A smaller guest list typically means you’ll need way less cake. So, if you still want that classic tiered cake look, this is a great way to pull it off. “We’re planning cakes that are anywhere from two to four skinnier tiers, where it still has that feel of a wedding but not the scale you would see at a large event,” says Janderyn Makris, owner of Earth & Sugar.
Micro weddings and elopements took center stage for 2020, with couples scaling down their guest lists dramatically. Chances are, this will continue into 2021. A beautifully decorated single-tiered cake is the perfect option for a group of 10 to12, offering just enough for everyone on the small guest list to enjoy a slice.
Individual Mini Cakes
There’s more of a focus on seated, plated dinners for 2021 receptions, and the dessert menu will most likely follow suit. Many couples are opting for individual mini cakes to be served at each place setting. “Couples are definitely planning with their guests’ safety in mind,” says Smith.
Watercolor detailing on cakes is a trend that’s been gaining traction over the last few years, and we’re totally here for it! And Weithers predicts we may see even more of it in the new year. “Continuing in the art trend, I have seen more and more couples wanting to include some sort of painted techniques in their cake designs,” she says. “Whether it be watercolor or palette painting with buttercream, there are so many directions that you can go in with these design elements, and couples really like that.”
Some experts are seeing couples going back to basics for 2021. This past year was filled with so many ups and downs, and there’s comfort in choosing a classic such as buttercream. However, these cakes are incorporating more intricate detailing with buttercream than ever before. “I predict that we’ll see some fun textures, like bas relief and buttercream stenciling,” says Randi Smith, owner of Sugar Euphoria. “These are both beautiful ways to add visual interest to your cake.”