Year after year we see the same “Wedding Trends for …”, full of wedding dresses, bouquets, cute little take-home trinkets, customizable whose-it-whats-its, and DIY tricks. But rarely do we ever see a really great forecast on the trends of the year to come in CAKE. Cake can encompass so much love and art. From the way it dances around on your taste buds, to the hours and hours of back breaking details poured into every inch.
I’ve asked three of the top wedding cake designers and true trend-setters, what their predictions are for the 2015 wedding cake scene. I, of course, am going to throw my two cents in on the subject also. Some trends are riding strong from 2014 into 2015 with continued momentum, while some are fresh and new. So lets dive right in! Wedding Cake Trends 2015 Part 1.
Pantone sets the tone every year with their “color of the year” and their seasonal color choices.
Color of the year goes to *drum roll please*: Marsala
A warm, seductive color.. if used in the right way.
It may prove to be a difficult color to create for some of us cake artists. According to Luck‘s, you can combine “Red” and “Burgundy” food color to recreate “Marsala”. Just, whatever you do, don’t go and lose your mind trying to accomplish the perfect Marsala, THEN end up throwing the real Marsala on it… the wine that is.
“Upon the release of the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2015 (Marsala), I finally smiled with glee! Here was a colour that could evoke some passionate and inventive cake designs and inject colour into what can sometimes be a very monotone wedding scene.” – Jacki Fanto
Now, on to Pantone’s color choices for Spring fashion! “En Plein Air” is what they are calling this collection. Airy and soft.
Oh Metallics.. you’ve pulled at our heart strings for quite some time now and I do believe you’re going to continue to pull this new year. Warm metallics are on the radar. Metallics shine proud and loud all on their own, or paired with virtually any color(s).
“Synonymous with luxe is metallics. Metallics are so on trend still and keep on evolving. First it was lots of silver, then golds.” – Jacki Fanto
From super shiny REAL gold leaf to hand painted gold (see the best edible golds), it’s EVERYWHERE. Gold releases the royalty in us all, the queen if you will. Only in the 21st century can we say “Yes, you are eating real gold… Yes, that is correct, my cake is gold plated.”
“Gold is HOT! Warm and glamorous, gold makes a strong statement. Gold can be used either in fine detailing or over larger areas to really pop. ” – Faye Cahill
Rose Gold is hitting the wedding scene hard this year! What is Rose Gold do you ask? Rose Gold, real Rose Gold, is 75% gold, 21% Copper and 4% Silver. What is born? A beautiful gold with a coppery, yet cool, rosy undertone. Don’t you dare go calling it just “gold”, you don’t want to get the evil eye from the perfectionist planner. Come on, it’s like calling “Magenta”, Fuchsia. 😉
Examples of differences in yellow true gold vs. rose gold:
“This year saw a rise of copper and for 2015 I see all this and more. I see ROSE GOLD. A perfect colour mix of golds and coppers. Rose gold is soft and beautiful AND it works equally well with soft colour palettes and bold.” – Jacki Fanto
Silver is still still hot, even though Gold is warm (puns, oh the puns!). Silver is kind of the safe bet, especially for those brides who had the horrible run in with gold in the early 90s (when it was cheesy, remember that?). Silver is a beautiful cool and a completely neutral metallic.
On one side of the spectrum, we have “Bold Statements”. The trends that are picked up by the people who enjoy bright colors and fashion forward inspiration.
Yeah, I call it “Geo”. We are on a nick name basis, me and Geo. Geo (geometrically inspired designs, it’s a mouth full) are on the rise rise RISE! Geo can be found in a strong, bold all-over pattern or can be found in small shapes pulled into designs such as Stevi’s.
“Geometrically inspired designs have been growing in popularity over the past couple of years, but I see them becoming more mainstream and trendy for 2015. Modern couples are choosing more streamlined designs for their weddings, straying away from tradition and looking for high design impact with out being contrived or uptight.” – Stevi Fransen-Auble
“Geometrics are extremely versatile and can be translated into so many different designs and themes. Small uses of geometric shapes can transform a typically traditional design into something fresh, modern and unexpected.” – Stevi Fransen-Auble
Why? Because you can. Yep. Bold statement cake, nothing makes more of a statement then hanging cake. Options are endless, do it chandelier style or spruce it up with some bright colorful flowers. Either way, they’re jaws will drop and there will be “What?” “How?” “Oh my!”
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