The Most Creative Wedding Cakes of the Year

The crazy-cool, ber modern, and utterly romantic wedding cakes that have graced the pages of Brides over the past two years

Updated 09/23/13

Mark Joseph Cakes, New York, NY

Dyad Photography

A wedding cake that conjures up the Old World romance of Italy is an inspired choice for any type of soiree.

Three-tiered white wedding cake, $14 per slice (serves 60), Mark Joseph Cakes

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Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, NY

Yasu + Junko

This triple-tiered wedding cake is perfect for a fantasy-filled wedding theme with the tiniest touch of a rustic feel.

Fondant and white-chocolate branches cake, $15 per serving (serves 75), Lulu Cake Boutique; Cake stand, $295, L'Objet

Erica O'Brien Cake Design, Hamden, CT

Dyad Photography

Romance blossoms with vintage-y pinks and lace. The square and round tiers on this crisp white wedding cake balances out the utterly romantic flowers.

White wedding cake with flowers, $9.50 per slice (serves 75), Erica O'Brien Cake Design

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Maggie Austin Cakes, Alexandria, VA

Yasu + Junko

Going for over-the-top romance? A blush, ruffled, three-tiered cake would make anyone's heart skip a beat or two.

Fondant wedding cake with ruffles, $19 per slice (serves 60), Maggie Austin Cakes; "Golden Grosgrain" cake stand, $215, Vera Wang Wedgwood

Sugar Couture, Brooklyn, NY

Dyad Photography

Want to do elegant island preppy for your wedding cake? Pick a china pattern-inspired design—the blues and whites hit the right color tone, and the pattern is simply perfect.

China pattern-inspired wedding cake, $13 per slice (serves 85), Sugar Couture

Wendy Schelah

Browsing through wedding cake pictures is the best way to get inspiration for a sweet confection for your own wedding. Wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors—believe us, we've seen (almost) them all and put many of them in the pages of Brides! At the end of every year, we pick the most creative designs that have graced our print magazine, from opulent cakes plated in gold foil and romantic cakes covered in red roses to a tiered concoction made entirely out of cheese. Whether you're looking for a cake to fit with your wedding style, you want to design your wedding around a cake (people do it all the time!), or if you just want to feast your eyes (and have your mouth water just a little bit), we selected our favorite sweet treats from 2013 and the year before.

Winter brides, beach brides, women planning nuptials on Valentine's Day, brides-to-be who are cutting costs, and low-key brides can all unite over these pretty wedding cakes that cost nothing to look at!

The cayenne-and-lavender-colored wedding cake at left will spice up every fall wedding in a delightfully unexpected way. Its gold trim and fanciful details add exciting flair and have a certain circus-like feel.

Click through to see all of the prettiest and most creative wedding cakes from the past two years.

Purple four-tier wedding cake with gold trim, $12 per slice (serves 125), Cheryl Kleinman Cakes

Ana Parzych Custom Cakes, New York and Connecticut

Dyad Photography

Party like a British monarch at your wedding with a six-tier white and gold creation like this cake. If you're celebrating in the evening, nothing's more stately than the soft glow of silver candelabras and a really big cake. Princess Grace of Monaco's towering six tiers were modest compared with most monarchs'. (Kate had eight!)

Six-tier white and gold wedding cake, $23 per slice (serves 200), Ana Parzych Custom Cakes

A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White, New York, NY

Dyad Photography

Tailored fondant ribbon, classic sugar roses, a monogram—this cake belongs at a reception so timeless, you won't find a single cringe-worthy detail when you look at the photos in 20 years.

White wedding cake with fondant ribbons and sugar flowers, $12 per slice (serves 125), A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White

Lael Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Dyad Photography

The sugar birch-bark ruffles on this cake complement a venue's rustic-chic décor. A cake like this really conjures up an image of the entire wedding: After the cutting, guests will gather 'round for a sweet slow dance to a Bright Eyes ballad played on the banjo by a bearded Ryan Gosling lookalike.

Rustic fondant birch-bark wedding cake, $15 per slice (serves 80), Lael Cakes

Erica O'Brien Cake Design, Hamden, CT

Dyad Photography

Is this wedding cake winter or what? Channel snow days and sledding, hot cocoa, and crackling fires with this cozy cake.

