We always enjoy looking ahead to find out what we’ll be seeing most at weddings in the not-so-distant future. And our sweet tooth was aching again today so we checked out what wedding cake artisans are saying about the anticipated wedding cake trends, noting the cake designs being requested most by couples with weddings scheduled in the new year. Some trends are not surprising… cake designs and flavors that have been popular for many years now. And others are exciting ideas we can’t wait to see in person!
In 2021, cakes will see lots of texture and will feature interesting little details that beg a closer look. Texture will come in the form of distinctive, intricate piping, quilting, filigree and stamping as well as full and overflowing ornamentation all along the tiers.
And speaking of ornamentation, the top two wedding cake embellishments will be hand-painting and flowers! Painted cakes, especially those with personalized messages, will be very popular next year. And although fresh flowers have been the go-to cake decoration in the past few years, we should see more wafer paper flowers, gumpaste sugar flowers and edible pressed flowers.
We’re still expecting to see mostly all-white cakes, but bakers say a lot of bright and bold colors are on the horizon! We’ll be watching for bright coral, sunny yellow, intense red, vivid violet and cobalt blue cakes to be cut at receptions soon. Whether it’s in the form of all-over fondant, tinted buttercream or lots of colorful embellishments, these eye-popping hues are an expression of the joy of couples celebrating the big day that, for many, finally arrived after an unanticipated looooong delay.
Continuing a trend that took hold in the past couple of years, interesting cake flavors will tickle taste buds of wedding guests. They’ll be treated to flavors like pistachio, ginger-spice, cherry-chocolate, champagne and lime as many couples can’t wait to surprise their guests with something new and exciting!
More and more couples are also choosing alternatives to a traditional wedding cake, such as a macaron, doughnut or cupcake tower. And many others are requesting several individual cakes in various flavors, offering something to please every guest. There are even couples choosing a trendy cheese tower (but we say you should still have something sweet to offer too)!
And in ‘Non-Breaking News’, white buttercream frosting is still preferred over fondant, while naked and semi-naked cakes are still wildly popular too!
We’ve had the opportunity to see some really gorgeous wedding cakes by such fantastic artisans over the years. Among so many others, bakeries that have always ‘taken the cake’ at multiple weddings we’ve filmed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania include Palermo Custom Cakes, Sweet T’s Bakeshop, The Bake Works, The Master’s Baker and Cescaphe wedding package cakes from the pastry chefs at Cescaphe Event Group. Be sure to check them out when you’re planning your wedding dessert!
December 3rd, 2020
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas