17 Birch Tree Wedding Cakes for an Outdoor-Inspired Celebration

Rustic perfection.

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Photo by David Matthew Fiser; Cake by Wildflower Cakes

If you’re planning an outdoor-inspired wedding, there are so many options for stunning desserts. But one cake style, in particular, birch tree cakes, are becoming more and more popular amongst couples who share a love for nature or all things rustic. 

Birch tree cakes mimic the look of birch wood, typically incorporating a rustic white textured exterior to replicate the bark. “Outdoor barn or garden type weddings are a perfect setting for birch tree cakes,” says Kyrsten Willits, owner of Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs

Meet the Expert

Kyrsten Willits is the owner of Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs, a Harrisburg-based baking business specializing in custom wedding cakes, cupcake displays, and decorated sugar cookies. 

Birch tree cakes can come in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re hoping for a four-tiered cake towering high or a subtle single tier. Plus, the look can be pulled off by using either buttercream or fondant, depending on you and your partner’s preference. “I usually prefer fondant because it lends itself more to manipulation for texture and airbrush coloring,” says Willits. 

A birch tree cake can certainly stand beautifully on its own to make a statement, or it can be dressed up even further to match your wedding’s aesthetic. “In my opinion and experience, one of the best ways to dress up a birch tree cake is by using fresh florals, provided by the florist,” adds Willits. Florals, branches, greenery, or even fresh fruit can be added to beautifully round out the look. 

Think a birch tree cake is a perfect fit for your wedding? Read on for 17 of our favorite inspired designs. 

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Incorporate Greenery

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Photo by Quarter Moon Co.; Cake by Nutmeg Cake DesignPhoto by Quarter Moon Co.; Cake by Nutmeg Cake Design

We can’t get enough of this stunning birch cake design. Textured, darkened buttercream makes for realistic bark on this cake, paired with sprawling greenery for the perfect balance. 

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Embrace the Forest

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Photo by The Shooting Gallery Photography; Cake by Bella e Dolce; Planning and Design by Juniper & Lace Events

Planning a woodland-inspired wedding? This whimsical cake would be the perfect fit. The birch bark design sets the stage for cute little mushrooms, paired with sprigs of greenery and forest berries. 

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Keep It Simple

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Cake by Yvonne’s Delightful Cakes

A birch tree cake certainly doesn’t need to be over-the-top. Keep the design simple with subtle nods to birch bark. Paired with one bold bloom and a few twigs, this design would be a show-stopper for any outdoor wedding. 

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Create a Natural Display

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Photo by VILD Photography; Cake by Lake Tahoe Cakes 

If you’re going for an outdoor-inspired aesthetic with your cake, why not go all out? Create a stunning display by pairing your birch bark cake with a bold natural cake stand. This tree trunk cake stand adds contrast, paired with stunning jewel tones, for a beautiful display. 

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Add Berries and Greenery

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Cake by The Cake Whisperer

A birch tree cake certainly doesn’t need to stand on its own, and this three-tiered sweet is the perfect example. Adding greenery and berries will only enhance the look of this natural-inspired design. 

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Embrace Fall Florals

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Cake by Milk + Honey

The beauty of a birch tree cake is the ability to style it to fit any season. This charming cake displays stunning fall florals for a colorful look. 

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Embrace Rustic

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Cake by Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs

This design proves that a birch tree cake is perfect for a barn or farm-style wedding. Decked out with a few florals, thistles, and pine cones, this is a perfectly rustic display.  

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Pair With Pinecones

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Photo by Kyle John; Cake by Bella e Dolce

This design is absolute perfection for a winter wedding, but it also makes the ideal display for a black-tie wedding in the woods. With a birch bark exterior, paired with natural pinecones and one sugar flower, this sweet is a beautiful balance of rustic and sophisticated. 

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Mark Your Initials

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Photo by Carrie Patterson Photography; Cake by The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole

If you and your partner have ever carved your names into a tree, this is definitely the design for you. Celebrate your love while putting it on display. A birch tree cake provides the perfect canvas for etching your name and wedding date.

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Add a Pop of Color With Florals

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Photo by Anée Atelier; Cake by Freeport Bakery

We love the way this charming cake makes such a bold statement. The birch bark detailing isn’t too over-the-top. Plus, paired with stunning bold blooms to match, it’s as eye-catching as can be. 

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Add Tiny Blooms

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Photo by The Ogden Click; Cake by Sweet Cravings by Marcia

Sweet and simple is the name of the game with this birch tree cake. But that doesn’t mean it’s lacking on details. We love the incredible detailing on the top of this cake, paired with the daintiest blooms. 

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Make it Mini

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Cake by Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs

Who says a birch cake needs to be overwhelmingly bold? Just a simple nod to the outdoor aesthetic can go such a long way. We love the way this single-tiered cake was put on display with real wood, paired with matching cupcakes to round out a beautiful dessert table. 

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Celebrate With Fresh Citrus

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Photo by Leira Lemonis Photography; Cake by Crisan Bakery 

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for summer or early fall, this is the perfect design. We love the way buttercream was used to create a beautiful, rustic texture on this cake. The fresh blooms and greenery certainly add sophistication to this look, but it’s the pop of fresh citrus that really rounds out this beautiful display. 

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Add Cascading Blooms

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Photo by VILD Photography; Cake by Lake Tahoe Cakes

This four-tiered confection looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. The sleek, subtle detailing is absolutely stunning as it provides the ideal backdrop for bold cascading blooms. 

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Go Bold With Color

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Photo by Sarah Goff Photography; Cake by Amanda’s Cakes ‘N Things

Hello, jewel tones! Who says a birch tree cake can’t incorporate bold colors? This is such a fun, colorful look to make a statement for a barn-style wedding. 

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Dress It Up For Winter

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Photo by David Matthew Fiser; Cake by Wildflower Cakes

Have you ever seen a cake more perfect for wintertime? This five-tiered confection is nothing short of stunning! A textured birch bark design provides the perfect canvas for flocked pine needles and sugared cranberries for a truly beautiful winter wonderland design. 

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Opt for Abstract

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Cake by The Novel Baker

Not interested in a full-blown birch bark look? Opt for something more subtle! We love the way this textured cake hints at a nature-inspired design, while pairing stunning handcrafted florals for the perfect balance. 

Want more inspiration? Check out seasonally inspired winter wedding cakes below.

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