Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wedding Cake Trends for 2014

Wedding cakes have come a long way over the last century and gave evolved into glorious works of art that reflect exactly what the vision or personality is of the happy couple. These sugar masterpieces are often the focal point of the reception so it is important for many couples to use the cake to make a statement or create an atmosphere for the event. The most impactful designs are ones that are unique and one of a kind as well as absolutely delicious. You want your guests to talk about your cake with longing and admiration.

Thanks to many advances in technique and medium there is pretty much nothing that talented experienced cake designers can't do for a bridal couple. Even relatively new designers can pull off fabulous cakes using cutters, texture boards and flower punches. This means that the wedding trends for 2014 are textured, colored and very romantic.

Here is what you will see at receptions in 2014:

Painted cakes: This look was something that was also popular in 2013 but now covers new ground. These creative cakes are sometimes very precise with stenciled designs and even monograms or they can be utterly unique creations with freestyle painted flowers, butterflies or clouds. The most incredible part of painted cakes is that they have absolutely no limits for a talented designer. You can also have painted cupcakes or cookies as well!

Classic flowers and flower combinations: Certain combinations will always be popular because they are absolutely glorious and have been used to denote romance and love for centuries. Roses in all their variations and sizes will be found gathered on cakes in 2014. From delicate wild roses to full blown beauties these flowers will be made from gum paste or put on fresh. Roses will also be combined with other flowers such as hydrangea, freesia and even daisies depending on the bouquet and theme of the event.

Texture such as ruffles and lace: cakes are unapologetically romantic and girly in the coming year. They are draped in intricate fondant lace created with Sugarveil and plumped up with pretty staggered ruffles in all colors. Sometimes both these texture elements are used one one cake. Ruffles can spiral, flounce down or up depending on the design and they can also be monochromatic or alternated colors. You will also see cakes inspired by fabrics like damask and heavy silk, often from the wedding dress itself. Look for lots of texture.

Ombre: although the ombré hair trend has seemed to fizzle out cakes are still sporting this subtle look. This gradual fade to lighter shades is best on taller cakes and can be achieved with tinted fondant or even with hundreds of flowers or other design elements like buttons or shells. Simply place the flowers in gradually lighter shades either up or down the cake. This is quite an elegant look.