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Wedding dessert trends: What’s in and out for 2024

By Brooke Rester

Brooke Rester, owner of Dolce Bakeshop

Sweet treats are an essential element of any wedding, not to mention a great way for brides and grooms to showcase their style and creativity. Here are the cake and dessert trends that couples are clamoring for in 2024 — and a few they are leaving behind.



That’s right! Your grandmother’s wedding cake is back in style, complete with intricate piping, ruffles and string work — the whole nine yards. We haven’t quite regressed back to the days of the fountains and staircases, but hey, who knows?


In my opinion, nothing screams “wedding” quite like a smooth, white buttercream cake adorned with fresh flowers. Whether they’re arranged in delicate clusters or cascading down the front of the cake, flowers just seem to add such a natural, vibrant touch. Side note: Be sure to check with your florist before choosing which variety of flowers to add to your cake so that you can ensure they are safe for consumption.


We are seeing an uptick in couples opting for an entire dessert spread rather than one large cake. Choosing a dessert table not only creates a visually stunning display at your reception, but it also gives guests an opportunity to mix and mingle while exploring all their sweet options.



Naked or “barely iced” cakes have had their moment, but this trend is quickly fading in 2024. We are seeing our couples lean more toward fully iced cakes adorned with loads of buttercream decor.


The trend of textured buttercream cakes, characterized by their rustic or handcrafted appearance, has been gradually fading over the last couple of years. We are seeing more of a polished, elegant design trend taking hold. It’s important to note, however, that wedding cake trends are cyclical, and what is considered “fashionable” always changes over time.


Your wedding day is a celebration of YOU! Make sure that you and your betrothed are represented in every detail — including the cake. Not a fan of the traditional almond cake with almond buttercream? Don’t do it! When you plan your cake tasting, be sure to ask your baker what types of fun, alternative flavors and fillings you can choose. Is fun-fetti your favorite? Go for it! Does lemon lavender make your heart sing? Perfect! Your guests are there to celebrate the two of you, so let them have a taste of what you really love.

Brooke Rester is the owner of Dolce Bakeshop. Reach her at

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