The Future of Cake Design: 6 Trends to Watch Out for Next Year

Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Project Party

If you’re in the business of planning parties, then you know that dessert is always a major focus. Whether it’s a kid’s birthday party, a baby shower, or even a corporate holiday party, people love to indulge in sweet treats. And since trends are always changing, it’s important to stay on top of the latest and greatest when it comes to cakes and desserts. Here are seven trends that we predict will become more popular over the next decade.

Cake Trends to Watch for in the Next Decade

As we move into the next decade, there are certain trends that we predict will become more popular in cake design. Here are seven trends to watch out for:

1. Insect-Topped Cake Trends

Insect-topped cakes are becoming increasingly popular, as they are fun, quirky, and sure to be a hit with kids (and adults!) alike. These cakes are made with fondant or gum paste and often feature colourful designs. Popular insect choices include ladybugs, bees, and butterflies. While some people may be put off by the idea of eating insects, there is no need to worry – these toppers are completely edible!

This trend follows the recent boom in the popularity of edible insects, as people are becoming more open to the idea of incorporating them into their diets. Insects are a sustainable and nutritious food source, so it makes sense that they would be used more frequently in desserts (um, as a decorative piece and not the real thing).

So if you’re looking for a unique cake design, consider adding some bugs to your next creation.

2. Metallic Cakes

Metallic cakes are a big trend right now, and it’s no surprise why. They’re dramatic, elegant, and perfect for everything from weddings to New Year’s Eve parties. Gold, silver, and bronze are all popular choices, but there’s no need to limit yourself to just one colour. You can easily create a multi-coloured cake by using food colouring or edible paint in shades of gold, silver, and bronze. To add an extra touch of elegance, try dusting the top of your cake with edible glitter or metallic sugar crystals. Whatever approach you choose, one thing is for sure: a metallic cake is sure to make a statement.

You can further incorporate the trend of geometric shapes into your cake design by using metallic cake toppers or fondant decorations. Geometric shapes are also popular for wedding cakes, so this is a great way to add a modern touch to a classic cake design.

3. Floral Cakes

We’ve seen a big trend toward natural elements in weddings over the past few years, and that trend is also starting to show up in other types of events as well. Cakes adorned with pretty flowers (real or sugar) are definitely on the rise. This trend is likely being influenced by the popularity of rustic and DIY-style weddings.

Floral cakes are relatively easy to decorate, and they make a beautiful statement. If you’re considering a floral cake for your next event, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll need to make sure that the flowers you use are food-safe. Second, be careful not to overload the cake with too many flowers, as this can make it difficult to cut and serve. With a little planning and creativity, a floral cake can be the perfect addition to any event.

With anything, trends come and go and this trend has staying power but the key is to put your own unique spin on it.

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4. Naked Cakes

For many people, the appeal of a naked cake is its simplicity. These cakes are not fussy or over-decorated – instead, they let the natural beauty of the cake itself shine through. Naked cakes are also usually smaller than traditional cakes, making them more manageable (and less intimidating) to bake at home. And because they’re not loaded down with heavy frosting or fondant, naked cakes are often lighter and more flavorful than their decorated counterparts.

Whether you’re planning a small gathering or a large celebration, a naked cake is a beautiful and delicious option that is sure to impress your guests. So if you’re looking for a cake that is both elegant and delicious, consider trying a naked cake at your next event!

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5. Grain-Free Dessert and Cake Trends

Grain-free diets are becoming more and more popular, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite desserts! There are lots of ways to make delicious grain-free cakes and desserts. Coconut flour, almond flour, and arrowroot powder are all great substitutes for wheat flour. With a little creativity, you can still enjoy your favourite sweet treats without sacrificing taste or quality.

Some things to consider when using grain-free options for cake baking are texture and density. Grain-free flour options tend to produce a heavier, denser cake than wheat flour. This is not necessarily a bad thing – in fact, many people prefer the denser texture of grain-free cakes. Just be aware that your cake may not rise as much as a wheat flour cake, so you may need to adjust your baking time accordingly.

And, decorating grain-free cakes can be a bit more challenging. Fondant, for example, does not always adhere well to grain-free cakes. Buttercream frosting is a good alternative, but you may need to experiment a bit to find a decorating method that works well with your grain-free cake.

So don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients – you might be surprised at what you can create!

6. Ombré Cakes

Ombré cakes have been popular for a few years now, and they show no signs of slowing down. These cakes are characterized by a gradient of colour, usually from light to dark. The ombré effect can be achieved with any number of colours, but most ombré cakes feature shades of one colour family. For example, an ombré cake might feature gradations of pink, from a pale blush to a deep raspberry. Or an ombré cake might be decorated with shades of blue, ranging from sky blue to navy. The possibilities are endless! No matter what colours you choose, an ombré cake is sure to make a statement. If you’re looking for a truly show-stopping dessert, an ombré cake is a way to go.

Sweet and Innovative: Exploring the Top Cake Trends of the Year, from Arch Cakes to Global Flavours

Finally, a quick list of other predictions:

  • Single-serve desserts – Mini pies, cupcakes, trifles…individual servings of dessert are becoming more and more popular as people strive for portion control.
  • Deconstructed desserts – The deconstructed food trend has been around for a while now, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
  • Arch cakes – Cakes that are shaped like arches or other architectural elements are becoming increasingly popular.
  • Fruit-filled desserts – This trend has been gaining momentum for a few years now, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
  • Global flavours – Desserts with exotic or global flavours becoming more and more popular such as matcha, turmeric and cardamom.

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These are just a few examples of trends that we predict will start gaining popularity in the coming years when it comes to cakes and desserts. So whether you’re planning a wedding or a child’s birthday party, keep these trends in mind when choosing your menu! And if you’re really feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at creating one of these trendy desserts yourself?

Do you agree with our predictions? What trends do you think will start becoming popular when it comes to cakes and desserts? Let us know in the comments below!