32 Beautiful Buttercream Wedding Cakes for Every Style and Season

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Photo by Joel Serrato; Cake by SusieCakes; Florals by Moon Canyon Design

Wedding planning involves countless choices, from choosing a wedding venue to selecting a color palette and tapping a ceremony officiant. Also on every to-do list? Choosing a wedding cake! The wedding cake is a tradition—whether you’re dreaming of a textured buttercream cake, something decked and detailed in piping, or maybe even a semi-naked cake.

What Is Buttercream?

Buttercream is a frosting that is whipped up by combining butter, powdered sugar, and milk or sometimes heavy cream. Occasionally, the butter might be swapped for shortening, depending on the baker’s preference. 

Buttercream is easily the most classic choice when it comes to wedding cake frosting, and it is incredibly versatile. Long gone are the days of needing to choose a fondant cake to get a smooth look. Buttercream options can step in to accomplish any style, all while matching the overall theme and aesthetic of your wedding.  

Italian or Swiss meringue buttercream are two other popular options for wedding cakes. These alternatives are made with egg whites, sugar, butter, and water, each utilizing a different method to make the frosting. And while Italian or Swiss meringue buttercream isn’t quite as sweet as traditional buttercream and provides the ability for a smooth finish, keep in mind that it may not hold up as well for long periods of time, especially at warmer temperatures. 

No matter the type of buttercream you choose, the beauty of this frosting is that it allows a baker to accomplish so many different designs and detailed piping on a cake. Whether you’re looking for a super sleek and smooth exterior, or you’re hoping for a bit of texture, color, or ruffles, buttercream is an adaptable option. It can truly be tailored to fit any wedding style, serving as the ideal canvas to add florals or greenery to adorn the cake. 

Ready for some major cake inspiration? Read on for 32 of our favorite buttercream wedding cakes from real weddings.

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Include a Surprise

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Photo by Ryan Ray

This cake is dressed in classic buttercream on the outside but it's anything but boring. Inside, it's filled with a fun surprise: Funfetti filling! Recreate this stunning cake (with a twist) by incorporating a favorite flavor or adding blooms from your venue, as this couple did in Palm Springs.

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Decorate With Fresh Fruit

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Photo by Natalie Watson Photography; Cake by 50/Fifty the Art of Dessert

This is such a classic design for a buttercream wedding cake. With two tiers paired with fresh apricots, figs, and greenery, it’s a gorgeous look for an outdoor wedding. And that slight texture added to the buttercream? The perfect way to add a simple rustic touch! 

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Decorate With Fresh Blooms

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Photo by Julia Wade; Cake by Regi Originals; Florals by Green Bee Floral Designs 

Have you ever seen a cake more ready for a gorgeous garden wedding?! Accomplish this look by pairing fresh blooms with a slightly textured buttercream frosting, as this couple did with pink garden roses and ferns at their North Carolina reception.

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Show Off With Succulents

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Photo by Molly Peach; Cake by Copper Whisk Cakes; Florals by Gradient and Hue 

A wedding cake doesn’t always have to be sleek and smooth. Utilizing buttercream can serve as the perfect canvas to add a rustic vibe, such as chocolate drip! We love the way the chocolate drip and succulents add contrast to this smooth cake.

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Channel the Season

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Photo by Amore Vita; Cake by Elegance On Display; Florals by Seven Stems

Speaking of statements, just look at this sweet treat! By mixing fresh berries with fresh blooms, this cake looks equal parts romantic and rustic—the exact vision of this hyper-personalized real wedding in San Diego.

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Add a Cake Topper

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Photo by Hannah Costello; Cake by Miette; Florals by Marigold Floral 

This cake may be small, but it's definitely sweet. Here, lemon cake and buttercream frosting make for a fresh flavor combination, while the ruffled buttercream texture makes for a simple yet elegant look—especially when paired with a special cake topper.

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Consider Cascading Blooms

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Photo by Whitney Darling Photography; Cake by Hey There! Cupcake; Florals by Bloom Babes 

This confection stands tall in the most stunning way! It's assembled with a super smooth buttercream that makes for the most beautiful backdrop to the cascading florals, which add just a touch of romance.

