Cakemakers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Kent share their top trends in wedding cakes for 2017/18
Hopscoff Bespoke Cakes, Kent
"Lace, flowers, pastel tones and ribbons; the ‘Oh So Vintage’ look necessities. Brides after that classic and elegant theme for their wedding are looking more and more for cakes that ooze contemporary tradition. The dichotomy being that classic floral finish on the surface with more than fruitful surprises waiting inside. Flavours nowadays range beyond the fruitcake to chocolate orange, lemon and blueberry and even boozy Baileys and Oreo. The vintage themed cakes are like the ‘jeans’ of the sugar world; They never go out of fashion and they complement just about any style, never failing to impress."
H Gunton, Essex
"We are finding that cheese towers are the on-trend choice for weddings this year with many seeing them as not only a stunning talking point but also as a good way to keep the budget down. With a traditional cake the slices get taken home; with a cheese tower it becomes part of the evening buffet, often saving enough for an extra glass of bubbly at the cutting."
Bon Bon Cakes, Kent
"The emerging cake trend features tall tiers, ganache drips, buttercream coating and fresh flowers to match all styles, designs and colour schemes. Gone are the days of fruitcake, fondant and royal icing - now replaced with textures and hand-painted designs. Bon Bon Cakes specialises in bespoke buttercream cakes and cupcakes in a variety of flavours to suit your tastes. This four tiered wedding cake is frosted with creamy vanilla buttercream, hand-painted with edible gold detailing and topped with beautiful pastel fresh flowers."
Elizabeth Ann's Confectionery, Surrey
"Metallic colours such as gold, silver, rose gold and bronze for wedding cakes are on-trend at the moment particularly as a solid block colour tier. This trend can lend itself to many different themes or styles of wedding, with cake designs ranging from bold geometrics to vintage designs. As you can see from this medieval influenced wedding cake, metallic silver is extensively used in the cake decoration and also extends to the King Arthur-style hand-moulded chocolate sword and delicate crown, with the knight bride and groom and shields adding to the medieval styling."
Cambridge Cake Boutique, Cambridgeshire
"At the Cambridge Cake Boutique it’s all about taste and design. This year has seen a big trend in the use of metallics on cakes, even venturing into designs featuring gold and silver leaf. A cake with clean lines and a metallic finish also looks stunning with an added statement flower; here we have used a handmade Magnolia flower. The simplicity of the design makes a striking and elegant centrepiece. The cake pictured is available to order, or why not book a consultation to discuss your own striking version?"
Spotty Cake Tin, Norfolk
"As we say goodbye to summer and enter the autumnal Equinox, the designs of wedding cakes traditionally change with the seasons, from beautiful pastels to warm comforting tones. One trend has incredible longevity, and we anticipate that it will have high demand well into 2018... that is the bark effect. The bark effect is so versatile; it can be made in a natural form suiting a seasonal or outdoor wedding, or it can be used creatively to create a dreamy seaside driftwood effect, perfect for beach weddings or for winter themed wedding cakes where it will be used in greys and whites with silver lustre to capture the frosty look. For springtime, fresh green foliage mixed with cream and yellow flower bouquets acknowledge new growth and new life."
Baking Beautiful, Kent
"There has been a rise in the popularity of themed wedding cakes. Perfect for weddings with a dreamy, whimsical style, it allows the bride to bring a touch of nostalgia from her childhood to one of the most important days of her grown up life. Signalling the link between fairytales and true life love stories, this style of cake shows that we are all young at heart. Contact us at Baking Beautiful if you would like a stunning show-stopper that combines delicious cake with creative and skilled detailing. We are based in Maidstone and deliver throughout Kent and the surrounding areas."
Cakes by Samina, Surrey
"Cakes by Samina B is perfectly poised to deliver breathtakingly beautiful cakes which combine the customer’s ideas and Samina’s expert vision. Made from the finest quality, freshest ingredients and decorated with a meticulous attention to detail, Cakes by Samina will create a masterpiece that is guaranteed to wow. Personalised wedding cakes continue to be a popular trend, with couples requesting a bespoke creation that complements the theme or colour scheme of their big day. This five tier cake in bridal white looked picture perfect with the floral finishes and customised cake topper that the couple requested."
Featured image: Bon Bon Cakes
Photography: Ryan Cox Photography, www.ryancoxphotography.com
Florist: Carina at The Flower Basket in Sandwich, www.theflower-basket.co.uk
Cake topper: Sarah at Paper-Laze, www.paper-laze.co.uk