Desserts are a topic that we'll gladly talk about all day and every day. Lately, we've been seeing a shift away from rustic and understated back to the fancy, artistic and whimsical. What do we see coming down the pike for 2019 and beyond? Read on for some seriously mouth-watering eye candy. Spoiler alert: #6 will have you floored when you see how this world-famous architect-turned-cake-artist uses a 3D printer to create her delicious confections.
This trend can be interpreted in a variety of ways - watercolor painterly florals, bold strokes of color or modern art splatters (think Jackson Pollock). Bonus points if your wedding takes place at an art museum (one of our other fave trends). Pro tip: if you're getting married somewhere iconic, like the Brooklyn Art Library, you can tie in some famous landmarks like the uber-creative Brooklyn skyline cake featured here.
Kalabasa, a Russian abstract cake artist, works any color palette into a dynamic, modern explosion of color and texture.
Based in Moscow, Kalabasa uses stiff swipes of chocolate that mimic brushstrokes. Read more about the artist here.
Watercolor florals are timeless - combining a vintage flair with modern styling. We love this cake from Engaged and Inspired.
Australian cake artist Don't Tell Charles is knocking it out of the park with their uber-modern and artistic creations. From concrete materials to the perfect splatter strokes and sugar art, they've got it all.
Equal parts whimsical, earthy and modern, we're finding that this sparkling treatment of treats appeals to a pretty wide range of events. We first saw the geode cake pop up from time to time, and now we're seeing a wider array of ways to use rock candy to rock out your dessert bar.
From my new favorite dessert styling blog, Alana Jones-Mann: "Earlier in the week I made this crystal cake for a client’s going away party. I had initially designed it (in sketch form) to just have a few large crystals at the top, but as I was making the sugar rocks, I knew I had to add in more – they were just too pretty not to! I made the hard candy myself and then dyed / colored each piece after breaking the sugar apart into rock-esque shapes. I loved working with this rad client and since she was moving from NY to LA (just one month ahead of me!), I knew I had to make it special. Also, not to sound like a narcissist, but how smooth is that buttercream!?!" We totally agree.
From Craftsy.com: " Marbled, gold flecked and geode-inspired cakes are definitely among some of our favorite trends so far! Gaining tremendous popularity in the past year, these beautifully crafted cakes are perfect for a stylish birthday or a chic wedding. The intricate designs are sure to impress and are actually easier to achieve than you’d think. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to creating the agate cake trend." Let us know how this one works out if you try it!
As the Rolling Stones say, "No colors anymore I want them to turn black". At Ritzy Rose, we have always and will forever love color, however we can whole-heartedly get behind this idea of stunning black desserts. This image: High shine black cake with embellished edible topper - the artist over at Don't Tell Charles is putting some finishing touches on this work of art.
GET THE TREND: DIY GLAM ROCK LAYER CAKE
The classic French treat has earned its rightful place on the dessert table of modern showers, parties and weddings once again. Voila! Not only do they taste delish, macarons come in a mouth-watering color palette that's fun to coordinate with your party. And recently we've seen some mind-blowing detailing, like gold-foil trim and the use of rock candy geode detailing. Marbled macaron image from Mac Lab Bakery.
Rose + Lychee Macarons
You can't go wrong with pretty colors and romantic, floral flavors. From Mac Lab Bakery.
DIY Marbled Macarons
Sugar + Cloth is one of our favorite blogs for DIY projects. How pretty are these?
DIY Fruit Macarons
We love this one from Sugar + Cloth for a summer bridal shower or birthday party.
We do recommend going with a professional baker for your wedding day, but if you are planning on creating some sweet treats for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party or other event, we are all for getting crafting and DIYing it! Check out this visually stunning cheat sheet of color from Queen.
We've been seeing metallics in the wedding scene, so why not make the most special cake of your life also feel super duper special? These cake artists are incorporating edible gold foils, sugar art, icing and fondant in stunningly avante-guarde techniques that have our mouths watering.
We're seeing this one pop up in all aspects of wedding and event planning - from place cards to table numbers and invites... so why not translate this yummy trend into your desserts? This image by Bake My Day mixes a few of our trends featured here today - geo themed, water color painted effect that is reminiscent of an agate crystal. Click here to see more from this out-of-this-world same-sex wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake (you'll love the other ways they incorporated the geometric theme throughout their wedding day).
We discovered baker Dinara Kasko's geometric creations on MarthaStewart.com and we love the cerebral quality to these architectural desserts. And that's no coincidence - the artist behind the cakes combined her love of architecture with her penchant for baking. She starts with a 3D printer for prototypes, and builds her own cake molds from silicone.
This cake, also by Dinara Kaska, has an almost cellular texture. We love how she paired the soft finish of the cake with a perfect peony.
Totally crushing on this Dinara Kaska geometric heart cake, especially for an engagement party or bridal shower. And that glaze!
Want to see how to implement these epic ideas for your party or event? These expert bakers effortlessly weave together two or more of the trends on our list and we're obsessed.
How phenom are these crystal macarons from Mac Lab Bakery?! We love the delicate gold foil that lines the crystals spilling out.
Another stunning macaron from Mac Lab Bakery. Check out their assortment of colors. Now you can check 'something blue' off your list.
I discovered this Australian cake artist and wanted to quit my job, move to Melbourne and become an apprentice at their bakery (that's a natural reaction, right?) These works of art touch upon several of the trends that we're talking about today, which is always a good thing.