The Sweet Future of Wedding Cakes: What We’ll See in 2011 and 2012

Ever wonder what the future holds for wedding cakes this year and next? Well, these elaborate confections closely track brides’ favorite themes and colors — and even more so, their fashions! So, read on for a fun and fabulous overview of what this year and next holds in store for us.“Modern” Vintage. We’ll see plenty of subdued colors and designs that glance back at the past, ranging from sparkly cake brooches to tongue-in-cheek fondant silhouettes. Lace will continue to play a big role in gowns and cakes alike, as will gauzy ribbons that echo our love for bridal sashes. Pleats are starting to pick up on the catwalk, so we’ll likely see a lot more fondant pleating in 2012. Meanwhile, look out for a generous helping of bows, brooches and buttons.Monochromatic. After years of eye-popping color, white cakes will be huge this year and next. Brides are loving the fresh, summery look of white weddings, even dressing their bridesmaids in white summer frocks! But instead of the fussy piped swags and shells of years past, look for sleek fondant appliqués, sometimes brushed with luster dust. We’ll also see white layers wrapped in white satin ribbon, and big, blowsy 3-D flowers that echo those organza fabric blooms that designers are slapping on wedding gowns by the dozen. Oh, and one more thing: Kate and William’s sensational cream-colored wedding cake, with its stunning white Lambert-technique details, will echo in weddings for years to come. (Be ready to fork out 10K and up if you want something remotely similar.)

Short-Stack Cakes. 2011 and 2012 cakes will see lots of deep tiers and playful layer heights. A look probably best popularized by The Cake Girls, short-stack cakes are quintessentially uptown and sleek, perfect for a sassy summer wedding.

Cake Assortments. Just as a two-dress bride’s no longer a rarity, having multiple cakes at one reception is also increasingly common. Popularized by tastemakers like Amy Atlas and Martha Stewart, cake assortments brazenly defy Mies Van der Rohe’s well-known adage that “less is more.”

Cupcakes. Bright and cheery, what could be better for summer? Cupcakes leave brides on either side of the pastry divide — you love ‘em or hate ‘em — but interest has climbed every year since 2007, with coastal brides especially enthused about cupcakes.

Portable, no cake-cutting fees, and attuned to popular trends like vintage … what’s not to love? As the year rolls on, we’ll see more and more DIY cupcake twists, like the cupcake topping bar seen at Green Wedding Shoes, and the dippable fondue cupcakes at OneStylishBride.

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