Cheers to A Sweet Year: The Best Dessert Trends of 2019

January 11th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Looking for new ways to do dessert? We’ve rounded up the latest trends in baking, decorating and making delicious desserts that double as eye candy.

Drip-down sprinkles, lots of texture, painted-on cakes, alcohol-infused treats, metallic finishes and mini desserts are just a few of the fun and trendy ideas for 2019.

Once you take a look, we’re sure you’ll want to try them all!

Dripping in Sprinkles

Sprinkles aren’t just child’s play anymore. Adding them to drippy cakes creates a unique finish and incorporates another big dessert trend – texture. Deck out a cake in gold jimmies and metallic nonpareils for an elegant look, or let assorted color sprinkles spill down the sides of your cake to add a pop of bright to any birthday celebration.

Baking With Blondie

Image from @bakingwithblondie

Brittany May Cakes

Image from @brittanymaycakes

Tempting Textures

It’s all about texture with this fun dessert trend. Shards of candy bark, sprinkles, sugar crystals and other sweet objects are used to create cakes, cookies and other treats that are not only delicious, but a feast for the eyes as well.

Piqued Interest Cake

Using broken pieces of pastel candy bark and a drip made with Candy Melts® candy for the top, this stunning cake is sure to start a conversation no matter what the occasion. Assorted sprinkles in different colors and sizes add even more texture to the top and bottom. It’s almost to pretty to eat!

Sparkling Purple Geode Cookies

Another big trend in textured desserts is crystals – from tiered cakes topped with candy that looks like semi-precious stones to the shimmering geode cookies below. Sparkling sugar and rock candy are used to create the crystal effect on these heart-stopping treats.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Milkshakes

Another texture trend seen in restaurants and dessert bars everywhere are milkshakes piled high with everything from cake slices to cookies. These fun chocolate-covered strawberry shakes are topped with a candy drizzle, dipped strawberries and candy-glazed mini donuts. It’s a drink AND a dessert!

Cake Painting

Painting on cakes is nothing new, however it’s becoming as popular as piping when it comes to creating beautiful designs.


Using buttercream as a canvas, watercolor flowers and leaves were painted on this cake using food-safe brushes and edible paint. This cake would definitely wow at a wedding.

Cynthia Irani Cakes

Image from @cynzcakes

Spatula Painting

This abstract cake was created with splashes of blue and teal icing that were spatula-painted on the sides to create a unique design. Metallic accents were added using gold edible paint and tall gold candles to finish the look.  Great for an out-of-the-ordinary birthday bash and certainly snap-worthy!

Boozy Desserts

Adults-only versions of sweet treats are still on trend and growing in 2019. While alcohol-infused cupcakes are the most popular, there are other ways you can incorporate your favorite cocktails or beer into decadent desserts.

RumChata Banana Cream Cupcakes

Um, yes please! Banana cream cupcakes are spiked with creamy RumChata® cream liquor to give them a light, fluffy texture and a hint of cinnamon. Wilton Shot Tops™ flavor infusers were filled with more RumChata and inserted into the finished cupcakes to add even more of a sweet kick.

Guinness Pretzel Truffles

These truffles are sweet, savory, all grown up and made with only four ingredients including dark beer. They’re a great snack for girl’s night in or game day with just the guys.

Orange and Rosemary Gimlet Cupcakes

Cupcakes as cocktails are a sophisticated way to serve dessert at a party where only grown-ups are allowed. Flavored with orange, rosemary and gin, they’re the perfect ending to a fabulous dinner. Here, the cupcakes are adorned with Shot Tops flavor infusers filled with an orange gimlet mixture to give them an extra shot of deliciousness.

Miniature and Bite-Size Treats

“Make mine a mini” is what a lot of people are saying these days when it comes to dessert. It’s a way to indulge without feeling guilty with sweet treats that come in smaller sizes.

Mini Cranberry Pound Cakes

Sweet, tart and oh so good, these mini pound cakes are just the right size for an after-dinner treat. The batter and glaze are made with cranberry juice and then topped with sugared cranberries. The best part is, there’s no worry you’ll eat too much – just about two bites and it’ll be gone!

Mini Lemon Tarts

Pucker up and pop one of these yummy individual lemon tarts in your mouth for a bite of lemony goodness. The piped meringue stars on top give them a hint of extra sweetness.

Are one of these dessert trends calling your name? Let us know in the comments below and, if you try making any of them, be sure to snap a picture and share with us on Instagram @WiltonCakes!

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

5 Replies

  1. Desiree,
    We have never met but I worked with Eric Erwin and Lori Lovullo many years ago when the wedding category was at it’s peak. I was a product manager for those two categories. I have recently launched a sustainability program at an orphanage in Santa Cruz Bolivia. We are teaching high school age orphans vocational skills and have launched some small businesses there to help them have hands on training. One of the categories is cake decorating. Last year we received many donations of Wilton Cake decorating supplies, tools, pans, fondant etc…. We provided them with classes to get this program going along with several other programs to produce products. We will be going again on March 10 and we are looking for a Wilton trainer that would be willing to make this trip with us and help teach more advanced techniques. At the end of our trip we will be showcasing at a luxury Mall there that is supporting our mission with these kids. Do you have any contacts or way of putting us in contact with someone who may want to come along? Below is a link to a youtube video of the program. Please feel free to contact me directly.
    Judy Cutler Teeven
    214-385-0749 (Video of our program)

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Judy! I just sent an email to your Gmail account – if for some reason you don’t see it, check your spam to see if it was filtered. Thank you!

  2. Dawn says:

    It would be nice if Wilton sometimes mentions and collaborates with more minority bakers. The 2019 alcohol trend isn’t new, as I have been doing the alcohol infused desserts since 1998 and I’ve been an official business since 2014. We also use and support many of Wilton’s products and it would be nice to see more diversity in the Wilton world.

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Dawn, Thanks for your feedback. We are always keeping a watchful eye on cake decorating styles and dessert trends, and the influencers we partner with are chosen by their decorating projects and style. We are always looking to collaborate with new influencers and would LOVE to hear recommendations from you all on who we should partner with next. If there’s an influencer whose work you’d love to see featured, please let us know by sending an e-mail to Thanks!

  3. […] There’s nothing quite like combining two desserts into one. Candy bark cakes have been a huge trend so far in 2019, and it’s easy to see why. They are highly customizable, colorful, and provide plenty of room for creativity with all the textures, shapes, and flavors available. They are visually stunning and make perfect dessert table centerpieces. Image: Wilton […]

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