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Top 10 Trends for Cake Decorating

Submitted by on January 19, 2015 – 12:46 pmNo Comment

wilton_marvellous-meringue Layered meringue cookies, aromatic flavors, bold colors and patterns are just a taste of what’s to come in the food and dessert world this year.

The Wilton Test Kitchen and Decorating Room named the Top 10 trends in baking and decorating. Here is a sneak peek at some of the trends.

*Marvelous Merveilleux
The Marvelous Merveilleux (pictured above, left), is a trendy treat that is popular in French and Belgian pastry shops, and it’s making its way to America. Merveilleux (pronounced mahr-vee-ooo) means “marvelous” in French. When you combine light and airy meringue cookies, layered with whipped cream filling and ringed in decadent toppings, like chocolate shavings, caramelized hazelnuts or colorful sprinkles—the end result is quite marvelous.

*Middle Eastern & North African Flavors
Inspired by the aromatic flavors of a spice market, Middle Eastern and North African spices are becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in baking and other sweet treat making. International ingredients like, harissa, zaatar and Aleppo peppers, introduce complex flavor profiles that pair well with dark chocolate, creamy custard and many sweet treats.

wilton_smoke-meets-sweet*Smoke Meets Sweet
Deep smoky flavor has been big in the culinary world for a while, and in 2015 it moves onto the dessert plate. The match made in heaven introduces woodsy notes of smoke-infused flavor, adding decadent depth to the dessert menu. Rich, smooth, smoked flavor pairs well with almost any sweet treat. Add a dash of smoked sugar or smoked cinnamon for a hint of wood fire flavor. Or opt for unmistakable flavor using ingredients such as smoked coconut, smoke-roasted apples and whiskey dripping with smoky notes.

*Dessert Mash-Ups and Re-Mixes

We’re serving up classic treats with a twist. Familiar favorites are taking on ultra-indulgent new forms. Cake flavors merge into cookies, cookies into pies, pies into ice cream. . . and the list goes on. From banana walnut French toast cupcakes to red velvet cookies and pecan pie cheesecake, there’s no telling what we’ll come up with next.

*Fruitful Possibilities

Produce sections are piled high with an ever-expanding selection of fruit. Heirloom apples like Orange Pippin and Pitmaston Pineapple are sold alongside newer varieties such as Pink Lady. Each type boasts its own signature flavor, texture, fragrance and color. This fruit expansion continues beyond apples with special varieties of mandarin oranges, grapefruit and kiwi.

wilton_geometric *Geometric Sugar Art
Bold geometric patterns are taking shape in sweet new ways. Geometric sugar art exemplifies the grace and beauty of crisp clean lines and simple shapes. Mix-and-match sugar art shapes to decorate cakes and sweet treats with trendy geometric patterns and abstract designs.

*Dazzling Delectables
Gold, silver and bronze take first place in all categories. Whether adding shimmering accents, depth to detailed designs or completely color blocking sweet treats, metallics are in. The luminous metallic colors make a bold, stylish statement.

*Fondant Watercolor
Fondant is our blank canvas and our inspiration is reminiscent of great watercolor artists. We’re taking traditional watercolor techniques and applying them to the artistry of cake design, creating soft sweet effects and vivid floral arrangements.

*Revolutionary Color Confectionery
Adjust shades and hues of any color under the sun. Combine colors to create surprising new palettes with unexpected pops of unique color. Play with color combinations to create new pairings using everything from stunningly chic neutrals and soft pastels to opulent jewel tones and vibrant primary colors.

wilton_statement-flower*The Statement Flower
Make a bold statement with “look-at-me” flower pieces. Larger than life fondant and gum paste flowers are simply stunning with lifelike detail and realistic color techniques. Freshly bloomed blossoms such as poppies, peonies and ranunculus breathe life into cake design with lush petals and beautiful colors.

Wilton Enterprises, founded in 1929, makes cake decorating and bakeware products, sweet treat making, party and wedding products.

(Photos courtesy of Wilton Enterprises)

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