Sugar flowers have always been popular toppers for wedding cakes, often matching the bridal bouquet, but in 2014 it will be the large 'fantasy' flowers that you will see in place of roses and other traditional blooms. These will compliment cakes with a more modern look, like this 'Tiffany' inspired cake opposite we created last year.
Sugar paste replaced royal icing as the most popular cake covering some time ago, but it has a new rival. Piped buttercream has been popular state-side for a while and we predict you will see more of it in the UK in 2014. Lots of beautiful effects can be achieved by piping ruffles all over cakes, or combining ruffled tiers with those with a smooth buttercream finish. And whilst some peel off sugar paste before eating the cake who doesn't love buttercream?!
Step aside vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam and welcome fruity mousses, chocolate ganaches and other big bold fillings inspired by desserts. What is inside the cake has just become as important as the cake itself and brides will move away from tradition to ensure the filling in their cake reflects their favourite flavours.
This beautiful cake is by Jessicakes, one of our favourite cake designers and bloggers. The bottom half of the cake has been decorated using silver leaf, and demonstrates how elegant cakes with metallic finishes can be. Along with gold and silver leaf, metallic finishes can also be achieved with edible sprays, paints and lustre dusts. Note the statement 'fantasy' flower...this cake ticks two 2014 cake trend boxes!
We've mentioned butter cream ruffles, we think you'll also see ruffles made of sugar paste - these give a very pretty, feminine finish to a wedding cake. They can surround the base of a cake tier instead of ribbon, cover a whole tier, or create a floral effect on a top tier as shown in this cake we recently created.
Radiant Orchid - according to Pantone, and we're sure you'll see some wedding cakes with this colour at the centre of their theme this year - if not in the icing itself, then in the flowers, decorations and ribbons. It would indeed be perfectly matched with sugar-orchids, freesias or perhaps hydrangeas.
Cupcakes are still the most popular alternative to a tiered wedding cake, often with a small iced cake for the bride and groom to cut for the photos. The cupcake continues to reign due to the almost endless variety of flavours, toppings and decorations that are possible, and we're sure they will get even more daring in 2014.
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