Tartufi Cakes’ guide to wedding cakes

We recently teamed up with Gemma from the amazing Tartufi Cakes to get her advice and top tips on wedding cakes – from size, design and flavour to the display. Find out more here…

Wedding cake trends are forever changing and evolving. With so many options to choose from, nowadays it can be a little daunting knowing where to start. Unless you have your heart set on a specific design, we would advise choosing your flowers, colour scheme and some venue decoration first. Your cake maker can then use this information to design a cake that is the perfect centre piece for your reception.

Size and portions

The first thing that I discuss with couples at a cake tasting and design consultation is cake size and portions. The cake tends to be cut after the wedding breakfast and speeches, and doesn’t necessarily need to serve all the guests as there is often a lot of food on the day. Faux tiers can always be added so that the cake can be visually large without having a lot of spare cake left over after the wedding.


Gone are the days of a traditional fruit cake (except maybe for the top tier to be kept for the 1st anniversary or christening). Most couples opt for 2 or 3 different flavour sponge cakes and more unusual combinations are becoming popular such as our zesty lime and coconut cake or amaretto and blueberry cake. More often we are asked to cater for special dietary requirements such as gluten free and vegan. These are usually kept separate to the main cake and are delivered as a cutting cake straight to the kitchen.

Choosing your style

Whilst some brides may choose a themed cake such as skiing or a circus, these are some of the main trends we are seeing for 2018. The naked cake has been around for a few years now but is still extremely popular and looks perfect in a barn venue. More couples are opting for a semi naked cake which is lightly skimmed with buttercream and can be coloured. Fresh flower decorations to match the table centres is becoming more popular than fruit for the naked cake. The addition of icing drips, macaroons and calligraphy style toppers is also hugely popular.

Although there is still a trend for very opulent cakes with an abundance of decoration and hand-crafted sugar flowers, minimalist decoration and texture in the icing is very popular right now. We are having requests for marble effects, weathered stone and metallics such as soft rose golds and copper reflecting the trends in fashion and interior design.

Buttercream finished cakes are very popular, especially for couples who don’t like icing. It can be coloured, textured or completely smooth. Fresh flower decoration is ideal with this type of finish.

Classic white is also often requested and timeless. We are seeing ruffles, pearls, swags and lace detail with the addition of sugar or fresh white flowers.

The cake table

At Southend Barns the cake table is usually positioned opposite the bar so it is one of the first things your guests see as they enter the barn and has lots of space to be seen and admired.

Foliage or flowers around the base of the cake stand can add extra impact and we love the addition of tea lights on the cake table, especially when the cake includes metallic or shimmery details. At Southend Barns, the cake is often displayed in the barn during the wedding breakfast and then moved outside for the cake cutting. The beautiful outside area makes a stunning backdrop for the cutting photos.

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