There's no reason to be bound to a traditional white wedding cake if it doesn't fit your wedding style and aesthetic. And one of the best ways to go bold with color is to embrace the look of a black wedding cake. “Many black wedding cake requests come from couples having glamorous winter or New Year’s Eve weddings,” says Dalana Fleming, owner of The Cake & The Giraffe. “Others are just not into the traditional white wedding cake look.”
Meet the Expert
Dalana Fleming is the owner and baker behind The Cake & The Giraffe, a bakery in Vancouver, B.C. with a focus on custom designs and wedding cakes.
The options for black wedding cakes are vast. They can be adorned with gold, mixed with frosting to create a black and white wedding cake, or adorned with seasonal florals for a rustic fall soirée. “It’s a great option to match dark, romantic, moody décor and to create a bold focal point,” says Fleming.
Often, black wedding cakes are made using fondant, allowing any type of frosting to still ice the cake. Many bakers opt for fondant because of the particular style of cakes they create. Plus, more often than not, guests will usually take the fondant off of their cake slice. Others may opt to use food coloring for the icing on their cakes, but it’s important to be careful that the black color incorporated won’t stain anyone’s teeth. Either way, double-check with your baker to be sure the beautiful black color of your cake won’t carry through with every bite.
Ready to go all-in on a bold showstopper? Read on for 25 of our favorite black wedding cakes.
Decorate With Flowers
A black wedding cake provides the perfect canvas for gorgeous flowers, and this cake embraces the look in the best way. Three tiers are stacked tall, paired with the most beautiful color palette of fresh blooms. Don't forget to add additional blooms to the cake stand.
Consider Bold Detailing
We can’t get over this gorgeous textured look. With hints of bronze paired with gold details and other natural elements, this is perfectly moody for a fall wedding.
Embrace Your Surroundings
Who says black wedding cakes are only for indoor, glamorous venues or rustic fall weddings? We love this bohemian look, as the cake is designed to match the scene. Three-tiers are stacked with ornamental grasses added to create a beautiful bold design.
Choose Cascading Blooms
A black wedding cake truly provides the perfect backdrop for a cascade of stunning florals and sprigs of greenery. We love the unique contrast this design provides.
Make a Small Statement
You can make a statement with a black wedding cake in so many ways, but this cake proves you don’t need multiple tiers to do it. This tall one-tiered confection sits beautifully with white and gold leaf detailing for a rustic wedding.
Go for Gold
There’s just special about gold detailing on a cake—and when painted on a black wedding cake, it pops even more. This cake, which was adorned with a mix of white florals is a great choice for an elegant, modern celebration.
Pair With Figs
Cakes are often adorned with fruit in complementary colors for a fun flavorful touch. If you're serving up a black cake, consider pairing it with cut figs. The black exterior coordinates with your frosting while the interior adds a touch of color.
Make It Mini
This dainty one-layer cake is decorated with green vines, making it a beautiful, moody option for a fall wedding.
Choosing a minimalistic design can certainly go a long way, especially if you’re hoping to display a cake that will truly wow your guests. This three-tiered cake utilizes squares to offer sleek, smooth corners, paired with one single stem.
Make It Marble
This is the perfect choice for couples who want a modern and dramatic look without going all black. We love the marble effect—especially when dressed up with a few blooms and greenery.
There’s just something so romantic about pairing a bold, black backdrop with deep-hued florals. The addition of red and pink roses make this cake all the more romantic.
Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be white, and it certainly doesn’t have to be round. This trio of cakes brings together bold corners, sleek lines, and gold detailing for a modern display.
Embrace Plenty of Details
Talk about a showstopper! There are so many elements—such as hand-painted detailing, greenery, and fresh blooms—working in harmony to create a beautiful, bold look.
Incorporate Multiple Cakes
Who says you only have to opt for one cake? We love the look of multiple black wedding cakes on your dessert table, each featuring unique detailing and beautifully intricate designs.
Dress Up One Tier
This cake screams "simple elegance." We love the idea of focusing on adding intricate fondant ruffled details to the bottom tier while letting the rest of the cake speak for itself. Topped with a sugar flower magnolia, it definitely gives off a Victorian-era vibe.
Add Geometric Patterns
It’s possible to choose a black wedding cake without going overboard. This three-tiered cake features gorgeous gold-painted details for a glam geometric look.
Pair Black With White
Pair your black cake with classic white blooms like roses and calla lilies for a balanced look. A touch of texture and gold foil on this design for a vineyard wedding took it to the next level.
Mix In White
You can mix white into the frosting as well for a true black and white wedding cake. Pairing the two shades to create an artistic look makes for such beautiful contrast. We love the way this three-tiered confection was topped with bold blooms to complete the look.
Incorporate Different Shapes
You can definitely make your wedding cake unique with a black color scheme, but this cake took it one step further. Opt for a hexagonal tier set amongst traditional round cakes to truly create a showstopping design.
Commission a Painting
Is there anything more elegant than a hand-painted cake? This rose-covered cake takes it one step further by using a black background to add contrast to a stunning floral design.
Vary Your Blooms
If you're designing a black floral wedding cake, don't limit yourself to one kind of bloom. We love how this design ties in both a real and painted bouquet of florals.
Don't want to add to your floral budget? This beautiful black cake has roses painted on with buttercream to create a soft, textural look.
Make It Moody
This two-tier black cake not only has gold foil to add dimension, but is also topped with red florals. This color combo is perfect for a dramatic and moody statement at a winter wedding.
Dress For Black-Tie
Is there any color combo that’s chicer than black and gold? It’s a total classic that's ready for a black-tie wedding.
Channel Starry Nights
We love the subtle geode look incorporated in this design, without going overboard. Utilizing a black backdrop with incredible gold detailing makes it feel like you’re gazing at a beautiful starry night.