Wedding Inspiration: 2017 Wedding Dessert Trends

A white wedding cake is always in good taste, however, with so many new trends you no longer have to limit yourself to tradition. So, here’s a peek at the latest and greatest wedding cake and alternative dessert trends, guaranteed to inspire the sweetest ending to your big day!

A fresh way to transform a traditional white wedding cake is to add unique, all-white embellishments. Dress up tiers with interesting details, like piped embroidery or jeweled accents. Incorporating non-traditional shaped tiers, like hexagons and ovals, is another great way to make the cake your own!

One trend we forecasted for this season was a very green, earthy, vibe. This idea is perfect for the couple who wants a more organic, natural-looking cake.Choose an edible white or ivory color and accent it with fresh or lifelike sugar flowers and leaves. Consider how you display the cake as well, this will help you incorporate your cake into the overall decor of your reception. 

Flowers – fresh and sugar-made – are always a winner when it comes to wedding cakes. For a fresh look, add accents of sugar-made flowers into a mini-bouquet. The flower bouquet works best on a muted cake base color, like ivory, peach or mint. 

Put your name on it! We’re not talking about the typical monogrammed cake topper. The idea here is to design a cake made to highlight your new shared monogram. A  hand-drawn monogram in a scripted style on a beveled gold sugar plaque or a rustic sugar-made plaque, or the word ‘love’ in a script font on any cake for an unexpected topper.

Metallic elements are becoming popular for wedding cakes as well. They can adapt to any style; delicate embroidery in golds or silver feels opulent while geometric shapes give off a fresh, modern feel. Consider adding a little sparkle all over. Fine edible glitter can add a decorative sheen to your cake without overpowering the whole design.

Not a fan of cakes? Have you thought about doughnuts? Glazed, frosted or plain old cake, everyone loves a good doughnut. Reach out to a local bakeshop to try and get the freshest, yummiest treats for your reception. Display them on tiers to mimic a multitiered cake, or go for something a little different, like a doughnut wall or mounds of little doughnut holes.

When all of the above just won’t do, go for a sweet table! Sweeten up your dessert with more than just cake; cupcakes, cookies, and assorted pastries will be a hit with your guests. Anything bite-sized or mini will allow your guests to have a variety and not feel bad about it!

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