SWEET STATEMENT

As couples look to stamp their individual style on their big day the wedding cake has become of the most high-profile aspects of a reception, with wow-worthy cake designs only limited by their imagination. Suzie Coffey explores some of this year’s top cake trends

Photography: Karina Jade Photography

Photography: Karina Jade Photography

Flowers
While not a new trend, beautiful blooms will never lose their appeal. The age-old tradition of adding flowers to wedding cakes has seen fresh floral arrangements become a wedding cake favourite in recent years. This works particularly well with a plain-iced style of cake, which enables either bold or delicate arrangements to make a statement and allows individual expression through placement and bold colours.
Naked
Perfect for the bohemian bride, the naked cake offers stunning simplicity. This trend sees little to no icing applied, ensuring it really is all about the cake. A naked cake can work with both tiered and single layer styles, and can be accessorised with fresh fruits or flowers for an organic, rustic look.

Photography: Ambition Photography

Photography: Ambition Photography

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Photography: Steph Brown Photographer

Photography: Steph Brown Photographer

Flavours
The days of wedding cakes being restricted to fruitcake are long gone, with the options for flavours becoming increasingly vast. Perennial favourite flavours such as chocolate mud cake remain popular but more than ever couples are dedicating more of their budget to treating guests with indulgent cake choices.
Layers
Size certainly matters to some couples. Cakes are one of the most photographed features of a wedding day so there’s no better way to make a statement than with a tall cake. Add interest with tall and lean tiers or even tiers of different sizes and designs. If a wedding has been designed for full impact then a huge statement cake is the way to go. And adding layers ensures there’s more cake for your guests to enjoy.

Treats for Evie Instagram

Treats for Evie Instagram

Photography: Sara Taylor Photographer

Photography: Sara Taylor Photographer

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography

Embellishments
Feminine details such as ruffles and rosettes are leading the way in terms of wedding cake embellishments and are an indication that classic cake designs will never go out of fashion. Metallic shades, particularly gold, are back in a big way and can add instant glamour to a colour scheme. Luxurious gold leaf is a popular choice for couples looking to add a little luxe to their wedding cake and is ideal when teamed with crisp white and blush pink flowers.

Photography: Ginger and Mint Photography

Photography: Ginger and Mint Photography