Your East Midlands Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 54)

TIERS OF JOY Local bakers from around the East Midlands share 2023 cake trends Finding the perfect cake for your wedding day is a fun experience where you can think outside the box to create your dream bake – there are no rules! By incorporating your colour scheme and theme to tie the whole day together, you can make the perfect addition to your day that will get guests talking for years to come. To help inspire, we’ve selected some of the top bakers to share upcoming trends. REBECCA SHEARD AT BAKEZILLA’S BESPOKE CAKES In 2023, we’ve seen the return of big wedding cakes! During the past few years of covid postponements, most cakes were either cancelled and not rescheduled or cut down in size due to limited numbers. Some couples are not holding back and are opting for dessert and grazing-style tables, which include lots of smaller items such as brownie and blondie bites, cookies and other bakes. It’s perfect for when you need a hit of sugar, which we all need on a long day of celebrating. Buttercream and ganache-covered cakes are still extremely popular, with sugar-paste cakes still far and few between. Buttercream bakes, including semi-naked cakes, aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Another trend I’ve seen creeping in is the addition of edible flowers – these can be pricey but are so worth it! Gold leaf, neutral colours and foliage are proving popular additions to the requests I’ve been receiving for 2023. Popular flavours are safer options such as vanilla, chocolate, lemon, toffee and red velvet. Check out: SOPHIE POOLE AT RED ROBIN CAKERY The year 2023 is an exciting time for wedding cake trends. So many of last year’s bakes were designed pre-pandemic, but we’re now seeing lots of new inspiration – I’m super excited to get stuck in. One of the cake trends I’m looking forward to most is the use of more natural decorations in the form of pressed edible flowers, herbs and fresh berries. These look amazing, and you won’t have to worry about what you can and can’t use in the form of fresh flowers. Berries also entice your guests to the cake, and the herbs smell amazing. We’re expecting separated or clear tiers to be on the menu a little more this year. Whether that’s clear acrylic plates between tiers or acrylic dummy tiers filled with fresh flowers or an ornament – both are fantastic ways to add the wow factor. I can’t wait to start Lambeth cakes this year, which are ornately and elaborately piped cakes often in different shapes like a heart. The bakes can fit perfectly into your wedding theme, from pastel colours to bright and vibrant shades. Usually finished off with some perfect cherries for the vintage feel, your guests will love to get a slice! Check out: CAKES 45