Wedding cakes are no longer just elegant tiers of royal icing with simple or sugarpaste flowers. They’re statements, talking points and reflections of your personalities.
And as with everything in weddings, fashions come and go. Cakes are exciting.
Tiers are out… and then they’re in. And then it’s cheese, and then cheesecake, then cakes get naked, or half-naked, or everyone has cupcakes then towers of croquembouche… and bloggers say don’t bother with a wedding cake. What’s a bride and groom to do?! If there’s one thing writing the English Wedding Blog has taught me, it’s that cake is important to me. I’m a cake lover – and not just for my sweet tooth but for the beautiful, breathtaking wedding cake designs I get to see every single day. Call me lucky! 🙂
Wedding cake designers – and these days the title includes patissiers, chocolatiers, macaroniers and cheesemongers(!) are constantly coming up with fabulous new designs and ideas, and the best place to discover these is of course on your favourite wedding blogs via styled shoots and creative photography features. Today I wanted to share my favourite new and alternative wedding cake ideas with you. These come from some fabulous UK designers, as well as from US wedding blogs, and from Pinterest. Which will you choose?
I asked wedding cake designers for their own top tips on the hottest cake trends for the coming year. Dominique from Poppy Pickering listed a few favourites: “I think that the key looks are chalkboard cakes, wafer paper cakes, anything floral and tall, metallics are still strong especially using rose gold and copper tones.”
My top 10 wedding cake ideas for 2015
1. Painted cakes
Cake designers with paintbrushes creating swirls, hand lettering cakes and illustrating fabulous designs on wedding cakes – they look amazing and prove cake designers are real artists!
2. Wedding macaron displays
This year’s loveliest French trend in wedding cakes. Macarons are exquisite, beautiful melt-in-the-mouth creations and can make the most wonderfully coloured displays. I’m totally in love with Medici Macarons (Yorkshire).
3. Bright, flavourful colours
Tiers don’t have to be dull. Fabulous flowers and colourful displays will make your cake a real talking point. This cake by the wonderful Homebaked Heaven (Harrogate) is the perfect example.
A personal favourite: edible gold leaf, metallic silvers and more creative colours like rose gold and copper will wow wedding guests this year.
5. The wedding bake-off!
Who doesn’t love the bake off?! When all your friends and family are coming together for your wedding, your own star bakers will be delighted to get involved…
Making a splash on the US wedding blogs, buttercream-plastered cakes are the new naked. A quick tip: if you plan to DIY, they’re not as easy as they look! The plastering might look ‘homemade’ but it takes practice and an eye for patterns.
7. Chalkboard designs
Following a key wedding trend with chalkboard signs everywhere, why not use your wedding cake to complete the theme! Black cakes with chalk-style illustrations are wonderfully different – I love them.
Big, bright, impactful flowers are setting weddings on fire this year. Include your cake and lavish tiers with real flowers. Don’t forget your flower crown!
Sequin dresses for brides and maids are another key trend and once again this will translate to wedding cake decoration. Edible sequins or sequin-inspired patterns will complement your wedding day style
10. Super DIY
After half a decade of wedding DIY we’re getting really good at it. Creative couples are turning expert and taking cake decorating classes before attempting to DIY. The quality of ‘homespun’ wedding cake style is aiming for the stars!
Whatever your wedding cake style, I’ve no doubt your wedding cake will be a treat – don’t forget to save yourselves a piece or two!