The decadent cupcake has had a revival during the last 10 years, pushing traditional sponges out of the limelight. There has been a phenomenal increase in the number of specialty shops and businesses offering custom designed cupcakes with exotic flavors and sophisticated decorations. More unique and original ideas are being created and the interest around baking has surged from TV programs and competitions. Multitudes of cupcakes are now replacing more traditional celebration cakes as well as redefining high tea. These are the five key cupcake trends to watch out for this year.
These little cupcakes are going back to basics with minimal or no decoration. The flavors are left to speak for themselves and are often more unusual and exotic. Sometimes two flavors of colors of sponge are marbled together to create a beautiful swirled effect and a fusion of flavors. Occasionally a little bit of butter cream may be added for extra flavor, but no sprinkles or gold leaf here!
This is a trend that translates to larger cakes as well; but the idea is to keep things simple on the outside and make the most of the hidden inside. Patterns, different colors and hidden chocolate, fruit or jams are all amongst the surprises embedded behind the simple icing and cases. The outside of the cakes are always minimal, usually in one color with few decorations and neatly piped icing. The inside becomes a gala of flavors, textures and colors. With this trend, as long as it is on the inside; anything goes!
These are most suitable at a wedding or celebration, or if you’re just feeling particularly decadent. The decorations have a romantic edge, with edible lace and icing gently folded to make ruffles. These cupcakes are both beautiful and delicate. Pale colors and subtle flavors really give this trend a vintage feel and they are extra appealing because they are easy to achieve at home!
More and more people are opting for color instead of the traditional white decorations for their celebration cakes. Pastel colors in icing have become particularly popular because of their their softer tones and pretty, summery shades. Subtly colored sponges or fruity decorations are a good idea for the less obvious nod to this trend.
Alternatively, there has been a lot of focus on sugar craft and the possibility of making virtually anything to adorn your cake. Whether it is an elaborate storybook scene, tiny lifelike sculptures of a bride and groom or perfectly piped butter cream, cake making is becoming more and more of an art form. Even the cupcake boxes that you will get are beautifully designed!
So whether you have a wedding or important celebration, or are just having a treat, these are some of the best (and most delicious) ideas to flavor and adorn your cupcakes.
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