Winter wedding cake with pareil pom-poms, $9 per slice (serves 75), Erica O'Brien Cake Design

Wild Orchid Baking Co., Dover, NH

Dyad Photography

Bright blooms and mod stripes will fit right in at a retro-fab party. This cake goes perfectly with other mod wedding details like black-and-white Chanel ankle boots.

Black and white striped fondant wedding cake, $12 per slice (serves 80), Wild Orchid Baking Co.

Heather Barranco Dreamcakes, New York, NY

Dyad Photography

Asymmetrical gown? Check. Gallery reception with conceptual ice structures? Check. White-on-white table décor? You get the idea. A wildly unique cake like this deserves a wedding filled with fabulous, one-of-a-kind touches.

Structural white wedding cake with pink flowers, $20 per slice (serves 250), Heather Barranco Dreamcakes

Elegantly Iced, Brooklyn, NY

Dyad Photography

A red and camel wedding color palette is rich and delicious, just like this modern, square wedding cake. Perfect for a late fall wedding!

Caramel-colored wedding cake with red flowers, $12 per slice (serves 70), Elegantly Iced

Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, NY

Dyad Photography

If it's fall and you're getting married and want something seasonal, but not too on the nose, a subtle yellow and gray-hued cake like this one is just the ticket.

Four-tier white wedding cake, $9 per slice (serves 120), Lulu Cake Boutique

Wild Orchid Baking Co., Dover, NH

Dyad Photography

What does an art-gallery worthy wedding cake like this say? Your party is minimalist, crisp, and planned to a T. Cocktail banter is as witty as the drinks are stiff, and there's an unofficial prize for the guest who can name whose artwork your dessert is referencing.

Art-inspired wedding cake, $10 per slice (serves 82), Wild Orchid Baking Co.

Elegantly Iced, Brooklyn, NY

Dyad Photography

Hosting a preppy wedding, perhaps along the shores of Nantucket? Make this tartan-inspired wedding cake the showpiece and wow even your most upper-crust guests.

Tartan-inspired white wedding cake, $12 per slice (serves 70), Elegantly Iced

Heather Barranco Dreamcakes, New York, NY

Dyad Photography

This cherry-blossom-covered cake is as girly—and detail oriented—as the most feminine, princess-like bride. (Those sugar petals took 24 hours to sculpt!)

Pink and white wedding cake with sugar cherry blossoms, $16 per slice (serves 80), Heather Barranco Dreamcakes

A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White, New York, NY

Dyad Photography

Glamour rules at the ballroom affair that features this gold-dusted wedding cake, with its gilded leaves and royal icing.

White and gold wedding cake with gilded leaves, price upon request (serves 115), A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White

Madison Lee's Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Yasu + Junko

The explosion of rustic flowers on this autumnal wedding cake is a fresh and exciting take on a floral cake topper.

White wedding cake with yellow drop decorations and flowers, $18 per slice (serves 100), Madison Lee's Cakes

Sweet Element Cakes, East Orange, NJ

Yasu + Junko

Saffron and seafoam-colored fondant on this wedding cake offers a sophisticated, preppy look for a fall wedding.

White and rust-colored striped wedding cake, $12.50 per slice (serves 80), Sweet Element Cakes

Sugar Flower Cake Shop, New York, NY

Dyad Photography

The red and pink sugar flowers on this crisp white wedding cake make it formal enough for a black-tie affair. Three-tier white wedding cake with red and pink sugar flowers, $14 per slice (serves 50), Sugar Flower Cake Shop.

Murray's Cheese, New York, NY

Renee Yan

Let's be real: There is no better way to end a vineyard wedding than with the ultimate cheese course.

Custom cheese "cake," $250, Murray's Cheese

Cake Alchemy, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

Go for full-on whimsy with a bubbly (pun intended) wedding cake like this one. The etched pattern adds graphic appeal to the pale pink fondant.

Light pink etched wedding cake with bubbles, $12 per slice (serves 75), Cake Alchemy

One Girl Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Diane Fields

A glamorous city wedding calls for an equally outstanding cake. This four-tier cake has the right amount of height to make a statement, while the orchids and stripes infuse it with wedding-worthy romance.

White four-tier cake with thin pink stripes and sugar orchids, $12 per slice (serves 80) One Girl Cakes

Moonlight Sweets, Greenport, NY

Yasu + Junko

Calling F. Scott Fitzgerald! This gorgeous, Art Deco-inspired wedding cake is pure Great Gatsby glam, which is perfect for a formal wedding with vintage touches.

