Wedding cake trends that break tradition and bring in big business for the baking industry

Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes have been a necessity for weddings since ancient times.

Wedding cakes have appeared as far back as ancient Rome where the groom would smash a barley cake over the brides head. While couples do not practice smashing cake over the brides head anymore, there are wedding cake trends that occur every year. Today’s wedding cake is far from the traditional all white and tiered confections of the past. Modern wedding cakes are breaking all the rules and becoming works of art that can be taken in many different directions. Here are some wedding cake trends that are far from traditional but are creating big business for bakeries:

  1. Cupcakes or Cake pops

While tiered large cakes have long been the tradition at weddings, modern brides are thinking smaller. Cupcakes and cake pops have crossed over from being birthday party treats to nearly necessities at a wedding. Some brides use these treats as another dessert option for their guests, but many brides are also using them as just their wedding cake. Ordering a cake pop wedding cake is a unique way to serve guests a wedding staple. Guests are able to easily snag a cake pop for themselves and can even take a couple to-go if they like. Cupcakes and cake pops are great portable options that will please your guests easily.

  1. Alternative Cakes

Not everyone has a sweet tooth, and for couples who are not big fans of cakes to begin with, choosing an alternative form of cake might be the way to go. Instead of sticking to a traditional cake, as a couple think about your favorite dessert you both share. There are many examples of alternative cakes from donuts to cheese wheels.

  1. Single tier

Although a multi-tiered cake is traditional, modern brides are now opting for single tier cakes. This single tier cake is usually only reserved for the bride and groom to cut during the reception. Instead of having a multi-tiered cake to feed all the guests, most brides that opt for a single tier will order additional sheet cakes that can be served instead. A single tiered cake makes it easier for bakeries to transport your cakes and can be a way to save some space for other food and treats to serve guests. Other brides are elaborating on the single tier cake trend and ordering several single tiered cakes in different flavors. This gives guests a chance to sample different flavors or be able to find a flavor they actually like.

  1. Black Wedding Cakes

Black may not be the traditional color of choice for a wedding, but the color is growing as the trendy color for wedding season. From engagement rings to wedding dress, black is invading the wedding scene. Black cakes are now becoming a growing trend at weddings. A black cake might seem unappetizing, but they make a bold statement at the reception. There are many examples of beautifully decorated black wedding cakes. If gold is a central color to your wedding, a black wedding cake will make that gold color pop and stand out more than on a white wedding cake.

Cake Pops

  1. Fruit as Decor

A growing trend in wedding cake decor is to have everything on the cake edible and real. Gone are the days of fondant flowers and plastic toppers. Incorporating fruit as decor can make a cake look more appealing and fresh. Gilding fruit with edible gold flake gives it a classy look but also a more natural look. They also add more flavor to your cake than just any sugar decor would.

While wedding cake trends come and go, the tradition of having a wedding cake itself will likely never be leaving. However, your wedding cake does not have to follow the traditional white, multi-tiered expectation. Trying out any of these alternative wedding cake ideas will definitely make your wedding stand out.


Shahbaz Ahmed

Shahbaz Ahmed is a Content Writer. He has published many articles on different websites. He loves to share his knowledge with others.You can contact him at

Shahbaz Ahmed is a Content Writer. He has published many articles on different websites. He loves to share his knowledge with others.You can contact him at