two tier wedding cake with florals

2024 Wedding Cake Trends from a Professional

February 27, 2024
Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of various

In the world of wedding cakes, 2024 is shaping up to be a year of extraordinary creativity and elegance. Maker of luxury wedding cakes with an emphasis on sculpted sugar art inspired by the beauty of nature, Kelly of Kelly Gray Cakes, is at the forefront of these trends. She is here to guide us through the hottest wedding cake trends of the year!

Texture is everything

“I love all design and I often pull inspiration from interior design trends. If you love it in your home you will love it in your event! Trends tend to ripple across all mediums with no exception for wedding cakes.”

three tiered textured wedding cakePhoto by Jeremy Chou Photography

“For 2024 white smooth cakes are a thing of the past and texture and tactile experiences are taking center stage. Experimenting with a vast range of textures, think brushed or hand-applied finishes, Venetian plaster, Roman clay and suede texture will give a feast for the eyes!”

Ultra Feminine: ribbons, ruffles & bows

“The recent obsession with hyper-feminine is going to be a big trend for wedding cakes in 2024. Woman have wholeheartedly embraced their ultra-fem side, celebrating all things girly. Runway fashion has been saturated in feminine accents.”

pearl wedding cakePhoto by Eric Kelley Photography

“Designers like Balenciaga and Valentino featured details of ribbons, ruffles and bows as well as wedding dress designers with collections of gowns in bejeweled bows and pearled bodices. The sweet details of this motif are a playful touch to add to any cake design.”

Ditch the all-white for a little color

“Colorful cakes are the new obsession for 2024, and as soon as I saw the recently announced Pantone color of the year I knew it was going to play a huge role in wedding design this year. The Pantone 13-1023 color named Peach Fuzz begs to be used on all things wedding including the cake! It’s a velvety gentle peach tone perfect for a sweet treat. It’s a color that has warmth as well as modern elegance. It’s subtle but impactful, and gentle but it makes a statement.”

cake with colorful topperPhoto by Christina McNeill

“As executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Wiseman said, ‘It effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.’ I can’t think of a better way of describing the way this color has effect on the current bride. All the pastel colors will be in the spotlight this year, whether it’s soft lavender, orange cream-cycle or pale yellow, the time to use color in your buttercream is now!”

Organic details like florals and greenery

“As a sugar artist whose emphasis is on flora, I adore this trend! Organic cake designs that seem to be growing florals from them. Think of famous artists such as Van Gogh or Claude Monet using cake as their canvas. Appling wild florals and greenery in an avant-garde abstract way letting each one sprout from the cake with no rhyme or reason.”

cake with organic details like florals and greeneryPhoto by Katie Ruther

“The organic floral design trend dispenses with the traditional concept of floral arrangement in favor of a more sculpture-like approach. These wild cakes look as if they have been plucked from the garden and placed right in your reception venue!”

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