Got a cake to make? Whether you’re a pâtisserie pro or a beginner baker, tap into these totally tasty trends to make sure that your next bake is as Instagramable as it is delicious! From shaggy 70s-style piping to delicate dried flowers, we’re bringing you the top birthday cake trends to look out for in 2022! 

Kitsch cakes

Out with the new and in with the old! Kitsch, vintage-style cakes decorated with fancy buttercream icing is one of the top cake trends for 2022. Start with a square, heart-shaped or round sponge; layer it up and go wild with fun icing. Nothing is too extravagant – think pretty pastels, over-the-top piping and silly messages! Head to Instagram for the best kitsch cake inspiration – Lily Vanilli and April’s Baker are firm favourites.

Shaggy 70s cakes

Forget shaggy carpets – shaggy cakes are the latest baking trend! These cakes look super impressive and they couldn’t be easier to recreate. All you need is a multi-opening piping nozzle, some food colouring and your imagination to bake a cake that’ll take you back to the 70s! This shag cake by Preppy Kitchen is cool, colourful and totally amazing!

  • Wilton #233 Multi Open Tip - Carded

    Wilton #233 Multi Open Tip - Carded

  • Wilton 8 Icing Colour Set

    Wilton 8 Icing Colour Set

  • Wilton Piping Bag Holder

    Wilton Piping Bag Holder

Slogan cakes

Say it with cake! Forget ‘happy birthday’ and ‘sorry you’re leaving’, one of the latest cake trends is writing heartfelt messages and silly sentiments on your cakes. It doesn’t matter if your handwriting isn’t the neatest – these cakes are all about fun! Use a round writing nozzle to write your message in a classic royal icing. Combined with the kitsch cake trend, this is a surefire winner for any upcoming birthday! 

We love this fabulous star sign cake by Coven Bakery, and this lyrics cake by the must-follow Drake on Cake

Palette knife painting

If you’re a beginner baker or piping isn’t for you, this is the trend to tap into! Grab a palette knife and some colourful buttercream and get set to channel your inner artist. These cakes are created by swiping rough layers of icing onto a buttercream base to create a paint stroke effect. You can space out the swathes of colour like this magical cake by Thea Bakes, or go all-out with a tonal effect like The Sugar Coated Cottage.

  • Wilton Colour Right Performance Colour System

    Wilton Colour Right Performance Colour System

  • PME Bakers Confectioners Turntable (80 x 315mm)

    PME Bakers Confectioners Turntable (80 x 315mm)

  • PME 9" Palette Knife Straight Blade

    PME 9" Palette Knife Straight Blade

Simplistic animal prints

Animal print never goes out of fashion! Whether it’s leopard, zebra, tiger or giraffe – animal inspired cakes are sure to make a birthday party totally wild! We love these simple, painted leopard cakes by Lilac Pig Bakes, where an extra-smooth layer of buttercream is delicately painted with beautiful leopard spots.

Rainbow colours

Bring the colours of the rainbow into your bakes! Kids are sure to adore these super cool and ultra colourful rainbow creations! Layer up coloured sponges and decorate with simple buttercream icing, then get ready for the ultimate surprise inside after you’ve blown out the candles. Sims Home Kitchen have covered this brilliant rainbow birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles – a brilliantly bright bake!

  • Wilton 5 Piece Easy Layers! 6" Round Cake Tin Set

    Wilton 5 Piece Easy Layers! 6" Round Cake Tin Set

  • PME Cake Out Of The Box Sprinkle Mix- Pop & Fizz 60g

    PME Cake Out Of The Box Sprinkle Mix- Pop & Fizz 60g

  • Wilton 8 Icing Colour Set

    Wilton 8 Icing Colour Set

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