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2017/2018 Wedding Cake Trends Are Here!

Every year I am so excited to start digging in and researching the coming years’ wedding cake trends!  I collect information from spring fashion shows and of course Pantones’ color palettes for the upcoming year (everyone from fashion to graphics designers anxiously wait for these every year to base their collections on).

In the past, Pantone has usually released a “color of the year”.  Last year there were two colors, and this year there is a whole palette of colors!

 

Bella’s Desserts in the process of creating an entire collection using some of the colors above, of wedding cakes for 2017 (more to come!).

Our observations on cake trends for 2017 are:

Drip Cakes

Cake by Crumbs Couture

OK, favorite style alert!  Drip style cakes are a down under invention.  What started for me as a fun celebration cake style, has turned into a trend for 2017 wedding cakes!  From fun, colorful and whimsical, to a single color, texture explosion (you all know how much I love texture!), this trend is taking America by storm!  Usually a ganache drip, with many different accoutrements such as meringues, chocolate whimsys, macarons, candy, sugar flowers and more!

Metallic/Geode

Cake by My Sweet & Saucy

Here is a gorgeous example of metallic and geodes all in one cake!  Metallics are still on trend for 2017, and I love the look of a splash of metallic!  You can make any color shimmery and shiny, and of course the geode trend is HOT in 2017!  From a small sugar geode as seen as the topper on this cake, to a full blown top to bottom geode, nature is in!

Naked/Semi Naked

What is the difference you ask?  The picture above shows a naked cake, where the edges of the cake are completely exposed.  A semi-naked cake has a whisper of frosting on the outside, but you can still see the edges through it.  You can garnish with fresh fruit or greenery!

Textured

      

This popular trend is still HOT in 2017!  Mix and match textures, with color or without this is a beautiful trend!

White on White

This trend which harkens back to the 50’s is still hot in 2017!  Elegant and sophisticated.

Painted Cakes

Cake by Cocoa Lane Sweeterie

Beautiful hand painted cake are still in!  From a detailed painting or just a wash of water color, this is definitely a trend that is here to stay.

Dessert Bars

We love dessert bars, and have dozens of choices!  Add a sweet little cutting cake, and everyone is happy!  From mini desserts, to donut bars, ice cream trucks, and S’mores stations, anything goes!  This is a great idea for weddings that turn into all night dance parties, gotta keep feeding your guests, am I right?

 

Each year gets more exciting for the cake designer and the bride.  Gone are the days of having one type of wedding cake!  You can have almost any style, or why not 3 cakes?

Happy planning!

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See this cake?  I have had so many orders, inquiries and compliments on it, and I have to say, I love it too!

I learned how to make this cake and so many other techniques from an amazing online sugar art school called The Sugar Geek Show, run by the amazingly talented, much sought after teacher, multi national and international cake award winning, beautiful mom and wife, Lizzo Marek.

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I discovered Liz on Facebook a couple of years ago, and was able to start learning live via Periscope 1 1/2 years ago.  At the time she had a school on Patreon, but with the help of her hubby Dan, and the passion of wanting to teach, the two developed their own online school.  Sugar Geek Show is jam packed with tips and tricks of the sugar art trade.  Her work was always so daunting to me (she’s an amazing all around artist, a gift, sadly I was not blessed with naturally), but through her teachings I feel like I can achieve things I never thought I could before!  From sugar, chocolate and sculpting, to how to make buttercream, she has it all!  Check out this tutorial on how to make purple fondant from scratch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qszElwao-H4

Then watch this sneek peek of how to make a Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cake!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpIbxhoQE04.

In the last two years I have tried out a few other online sugar schools, but I just felt I couldn’t use what they had to teach in my business, even Sugar Geek Show 1 1/2 years ago, was beyond my reach.  Just over a year ago, The Sugar Geek Show was revamped, and Liz added from the basics to the extreme, and I have been a subscriber ever since.

Whether you are a home baker that loves to play, or an experienced cake artists that always wants to be on trend, I highly recommend you subscribe to the Sugar Geek Show!

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I love this!  Great info for people planning their weddings, or getting engaged over the holidays.

1. Weekends with a Monday holiday
While you may be able to score a discounted rate from the venue to have your wedding on a Sunday night, since most people have the Monday holiday off, you’ll find that flights and hotel costs skyrocket on these weekends. Keep this in mind when picking one of these, as some guests may have to decline coming because of the extra travel costs.

