Like just every aspect of wedding detail, wedding cakes have also undergone some significant changes since 2008. In this article, we took a look at cake trends over the last ten years from elaborate, detailed and story-driven cakes to the whimsical, artistic interpretations that guide today’s geode and metallic wedding cakes. Let’s see how wedding cake trends have evolved since 2008!
2008: Elaborate & Fondant!
With the emergence of social networking and its focus on the reality cake shows, wedding cakes in 2008 were personalised to fondant marvels. Bridging the gap between traditional white cakes and the laissez-faire wedding cakes of today, the year 2008 was awash with perfect fondant, gorgeous pastel flowers, and buttercream beading.
2009: Geometric Shapes & Monograms!
After decades of round wedding cakes, 2009 was the year that shook up the tradition. Tiered cakes in squares and polygon shapes took off this year, as couples raced to breathe new life into traditional wedding sweets. Continuing with personalisation, monograms on wedding cakes became very popular this year as well.
2010: Cupcakes and Cupcakes!
Although couples ventured into the land of wedding cupcakes before 2010, this was the year couples explored and maximised cupcakes. Whether accompanied by a single layer of traditional wedding cake or offered solo, couples in 2010 found many creative ways to show off their courtesy with these beautiful and yummy little cups of cake.
This was also the year when couples decided white cake shouldn’t be the only available flavour for wedding cakes. Chocolate and strawberry cupcakes enjoyed a brief time this year.
2011: Cake Pops Explode!
2011 was the year of cake pops. Maybe someone realised the buttercream to cake ratio of cupcakes could be improved. Maybe cupcakes just opened the floodgates for little and adorable sweets. Whatever the reason, these small balls of cake covered in fondant became a favourite for couples married this year, as part of an emerging dessert table, or as wedding favours or even as the main wedding dessert itself.
2012: Mini Cakes Take Over the Season!
Continuing with the trend of mini wedding desserts, small fondant wedding cakes took over in 2012. Mini cakes combined the best of past trends, with colourful designs on teeny wedding cakes. As wedding cake traditions evolved past 2012, the mini cakes trend evolved and remained relatively popular.
2013: Rustic & Touch of Lace!
After years of pomp wedding cake trends, it took stock of the natural inspirations and decided to go all rustic. In 2013, converted barns and appropriated farms became more popular wedding venues. Hence, wedding cakes began to look more vintage with a touch of laces, and fresh flowers along with burlap ribbons grew favourite cake accessories.
Vintage-looking lace became popular with wedding gowns at the same time, and a bit of lace on a rustic wedding cake became a popular trend.
2014: More Cakes, Better Than One!
The wedding desserts were getting smaller on the table, the need for an artful display of desserts emerged. The year 2014 was a peak for dessert table decorations, as couples opted for various desserts and smaller cakes. Wedding cakes permanently moved from the taller, the better to the broader, more spread out and more diverse.
So, the trend of creatively arranging a collection of one-layer cakes, usually in a variety of styles and designs, emerged as the king this year.
2015: Wedding Cakes Get Naked!
After Angelina Jolie’s 2014 wedding to longtime partner Brad Pitt, which featured a homemade and sparsely frosted cake created by their 10-year-old son, “naked cake” took over the wedding cake industry.
Naked cakes commonly feature many layers of moist cake sandwiched between ample amounts of buttercream while the sides are left bare, or nearly empty. Beyond that basic principle, naked cakes contribute to a ton of variety for couples, including decorating with fresh fruit, colourful flowers or seasonal plants.
Naked cakes soon made a variation as “nearly” naked cakes, which allowed for a bit more frosting cover but still retained the aesthetic of their predecessors.
2016: Shimmer & Texture!
After years of small desserts, couples wanted to bring the bling back into their wedding cakes. 2016 was the sudden emergence of bright, metallic pops of colour and lots of texture. Metallic-centred weddings in many different forms, from gold foiling to hints of glimmer sheen painted on layers of cake to textured gold designs.
Rose gold, silver and bronze were favourites into the metallic trend, but not in as big a way as gold was considered. After kicking fondant with buttercream-filled naked cakes, textured buttercream cakes became another popular trend of the year, as the sophisticated style was tasty and beautiful with the touch of royalty.
2017: Shimmer & Colour!
Geode cakes drew inspiration from geological structures called geodes, which are cute, brightly coloured rocks that are accompanied by equally brightly coloured crystals. These wedding cakes combined lots of things that couples loved in 2017, including bold colour, hints of metallic and nature-inspired glam. Often accompanied by real geodes or inspired by actual rock formations.
Geode cakes were another way for couples to infuse their unique personalities into their wedding experience. Many couples opted to draw inspiration from the geodes for every aspect of their wedding details as well.
2018: Doughnut Walls, Ice Cream Sandwiches and Dessert Explosions!
In 2018, wedding dessert trends had traversed the entire world of desserts, there were a few untapped corners, and they resided at a doughnut shop. Doughnuts became famous this year when couples decided to offer their guests a massive blast of desserts instead of just a single wedding cake.
The circular treat shined brighter than all others this year. Couples created doughnut walls as part of the dessert presentation at the wedding or as a fun snack bar to eat later on in the night and offered other desserts like ice cream sandwiches as well.
For couples who still wanted to include wedding cake as part of their dessert table, whimsical themes continued to dominate as the bright and fun drip cakes with icing designed to “drip” down the layers of the pie that dominated the cake space.