Watercolor wedding cakes have been hugely popular lately, but all good things (ahem, trends) must come to an end. And we think we've found the next big thing when it comes to your sugary center of attention: Introducing "brushstroke" cakes—painterly confections that feature visible brushstrokes, either hand painted directly onto the cake tiers or made from brushed chocolate.
The overall look is part impressionism and part painter's palette, combining smatterings of broad sweeps and dabs of saturated color. Brushstroke wedding cakes work for all types of celebrations, from feminine and romantic weddings to more bold and edgy styles. But the end result is always the same: a stunning, artful wedding dessert that is almost too pretty to eat.
Need some inspiration? Check out some of our favorite hand-painted brushstroke wedding cakes taking dessert to the next level.
Painterly Pinks and Blues
For a soft, romantic look, have your tiers painted a soft pastel shade, like the pretty pink and blush hues pictured here. Go for a perfectly imperfect look with visible brushstrokes, then contrast the pastels with a deeper shade, like navy blue. A single wafer-paper magnolia blossom completes the artful look.
We're obsessed with Moscow-based bakery Kalabasa. In addition to beautifully piped buttercream flowers and classic eclairs, this Russian bakery is doing crazy-cool things with colorful brushstrokes made from chocolate. To create them, the cake designers melt modeling chocolate until it's soft enough to spread, then use a pastry brush to swipe it onto parchment paper. Once the edible brushstrokes have hardened, they're carefully placed on cake tiers to create this striking, edgy look.