What would Wedding Season be without wedding cake coverage? I mean hello! When I think of weddings, my mind immediately races to images of gorgeous cakes. Each year it seems like the cakes get more and more intricate and more and more amazing. All next week I'll be highlighting lots of different kinds of cakes (groom's cakes, cupcakes, weird cakes, what to look for in a cake, and so on), but to kick things off, I thought it would be cool to find out what the latest wedding cake trends are.

I was lucky enough to speak to three of America's hottest wedding cake bakers - you've seen these ladies on TV and in magazines - and they gave me the lowdown on what's new, what's hot, and what's important. From left to right, the cakes were created by FoodTV favorite Colette Peters, Susan Morgan of the beautiful Elegant Cheese Cakes, and organic cake specialist Edith Meyer.

The first trend on the list is personalized cakes. Edith Meyer said that "Cakes for 2007 seem to be much more personal and less I-saw-this-in-a-magazine." She's even had clients bring in handpainted heirloom china to create on the cake. Another personalized trend is the introduction of the initial monogramming, as well as the return of the personalized cake topper.

This particular cake was made by Edith Meyer from sugar flowers meticulously cut to match the detail of the bride's dress.

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Another trend in the wedding cake world is a unique shape. People are steering further from the traditional three-tiered cake and are delving into the worlds of odd shapes, crooked pieces and unique shapes. Colette Peters, author of Colette's Wedding Cakes, believes that this year, in addition to more personalized cakes, there are more crooked cakes. This cake was made by her and definitely features a rather unique stacking.

An additional trend for 2007 is colorful cakes. Susan Morgan stated that although she has been doing colored cakes for years, now "everyone wants coordination throughout the wedding." Cakes are no longer just white and cream. You'll now find colors from hot pink, orange, spring green, etc - whatever matches the wedding scheme.

Personally I think wedding cakes are going to start upstaging wedding dresses. Watch out fashion designers, these cake decorators are really stepping things up!

Be sure to come back next week for more on wedding cakes.