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4. Cake Trends for 2017
On the cake decorating front, Heather Sisson, vice president of customer relations at Lucks Food Decorating Company, says that the new year will usher in a wide range of color trends that cake decorators need to be keenly aware of. One example is chalky pastels with unfinished edges and imperfect textures that become part of a worn, shabby but familiar style. Colors are muted yet contemporary. “You’ll start seeing more chalky pastels in 2017,” Sisson says. The “Fresh Traditions” trend story, according to Lucks, is driven by the rising cost of city living for young creatives, who are moving to the edge of urban areas to create subcultures of urban influence. Cake decorators are moving between city and suburbs in their cake designs, and this brings a combination of grit and beauty into the design process. Painting on cakes also falls into this trend.
5. Expanding Use of Fondant
Fondant for cakes has been around for decades, but now cake decorators like Anne Heap are promoting a new idea: fondant cookies and accents. The owner of Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes in Denville, New Jersey, recommends using fondant on top of decorated cookies to make clean, colorful, eye-popping designs.
“One of the things I love so much about using fondant is that you are able to put your own stamp on it and make more money,” she says. “There are so many things you can do that will increase your profitability.”