SWEET TOUCH

It has long been the centrepiece of a wedding reception and rightly so. Here is some advice on creating a celebratory cake that’s almost too good to cut

Have your cake and eat it too with wedding desserts which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. From exquisitely decorated creations to rustic, pared back sweets, we explore some of this year’s irresistible cake trends.

Photography: Wolf in Boots

Photography: Wolf in Boots

Decadent desert tables
Rather than opting for just one cake, an indulgent trend has emerged with brides opting for deliciously decadent dessert tables.
The more traditional option of different flavoured tiers stacked upwards has been replaced by couples instead choosing to scatter each cake layer across a table. This more relaxed look provides an opportunity to create a visually stunning reception display, while having more than one cake also allows for greater variety for guests. Expect to see smaller cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies all served up.

Photography: Karina Jade Photography

Photography: Karina Jade Photography

Naked cakes
The naked cake phenomenon is showing no sign of slowing, with the stunning simplicity of the design still a popular choice for rustic style weddings. This trend sees little or no icing applied, ensuring it really is all about the cake. The lack of frosting ensures guests can see every detail, meaning the filling between layers becomes particularly important. As we all know, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Enchanted Wedding Photography

Enchanted Wedding Photography

Buttercream
Perfectly-smooth fondant-covered cakes have taken a back seat to the relaxed, homespun vibe which buttercream icing provides.
Perfect for couples who want to keep it simple, this delicious option works with finishes ranging from organic-looking swoops designed to look intentionally rustic, through to textured piping and rosettes.
Either way the result is elegant yet effortless.
This is definitely one trend which tastes as good as it looks.

Photography: Candid Captures

Photography: Candid Captures

Flowers
The enduring beauty of fresh florals has become a wedding cake favourite in recent years but as trends in the floral world change, so too do flowers on cakes. With bridal trends like hanging garlands, laurel wreaths and boho crowns having a strong presence in modern weddings, cascading and unstructured arrangements are also making their way onto dessert displays. Fresh floral decorations are also a beautiful option for bringing together aspects of a couple’s colour palette while also leaving a stunning visual impression.

Watercolour
Elegant and fun, watercolour has been a popular theme for wedding stationery in recent years and is now starting to make its way onto wedding cakes. This oh-so-pretty theme can be applied in varying ways: smooth fondant can be used as a canvas for cake artists, while swirls of delicately hued buttercream can add a dreamy, painterly quality to confectionary creations.

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Seasonal flavours
As with most things wedding-related, the time of year the event is held can influence choices. It is true for aspects such as outfits and venue, and today’s couples are increasingly finding the wedding cake is no exception.
A summer wedding might make the most of the abundance of fresh produce on offer – think beautiful berries piled high on top of a chocolate or sponge cake. A popular flavour for autumn is cinnamon, a rich and comforting influence as the weather cools.
Spring cakes are ideal with a hint of pear for a refreshing bite, while florals are of course also prevalent.
Glowing white tones reminiscent of a winter wonderland are a great fit for the coolest months.