The latest birthday cakes are so beautiful they’ll blow you away! From showstopping to minimal, here are the 11 latest birthday cake trends for 2019.
Hey gorgeous! Cakes make every occasion better – from birthdays to anniversaries to weddings and milestone celebrations. And they make everyone happier. No wonder everyone loves them so much. But who loves them more than bakers themselves? They tirelessly create new designs every time – each more beautiful than the previous. And thanks to Instagram, we can drool over them for hours!
Birthday Cake Trends for 2019
This year, cakes are getting a lot of attention. Cake designers are coming up with intricate, gorgeous cakes that can be the center of the party. For birthday cakes, we’re seeing loads of new designs. So I researched by checking out the work of many cake designers all over the world and I found spectacular new trends in common. Let’s check them out!
1. Edible Flowers & Floral Arrangements
Edible flowers are the #1 top trend among the latest birthday cakes. From sugar flowers to rice paper blooms, every designer baker is doing them, and they’re blowing up on Instagram. Sugar dahlias, lilies, peonies, roses, no flower is impossible. Sugar flowers take great skill to make, especially when they look so realistic.
Also check out our list of 35 beautiful flowers & exotic blooms so you can choose which ones you’d like to get.
2. Sculptural Cakes
Cakes are becoming so beautiful and creative that some really look like centerpieces. From carousels to gravity-defying arrangements to literal stone textured sculptures, cake designers are blowing our minds with these trending birthday cakes. I’m loving the torn paper effect cake by Jasmine Rae below. These cakes will be perfect for large birthday parties when you want something memorable and breathtaking.
Also check out: 19 Trends in Creative Cakes You Have to Check Out (and Eat!)
3. Mixing Textures
Textured and hand-painted cakes already became very trendy last year. And now bakers are going one step further by mixing textures on a single cake. Torn paper effect with gold edges is very popular right now. So are limestone, marble, geode and concrete textures. Mother of pearl and beaded cakes are trendy, too. Other than those, cake artists are also mixing semi-naked cakes with glossy or floral designs. So mix up the texture of your choice, or let the baker do their magic!
4. Iridescent & Antique Metallic
Iridescent fashion was all the rage last year, so it’s no surprise this style is finding its way into birthday cake trends. Children’s unicorn and fairy iridescent cakes are quite popular in 2019. Also, we’re seeing a lot of iridescent metallic and antique metallic shades in the latest cake designs. Go for antique gold, copper or silver. These shiny birthday cake decorating trends for 2019 are great for vintage-themed parties.
5. Black Cakes
Black is one of the top birthday cake trends in 2019, and we’re seeing this trend even in wedding cakes. Afterall, black looks unique and makes for great pictures. Perfect for men’s birthday parties and black-tie galas with retro themes like Great Gatsby. You can go for a black cake that also has other cake trends with it like edible flowers or mixed textures. Check out the beautiful Instagrammable black cake by lima.cakes below!
I’m loving this new birthday cake idea. Geometric cakes are edgy, literally! And they’ll be a great surprise for the birthday boy or girl, since they’re quite unique and picturesque! Geometric heart shaped cakes are very popular everywhere. Same with square cakes and layered rectangular cakes. If you’re looking for something different, try edgy geometric sculptural cakes with stone effect or gravity-defying cube structure.
7. Impressionist Paintings (Art Cakes)
Hand-painted cakes are still very trendy. Amongst those, impressionist paintings are one of the top birthday cake trends for 2019. They require beautiful art skills to create, so make sure to check out your baker’s experience with these before you order. Talented cake artists are recreating some of the world’s most famous impressionist paintings, or you can order something abstract or even three-dimensional.
8. Sexy Minimalist Cakes
Don’t want something so extra for your birthday? Well, you’re in luck, because minimalist cakes are quite trendy, too. In fact, sexy minimalist designs that can wow your party guests are one of the top birthday cake trends for this year. Go for a square black cake with gold edges. Or try just a simple round cake with matte texture and just one simple accent on it. Or go for a marble effect cake with just one sugar flower or cherry twig on it. Neutral colors like black, white, nude and grey are the most popular in this style.
9. Brush Strokes
While embossed brush strokes are still trendy, one of the new birthday cake trends is creating a design with 3D brush strokes. They’re created with fondant or sugar and can be gold-accented or painted with gradients.
10. Edible Fabric
Looking for something creative and unexpected for your birthday party? Fabrics are one of the top birthday cake trends right now. Either include a fabric in your sculptural themed design. Or go for edible fabric coming out on the cake in an abstract way. Or try the layered & ruffled cake designs. You can also get a lace or large bow design.
11. Ferns & Herbs
Last but not the least, real ferns and herbs are dominating the latest birthday cakes for 2019. If you’re having a boho birthday party, or something out in the garden, this would be a great idea. They also make perfect birthday gifts for those who love herbs or greens! You can also ask to include other natural items like dried fruits, leaves or fruits.
So I hope all the work I put into creating this collection was helpful.
Are you planning a birthday party? Which one of these 11 birthday cake trends for 2019 is your favorite? Lemme know below! I’d love to see what you go for. If one of these cakes inspired you, do show me yours on Instagram by tagging me @shilpaahujadotcom!
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]