1. Naked & Semi-Naked Cakes
There is something so simplistic yet elegant about stripping back all of the fondant and frosting and just showcasing the beauty of a bare cake! We love the trend of naked and semi-naked wedding cakes that offer a beautiful rustic look that can be dressed up and covered in flowers and dripping fruits, or kept simple and pretty with minimal embellishment. We love the use of different cake bases to build this multi-colour naked cake pictured on the left. Dressed with fresh berries and powdered sugar it looks delicious. Another interpretation is shown to the right with a soft butter cream wash and floral embellishments for a slightly fancier feel.
2. Hand Painted Cakes
Cake making and decorating is truly an art form and what better way to showcase the artistry of your baker than by having a hand painted cake. We love the way the parrot tulips seem to burst from the cake picture below on the left, and the intricate detail of the blue and white china painted onto the cake on the right. These daintily hand painted beauties really capture your attention, they almost look too good to eat!
3. Up-lit Metallic Cakes
Touted as the cakes of the future, these glowing silhouette cakes look as if they have been lit from the inside. Designed by Rosalind Miller these cakes aren’t lit at all but have a masterful application of silver leafing and contrasting colour to make them look like a glowing sunset. Available in a variety of colours and designs these can be tailored based on your event theme, would love to see one with customised silhouettes of the couple somewhere in the design.
4. Spots & Stripes
Although spots and stripes have been around in cake designs for ages, we love the quirky way they are being incorporated into modern cake designs with bold colours and flowers on top of varied textures and patterns. Bold black and white stripes lay the perfect background for punchy bright fondant flowers, or bring in gold to soften the look a bit and accent with pastel and bright pink tones.
5. Dark Wedding Cakes
We love that some couples have moved away from the traditional white cake and opted for a more dramatic look with dark brown or even black frosted cakes. A dark black base looks sophisticated and chic in contrast with touches of white feature flowers, or if you are going for a deep chocolate brown pair with rich berry tones and pastels to recreate the fabulous look below. If you are going for a vintage theme with chalk board style invitations or details these cakes are a perfect match!
6. Geometric Cakes
We love the translation of popular geometric patterns into cake designs. From Great Gatsby glamour channelling black and gold, to a bright and bold geometric mash-up these bold designs are perfect for the modern couple channelling a contemporary style for their wedding day. Pair with a geometric print runner or table numbers to bring a bold print across from your cake to your tablescape.
7. Savoury Wedding Cakes
For those of you who don’t really have a sweet tooth, why not consider a cheese cake? These beautiful stacks of aged cheese can be decorated similar to a naked wedding cake with flowers and fruit and offer a savoury treat at the end of the night that can be served with a glass of wine. Many couples are even opting for a cheese cake as well as a traditional cake to offer post-dinner grazing on wine, cheese, fruit as well as sweets. Why not have the best of both worlds – cheese and cake!
8. Stacks of Blooms
Fondant and icing flowers have come a long way since the cakes of the 80’s, how amazing are these dripping stacks of blooms tiered down a simple wedding cake base? You can tailor the flowers to match your bridal party flowers or let your designer pick their favourite blooms. Nearly any colour can be mixed so you can have a punchy bright bouquet or soft blooming pastels adorning your cake.
9. Metallic Kissed Cakes
Warm gold, rose gold and copper tones are popping up all over weddings and corporate events, so it’s no surprise that we are seeing these beautiful metallics adorning wedding cakes as well. You can have a whole tier coated in gold leaf, or for a more rustic antique look you can have a gold wash. If you are after something more ornate you can have gold leaf hand painted or stencilled onto one or multiple layers for a gorgeous textures and luxurious effect.
10. Asymmetrical Cakes
Striking and unusual, asymmetrical cakes break the mould of the traditional level tiered wedding cake. Stacked in line on one side these cakes look perfectly layered from the front, but from the side have a surprising profile.
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