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Wedding Cake Trends for 2019

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Every year we see cake artists taking trends and styles even further, trying new techniques to bring the wow factor to wedding cakes, or adding a subtle twist to a classic design that brings it into the modern day. Here are some of this year’s popular styles that happy couples will be cutting into in 2019…

Subtle Shimmer

Metallics have been toned down this year to create a softer shimmering effect, as demonstrated by Melle Blush in this white and silver wedding cake, and by Elizabeth Harris, alternating between white and soft gold tiers.

Highlight 3D floral patterns or dust whole tiers with Rainbow Dust Edible Silk, or dabble Light or Pearlescent shades of Paint Metallic from Rainbow Dust across your cake with a sponge, so that the final piece shimmers in the light. Don’t forget to achieve those sharp edges with Renshaw Extra, too!

Buttercream Texture


Ruffled sugarpaste has been a popular wedding cake trend for a number of years, and now we’re starting to see a similar effect created with buttercream. This wedding cake style was a big hit in America last year, as we can see from these beautiful cakes by Kayla Trahan and Reva Alexander-Hawk. With the stripped back style of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake, we’re expecting buttercream to be a big wedding cake trend in the UK this year too, teamed with lemon and elderflower flavours.

Create delicate floral decorations with Renshaw Flower & Modelling Paste, or add a drop of Rainbow Dust ProGel to your buttercream if you want to move away from a traditional white cake.

Country Chic


The rustic cake trend has moved up a level and we’re now seeing a wider variety of floral wedding cake decorations in beautiful berry shades, with a wilder looking style. Look out for grey, slate effect patterns and colours in sugarpaste or buttercream, as well as the ‘unfinished’ trend of uneven buttercream and the half-drip design.

These incredible cakes by Suzanne Thorp and Zoe Hopkinson would be ideal for a manor or country house wedding.

Cassis Shades

Renshaw’s Ready to Roll Icing Colour of the Year for 2019, Cassis, is already making its mark in the cake decorating world. This 5-tier painted cake by Emily Hankins Cakes uses accents of this colour in her painted flowers to tie in beautifully with the deep coloured Cassis tier. If you want a dramatic wedding cake, cover the whole thing in Cassis for a stunning effect like this 1-tier moulded flower cake by Macarons, Meringues & More.

Gold shades of Rainbow Dust Paint Metallic or Edible Silk also work really well with Renshaw Cassis icing for an opulent look, like in this art-deco style cake from Renshaw Academy’s Emma Chamberlain.


As always, we love to see what you’ve been creating, so if you’re working on some wonderful wedding cake designs then share them with us on social at Renshaw Baking.