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Add Notes of Citrus

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Photo by Joel Serrato; Cake by SusieCakes; Florals by Moon Canyon Design

We love the idea of infusing elements of citrus into the big day, and this confection was the perfect complement at this California wedding. It features a vertical striped texture on the buttercream, complete with white flowers and bright pixie tangerines.

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Think Petite

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Photo by Alex Lasota; Cake by Sarah Ojeda; Florals by Simplified Celebrations

Looking for a cutting cake? Consider decorating a petite buttercream cake with any extra flowers from your bouquet and table settings. We're all about this mix of dusty orange roses, dried ferns, and orchids.

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Keep It Simple

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Photo by Lacie Hansen Photography; Cake by Lelé Patisserie; Florals by Mindy Rice Design

This cake embodies outdoor elegance. We can’t get enough of this simple look, which shines with textured buttercream tiers wrapped in beautiful olive leaves. Simply stunning.

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Add Hints of Gold

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Photo by Carmen Santorelli; Cake by Nine Cakes; Florals by Days of May Florals

This cake is simple with a punch—and we can’t get enough! This four-tiered confection looks stunning (this real wedding had a subtle vintage theme) on the outside but has a surprise inside: orange blossom cake with candied pistachios and orange buttercream, along with tiers of cardamom cake with fresh raspberries.

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Make a Ruffle

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Photo by Lauren Fair Photography; Cake by Mazzetti’s Bakery; Florals by Gavita Flora

Buttercream is a classic choice just like this ruffled two-tiered cake. With layers of chocolate cake, fresh fruit filling, and textured buttercream, it offers everything a cake lover could want in one bite. And adorned with plenty of white florals and greenery to top it all off? Totally timeless.

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Go Semi-Naked

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Photo by Wild Whim; Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes; Florals by Bloom Floral and Foliage

Semi-naked cakes are a wedding trend that's here to stay. And here's a secret: They can’t be pulled off without using buttercream! For this popular style, bakers add a thin layer of buttercream and scrape it off to let the cake layers shine through. And with the addition of simple white and green flowers to round out this cake, this look is absolutely beautiful.

Do you find buttercream too sweet? Even if you’re not a huge fan of frosting, you can still incorporate it in smaller amounts to present a beautiful cake. Naked or semi-naked cakes provide a great option, utilizing smaller amounts of buttercream for a rustic look.

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Create Texture

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Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography; Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes; Florals by Toast Santa Barbara    

This textured buttercream look is so charming! And what a way to make a statement at an English-garden inspired wedding than with cascading peonies and roses?!

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Go for Greenery

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Photo by Corrina Walker Photography; Cake by Kake by Darci; Florals by Amborella Floral Studio

We love the look of this simple buttercream cake, with a bit of contrast added by showcasing different heights in the tiers. It's another timeless design thanks to the classic buttercream frosting and delicate greenery.

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Top With Sweet Sprigs

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Photo by Brklyn View Photography; Cake by Cake Street Sweets; Florals by Olive & June Floral Co.

With sprigs of greenery and a few white blooms, this cake décor is so simple and lovely. Add in smooth buttercream and a dotted piped border and this cake is nothing short of stunning. 

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Make a Statement

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Photo by Jeremiah & Rachel Photography; Cake by Miss Patti Cakes; Florals by Greenwood Events

This buttercream cake is the most beautiful mix of rustic and elegance—stunning for a ranch wedding. At this real wedding, the couple opted for a simple and fresh almond cake with textured vanilla buttercream, complete with gorgeous blooms.

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Think in Color

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Photo by Scott Clark Photography; Cake by Lori Stern; Florals by Isa Floral

This cake definitely stacks up to a look with charcoal-hued frosting and fresh blooms and greenery on top. Talk about a unique cake design to make a statement.

Buttercream is naturally white, thanks to the butter and powdered sugar in the recipe. But if you want a pop of color, don't be afraid to ask your baker about making one tier in a shade of your choice, or matching the entire cake to your color palette. 

