Just exactly what are the wedding cake trends for 2019 you might ask?
It’s always difficult to know what’s hot and what’s not in the world of wedding cakes. Like fashion, the trends are ever-changing. But as far as wedding cakes go this year, the style is definitely modern but with a fair bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure.
Rustic chic meets modern industrial and flowers are as popular as ever, though increasingly there is a move back towards sugar creations of the big blousy kind. Naked cakes and buttercream cakes with a slightly deconstructed finish are also featuring big.
One of the things we have noticed in particular is people’s desire for something unashamedly pretty still. Despite the industrial, pared back nature of some cakes, the ones which feature pretty blooms and pastel colours, with more than a nod towards the traditional are what people really seem to crave.
But whether you like the minimalist look or prefer something a bit more feminine, here are our top wedding cake trends for 2019.
Metallics have been around for a while but they are really exploding onto the wedding cake scene for 2019. With so many lustre colours now available there is a veritable wealth of silvers and golds to be had and increasingly, it’s become more common to insert a tier or two of edible metallic.
Edible gold leaf is particularly popular and lends the cakes a really opulent look, which can be tempered with fresh flowers. If you don’t want to go for full-on gold leaf, a hint or two here or there is enough to make a cake pop.
There are some particularly pretty lustre colours as well – pastel golds, burnt oranges and coppers, which can all look really striking on a cake.
Whether it’s buttercream painting, textured royal icing or bas relief, bringing texture into cakes is big for 2019. Whilst we spend lots of time getting our cake surfaces ultra-smooth, we also spend an equally large amount of time now trashing them. Whether it’s giving it a rough modern concrete feel, marbling the surface or creating industrialised textures it’s one trend that is set to run and run.
Florals and watercolour
Florals are still and, I think they always will be, unashamedly romantic and redolent of weddings. The flowers are packed less tightly together with arrangements more free-flowing and fluid, but they are still as popular as ever. Increasingly, they are being combined with water colour cakes, both fondant and buttercream to create tableaux reminiscent of a Monet painting.
The great thing about flowers is you can have sugar, real or even silk these days. The quality of silk flowers has come on in leaps and bounds and sugar or rice paper allows real artistic freedom. Nothing beats real flowers but it’s important to make sure the flowers used are not poisonous, so steer clear of sweet peas, lily of the valley and foxgloves!
Naked and semi-naked
The paired back look of the naked and semi-naked cakes is as popular as ever but with more flair for their design than ever before. Large clusters of berries are being replaced by more strategically placed fruits and big blousy blooms.
More natural homespun cakes with a dusting of icing sugar and scattering of cottage garden flowers are proving really popular. Dried flowers and petals scattered over the fruit can also add a beautifully casual air.
Rice paper décor
Rice paper is proving to be a cake decorator’s hidden weapon – this versatile, edible medium can be used to cover cakes, build up textures and create delicate flowers. It can be torn up, crushed, scrunched up and painted on. Expect to see plenty more decorators experimenting with rice paper designs this year.
While white and ivory still remain popular, increasingly, there are decorators opting for dramatic monochromes, midnight blues or alluring jades and teals. The idea of going for a bold statement colour may not appeal to all brides but if you fancy being daring, then these may be shades to look at.
If you don’t want to go quite so bold but still want something a little off piste, consider steel blues, pale shades of ochre and a muted sage or eau de nil.
Combining nature with cake
Geode cakes have been around for a while though I personally think you have to be careful they don’t end up looking like giant bejewelled vaginas! But now designers are taking them one stage further and creating optical illusion cakes where the geodes look like they are actually holding up the cake, like this one by Liz Marek, from the Artisan Cake Company and Sugargeek Show.
There is also a move towards more natural-looking cakes with flowing ferns and greenery to combine nature, art and cake in one beautiful hit.