This Summer's Biggest Cake Decorating Trends

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Cake decorating, like fashion, changes every single season. These are the gorgeous styles blowing up our feeds this summer.

1. Intentionally Imperfect

Photo by @ livforcake

The surprisingly understated royal wedding cake created nearly as much commotion and commentary as the event itself! Copy the messy-on-purpose look by generously frosting your cake with luxurious buttercream and not bothering to smooth it.

2. Gold Leaf

Photo by @ becbakescakes

Edible leaf has clearly sashayed to the front of the bakery case this summer. On thinly applied buttercream especially, this look feels both modern and vintage-mirror-y.

3. Pantone Power

Photo by @ l_nguyen93

Pantone's Color of the Year always makes a big impact on the hottest trends. We see 2019's color, Living Coral, appearing everywhere in both starring and supporting roles. We love the balance of coral on this beautiful cake. And with the subtle flecks of gold, it's almost too pretty to eat!

4. Drip Cakes

We're melting over these drip cakes. Whip up some ganache or melt down your buttercream for a perfect pourable topping.

5. Cakes as Modern Art

Photo by @ torikannuchka

With sharp, architectural lines and shapes these strong cakes would fit right in at a contemporary art museum. Just be prepared to think like an engineer as you build your cake (hidden supporting structures are your friend!).

6. Brush Stroke Feathers

This cake looks like it was painted with magic. And it kind of is — if you consider candy melts magical. Brush stroke cakes are all the rage right now, and it's a technique you're gonna want to use on all your frosted creations.

Helloooo, gorgeous. This cake trend is taking off and for good reason! The feathers are made from candy melts, and they're much easier to make than you'd think.

7. Faux Stone

Photo by @ jasmineraecakes

What started with geode cakes and marbled fondant has now evolved into lifelike stone textures. These beautiful surfaces offer the perfect mix of masculinity, loveliness and sophistication.

8. Hand-Painted Masterpieces

We love it when crafts collide, so we're stoked that painted cakes are all. the. rage. Whether you take a more delicate approach (like with this detailed flower cake) or go for a more abstract, oil-painted buttercream look, this is a trend we can totally get behind.

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