Tiers of Joy: Wedding Cake Trend Forecast

Cutting your wedding cake is one of the sweetest of memories to catch on camera, so we’ve teamed up with our favourite local bakers, to bring you essential-tips and a trend forecast for 2017.

Meet the Bakers

Before you set to work on bringing your flour-fuelled fantasy to life, you will need to choose your cake-creator. We’ve done the legwork for you, heroically sampling cake to shortlist our star bakers.

Harrie is a classically trained private chef and owner of Boo to a Goose. We love Harrie’s cakes as they strike that irresistible balance between classical elegance and contemporary confidence.

For fun, bold and perfectly-pretty cakes, Jasmine at Sweet Buns is your gal. We first fell for Jasmine’s cakes this summer, when her three tier triumph combining semi-naked, drip icing and water colour techniques stole the show.

Vintage vixen and owner of Sugar Mamas Cakery, Laura’s icing illusions will render you speechless. Laura welcomes adventurous briefs, brave themes and challenging techniques, so contact Laura if you’ve got a showstopping centrepiece in mind.

Choosing Your Cake

All three of our star bakers suggest ordering your wedding cake as early as possible. These lovely ladies already have 2018 bookings rolling in! If you want a dream cake from a top baker then start your research as soon as your date is set.

Harrie advises making sure your baker is on board with your vision right from the very first tasting. Flavours, colours and design should all live up to your fantasy.

Jasmine says an initial tasting is essential – it can be as straightforward as sending samples in the post (a package worth waiting in for!) or if a face to face feasting suits your schedule, she’ll be there with a cherry on top.

Laura takes design dedication to the highest tier! She’ll meet you at your venue for personal consultations to make sure that your Wedding cake looks like an architectural triumph in its surroundings.

Creative Styling

Compliment your cake with a gorgeous cake stand. From tree trunks, to antique mirrors, vintage chess boards, to an industrial breeze block, stands are an easy and low cost addition to your Wedding day decor.

Harrie was in awe of a recent setup of Kilner jars filled with fairy lights. Fab, thrifty and gorgeous – three words which go so well with Wedding.

Don’t play it too safe – Laura’s cakes have been framed by fireplaces and bravely perched on romantic swings. They’ve even ventured to places no wedding cake has been before, like rock pools at the beach.

Wedding cake toppers are  charming tradition and easy to put a quirky or personal spin on. We’ve seen simple gold wire designs, toy dinosaurs dressed in wedding gear, homemade fimo clay figurines and a traditional bride and groom topper, high fiving.

Don’t forget the knife (or the family sword… it is more common than you think!). We would love to see some unique choices of blade during the 2017 wedding season. Surprise us! Jasmine suggests a personalised cake knife for an extra touch of romance and a beautiful keepsake.

Cake Trend Forecast

Our bakers all agree that the rustic sweetheart of the cake world – the “Naked Cake” – is being prevailed by its slightly more modest cousins, the “Drip Cake” and the “Semi-Naked Cake”. These can both still feature fresh fruit and flowers but with eye catching elegance.

Harrie predicts that metallics will continue to rock the wedding world. A quick search for “metallic wedding cake” on Pinterest shows us exactly why! Simple, contemporary and WOW.

Laura loves a nature inspired design and thinks “Geode Cakes” are a real gem. Not for the faint hearted (baker or couples) these are real statement makers. Combined with metallic details and elegant icing, they are bang on trend.

Jasmine has spotted the rise of the “Separate Cake”. Three medium cakes, displayed separately, for a stunning and imaginative feature at your venue. Subtle watercolour effects and white icing create a timeless look or go bold and striking with brighter colours and gold leaf.

Wedding Cake Alternatives

If a dreamy wedding cake doesn’t hit your sweet spot, then there’s a whole world of alternative sugary treats and savoury delights to be explored. If you want something which can be a dessert and wedding cake all-in-one showstopper, then we’re always happy to take on a challenge!

The “cheese cake” is an ever-popular savoury alternative and makes a “grate” accompaniment to our Epic Evening food options.

Cast an illusion with a Pickle Shack floating meringue tower. This is a most stylish combo of creative flavours and subtle colours, decorated with edible flowers and fresh fruit. Deconstructed and served sharing style with infused creams it makes a striking dessert!

Doughnut walls are having a viral moment right about now. They bring a giant splash of colour to your wedding and are perfectly portioned for guests to grab on the way to the dance floor. If you’re a DIY enthusiast then the wall itself could be a seriously fun project to undertake!

Pinterest is a brilliant tool to whip up some inspiration.  Try adding specific words to your search such as the season of your wedding. Have a cuppa and a sweet snack on standby, there will be drooling!

Bakers Advice

Laura is a real advocate of trying something new, “why stick to vanilla when you can combine orange and rose or cinnamon and malted coffee. Give your guests something to talk about!”. Laura, we wholeheartedly agree.

If you’re struggling for inspiration then Jasmine advises that you chat to your chosen baker.  Chances are there will be something they’ve been dying to try out and might have the perfect idea in mind just for you!

Harries top tip is to enjoy it! Creating the cake should be a fun process so find a baker you trust and see your fantasy wedding cake come to life.

Portioning with Panache

It’s a piece of cake! Pickle Shack can portion and serve your wedding cake on beautiful, hand-made, Devon wood boards. We include elegant side plates, cake forks, and quality napkins in our portioning package.

Cover image courtesy of Sugar Mama’s Cakery

By Rose Harvey