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Your need to know cake decorating trends for 2022!

We have the ultimate guide to cake decorating trends for 2022 to inspire your creations in the upcoming year!

Cake trends 2022 collage Image credit: Left – Emma Stewart, top right – Blue Door Bakery, bottom right – Karen Keaney

15th Dec 2021

With every new year, there are wonderful new trends to try and inspire. Here we have created a helpful guide, with all your decorating needs all in one place. 

Pantone Colour of the Year 2022

Pantone - Very Peri

Image credit: Pantone – Very Peri 

Very Peri – 'a colour whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity.'

Described as a 'carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives.'

How many cakes will feature this colour as a full tier this year, or maybe just a pop of colour?!

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Lambeth method

Image credit: Left – Ceri Griffiths, right – Kelvin Chua, as featured in the April 2019 issue

Popularised by American Joseph Lambeth, the Lambeth method is a classic cake design that uses an over piping technique in royal icing to create intricate scrolls and garlands. We're seeing this classic technique making a comeback, which shows that all trends come back around! 

Architectural shapes

Panelling cake design by Emma Stewart

Image credit: 'Perfect Panelling' by Emma Stewart, as featured in the December 2021 issue

Inspiration for cake trends can be found in the most surprising of places, but often it's taken from interior design. Colours, yes – but textures too. Cladding and panelling has been seen to be increasingly popular around the home, especially with lots of home renovations taking place during lockdowns. These have been adapted for cake, too! Adding texture and depth, all in edible form and as the popularity indoors grows, we're sure it'll grow for cake, too.


Cakesicles by Blue Door Bakery

Image credit: Cakesicles by Blue Door Bakery, coming in the February 2022 issue

Yes, they've been around for a long time, but the trend keeps evolving and growing in popularity! Especially popular for doorstep deliveries, this box of treats isn’t going anywhere. In fact, they're particularly great for wedding favours, wedding dessert tables and party favours. Never plain – always highly decorated to suit the colour scheme or even with modelled characters on them.


Pretty in Pink tiered cake by Karen Keaney

Image credit: 'Pretty in Pink' by Karen Keaney, as featured in the May 2021 issue

Here at CD&S, we couldn’t decide which trend to feature here – so we had to go for both! We've seen that size has been going both ways – smaller tiered cakes and single tiers as people are keeping numbers low at events, but also big elaborate cakes as the world has been opening back up!

Single tiered wedding cake

Depends on the point of view of the client, but no matter the size, 2022 is sure to see some beautiful cakes! 

A slice of health

Banana bread

A new year always brings a new mindset for wanting to kickstart healthy eating. With lockdowns resulting in a lot less movement than usual and an increase in hobby baking, healthy alternatives were becoming increasingly popular (banana bread, anyone?!). Many people who are inclined towards a healthier lifestyle are opting for healthier alternatives, and ‘clean’ cakes are becoming more and more of a ‘go-to’ choice. 

And there you have it! Which will you be trying out first?

For all the latest trends, make sure you pick up your copy of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft magazine – or subscribe to receive them year-round, straight to your door or digital device! 

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