The 11 hottest wedding cake trends right now

From marble-effect frosting to edible flowers, expect to see these cakes at every wedding this year.

INSIDER spoke to a number of wedding planners — Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events, Amy Katz of Amy Katz Events, and Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events— to find out what brides and grooms are requesting for their cake order.

From marble-effect frosting to edible flowers, expect to see these cakes at every wedding this year.

Naked cakes

Naked cakes

Exposed sponge and fillings mean there are no surprises.

Naked cakes became popular in 2016, and they're likely to stay that way in 2017. Brides and grooms love them because "you can show off the inside fillings and layers" to guests, wedding planner Amy Katz said.

Illusion cakes

With just a thin layer of frosting, you can still see inside the cake, but it looks more put-together.

Illusion cakes are essentially naked cakes, with a touch of frosting. Wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs of NYC-based Chandelier Events told INSIDER that it will become more popular to have a cake that's "not quite naked" and "not quite fully frosted, but somewhere in between."


This simple tiered cake is modernized with an ombre color scheme.
Ombre has dominated hair and beauty trends in the last few years — now, it's coming for cake.

Fun flavors

Fun flavors

This Momofuku Milk Bar cake mixes up flavors with chocolate cake layers stacked between birthday cake layers.
"It used to just be what they looked like [that mattered] but the taste of a cake is super, super important," Jacobs said, adding that many people are choosing flavors that their guests will really enjoy, like birthday cake and Funfetti.

Natural flavors

Natural flavors are becoming more important to couples.
While everyone loves Funfetti, couples are becoming more conscious of what's actually going into their wedding cake. The trend for local and organic produce is "starting to carry over into cakes," celebrity wedding planner Andrea Freeman said. Expect to see lots of organic jam for fillings and fresh fruit as a cake topper.


A gold layer jazzes up this simple wedding cake.

Another trend that's seeped over from the fashion world, metallic frosting is becoming more common — especially if the bride is wearing metallics herself. Wedding cakes are "really meant to take a cue from the bride's wedding gown," Jacobs said. Some brides, for example, have the same lace pattern on their dress reflected in the laser-cut fondant of their cake.

Marble cakes

It was only a matter of time before this trend would catch on.

Marble had something of a renaissance in 2016. Now, many couples are ordering marble-effect cakes with frosting that matches their wedding's color palette.

Drip cakes

Drip cakes look like they've just been drizzled with frosting.

Drip cakes are another emerging cake trend, Jacobs said. According to Pinterest's Wedding Report 2017, 437% more people are showing interest in these seemingly just-finished creations. You'll probably see a drip cake at every wedding you attend this year.


This cake packs three trends into one: monochrome, metallics, and flower toppers.

Black-and-white is a fail-safe color scheme in fashion, and now in wedding cakes, according to Katz. The planner said monochromatic along with metallic design will be an especially hot trend this year.

Edible toppers

Edible toppers are on trend.

Long gone are the days of plastic cake toppers. Couples are increasingly opting for edible cake toppers, according to Freeman. "Edible cake toppers like edible flowers are more in keeping with a simple cake," she said. Often, real flowers are used.

Classic tiered cake

"A white wedding cake is always in and does not go out of style," Freeman said.

"There's definitely been a return to the classic tiered cake," Jacobs said, adding that it's "maybe done in different ways." So while they aren't often covered in white frosting, tiered cakes are still the preferred format for weddings — even if couples are becoming more creative with the design.

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The 11 hottest wedding cake trends right now
From marble-effect frosting to edible flowers, expect to see these cakes at every wedding this year.
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