Smaller Wedding Cakes Are In Vogue
Nuptial cake trends have revolutionised since the Middle Ages when a pure white cake symbolised wealth and while modern round cakes are still popular, the current global pandemic has decidedly influenced wedding cake trends.
As soon-to-be-wedded couples host more intimate gatherings, wedding cakes have shrunk in size and grown in exuberance.
Something Old, Something New
Chocolate, carrot or red velvet remain sought-after flavours and decorative sugar flowers are still trending, “but the blooms are more delicate and have lots of texture,” says celeb chef and award-winning cake designer, Grace Stevens.
Globally, hand-painted art, elegantly scattered sugar pearls and butter cream toppings are all the rage. On the home front though, the Rainbow Nation has diverse trends across the country.
While Grace looks forward to creating a beautiful rose gold cake with differently textured and themed tiers later this year, a couple requested Karin and Joy Blom of Sweet Joy Designer Wedding Cakes to create a fishbowl wedding cake.
All Cracked Up
Fault line wedding cakes featuring detailed crack-like artwork are undoubtedly an interesting trend. Named after the geological feature, they are perfect for single-tier or mini cakes with “epicentres” ranging from geodes or fruit to flowers and pearls.
request is smaller or single-tier cakes with individual stands for each guest
table. Scaled down cakes needn’t skimp on intricacies: Sweet Joy designed a 35
cm-high cake enveloped in a blue marble-effect wraparound with gold trimmings,
a sugar protea, navy berries and small flower details.
Individual desserts or mini wedding cakes are a health protocol-friendly trend that limit contact between guests and venue staff. You could even request a bigger cake for the cutting ceremony with mini versions for each guest, tastefully packaged as a wedding favour.
Tiers of Thrifty Decadence
After downscaling on everything else, big wedding cakes with a difference are also in demand. Cake designers provide dummy cake options, so you can keep your original design without compromising the cake’s size and height. The dummy layers cost less, and you select a “real” cake as one of the tiers — allowing for a tasty and picture-perfect cutting ceremony.
I’m sure your thoughts must be fluttering with wedding cake ideas for your big day after reading about all these trends, but there’s no need to worry. As Limpopo Wedding Planner, I will listen to your vision and meticulously plan every aspect of your special day ensuring it’s everything you’ve dreamed of — down to the last crumb.