10 Modern Wedding Cake Trends for 2018

May 1, 2018

Edible centre pieces have become part of the styling of your big day as much as any other element. Have a read and see if any of these top ten wedding cake trends for 2018 fit in with the styling for your big day this year…

Metallic Wedding Cakes

2017 was the year of rose gold and copper in fashion and this year it’s still just as popular. Classic golds and light golds are more timeless and there are so many different shades available. Edible dusts can be painted onto your cake, or for super high shine edible leaf is a must. Specific colour ways that work well are grey and rose gold with tropical dark greens (one of my personal faves) and another great combo is classic gold, navy blue and pink. Pair metallics with any colour way to glam up your cake!  
Navy blue, pink and gold geometric five tier wedding cake with wafer paper gems

Geometric Wedding Cakes

As with current architecture and interiors trends, geometric cakes are currently all the rage. Think of geometric jewellery accents and 3D folded wafer paper as alternatives to traditional flower decorations. A geometric wedding cake can be a great edible addition to your modern wedding styling. Geometric shapes and structures also make for great cake stands and toppers.
Grey, copper and white geometric wafer paper wedding cake with pink sugar flowers

Celestial Wedding Cakes

The trend for all things celestial has grown recently and wedding cakes depicting the sky and stars are a big favourite right now. Hand painted and airbrushed cakes effects are used to get this look and sculpted chocolate can add a modern twist as a totally delicious edible decoration.

Drip Cakes

The popular drip cake is here to stay. From patisserie style buttercream cakes topped with macarons and other sweet treats, to opulent, fully iced gold painted drip wedding cakes, there really is no stopping the drip cake craze, it just looks so delicious!
Gold and pink tropical drip cake with gold pineapple topper


I’m happy to say that the tropical wedding cake theme is still very much here! Lovers of flamingos, pineapples and palm leaves rejoice! These can be added to your cake as edible decorations in either sugar, chocolate or even wafer paper. The tropical look can be made more opulent with the addition of metallics and flowers and big green tropical foliage. I personally swoon over the art deco styling of The Ivy’s Chelsea Garden as a possible influence for a bang-on-trend tropical style wedding cake this year!
Tropical banana leaf wall paper wedding cake with wafer paper tropical leaves

Semi naked

A few years ago the naked cake was the most popular type of rustic-style cake. Now, it has evolved and the semi naked cake is here to stay this wedding season. A perfect fit for a festival style wedding, semi naked cakes can be dressed up or down with any fresh flowers, foliage, patisserie treats, sweets or any unusual toppers you fancy. They’re a great blank canvas for anything you want, so get creative!
Chocolate drip semi naked wedding cake with fruit and flowers

Fresh Flowers, Foliage and Succulents

The tradition of flowers on wedding cakes is still going strong, but it has changed a lot! Budget conscious couples are choosing fresh flowers over the traditional sugar flower option to also get the cake to really tie in with the rest of their styling. Your cake maker can work alongside your florist to set up your cake with flowers or dress the cake table with foliage and succulents. And why wouldn’t you? Fresh flowers really add colour and make even the simplest cakes pop!


With the naked cake came the use of fresh fruit on a cake; raspberries, blackberries with gold accents, and then the idea of figs on a cake came along. They just make a cake look so appetising; sliced open and placed on a drip cake or semi naked cake, twinned with fresh flowers and foliage. With most shops now stocking figs most of the year there’s no need to worry whether your wedding falls in fig season either!
Golden fig and chocolate twist drip cake
Chocolate Shapes Chocolate waves, twists, shards and spheres; all these chocolate forms have come with the evolution of the drip cake from cake trend setting countries such as Australia and Russia. Cake artists such as Cakes By Cliff and Tortik Annuchka use chocolate in different forms to decorate their designs. Chocolate is a versatile and delicious way to add decorations to your cake. Although sugar flowers are technically edible, chocolate is sure to not only impress your guests but make them super happy on the eating from too! My personal favourite is a metallic dark chocolate twist.
Deconstructed three tier wedding cake with chocolate shards in copper, pink and concrete
Concrete Wedding Cakes Brutalist Architecture has gone from being considered one of the ugliest from the last century, to now being one of the most respected, with it’s new found retro edge. Concrete cakes originated in Australia with trailblazing cake designers like Don’t Tell Charles at the forefront. Cakes can mirror architectural trends in lots of different forms. Marble cakes are still super popular and stone and wood finished can also be combined together. For me there is something satisfying about the simplicity of a square concrete block cake with tropical foliage.
Concrete block tropical wedding cake with tropical flowers and foliage
The traditional wedding cake is still with us, but with a contemporary and stylish twist. With wedding cakes makers now having so many options and ingredients to use and couples really wanting their day to be completely unique, your cake can now really be a reflection of your own individual style, taste and personality.  If you’re looking for a unique modern wedding cake for your big day get in touch and tell me all about your ideas! Katie x

About the writer and cake enthusiast…

Hi! I’m Katie and I have been fully cake obsessed since, forever…

Malarkey Cakes is built on a mixture of all my passions. My work is inspired by my background in art and design and I’m honoured to make wedding cakes for couples in love in London and the South East.

I’m passionate about blogging to share my knowledge and give guidance on the ins and out of ordering a wedding cake, making the most of it and making sure it gets the attention it deserves. I also share my tips on wedding planning and team up with fellow suppliers I am lucky enough to work with and who I highly recommend.

When I’m not designing, making or eating cake, you’ll find me trying out new food in London’s amazing restaurants, drinking great coffee, taking in stunning architecture, on long walks, smashing a decent weights workout or exploring the world.

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