Time to talk dessert! Your cake is the sweet finale of your wedding day, and a great way to tie together your color palette and theme. Couples are now thinking outside the white-piping and sugar-flower box, and the results are sweet and spectacular. We’ve rounded up the five top wedding cake trends of this year—and, yes, they’re all as delicious as they look. We’re really lucky here at RiverCrest to have Philadelphia’s great selection of bakeries in our backyard, so we’re bringing you some locally sourced examples of these trends. Time to dig in.
Marbleized accessories and décor are still having a moment (yes, you’ve probably seen the faux-marble look on everything from notebooks to wallpaper). And while the look might be trendy, it’s also surprisingly sophisticated. Keep it classic with a gray and white swirl, or incorporate your wedding hues in a muted wash of color.
PRO TIP: Take the stone look a step further and consider an of-the-moment geode cake, like this one created by the masters at Philly’s Whipped Bakeshop.
Consider topping your tiers with an artful drizzling of caramel or chocolate. A “drip cake” looks terrific when paired with floral toppers and (another trend alert!) figs. Need proof? This sweet stunner by Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Chestnut Hill.
PRO TIP: Ask your bakery about making a metallic drizzle for added sparkle.
For years, fondant-covered cakes have reigned supreme. (You know fondant: a type of frosting that is generally harder and sturdier to give cakes a smooth, sculptural finish, but is arguably less tasty than lighter, more spreadable frostings like buttercream.) Now, though, many couples are opting for cakes iced with buttercream, which can offer slightly more rustic, homespun appeal. Check out this sweet confection from Chestnut Hill’s Night Kitchen Bakery for inspiration.
PRO TIP: Buttercream doesn’t hold up as well as fondant in hot temps, so it might not be the best choice for an outdoor summer wedding.
Naked cakes—unfrosted cakes with visible tiers and fillings—were everywhere last year, and the simple, unadorned look is still fresh in 2018. But this year, we’re seeing cakes with a light, barely-there swipe of frosting that looks almost painterly. See: this option from Bredenbeck’s. Gorgeous, no?
PRO TIP: Add a dose of glam to a semi-naked cake with a smattering of golf leaf, like the pros at Whipped Bakeshop did here.
The easiest way to weave your theme into your cake? Have your baker sketch it by hand! Cakes with hand-painted designs—like this tropical cake by Mt. Airy’s Frosted Fox Cake Shop—are total showstoppers. If you prefer something more traditional, ask about getting your new monogram hand-painted onto the cake in calligraphic swirls.
PRO TIP: Work with your baker to conceptualize a design that speaks to you as a couple, and come to your meeting with a general color palette that you’d like to use (fabric swatches are also helpful!).
Of course, trends are fun, but wedding cake possibilities are endless. If you need some help figuring out which amazing Philadelphia-area baker can bring your dream cake to life, the wedding team at RiverCrest would be happy to make a recommendation!