Memorial Day
Weekend of May 27-29, 2017
Weekend of May 26-28, 2018

Labor Day
Weekend of September 2-4, 2017
Weekend of September 1-3, 2018

Columbus Day
Weekend of October 7-9, 2017
Weekend of October 6-8, 2018

2. Thanksgiving Weekend
This may seem like a great time to have a wedding, since a lot of people travel over Thanksgiving, but it can be a very tough time for a wedding. For one thing, prices for travel and hotels go up during Thanksgiving. The other reason is that people usually spend this holiday with their family members. So if you have a lot of guests who do not live locally, they may not be able to attend.

Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2016
November 23, 2017

3. New Year’s Eve
A New Year’s Eve wedding may seem like a fun idea. What better way to celebrate the end of one New Year and the start of another than with a wedding? Beware of high prices at venues and from vendors if you plan to do this date.

New Year’s Eve
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Monday, December 31, 2018

4. Religious holidays
Be sure to keep in mind the dates of religious holidays when picking a wedding date. Even if it’s not a holiday you observe, scheduling your wedding during Lent, Passover, or Ramadan, for example, may limit guests from coming due to cultural obligations.

5. Super Bowl Sunday
If you’re planning to do a Sunday wedding, cross Super Bowl Sunday off your list of options. And if you do decide to have it on that Sunday, be sure to have lots of TVs accessible for the die-hard fans.

Super Bowl Sunday
February 5, 2017, in Houston

6. Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is known as the day of bad luck. If you’re even a little bit superstitious, you may want to skip this date for your wedding or even rehearsal dinner.

Friday the 13th
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018

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2017/2018 Wedding Cake Trends Are Here!

The part of my business that I’m working on growing is the wedding side.  Guess who’s getting married now, and will be for the bulk of the next 4 years?  You guessed it, the Millennials.  I have already started seeing a trend, which I think is indicative of what is coming down the pike.  Millennials aren’t interested in the parent’s way of doing things, their are mighty independents who want to be different, and more laid back than us old folks (read non-traditional).

Some people might find this disrespectful, I find it exciting!  It means I need to up my game, I need to stay in the know of what’s trending for weddings and special events, it means I get to try new stuff (I’m glad I have a 14 year old that keeps me in the know!)!  I have three weddings this year that are all mini desserts!  I love it!  I’m hoping as these guys step up and I get to meet more, they will see the beauty in avant garde cake designs (like the ones I have been so passionate about.)

So with that, here is a great article from Bake Magazine, of what’s to come:

http://www.bakemag.com/Trends/Bread-Winners/2016/3/What-do-millennials-want-from-bakeries.aspx

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In the era of DYI, lots of people are using flowers from their gardens in their weddings, as opposed to buying from a florist.  If you do buy from a florist, the flowers that you want to put on or in your cake?  Please ask that they be pesticide free, and of the non-poisonous variety.

I made cupcakes and a cake for a wedding several years ago, and the buckets of flowers were from the couples aunt’s garden.  Stunning, and beautiful, and saved a lot of money.  But… there were flowers in the buckets that I knew of to be poisonous, as well as little tiny bugs all over most of them.  While this made several of the buckets unuseable, it made my job a lot harder, because I had to make sure every flower was bug free, for over 200 cupcakes!  It took me 1 1/2 hours to debug, sort and trim.   Your wedding baker, planner or anybody else for that matter is truly not responsible for this, unless you pay them to be.

I have warned about this before, but now I have compiled a list of very popular, poisonous flowers that are used in weddings and placed on wedding cakes.  As long as these beauties’ stems are encased in a water pick, or wrapped in plastic wrap before poking them into your cake, you should be fine:

Anthurium     Anthurium3

Calla Lily

Delphinium

Foxglove

Gloriosa Lily  220px-Gloriosa_rothschildiana_01

Iris

Ranunculas

Lily of the Valley

Hydrangea

Please keep you and your guests safe!

Have a beautiful and safe spring and summer wedding season!

