Looking for inspiration for your wedding day? While a certain amount of stress is inevitable in planning your big day, there’s plenty of fun to be had when choosing the wedding cake of your dreams.
Here, Fay Millar of Pink Rose Cakes reveals the hottest trends for wedding cakes this year.
What’s new in 2013
With the renaissance in home baking and the surge in popularity in television shows like the Great British Bake Off, it is hardly surprising wedding cakes have undergone a bit of a transformation too.
2013 is an exciting year for cakes with more variety available than ever from hugely popular vintage designs to more avant garde creations, and the styles brides are picking are changing all the time.
But there are certain key trends which are proving particularly fashionable.
Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles
Ruffles are huge this year. Wherever you look there are cakes decorated in the most gorgeous soft folds of icing in every imaginable colour, from crisp whites and soft ivories to bolder pinks and reds.
Ruffles are great because they are not perfect, they don’t all look the same, but they do lend a softer, more romantic look to cakes.
They are a perfect addition to the whole vintage theme which is still going strong with lots of lace effect piping and antique jewellery adornments.
There certainly seems to be a more laid back, DIY feel with many wedding cakes at the moment, even if they are anything but.
It is probably why the so-called naked cake has seen a meteoric rise in popularity during 2013.
Naked cakes are simple tiered cakes but without the fondant icing and decoration on top. You get the sponge cake underneath and nothing else, which can then be dressed up with fresh seasonal fruit or flowers.
Bold is beautiful
At the other end of the scale though, some brides are choosing increasingly bolder cakes with lots of artistic hand painted images and detail, different-sized tiers or single piece decorations that really pop.
Pastels and a bird-theme
Pastels are still popular and mint is going to be massive this year but also in the offing are more bird-themed cakes – vintage bird cages, nests, hand painted scenes and Iced Wedgewood-style bird imagery.
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