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The Top 5 Wedding Cake Trends of 2016

One of the most important wedding details for any bride’s big day is the age old wedding cake, which happens to be one of my favorite details! I can’t wait for the day that I get to go cake tasting and try endless of delicious options… But anyway!

The wedding cake also presents an opportunity for a bride and groom to showcase their personality, and ultimately becomes a focal decor piece.  Like with dresses, wedding cake trends are always changing, both seasonally and yearly.  I asked my friends at Empire Cake in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood for a rundown of the top wedding cake trends that they have observed from their clients this year.  Since receiving their list, I am even more convinced that Empire Cake can do anything! Here is what they said…



We have seen quite a surge in popularity with rustic, natural themes. Buttercream cakes are classic, textures offer a soft and approachable finish, and an arrangement of fresh flowers coordinates perfectly with the bouquets and centerpieces, personalizing the entirety of the look.



Metallic accents are a common request, whether there is a single metallic or a variety of shades that include rarer accents of copper and rose gold. White and gold, however, is a combination that’s clean, elegant, and can be dressed up with a gold lace or filagree detail or dressed down with a more freehand ‘brushed’ look coming down over the top edge of the tiers. This trend has held strong for the last two seasons.



We are known for our whimsical, fun design style, most especially when it comes to creating three-dimensional caricatures. Our clients often come to us, wanting to include replicas of themselves as a couple on the top of the cake, often in fun positions or accompanied by their family pets, who have also been included in the celebration.



Stepping outside the box with tiers that are taller/shorter than one another is a way to add some uniqueness to the cake. This overall look offers an instant art deco feel when the cakes are square and adds a bit of interest to a rustic design, creating a nice fusion with this modern touch. Our brides and grooms like to follow trends but to then add a twist that’s all their own.



We see a lot of requests for white-on-white and ivory-on-ivory details whether this is with lace piping, a graphic pattern, or rows of ruffles. This is a textured option for those who prefer the appearance and versatility of fondant but are still looking for something clean and understated.

Thanks so much for the amazing info and photos, Empire Cake! To any brides looking for an incredible cake baker for your big day, look no further. They also offer a selection of cupcakes, pastries and coffee at their location on 8th Ave and 16th St., so be sure to stop by and try something next time you are in the area!




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