17 Mar Trend Alert: Hot Wedding Cakes for 2016

You’ve chosen the venuedecided on a date and picked the menu for your wedding. Even though the wedding cake is eaten toward the end of your reception, don’t let it be an afterthought.

Your wedding cake is another way to connect to your theme, setting and decor—but most of all, it should be a reflection of the couple’s personal style. From traditional and glamorous to rustic, quirky and fun, these are the 2016 wedding cake trends you should consider as the finishing touch for your perfect wedding day.

The Naked Cake

The naked cake trend has taken the wedding world by storm. Instead of covering your cake with frosting, this new trend has cakes either frosting-free or minimally frosted. This allows the baker to show off the inside of the cake or to use the cake as a blank canvas to show off other design elements. Melissa Unangst from The Master’s Baker explains, “There are so many beautiful rustic venues out there and couples want to capture this in their cake. We adorn their naked cake with fresh fruit or with our sculpted flowers to highlight the natural elements of the setting.”

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The Ombré Cake

Ombré has been a fashion and hair trend for some time, but now it is making its way into cake style, too. Ombré is the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. You can go bold with a full ombré cake with a many tiers, each of a different color or shade, or keep it subtle by using a naked cake and adorning it with edible flowers cascading down or a ribbon at the bottom of each tier.

Metallics and Bold Colors

Who says a wedding cake has to be white? Many couples like to make a statement by utilizing color in the cake design. Match the color of the cake to your bridesmaids’ dresses or linen colors or bring an element of vintage glamour into the mix with metallic silver or gold. You can go ornate with fully gilded gold tiers, layer the design with alternating tiers of white and metallic or just use light brushes or specks of silver or gold. Another trend is to mix the metallic shimmer directly into the bold color to incorporate these two design elements into one fantastic looking cake.

Seasonal Cakes

Another popular choice for wedding cakes is to incorporate seasonal elements into the flavors and design. In the fall, focus on flavors like pumpkin, apple, carrot or spice. In the summer, utilize the abundantly available bounty of seasonal fresh berries and decorate it with fresh edible flowers.

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Decorate It

This is where you can really bring your personal style into a cake. Use pearls and lace—these are classic design elements that will never go out of style. A talented cake decorator can match the pattern of your wedding dress to the lacing on the cake. Choose a cake topper to represent a huge part of your life—your pet. If you can’t bring the real Fido to the reception, have a custom cake topper made of his likeness to make your pet a part of your big day! Or bring your favorite childhood treat into the mix. Love Oreos? Decorate the cake with the cookie treat and adorn the cake table with cookie towers and 2-ounce shot glasses of cold milk.

Keep It Small

Instead of having one large cake, think about using multiple single or two tier cakes. This is a great way for guests to sample small tastes of differently flavored cakes and fillings. You can even make each layer a different flavor. Or go the no cake route with a cupcake tree or tower or a mouthwatering array of mini desserts on a sweets table.

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Tradition Is Always in Style

Trends are the current hot ideas, but they do come and go (and sometimes come back again). Weddings can also be a time to go back to basics and have a traditionally decorated cake. The Master’s Baker’s Melissa Unangst shares, “We offer 17 cake flavors and more than 12 gourmet fillings, and our most popular for weddings would have to be our traditional vanilla cream. Also popular is our strawberry parfait cake—vanilla batter with a strawberry jam swirled through and baked. This classic cake is very good with the whipped chocolate buttercream filling!”

Remember, your wedding day and all of the elements should be a reflection of the bridal couple. No matter what kind of cake you choose, it should taste as good as it looks. Whether you’re traditional, glamorous, rustic or all of the above, your wedding cake is a blank canvas; make it a masterpiece!

Ready to start planning your party? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today! Robert Ryan Catering & Design includes a wedding cake with all wedding packages.

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