Planning 101 13th June 2016

Ultimate Wedding Cake Trends For 2016 & 2017

Long gone are the days when a wedding cake always meant a dense fruit cake covered with thick white icing. Today’s world is oozing with imagination and creativity helping cake makers’ create wedding cakes and dessert tables that would have otherwise never been thought of. Today on the blog, wonderful masters of cake, Pret-At-Cake, take a look at the most popular wedding cake trends for 2016. and 2017...


Incorporating metallic into wedding cakes: metallic accents have been present on the wedding scene for some time now, however now we are no longer limited to the popular gold or silver options. Brides are now embracing bronze, rose gold and copper tones more and more. The beauty of this trend is that it can be made to suit anything from a rustic, shabby chic barn setting to a grand and classic style. In order to not over-do it, try pairing your chosen metallic with pastel colours of buttercream or icing. However this doesn’t mean that you can’t go bold with your colour combinations. Black, scarlet red or navy can all work particularly well with different metallic tones.

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Semi-Naked Cakes 

Another cake trend that is currently dominating Pinterest boards is a ‘semi-naked’ cake. Semi-naked cake evolved from a naked cake and is similar in concept, except that it is covered in thin layer of buttercream that creates visible layers of sponge with sharp finish. Beauty of this design is that it often fits with many white wedding themes proving a safe choice of colour when it comes to a wedding cake. The classic and crisp style provides an alternative to the old-school white wedding cake without straying too far from the traditional colour scheme. However, should you wish to experiment with more colour, decorate your naked buttercream cake with colourful fresh flower blooms or opt for an effortless and delicate sugar flowers.

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Source: Pret a cake

Drip Cakes

Another cake style gaining huge popularity is a colour drip design cake. These truly one of a kind avant-garde designs make a bold statement, and with perfectly placed shiny colour drips that shout ‘eat me’ you will struggle to keep people away from your cake before it is time to serve it. 

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Source: Pret a cake

Strawberry Tower

If you are not a cake person or want to write your own rules and have something different at your wedding, then you might consider having a strawberry tower. Made with fresh strawberries dipped in white or pastel coloured chocolate these can be easily matched with the colours of your wedding theme. Assembled with fresh rose flowers and decorated with metal leaf or pearls and sparkles, the strawberry tower can be a stunning centrepiece at your wedding reception, it will look gorgeous and taste amazing.

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Dessert Table

If you can’t decide whether to have something like a strawberry tower or can’t choose between different cake types - the answer is have a dessert table! While dessert tables were trending for a couple of years now, the table set-up is getting more elaborate with stunning backdrops and increasingly creative desserts on offer. It all began with simple cupcakes, macarons and mini tarts, but now the repertoire has expanded to include a wedding cake or strawberry or macaron towers, as a main centrepiece, surrounded by various shots of desserts like panna cotta, tiramisu or trifle and jelly cups. Couples are also paying more attention to include the dessert table as part of their entire wedding décor theme, instead of a standalone table somewhere in the corner of the room.

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Source: Chocolate No.5


Prefer savoury to sweet? How about a cake made out of whole cheese rounds! Quickly gaining momentum as a popular option, the tower of cheeses provides great visual statement. Adding to its popularity is the fact that most guests prefer something savoury after a ‘few’ celebratory drinks. This format also allows for a number of different cheese varieties resulting in a dessert option that will appeal to most guest’s palette. Add some quince paste or pear jelly, grapes, fresh fruit and oat biscuits and you have yourself a winning combination!

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Pret-a-Cake is a cake atelier based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. They create and supply stunning bespoke cakes for weddings and celebrations. You can contact Sergei directly using the form on his Wedding Planner profile here.

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Whilst cakes are still an all-time favourite, why not check out some of these fun and alternative trends for 2017 here.