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Be Bold

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Photo by James x Schulze; Cake by Shamane’s Bakery; Florals by Bare Root Flora

What a beautiful statement of fruits and florals! Here, an incredible buttercream detailing, paired with fresh fruit and florals, really completes the look. 

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Stick With White Flowers

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Photo by Rachel Havel; Cake by Hotel Jerome; Florals by Aspen Branch Design

A simple white-and-green color palette screams sophistication. This wedding cake has the same appeal, mixing a ruffled texture with fresh green and white blooms.

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Consider Fresh Fruit and Herbs

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Photo by Mary Meck Weddings; Cake by Shamane’s Bakery; Florals by Fawn’s Leap

 

Buttercream provides an ideal baseline to add so many different flavors and garnishes to complete a wedding cake look. Topped with fresh flowers, fruits, and herbs, this cake is perfect for a stunning farm wedding.

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Channel Rustic Italian Elegance

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Photo by Paola Colleoni; Cake by Lincei Catering; Florals by Nine E I Fiori

A romantic destination wedding calls for an equally as romantic wedding cake. Shown here, this Italian sponge cake exceeds any expectations with a dramatic ruffled buttercream frosting and gorgeous rose accents.

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Mix Styles

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Photo by Jenn Emerling Weddings; Cake by A Spoonful of Sugar; Florals by Venn Floral

This is the most beautiful blend of modern and rustic! With a sleek, smooth buttercream frosting and just a few slices of blood oranges, this apricot-flavored cake is truly stunning. 

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Make Peonies Pop

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Photo by Norman & Blake; Cake by Vermont Sweet Tooth; Floral Design by Lillibet

We love a cake beaming with florals, especially when it incorporates beautiful pink peonies. Make like this real couple and consider a delicate piped border that draws attention to the blooms. 

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Drip Caramel

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Photo by Belathée Photography; Cake by Belmond El Encanto; Florals by Louloudi

With dulce de leche cake, this four-tiered creation—served at this beautiful Santa Barbara wedding—features vertical striped buttercream frosting with a contrasting caramel drip. Yum!

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Line Each Tier

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Photo by Rodeo & Co. Photography; Cake by 111 Maine

Covered in white buttercream with a dotted piped border, along with a sprawling clematis, this cake is absolutely beautiful. Not to mention: It's filled with a lemon berry cake and lemon custard filling inside.

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Make a Colorful Statement

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Photo by Paul Johnson; Cake by Sweet for Sirten; Florals by Myrtie Blue

We love a bold pop of color! And this four-tiered buttercream confection pulls it off so well. Perfect for a beach wedding in Florida, bright bougainvillea and garden roses pull together a tropical vibe. 

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Think Neutral

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Photo by Lacie Hansen; Cake by Lelé Patisserie; Florals by Jenn Sanchez Design

Who says you have to choose between a smooth buttercream look and a semi-naked cake?! We love the way this gorgeous cake topped with lovely florals and greenery accomplishes both.

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Embellish With Fresh Greenery

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Photo by Wendy Lauren Photography; Cake by Cake Fanatics; Florals by Mandy Grace Designs

An intimate and romantic wedding calls for a simple yet stunning cake. This modest cake definitely doesn’t disappoint with buttercream frosting paired with fresh greenery. 

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Coordinate Colors

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Photo by Olivia Rae James; Cake by WildFlour Pastry; Florals by Flowershop

Have a specific color palette in mind? Weave it into your cake display by adding coordinating blooms, as this couple did by dressing up a plain white cake with pink and coral stems for their modern Charleston wedding.

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Embrace a Theme

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Photo by Mallory Dawn Photography; Cake by Sweet Lady Jane; Florals by Lavender’s Floral

Another take on upgrading a simple white cake, this creation is perfect for couples looking to make a tropical punch whether they're marrying in the tropics or not. This cake is proof that it's possible—it was served at a tropical-themed wedding in Los Angeles!

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Reveal the Cake

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Photo by Phil Chester; Cake by Eduardo Kohlmann; Florals by María Limón

Any cake covered with buttercream is guaranteed to make a statement, but that doesn't mean you have to entirely hide the cake. Shown here, this semi-naked cake stands tall with flavored tiers and the most beautiful rustic buttercream look.

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