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Wedding Cake Trends: Eight Cool Ideas for the Year Ahead

Your wedding cake is a fun (and delicious) way to add even more personality to your wedding. You can find lots of creative ways to put a twist on the traditional wedding cake.

We asked wedding cake maker and London-based bakery Jack & Beyond which wedding cake trends they expected to see more of in the year ahead…

Wedding Cake Trends for 2021

Two-Tiered Wedding Cakes

The reduction in wedding guest numbers in 2020 has had an impact on the kinds of wedding cake couples are ordering – smaller cakes are ideal for limited guest numbers. “Smaller wedding cakes can still look elegant and impressive with the right design and/or by playing with size, e.g. having a lower bottom tier and a taller top tier creates a nice visual effect.”

Mini Cakes and Cupcakes

Cupcakes are back in fashion for wedding couples! Mini cakes and cupcakes that you can easily package up and parcel will be a great way to involve friends and family that can’t celebrate with you in person, Jack & Beyond predict.

Wedding Cakes with Floral Designs

“Floral designs have been popular for a while,” say Jack & Beyond. “2020 was all about edible fresh flowers, but 2021 will be all about handcrafted sugar paste flowers in pastel colours or in strong, bold shades that stand in contrast with a paler base colour.

“Sugar paste roses are a classic and are beautiful additions to any cake, but 2021 will also bring a trend for wedding cakes with more exotic flowers like hibiscus or sugar paste succulents.”

Black and Gold Wedding Cakes

Jack & Beyond are predicting a bold new trend for 2021 – perhaps inspired by the decadence of the last roaring 20s: “2021 will be the year of strong colour contrasts for wedding cakes especially gold accents on black icing or fondant, creating a very elegant look.”

Read more: Our favourite metallic wedding cakes

Ombre Wedding Cakes

The ombre wedding cake has been around for a while, but 2021 will see it take off, say Jack & Beyond: “Many couples currently prefer frosted wedding cakes (cream cheese or buttercream) to fondant covered cakes as they tend to be lighter, especially for spring and summer weddings.

“Frosted cakes are a bit more limited in terms of design options, but ombre effects are a great and affordable way to achieve a stunning look for your frosted cake, especially combined with fresh flowers in matching colours. 

“An ombre effect adds colour to the cake without overdoing it and the blending of different shades looks elegant and modern.”

Asymmetrical Wedding Cakes

“Asymmetrical cakes are the perfect 2021 wedding cake trend for the more adventurous couples out there,” say Jack & Beyond. “This could mean stacking the tiers off-centre or playing with varying heights.”

Read more: The best wedding cake alternatives

Hand-Piping

 “Hand-piped decorations will be big in 2021 to create beautiful creative cake designs,” reveal Jack & Beyond. “Whether you are after a geometrical pattern or a delicate flowery theme for your wedding cake, hand piped designs are incredibly versatile.”

Boozy Flavours

This one might be our favourite! “Classic flavours such as Victoria sponge or red velvet will never cease to be popular, but in 2021 we can expect to see some ‘boozy’ flavours emerging for a twist to the classic wedding cake. Prosecco & elderflower cake or pina colada flavour anyone?” suggests the Jack & Beyond team.

Still looking for your dream wedding cake? We have some amazing chocolate wedding cake ideas for you.

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