Wedding planning eh? It’s an exciting time but by heck, there are a lot of choices to make. Rustic or luxury, church or registrar, chair covers or no chair covers…the list goes on but whatever you choose, your wedding should reflect you as a couple. After all, this isn’t [insert interfering relative’s name here]’s wedding; it’s yours!
Ultimately, the majority of your decisions will most likely ride on your choice of venue and this is also true of your wedding cake design. Forgive me if I’m wrong but I’m not sure a seven-tiered ornate gold baroque-style showstopper would sit comfortably at a tipi wedding; nor would a rustic, naked cake look at home in a stately mansion. #justsaying
Whatever you choose, you will most likely be influenced by the trends that are hitting the Pinterest boards. Happily, the wedding industry is becoming increasingly diverse, which means couples can still opt for traditional styles but the number of alternative suppliers offering different options is on the increase.
I follow A LOT of innovative cake artists and have been seeing some exciting designs hitting my Instagram feed, especially from our Australian and Kiwi counterparts, which are making their way into the UK market. So here goes, my top five cake trend predictions for 2019.
1. Cake, Paper, Scissors
It’s by no means a new technique but I’ve been seeing an increase in the use of edible rice (or wafer) paper on wedding cakes to create bold and beautiful statement cakes. Printing directly onto rice paper means greater scope for replicating specific designs or artwork, such as this awesome pheasant illustration by Charlotte Argyrou. Whether you have a favourite piece of artwork that means something to you as a couple or you have a particular design that you’ve used on your wedding stationery for example, a rice paper wrap can really make your cake stand out.
Wafer paper flowers are also making a reappearance but this time, the rigid origami look of old is being replaced by more realistic creations. Compared to the delicacy of handmade sugar flowers, rice paper flowers are lighter, more translucent and won’t shatter but don’t be fooled, they still take time and skill to create but it’s worth it!
2. Bling it on!
Metallic accents and blocking in the form of gold leaf, drips, stripes and splatters have been pretty big this year and I definitely don’t see the trend waning in 2019. It’s an elegant yet eye-catching way to add that special something to a wedding cake without covering it in diamantes! Coppers, bronzes and golds bring warmth and complement almost every colour of the spectrum and it truly spans all styles, from contemporary to classic to boho styles, the options are endless.
3. Bring the outside in
Outdoor weddings are becoming ever popular and many couples are looking to bring the outside in with their wedding styling. True beauty lies all around us and there’s nothing more inspirational than mother nature. In fact, it influences the majority of my cake designs, whether it be in the beauty of flowers and foliage, the sea or the sky or the textures and lines that occur in the surfaces all around us. I love how imperfection can come together so perfectly to create free-flowing whimsical designs.
4. Go bold or go home
Well no sorry, don’t actually go home, I didn’t mean to be rude. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against a white or pastel-hued cake but I do get a little over excited about a boldly coloured creation and it’s appearing more and more as couples embrace a brighter palette for their wedding day.
It doesn’t have to be glowing pink neon (but hey there’s an idea!); going dark can be equally as show-stopping. Glossy black cakes can be an awesome canvas for brightly coloured flowers or concrete grey against warm hues of red or corals looks AMAZING!
Talking of coral, Pantone recently announced that their colour of 2019 is ‘Living Coral’. It received a mixed reception amongst my peers but I think used the right way it would add a warm vibrancy to any wedding theme. Be brave; if it’s a bit of you then don’t be afraid to go bold
5. Painted Love
Excuse the terrible pun on this 80’s Soft Cell classic but it sums up my feelings about hand-painted cakes; I absolutely love them! I get to unleash my inner Van Gogh and using the cake as an edible canvas allows such freedom to create something really personal for a couple.
Much like rice paper prints, anything can be replicated onto a cake with the magic of edible paint and a skilled cake artist. Layering painted elements with other decorating techniques can create depth and interest. Take a look at my yellow wildflower wedding cake with hand-painted wildflowers and overlaid with sugar flowers. Pretty cool right?
So there you have it, my predictions for 2019. Amazing what you can do with sugar, flour and eggs eh?
Credit where credit’s due…
Pheasant illustration by Charlotte Argyrou Illustration
Pheasant cake photography by Hannah Hall Photography
Metallic cobalt cake photography by Ayelle Photography
Secret Garden cake photography by Sam Bennett Photography
Black tasselled cake photography by Nicola Dawson Photography
Hand-painted wild flower cake photography by Dale Stephens Photography