Le Dolci, Toronto's newest boutique wedding cake shop, has compiled seven of the top wedding dessert trends for 2013. Le Dolci surveyed 300 visitors at Canada's Bridal Show this past January to reveal what sweet ideas and edible must-haves will make an appearance at wedding celebrations this year.
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1. Edible Party Favours -- Brides looking to thank their guests in a sweet way are buying edible mementos to hand out at their weddings. Brownies, hand-crafted guimauve (marshmallows), pretty as pie meringues, or mason jars filled with wedding cake, crème brûlée, or a sinful chocolate mousse is what many brides will choose this year. These party favours can be personalized with the wedding date or couple's initials. An edible keepsake got the thumbs up this year!
2. Parisian Macaron Towers -- Many brides are opting for these colourful and delicious towers in 2013. The naturally gluten-free macaron made with almond flour is a craze that is starting to hit North America. Already popular in England and France, these towers look stunning on any sweet table. Cake shops are also placing the macaron towers on top of cakes to create an even more unique wedding cake/tower.
3. A Centre of Sweetness -- Instead of a grand wedding cake, brides are changing it up and creating extravagant displays with sweet tables. Elaborate and varied flavour combinations on a sweet table are a great option to satisfy every sweet tooth in attendance. The array of cakes, tarts, cookies and brownies, displayed properly with the right elevated plates, floral arrangements and trays, can add a decadent feel to the reception and be a talking point for guests for weeks to come.
4. Wedding Cupcake Towers -- A trend that is growing stronger each year is the cupcake tower, replacing the traditional wedding cake. Year after year, brides are opting for this simple and elegant alternative, allowing each guest to have their own individually portioned dessert. Brides can select a combination of flavours to please many guests, and choose the variety of colours and creativity to be used on the cupcakes to make for a fun and delicious cake centrepiece. Top the tower off with a small cake for cutting, so brides can have the best of both worlds for a fraction of the cost.
5. Hand-Painted Cakes -- Cakes are one of the many focal points of weddings and should stand out as edible works of art. Hand-painted cakes with intricate designs on fondant are what many brides are looking for this year. Cake designers are now coming from fine art and sculpting backgrounds and can work their artistry on cakes. Skilled and in-demand cake designers can create a superbly high level of detail, unmatched by other decorating techniques.
6. Gluten-free Cake -- Many brides this year are catering to guests who have special dietary needs. From cakes and cupcakes to desserts on the sweet table, gluten-free recipes have now been refined to taste delicious while looking great too.
7. Non-traditional Quirky Cakes -- Cakes that tell a story have become another favourite for 2013 and can demonstrate the union at a wedding in a unique and delicious way. Couples who have met abroad or who have a special story to tell are asking for cakes that are non-traditional. Having fun with a wedding cake is a big trend and lots of fun for the bride and groom and guests in attendance.