Amy Lai, co-owner of Silk Cakes at 98-14 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, gave us some insight into wedding cake trends of 2017.
“Each couple tends to have their own taste,” Lai said. “There’s the couple that likes sophistication so they prefer glamour whereas others might go for a more rustic look.”
White-on-white - The white-on-white trend features a white cake with white textured elements to it. For instance, a cake covered completely in white fondant can then have white 3D flowers added onto it for decoration.
“This particular cake gives a more sophisticated and classic feel,” Lai said.
Hand-painted To have hand-painting aspects on a cake, Lai explained, there must be a skilled cake decorator orchestrating the design since there is almost no room for errors. It’s a long, arduous process.
Her sister, Judy, the bakery’s lead pastry chef, has hand-painted flowers onto cakes. Couples can also choose certain aspects of their wedding invitation to be incorporated onto the cake.
Lace - “A lot of wedding dresses have lace, so a lot of couples like to mimic the pattern,” Lai said.
If a customer is looking for a specific lace design, Judy then researches where to find the molds in order to replicate the design. Once, she had specific molds flown in from Korea in order to match the bride’s gown. The delicate lace is then transferred onto the cake. The result is an intricate, elegant look.
Rustic - While rustic cakes have been around for years, the trend has “bloomed” and is now here to stay, Lai said.
Couples tend to put earthy flowers or branches onto the cake. Greenery in brown and rich green tones, like Eucalyptus and evergreens, are popular additions. Instead of using a traditional cake stand, they might also opt for a wooden stump-like stand.
Rustic cakes are especially popular if a bride and groom are having an outdoor wedding.
Naked - Cakes that show exposed layers with a minimal amount of frosting are known as naked cakes.
According to Lai, when naked cakes were first introduced, people were shocked to see the actual cake as part of the final product, “but in due time people are noticing how you can see the natural beauty of the cake,” Lai said.
What’s even more surprising is that there are different designs that can be done on a naked cake. You can work the design based on the dollops of buttercream or even add fruits to the exterior.
Buttercream - Just as the naked cakes, buttercream cakes are an economical choice for couples on a budget.
With buttercream, the cake can have horizontal lines going around or it can be placed in a speckled design.
Rosettes - Rosettes are an up-and-coming trend, Lai believes. Cake decorators either pipe buttercream to form the roses or they create it with fondant. The rosettes usually cover the entire cake, or entire tier, and can either be in one color or in an ombre.
Asian-inspired Designs - Asian-inspired cake designs are bestsellers at Silk Cakes. Two colors that are used are the very traditional red and gold combination. Many couples also ask to have the Chinese double happiness character added onto the cake or the Japanese cherry blossoms. Chinese buttons are becoming more and more popular.
“Couples like to have a bit of heritage on their cake,” Lai said. “It can swing from very traditional to very modern.”
Modern designs include a hexagon-shaped cake with a Japanese silk pattern on it.
“They want to showcase their heritage and culture, and part of it is through the cakes,” Lai said.