Trending Now: Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes
There's a lot more to wedding cake than white fondant. The classic, all-white three-tier confection will never go out of style, but confectioners are beginning to consider these creamy desserts blank slates rather than the finished product. They're artists, after all! We've always been inspired by the cutting-edge cake bakers, and the latest trend they've introduced might just be their prettiest contribution yet. Enter hand-painted cakes. Detailed entirely by hand, these colorful desserts prove that fondant is just another name for a fresh canvas.
With floral designs (like this treat by Coco Paloma Desserts), punchy fruit details, pretty crests, and full-blown portraits, the following cakes prove there are many different ways to interpret this trend. That's arguably the best thing about hand-painted desserts—any vision, detail, or embellishment is possible, especially when you have a talented artist on board. A natural continuation of the watercolor cake trend, these painted-on details go beyond washes of pastel colors, modern smudges, or tinted ombré. These cakes essentially feature still-life scenes, with thought-out designs and a whole lot of artistry.
Another major plus of choosing a hand-painted cake? It applies to virtually any wedding style. If you're throwing a minimalist fête with a neutral color palette, opt for tiers embellished only with tiny painted vines. Alternatively, pair your destination wedding's splashy hues and tropical themes with a two-tier illustrated with monstera leaves and flamingos. Whatever the party, one thing is certain. A hand-painted wedding cake will genuinely impress your guests—they just might wonder if they walked into your reception or the latest gallery opening.
Smore Sweets Bakery's confection's middle tier featured rose buds, anemones, ferns, and berries, which all appeared in the celebration's floral arrangements (including the bridal bouquet!).
This traditional cake by Layers Cake proved that trendy hand-painted details can also feel classic. Strips of Chinoiserie-patterned scenes broke up the clean white fondant. A lush sugar flower was another focal point.
Field of Blooms
Neviepie created this five-tier masterpiece, which featured a lush floral scene. Uninterrupted dahlias, wildflowers, and lilac sprigs made the multi-sized, asymmetrical sections feel more visually unified and helped the confection fit in with the bloom-studded dessert table.
Painted-on greens—including eucalyptus, olive leaves, and fern fronds—brought a hint of modern color to a smooth white three-tier treat by Hands On Sweets.
Black and Pastel
This The Sweet Side beauty was inspired by Rifle Paper Co.'s floral design aesthetic. The bride's new initial replaced a more traditional topper and felt much more personal.
A barely-mint background made Cake Ink's green leaf-and-bud design seem so subtle.
The Butter End created this floral-detailed cake, which served as a continuation of the blue-and-white stand is sat atop. Gold strips separated each layer from the next.
A Touch of Gold
Fluffy Thoughts Bakery used edible gold paint to form an ornate frame around this small cake's pièce de résistance—the pastel-hued flower illustration.
Buttercup Bakery's tile-inspired confection was the perfect painted addition to a Mediterranean-style celebration.
Rose gold anemones were all this smooth three-tier needed to pop.
Lock and Key
Asymmetrical layers with copper edges created the illusion that this wedding cake was wrapped in floral-printed wallpaper.
Hey There, Cupcake! created this two-tone confection, complete with a blue hand-painted base and red paper flower details.
The New Black-and-White
For their museum wedding, this couple commissioned a cake that became an unintentional nod to their art-themed wedding. Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop painted a springy vine onto the first three tiers and completed the look with a leafy hydrangea.
Birds and Blooms
Kate Burt Cakes hand-designed these creative mini treats, painted with swirling blue floral and bird motifs.
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