Cake Trends for 2015
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 | Georgina@thevanillavalley
Already the over-riding theme for celebration cakes in 2015 is unique and individual. With the rise of content sharing services like Pinterest it is becoming ever easier to be exposed to the creativity of others, and this it seems has become desirable to many. This can be seen in the styles that have been appearing in the later part of this year and look to be continuing as popular styles for 2015, for example the naked or 'undressed' cakes with no icing and the gorgeous and decedent cakes based on the Great Gatsby.
The gold and other metallic colours used on the Great Gatsby inspired cakes will be making it into this years colours, along with reds and purples as well as muted colours with blue tones like aquamarine and celestial blue. Major colours from 2014, Teal and Coral, also look to continue their popularity into 2015.
Here's our look into 2015's upcoming styles!
In the search for something unique it looks like 2015 may break the trend of the last decade or so of beautifully smooth, fondant finished wedding cakes for a comeback of the buttercream cake! With great versatility in colour and flavour it's no wonder it is becoming a popular choice again for decorating cakes, especially following the popularity of cupcakes in the past few years. It's likely you'll have already begun to see the ombre colour trend of 2014 working it's way into the cake decorating world and the most popular way to achieve this look is with buttercream. Colour can be mixed so easily into buttercream and the batch can be separated easily so you can easily craft the 3 or 4 colours that you need. Our best suggestion for adding colour to your buttercream are by using either the Sugarflair Pastes or Rainbow Dust's ProGel's.
If you've been to any of the exhibitions like Cake International over the last few years you'll have seen the fab work by Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes. They've been redefining buttercream and the work they do is amazing; sculpting flowers and floral scenes with spectacular use of colour!
'Naked' or 'Undressed' Cakes
This style made its appearance in 2014 and had quite an impact. Breaking from the trend of iced cakes the bare and rustic appearance of the 'naked' cake was a stark contrast. Revealing each layer of sponge and buttercream this bold look was also used in tiered cakes for weddings, often decorated with fresh flowers or berries.
Each of the previous trends lend themselves beautifully to this next one. It's not just a unique style that is desired for in 2015, flavour is set to be a key wow factor too! So far popular choices are carmel cake with salted caramel buttercream or chocolate orange cake with chocolate orange ganche. The versatility of buttercream comes into its own again here as flavouring it is now so easy, especially with great products like Sugar & Crumbs Flavoured Icing Sugars and Cocoa Powders or the brilliant Foodie Flavours.
Fun with Tiers
Another trend that is appearing is the alternative use of tiers. Mixing tier shapes is becoming popular as are simpler one tier cakes.
Following the release of The Great Gatsby in 2014 was a sudden boom of cakes themed on the iconic style in the film. With metallic golds and bronzes and Art Deco design elements the creations were astonishing. The metallic look finish appears set to follow us into 2015 and is so very easy to achieve. Try the Metallic Food Paints or Silk Range of Edible Dusts by Rainbow Dust to create this look.
French Style Dessert Cakes
In the search for something a little different some are turning to complete alternatives to cake. The Croquembouche has been one such popular alternative for some time but a trend is starting that is making it a more popular choice along with a variation on this style, using macarons instead of profiteroles, as well as stacks of crepes. Rainbow Dust have brilliantly showcased how the metallic look can be mixed into this style too with these beautifully coloured macarons, using the Silk Range of edible dusts.
Sounds like 2015 is going to be a very creative and very tasty year!
Will you be aspiring to any of these trends? Or carving out something completely new? Don't forget to check out our Cakes Trends for 2015 board on Pinterest!