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10 Gorgeous Wedding Cake Trends for 2017

Right, we know traditionally January is the month of diets and all things green and clear (no, that doesn’t include gin) but today we’re indulging ourselves in a little dessert, all in the name of research! Wedding cakes come in a myriad of styles, shapes, sizes and flavours, and indeed some don’t necessarily take the form of cakes at all… Dessert tables are a massive trend again this year, with many couples going the DIY route and inviting guests to offer up their wares too. Donuts have popped up EVERYWHERE over the last few months, and many couples are looking at them as an alternative to the wedding cake too. Flavours are getting more experiments, with beautiful light coconut and lime, or decadent Espresso and chocolate making up just some of the unique tastes on offer for 2017. Check out some of our other fave wedding cake trends for 2017 below!


Confetti Cakes

Confetti or funfetti is a super cute way to give your cake feel a little party vibe and maybe create a bit of nostalgia among guests (we immediately think 99 with sprinkles when we see these!). This is perfect for a simple one tier naked cake -pop it on as the focal point of your dessert table and taadaa!

Photo by Edytas Zyszlo via 100 Layer Cake

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Gold One-Tier Cakes

Getting a bit more decadent the metallic gold wedding cake remains a huge trend for 2017 and we’re absolutely loving the look of it in single tier form. This cake all depends on your colour palette, so make sure it’s inkeeping with a metallic theme to really help it fit in. The only trouble for us is it’ll feel like an absolute crime to cut it up!

Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop via Wedding Chicks, image by Mark Brooke Photography | Gold Sequin Cake by Jenna Rae Cakes via The Cake Blog


Cheese Wheel Cakes

Now this is our type of cake. Cheese wheel stacks are becoming a huge trend for Irish weddings and of course they should be – don’t we have enough dairy to go around a party all year long?! These look great at a rustic style soiree, and make for fabulous desserts. And you can dish some out as favours for guests to bring home after!

Photo by Anthem Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Donut Stacks

As we mentioned in our intro, it seems you can’t swing a cat for hitting a donut cafe in the city at the moment, so it was inevitable that this become a trend in weddings for 2017. There are so many ways to serve these and in a bunch of different flavours, guests will be on cloud nine. Expect most Instagrams of your wedding to include one.

Image by Emily Scara Photography via The Budget Savvy Bride | Photo by MegRuth Photo via


Calligraphy Cake Toppers

Without a doubt the cake topper of the moment, the calligraphy word topper is pretty, chic and can be super personal if you put the thought into it. We couldn’t love these anymore and they’re easy to get ahold of on sites like Not on the High Street or Etsy.

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Lightbulb Cake Toppers/Unique Cake Toppers

Following calligraphy toppers, ultra unique toppers are also gaining pace for 2017 as couples get mad creative with what goes on the top tier. A niche trend last year was the ‘industrial wedding‘, where lightbulbs were in abundance, even on cakes. Other items like Lego figurines, Polaroids and mini bunting are just some of the things we’ve come across recently – we can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Photo via Ruffled


DIY Dessert Tables

Dessert tables are a fantastic catch all for guests, and if your venue is on board with it, they can even be curated by your friends and family (hello savings amiright?!) Cookies, muffins, truffles, cakes, Rice Krispie squares… the list goes on. This is also a brilliant way to cater for guests who might be dairy or gluten free – they can get in on the action with a few ‘specialised’ options.

30 Delicious Dessert Table Ideas

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Unusual Flavours

Cake flavours have come a long way over the years, as Irish bakers get more and more experimental and turn out some delicious concoctions for weddings. Flavours like coconut and lime, raspberry and white chocolate, red velvet, and Espresso coffee chocolate are but a few current filling favourites couples are opting for for their sweet. Serve it as dessert and watch guests’ eyes light up with each bite!

Ask the Experts – What are the more unusual Wedding Cake Flavours I can go for?

Cake by Cupcakes & Counting

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Naked Cakes

This trend is certainly in the top three this year, as it has been for the last two. Naked cakes just look great, and we can’t honestly put our finger on why?! These will be gracing the tables of Irish weddings all over this year, and there’s more than enough inspiration out there to find one to suit your style – in fact, you can find even more by just clicking the link below!

18 Incredible Naked Wedding Cakes

Cake by Cupcakes and Counting Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography via


Pretty Pearl Details

For those who crave something a bit more classic and a little bit glam, pretty pearling detail looks absolutely heavenly on beautifully tiered wedding cakes. We can see pearl wedding cakes popping up in many Irish weddings this year, taking centre stage and commanding everyone’s attention. Divine!

Cake by Victoria’s Heavenly Cupcakes, Dublin

Main photo via Cupcakes & Counting

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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