.
Sugar Flower Bouquet Cakes
Wedding cakes are synonymous with sugar made flowers. The latest trend is to group sugar made flowers into a small bouquet while maintaining balance in color, shape, and size. These mini-flowered bouquets work best on muted cake base colors like mint, peach, and ivory. To get a classic, simple and sophisticated look, finish off the tiers with a silver or gold metallic trim or give it a beveled lace treatment.
Other popular cakes on the market include the illustrated, ombre, buttercream, and monogrammed. Wedding cakes vary in size, design, price, and should be ordered well in advance of the big day. Most cakes are transported to the venue by the designer for final setup but in some cases you are responsible for the setting up. It is advisable to arrange for the cake to be set the morning of the great event.
The advantage of using professional bakers is that they have cake trios; quintets and quartets tables that create a stunning display at the reception highlighting your wedding colors and themes.