Wedding cake decoration trends 2016

Even cakes are not immune to the cyclical nature of trends. The wedding cakes of my childhood were always white, multi-tiered with columns between the layers, and decorated with a thick blanket of fondant and intricately piped royal icing. Forty years later and this style of cake is making a return, albeit, minus the tacky plastic columns. This year the key trends are texture and volume.


We could be describing a 1980s wedding dress when we say frills and ruffles. In decoration terms, both are perfect for creating texture and volume. Choose fondant for a formal wedding or buttercream for a less structured looking cake. Ruffles look great in any colour; horizontal frills particularly suit the ombre style of colouring (icing that is coloured light to dark).


Roses are the flower of romance so they are a fitting decorative motif for a wedding cake. Rosettes can be used on their own or in combination with other decorating techniques. On their own they make an impressive statement especially on multi tiered cakes. Rosettes look particularly elegant in ivory or white fondant.


The Duchess of Cambridge, and her Alexander McQueen lace wedding dress, is credited with inspiring the trend for lace decorated cakes. Using the fabric or the lace pattern of a brides’ dress is a great way of tying the cake into the look of your wedding. This style of decoration is most effective using an ivory base overlaid with white fondant.


A cake certain to please even the most picky of mother-in-laws, this style of decoration pays homage to the wedding cakes of generations past. This decoration signals a return to the tradition of covering a cake with a smooth sheet of uncoloured fondant and embellishing it with white royal-icing appliques and piped details. What makes this cake modern is the combination of tiers in different and non-traditional shapes, like hexagons and ovals.

 What are your favourite cake decorating trends this year?  Let us know in the comments.


3 thoughts on “Wedding cake decoration trends 2016

  1. cakealicious867

    There have certainly been some changes over the years. Some of the 1950 Wedding cakes were totally covered in decorations. The first tier of the cake was often kept for the Christening of the first child. THE 1980’S also saw the popularity of the plastic Bride and Groom on the top of the top tier of the many tiered cake. Since then the styles of the cakes has changed dramatically and there are so many different styles and kinds of cakes out there. I have seen totally chocolate covered cake. (chocolate ganache) this can be very tricky to transport especially if it is Summer day of 25 degree Celsius This is where the expertise of a experienced baker/cake decorator comes in as trying to stop the cake from melting can be hard.
    These days things like budgets, taste and style and personal preference frame the choice of cake the couple decide to have. We even see individual cupcakes decorated instead of a big cake. Some Cultures also have traditional cakes with lots of tiers as they send these tiers to different people. My personal favorite is a very simple wedding cake with a few decorations on the side and a small bouquet of flowers from the wedding bouquet. It is worth looking at books and magazines and websites for ideas.

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    1. cakealiciouscakes310 Post author

      Thank you for your contribution to this page – I really appreciate your effort. I am very interested in the historical, cultural and sociological aspects of something seemly so ordinary like wedding cakes. You have added another ‘layer’ to this cake story. Many thanks.


      1. cakealicious867

        You are welcome. I have witnessed first hand the problem of transporting Wedding cakes made of pure chocolate in summer. Needed fans on the cake to stop it from melting at the Reception venue. I am also interested in the history.


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