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As you know, I always do my research as early as I can to bring you trends for the upcoming year, but flavor reports and dessert trends alway come out at the beginning of the year, so here is how Bella’s Desserts fit into the 2016 dessert trends:

  1. Mini Desserts:  These have been trending for a few years, but this year it is at the top of the list!  Bella’s Desserts has 31 mini’s to choose from, and a huge variety!  Everything is freshly made, nothing frozen, ever!
  2. Healthy Desserts:  What?  That’s an oxymoron!  Not at Bella’s Desserts, we offer dairy free, gluten free, and vegan cakes and cupcakes.  The only thing we don’t offer is sugar free, because that would involve artificial sweeteners, and we don’t play that game, pure food, period.
  3. Local Sourcing:  We source all of our fruits locally when possible.  We also try to purchase dairy items from local farms as well.
  4. Cake flavors are getting creative: With our palettes becoming more sophisticated, people want something more that just chocolate or vanilla.  Bella’s Desserts offer a wide variety of cake, filling and frosting flavors!  From Date/Cinnamon Buttercream, Matcha, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, cakes and frostings and fillings, crispy, crunchy, nutty and delicious dacquois, We are the only bakery in the area that offers such diverse flavors, not to mention, we gladly take special requests!
  5. Chocolaty Complexity: Ah chocolate, the sinful flavor!  How about adding salted caramel to your ganache?  Cinnamon for that Latin flavor, layers and layers of chocolate that all complement each other beautifully, oh my goodness, sigh.
  6. Ethnic Desserts:  With our French Dacquois, cannoli fillings, Italian cream cake, passion fruit and mango curds, you can get a taste from a different place right here in Chester County.

 

 

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Bella’s Desserts has supported same sex marriage, well, forever!  In our state of Pennsylvania, it is now possible, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  We have done many commitment ceremonies over the years, and now doing weddings!

If you compare a traditional heterosexual wedding vs. a same sex wedding, you might not realize it, but there are a few etiquette differences; such as whose parent pays? (do the parents even pay anymore?)

Here’s a great article from Martha Stewart Weddings, that help to answer some of those questions:

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/393354/same-sex-wedding-etiquette-questions-answered#318100

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Here is our post on the 2016 flavor profiles match our menus!

  1. Spice – This profile is trending still.  Add a little heat to your chocolate fillings, or frostings with a hint of cayenne, steeped habanero (I love that flavor), or for that smoky bite, steeped chipotle pepper, which all match well with a hint of cinnamon!
  2. Asian Fusion:  This is my personal favorite and welcomed trend!  Steeped lemongrass buttercream adds a subtle herbaceous, citrus flavor, and pairs perfectly with our vanilla or pound cake.  Star Anise adds that subtly hint of anise flavor, chai spiced frostings and fillings, galangal, the subtle asian ginger without the heat, or the punch, delicious!
  3. Complex comfort flavors:  We have started adding browned butter to our cream cheese frostings, and our buttercreams.  It adds a nutty, rich, complex note, that elevates those nostalgic flavors.  Chocolate with a hint of coffee, brings out the depth of chocolate, without a caffeine rush!  Banana split anyone?  I love banana cake with cream cheese frosting, elevated with a cherry chocolate filling, and you have a banana split!

So I think we can see that with more sophisticated tastes, comes more delicious and adventurous dessert choices, so take the leap!

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One of the first things most couples think of when planning a wedding is everything they dream of, from the venue, the date, the dresses, the suits, the bridal party, the guest list.

So, once you have your dream list, take a step back, and decide on your budget, or as I like to call it, a do not exceed number.  Then find a venue that will be affordable enough to leave lots of room for all of the other things.  Once you find out the cost of the venue, and the caterer, this will tell you how many people you can afford to invite.

After finding out the date and how many guests are invited, I always ask for a do not exceed number for the cake (or cupcakes, or dessert table).  95% of my customers, didn’t even think of it, or thought of it too late, so now there isn’t much left.

I often get requests from clients with champagne dreams and a beer budget.  Just last week I had a bride contact me, and she said her budget for a cake was $500 for 150 people, and this cake was gorgeous, but if she ordered it from me, would have been $1,000.  My base price for a 150 serving cake is $750 (she didn’t have the chance to look at my menu).  Now you might be saying “$500?  That’s a lot!”  When you are dealing with a reputable bakery, chances are their cakes start at $4-$8 per serving, and the math is pretty easy.  Highly decorated cakes go up from that point.  So this is where you need to ask yourself “Can I afford to invite 150 people?”  This will go for your caterer as well.

An organized couple is going to have the best wedding, because they are not freaking out about the money, and they are getting most of what they wanted within their budget.

Here’s a great article by Martha Stewart Weddings, on how to get started:

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231224/wedding-budget-planner

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Ron Burg, a blogger for The American Wedding, just posted his “Most Anticipated Wedding Trends for 2016!

Follow this link to get the scoop on everything wedding this this year!

http://www.theamericanwedding.com/blog/2015/most-anticipated-wedding/

 

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