The New Wedding Cake Is a Nostalgic Ode to the Past

Taking its cue from all the nostalgic cottagecore of late, the hottest wedding cake trend today is a little Victorian, a mix of French neoclassical, a pop of 80s, a touch of 50s, and a whole lot of kitsch smothered in buttercream or cream cheese. These cakes are typically small (hello, micro weddings!), though a few have been larger for those outdoor bashes. But they all have one thing in common: they're perfectly nostalgic, with buttercream flowers, tons of flourishes, and plenty of piping. 

“I believe this trend for smaller but more elaborate cakes is a beautiful embodiment of the fact that couples want their intimate weddings to feel just as special and momentous, particularly with everything that’s been happening to hinder their plans,” says Valentina Ring, who runs The Stars Inside, a wedding and elopement company in London. 

To achieve the vintage feel that has started trending, couples are incorporating hand-painted details, tons of flourish, pastels, and lots of piping. Below, more ways to channel this trend with your wedding cake.

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