petitetreats729 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 3:10pm

We have seen the explosion of cupcakes and cake pops all over the net. They were the biggest trend for the past few years. Cupcakes will always have a special place in my heart; but to be honest I'm getting a little bored. What do you think the next biggest trend will be? This topic really interests me, I love guessing whats next for this industry. Maybe its already been figured out and I'm just behind times :) Fill me in ladies and gents!

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sarahgale314 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 3:13pm

AI think macarons or sugar cookies.

kikiandkyle Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:26pm

ADecorated cookies. For sure.

liz at sugar Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:35pm
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Originally Posted by sarahgale314 

I think macarons or sugar cookies.

 

 

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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle 

Decorated cookies. For sure.

 

Agreed, say all the macaron and decorated cookie sellers. :D

 

I'm opening my bakery based on these types of treats, plus the best examples of bakery classics: the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, caramel fudge brownies, lemon bars, cream puffs and eclairs, decorated sugar cookies, seasonal favorites like baklava and Springerle cookies, etc.

 

But, to be honest, the reason that cake pops and cupcakes are everywhere on Pinterest is because the average person can pull them off.  I didn't say pull them off well, just pull them off.

 

It has taken me a lot of trials, time and testing to develop the best recipes, develop the best methods for production, while still making a fantastic looking and tasting end product and still make a profit.  Will it fly?  We will see in March. :)  But without an artistic bent, the average person isn't going to pull off a great decorated cookie, so hopefully they will find all of us professionals out here.

 

Liz

kikiandkyle Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:39pm

AI think the reason macarons haven't taken off more is that they are hard for most people. Decorating cookies can be difficult too but it's more easily overcome I think.

stefkovic Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:43pm

Yes I agree, Decorated sugar cookies. I have been get into the cookie thing and really enjoy it.

liz at sugar Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:45pm

Kikiandkyle - I would agree with you that macarons seem hard to most people, and unlikely to be tackled by many beginners.

 

But when thinking about a decorated cookie made by your average Pinterest user, all I can think of is cakewrecks.com.  Not everyone can harness the power of a piping bag. :)

 

Liz

Godot Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:47pm

ALol - harness the power of the piping bag!

Elcee Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 12:51am

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Originally Posted by liz at sugar 

 

But, to be honest, the reason that cake pops and cupcakes are everywhere on Pinterest is because the average person can pull them off.  I didn't say pull them off well, just pull them off.

 

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/readcommentbackwards/31-horrendous-pinterest-fail-monstrosities-dmjk

 

That is all.

Stitches Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 1:48am

Based on the newest tv show, I'd say doughnuts are. Have you seen the craze over cronuts? I also think macaroons are catching on............but I don't see decorated cookies happening in my area (mid-west USA).

BrandisBaked Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 1:51am

A"Summer pudding" cakes. Yum! Cuz I'm gonna make it happen - much like "Fetch". Heh.

liz at sugar Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:16am

 

Yep, nailed it.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Stitches 
 

Based on the newest tv show, I'd say doughnuts are. Have you seen the craze over cronuts? I also think macaroons are catching on............but I don't see decorated cookies happening in my area (mid-west USA).

 

And I think there is also a lot of interest in fried chicken + doughnuts.  But I don't want to stand over a vat of hot grease all day, so I eliminated doughnut maker as a possible business avenue.  Someone else is going to have to take up the slack!!

 

Liz

kikiandkyle Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:22am

AFetch lol!

People don't seem to be into the doughnuts much here, there's literally 3 Dunkins in the entire Houston metro area. San Antonio has a Krispy Kreme still though which made my day last weekend.

Decorated cookies are super popular here in Tx, maybe because Sweet Sugar Belle is from here, I don't know. There are so many tutorials online now.

costumeczar Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:24am

Macarons are over, that was a few years ago as far as trendy goes.

cazza1 Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:26am

Have a look at the expression on the hedgehog cake.  Nailed it says it all.

liz at sugar Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:44am

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Originally Posted by costumeczar 
 

Macarons are over, that was a few years ago as far as trendy goes.

 

True for the coasts, but here in the middle they are brand spanking new!  :)   It takes awhile for trends of all kinds to take hold in the Midwest.  Our town got our first cupcake shop less than a year ago.

 

Liz

BrandisBaked Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:49am

AMacaroons are just now infiltrating Idaho. Killer bees will probably be next. :D

kikiandkyle Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 3:02am

AI love macarons (I've had the real ones from Laduree in Paris, amazing) but they're so expensive. At least $4 at Crumbs gets me more than one bite!

IowaBaker Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 4:25am

I'm brand new, so a trend could have hit 2 years ago and I wouldn't know it!

 

My best guess is cakes with pictures inside when you slice them. Those amaze me.

smittyditty Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 4:33am

I'm going with donuts. I do believe that czar was right I was seeing macarons on Etsy years ago and I'm sick of seeing them! I already had a bride ask me about a donut wedding cake. In the american cake magazine it was saying how decadent donuts were the new trend. That pastry chefs were now entering them in contests.

I'm not saying I'm for the donuts craze I'm just saying what I'm reading and hearing.

Godot Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 6:05am

AI love doughnuts but don't want to make them.

The macaron (proper spelling) craze is about over. I actually stopped producing macarons a couple of years ago. I got so tired of people complaining about the price ( THAT much? For something THAT small?) I snapped one day after hearing that for the umpteenth time (yet they always purchased - and always came back for more - complaining about the cost all the while) and threw away all the macarons in the case and all the shells in the freezer.

I haven't made a single macaron to this day.

costumeczar Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 12:58pm

AI'm in Richmond VA which is about 10 years behind the trends. We have a woman here who decided to bring th macaron trend to Richmond when it was actually trending in NYC and LA. So she opened a business, bought lots of publicity, and to years later is out of business because there isn't enough business to sustain that kind of thing. Seriously, macarons are dry cookies with a little icing in them. I don't like them personally and I guess when people get over the idea that "they're so cute" they realize that they don't really taste that good overall.

cazza1 Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:13pm

It's all a matter of taste.  I love macarons and avoid making them, not because they are difficult to make, but because they are difficult to resist.  Having said that it is not very often that I will splash out and spend $3 (local price) on one because they are so small and one is never enough.

-K8memphis Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:27pm

got some macarons from one of the most famous chefs in the world located in the nappa area and y'know the vanilla wafer filled cookie sticks (we ate tons of them  as kids--have the cellulite to prove it)

 

they were the identical taste & texture--super sweet & kinda crunchy --so what

 

i mean i guess i just never had a good one--but i gave it a good go

 

now that godot has discontinued hers...i guess i'm permanently out of luck for sure--love love that story!

liz at sugar Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:45pm

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Originally Posted by costumeczar 

I'm in Richmond VA which is about 10 years behind the trends. We have a woman here who decided to bring th macaron trend to Richmond when it was actually trending in NYC and LA. So she opened a business, bought lots of publicity, and to years later is out of business because there isn't enough business to sustain that kind of thing. Seriously, macarons are dry cookies with a little icing in them. I don't like them personally and I guess when people get over the idea that "they're so cute" they realize that they don't really taste that good overall.

 

Sounds about right -  the Midwest is behind VA, which is 10 years behind the coasts!  Always last to the party!  But who would open an "all macaron" store anywhere?  They don't even do that in Paris!  Macarons aren't my absolute favorite, but mine aren't dry - they have a slight crisp to the outside, and are creamy inside after aging in the fridge.

 

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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 

got some macarons from one of the most famous chefs in the world located in the nappa area and y'know the vanilla wafer filled cookie sticks (we ate tons of them  as kids--have the cellulite to prove it)

 

they were the identical taste & texture--super sweet & kinda crunchy --so what

 

i mean i guess i just never had a good one--but i gave it a good go

 

now that godot has discontinued hers...i guess i'm permanently out of luck for sure--love love that story!

 

OK, now, wafer cookies have the consistency of styrofoam to me - loved 'em as a kid, but hate the idea of eating one now. :)

 

Liz

liz at sugar Posted 5 Oct 2013 , 2:48pm

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Originally Posted by smittyditty 
 

I'm going with donuts. I do believe that czar was right I was seeing macarons on Etsy years ago and I'm sick of seeing them! I already had a bride ask me about a donut wedding cake. In the american cake magazine it was saying how decadent donuts were the new trend. That pastry chefs were now entering them in contests.

I'm not saying I'm for the donuts craze I'm just saying what I'm reading and hearing.

 

I've seen lots of doughnuts too, but really, you have to have a gourmet doughnut shop in your area to pull off the doughnut tower cake trend for a wedding.  Otherwise you are going to end up with a stack of stale grocery store doughnuts, and the result isn't going to be that pretty.

 

But some good doughnuts do sound good right now. :)

 

Liz

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