Top 5 Wedding Cake Trends for 2014

We’ve already talked about the top wedding trends of 2014, but now it’s time to dig a little deeper.

Now it’s time to talk cake trends! I was lucky enough to chat with Amy Noelle of Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City, one of the city’s premier wedding cake designers, to learn about the top 5 wedding cake trends of 2014.

“For the past couple of years, we’ve seen a return to white and lots of lace detailing (thank you, Kate!). As we move further out of the recession and into an exciting 2014, brides and grooms are taking a few more risks and moving in a direction of realistic opulence. It’s not too over the top. It’s understated glam. It’s I-want-to-have-fun-and-I’m-not-going-to-feel-bad-about-it (does that hashtag already exist??).” – Amy Noelle

Here are the top five trends Amy and her team are seeing in 2014…

1. Cakes in Color

Brides are in color in 2014, and so are cakes.


{via Sugar Flower Cake Shop on Instagram}

“Couples are moving away from muted decor colors and traditional white cake to bolder and unexpected color combinations (hello, royal blue and fuchsia!?!?!). The other way to get completely away from the white-on-white is to opt for a caked iced in ganache. This is BOLD and not for everyone (though, the guys tend to love it!). Flowers and other details just pop against the dark background.”

2. Experimenting with Texture

While fondant has been a wedding cake staple for years, many brides are opting for icing that actually tastes good (sorry, fondant!), which also provides options when it comes to texture. Hello, buttercream!


via Sugar Flower Cake Shop, photo by Erik Ekroth}

“Instead of adding more ‘stuff’ to a cake, it can be understated, yet still have lots of interest. Since we exclusively work with buttercream at our shop, we love to have fun with the look of the icing. It can be tailored or intentionally “messy”. Either way, it’s just FUN!”

3. Metallic Detailing

Here’s yet another instance of cake trends being right on par with wedding trends.


{via Sugar Flower Cake Shop, photo by Carmen Santorelli}

“With all of the Gatsby-craze of last summer, brides are still looking for a bit of glam. On cakes, we interpret this in the form of silver dragees or bands wrapping around a cake. Sometimes, an entire tier is hand painted with edible silver or gold leaf. The Sugar Flower Cake Shop aesthetic tends to be a little more subdued, so we love pairing these glam elements with contrasting elements (sometimes rustic and sometimes chic).”

4. Painted Cakes

Watercolor design became a wedding trend last year, but we’re only going to see more of it in 2014, especially when it comes to cakes!


{via Sugar Flower Cake Shop, photo by Kristy May Photography}

“Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of watercolor. Invitation designers are using it more and more. It’s so pretty to look at and really fun to paint in buttercream. I’m hoping to do more watercolor cakes this spring and summer!”

5. More (and More Elaborate) Piping

Who says white on white has to be boring?!


{via Sugar Flower Cake Shop, photos by Robert Burnett & Chellise Michael Photography}

“White on white wedding cakes will likely always be around. To keep them visually interesting, we love to pipe and pipe and pipe (plus maybe add a couple of sugar flowers!). The wedding cake is the one decor element that can really pull the entire event together. We love looking at invitations that have interesting patterns and translating that into something we can pipe onto a cake.”

Are you taking advantage of any of these 2014 wedding cake trends?   

About Amy Noelle and Sugar Flower Cake Shop: A former teacher and actuary, Amy Noelle opened Sugar Flower Cake Shop in 2009, focusing on wedding and special occasion cakes made from local, seasonal, organic and fair-trade ingredients. At Sugar Flower Cake Shop, all the cakes are baked fresh and lathered with silky buttercream rather than stiff fondant. Many of Amy’s creations are adorned with exquisitely designed sugar flowers. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, New York Weddings, Bride’s Magazine, The Knot, Forbes and more. She’s given demos at Martha Stewart’s studio and Macy’s, and appeared on the STYLE Network and TV Land.