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2011 Wedding Dessert Trends from Down South Delights: Groom’s Favorite Sweets, Family Recipes

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wedding cakes have always been a staple at receptions, but more and more, couples are choosing to add either add their favorite desserts to accompany their classic wedding cake, or opting to replace the cake with fun desserts altogether. We spoke with Rita from Down South Delights to get the latest on the current trends in wedding desserts along with her prediction for the next big sweet to show up at weddings in 2012.

Spumoni parfaits

ABG: What trends have you noticed in desserts for receptions over the last year or so?

DOWN SOUTH DELIGHTS: One notable trend is the evolution of the groom's cake. Over the years I've seen many grooms have a cake that represented a specific team, hobby, sport's stadium etc. More often than not, most of the groom's cake ends up untouched. Clients are definitely noticing this and now the new groom's option is "his favorite dessert" - whether it is an old fashion icebox lemon pie, blackberry cobbler, strawberry shortcake, or grandma's cookie recipe.


Triple chocolate shots & inside-out blackberry shortcake bites

Small desserts continue in popularity, with dessert shots, mini cobblers, truffles, and ethnic faves such as canollis. Couples want to reflect their heritage more than ever and offer guests a taste of that culture. We are getting numerous requests to replicate an ethnic favorite. This summer we recreated a Mother-of-the-Bride’s Swedish butter cake into a large 4-tier wedding cake complete with the traditional curds on the side for guests to customize their slice.


Pink champagne truffles & dessert shot tower

ABG: Are cupcakes for weddings still popular?

DOWN SOUTH DELIGHTS: The cupcake is still the reigning champ when it comes to alternative sweets at receptions, but brides are opting for classic flavors more than ever. In 2010, cupcake flavor trends were "the more exotic the better", but now the classics are resurfacing. Dark chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel, and spice cupcakes are our most popular for this year.


Classic summer cupcakes

We'll continue this sweet feature tomorrow with 2012 dessert predictions. In the meantime, visit their website ( to find out how they can assist you in adding that special touch to your day.

All images courtesy of Down South Delights.

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Newlywed Sara

I was so excited when I came across Ashley’s Bride Guide during my wedding planning process. I had been in a bunch of weddings, but hardly any in Nashville so I was starting from scratch. It was a great resource for us to get ideas and find vendors as we planned our big day. I am so excited to be able to add to the information for Nashville brides and help them create the day of their dreams! As a newlywed (3 weeks down!), I hope I can bring a fresh perspective to all those brides-to-be out there! I loved weddings before, and after going through the planning and execution of our own wedding, I feel blessed to be able to share everything we learned with other Nashville couples!

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send Posted on October 24, 2011 | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Cakes & Desserts, Inspiration & Trends,

1 Response to This Post
How to Make a Cake says...

Great pics again :) Love weddings. Love cakes mostly :) I also have a blog that i share free cake recipes. how to make a cake if you would like to check it.

Posted on March 5, 2012 @ 9:43am

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