If you’re planning a wedding in 2023, you may be ready to finalize all the details of your reception. Once you have an incredible meal planned, it’s only appropriate to finish things off with an equally impressive wedding day cake. While classic white wedding cakes will always be a gorgeous choice for the occasion, the options for wedding cakes and other treats are ever-expanding. There are stunning designs that have grown even more popular over the past few years, along with clever, new techniques that bakers are excited to offer their couples.
Ready to find the perfect wedding cake design for your 2023 date? Read on for ideas from top industry bakers to learn what will be on-trend for the year.
Maximalism is still having a moment and I think we’ll see this expressed through grand wedding cakes with intricate details and impressive heights," shares cake artist Kelly Gray. "Although it comes down to personal taste, I think this is a beautiful way for couples to create a celebratory moment with their wedding guests and to incorporate details from their décor or theme.” Consider surpassing three tiers and going all out with your design for a statement-making moment for your cake cutting.
Featuring pretty, organic blooms on wedding cakes and other sweet treats has certainly been trending the past few years. And, this trend is here to stay in 2023. “Earthy elements are a trend that is here to stay. Utilizing pressed flowers and greenery is perfect for couples looking for a natural or boho look," shares Randi Smith, owner of Sugar Euphoria.
Want to bring a whimsical flair to your floral wedding cake? Choose an ikebana-inspired cake. This trendy style is composed of a mix of longer stemmed blooms atop a confection to seem as if they are growing naturally from the batter. "Every wedding cake I make is different and unique," shares From Lucie owner Lucie Franc de Ferrier, who specializes in this aesthetic. " I think when it comes to decorating my cakes, people that have ordered from me in the past have liked that they look a touch wild, unorganized, and whimsical. I've always liked the look of a rustic cake that doesn't look perfect, but looks homemade and reminds you of home."
Deciding your cake flavor can go way beyond choosing between chocolate and vanilla. From lavender frosting to orange-lemon filling, there are plenty of unique ways to change up the taste of your cake. "The wedding cake industry has exploded in recent years and for many bakers and designers, that means giving clients the opportunity to create custom flavors," says Gray. "Rather than choosing from a set list, I like to work with clients to find pairings that are unique to their tastes and tailor each piece to them.”
A Lambeth cake might look straight out of the '50s, but it's actually quite a popular style for 2023. "The vintage, intricate piping details are making a strong comeback," shares Smith. "I love this style because it is the perfect 'something old' in your wedding design. Plus, it is guaranteed to be a show stopper and conversation piece."
While florals are always a pretty addition to your cake design, it isn't always the most environmentally friendly option. “Younger couples are becoming conscious of the environmental impact of their wedding décor, especially when it comes to florals. Using hand crafted sugar art to create a sustainable cake design is not only an eco-conscious alternative, but a beautiful one that elevates your event," advises Gray.
Going to a cake tasting is a fun part of the wedding planning process. But, if you're getting married thousands of miles away, it may not be the most convenient or affordable activity. "For couples planning destination weddings or hoping to work with a specific cake designer located out of state, overnight express shipped tasting cakes and online Zoom design meetings are the way to go," advises Gray. "Not only does it allow couples to sample their cake at home and mull things over, but often times they’re able to create an inclusive tasting experience for family and friends to get involved in the process. I send several small cakes to each client so they have enough for everyone. Tasting parties are in!”
Article copies from Brides "7 Wedding Cake Trends to Know in 2023, Accoridng to Top Bakers"