12 Baking Trends for 2013

2013 Apr 02 |  Written by:  | Tags: , , ,

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Much like in fashion, there’s an annual “what’s in, what’s not” list for food. This year’s biggest baking trend so far has been the revival and reinvention of certain traditional food items, closely followed by creative explorations in colours, the rise of artisan flavours and experiments in combinations. Check out 2013’s biggest baking trends below and get ready for your own trial-and-error forays in the kitchen!

Ombre Colours

ombre cake
Ombre refers to colours that graduate from light to dark, a worldwide fashion trend that has become increasingly popular in food. Desserts and pastry like this Blue Ombre Cake from Cre8tive Heart are fairly easy to make and can be perfected with practice.


Jellymongers Bompas & Parr have breathed new life into jelly, such as in this creative Buckingham Palace jelly project (photo from The Telegraph). This traditional treat has seen massive reinvention, appearing everywhere in a many forms and variations.

Dome Cakes

dome cake
Those who want something more than the usual cake will be pleased with this particular trend. With the endless variety of fillings, flavours, icing and decorations, cakes like this Raspberry and Rose Dome Cake from Woman & Home are a treat both for the eyes and the palate.


The humble doughnut has now become the new artisan pastry, enjoying new heights of fame in flavours such as fennel salt, chicken liver or bacon. These Custard and Plum Jam Doughnuts at Hawksmoor’s Guildhall Restaurant (photo from The Guardian) are but one tasty example.

Homemade Marshmallows

homemade marshmallows
They may be sticky and messy, but marshmallows are seeing a resurgence among home cooks – they allow for creativity in shapes and colours as well as in flavours and uses, like these Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows from Krissy’s Creations.

Salted Caramel

salted caramel
Joining the salty-and-sweet bandwagon for this year, salted caramel is becoming an ubiquitous presence in many recipes. Brownies, puddings, and other desserts such as La Receta de la Felicidad‘s Chocolate cake, Cream and Salted Caramel are made more delicious by this trend.

Bright Colours

rainbow cake
Food dyes, gel food colouring, food pens – there’s no limit to imagination in the kitchen when it comes to the use of bold colours and vivid hues in food, as exemplified by this Super Epic Rainbow Cake from Whisk Kid, because life isn’t just a spectrum of neutral tones!

Peek-a-Boo Cakes

Guaranteed to solicit gasps of awe and delight, peek-a-boo cakes are some of the most creative inventions in the world of desserts. Like this Peek-a-Boo Battenberg Cake from BBC Good Food, bright colours and unique patterns are the highlight of this food trend.

Zebra Cakes

zebra cake
Zebra cakes are an exercise in precision with very attractive, tasty results. A modern take on marble cakes, zebra cakes like this one from AZ Cookbook offer an endless range of flavour and colour combinations.

Layer Cakes

Layer different colours or mix and match flavours in one big cake – whatever the choices, layer cakes are on a quick ascent as the new favourite dessert, much like these Purple Mini Ombre Cakes from Glorious Treats.

Scandinavian/Nordic Food

swedish coffee bread
Due largely to the popularity of Noma in Copenhagen, a spotlight has been turned to Scandinavian/Nordic cooking, including comfort food like this Swedish Coffee Bread from Simply Recipes.


The chocolate eclair has turned gourmet as French bakeries have taken to creating eclairs of exquisite flavours and decorations, as seen in these lovely Fruity Beauties from Fauchon Eclairs.

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