Three-tier Art Deco-inspired wedding cake, $10 per slice (serves 90), Moonlight Sweets

A White Cake, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

A wonderfully wintry wedding cake like this one, complete with marzipan fruit, is perfect for a rustic, mountainside celebration.

Tiered brown fondant wedding cake with marzipan apples, $13 per serving (serves 60), A White Cake

Elegantly Iced, Brooklyn, NY

Yasu + Junko

A New England wedding calls for a festive, nautical cake. This four-tier creation fits the bill perfectly.

Four-tier wedding cake with blue stripes and rope, $11 per slice (serves 75), Elegantly Iced

Mali B Sweets, Greenport, NY

Yasu + Junko

The metallic paint on this cake is pretty and a stunning centerpiece for a glamorous wedding. The ribbons and orchids add a romantic edge to the shiny confection.

Gold wedding cake with pink flowers and orchids, $18 per slice (serves 200), Mali B Sweets

Nine Cakes, Brooklyn, New York

Diane Fields

Embrace a summer wedding's outdoor setting with this cake, complete with burlap, nautical stripes, and pretty pink flowers.

Rustic four-tier white wedding cake with burlap and flowers, $13 per slice (serves 100), Nine Cakes

Mark Joseph Cakes, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

A tier separator like this one can make a small cake look bigger. Plus, it allows for fun decorations like these hanging teardrops and Swarovski crystals.

White wedding cake with gold teardrops and Swarovski crystals, $14 per slice (serves 200), Mark Joseph Cakes

Ana Parzych Cakes, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

Cherry blossoms are wildly popular for spring weddings, and these hand-wired gum-paste blooms are beautiful with the gold trim.

Cream-colored wedding cake with gum-paste flowers and gold bands, $15 per slice (serves 200), Ana Parzych Cakes

Michelle Doll Cakes, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

Purple-colored wedding cakes are appropriate for any season. This one, with its whimsical white piping and flowers, adds a playful feel for a wedding.

Three-tier light purple wedding cake with white decorations, $12 per slice (serves 60), Michelle Doll Cakes

Erica OBrien Cake Design, Hamden, CT

Yasu + Junko

If you're looking for a pattern that's graphic and feminine, Erica O'Brien of Erica OBrien Cake Design recommends quatrefoil: The hand-appliquéd design, along the edible ranunculus, is dazzling to gawk at and delicious to eat.

White wedding cake with yellow quatrefoil outline pattern and ranunculus flowers, $12 per slice (serves 200), Erica OBrien Cake Design

BMQ Desserts, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

Ombré is a huge wedding cake trend. This mosaic look with hand-cut tiles is a modern twist for a springtime wedding.

Tiled green ombré wedding cake, $14 per slice (serves 200), BMQ Desserts

A White Cake, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

Doesn't this wedding cake make you feel like you just said "I do" in the Caribbean? This citrus-colored ombré cake is perfect for a summer soiree or a destination wedding.

Ombré'ed citrus-colored wedding cake, $9 per slice (serves 50), A White Cake

Mark Joseph Cakes, New York, NY

Bill Laughlin for Mark Edward Inc.

Give your wedding a twist with this sweet and whimsical wedding cake with a swirl pattern.

Three-tier mint green and white wedding cake, $10 per slice (serves 50), Mark Joseph Cakes

Sweet Grace Cake Designs, Haworth, NJ

Yasu + Junko

Serve up sophisticated, southern style dessert with this blush wedding cake.

Three-tier fondant wedding cake with ruffles and magnolia flower, $8 per slice (serves 60), Sweet Grace Cake Designs

Maggie Austin Cake, Alexandria, VA

Yasu + Junko

A three-tiered cake in a candy cane color-combo is perfect for a holiday-hued wedding.

Red and white tiered wedding cake, $16.50 per slice (serves 40), Maggie Austin Cake

Cake Power, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

Streamlined and sophisticated, a black and white wedding cake with an elegant floral design and pearl embellishments is a timeless, tasty treat.

Black and white wedding cake with fondant and royal icing, $10 per slice (serves 80), Cake Power

Sylvia Weinstock, New York, NY

Spencer Harris

Try a whimsical rainbow-colored confetti cake for a sweet treat that packs a fun punch.

Confetti cake, $20 per person (serves 50), Sylvia Weinstock Cakes

Lael Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Yasu + Junko

Metallic accents make this Art Deco-inspired, geometric wedding cake look extra sharp.

Fondant and gum paste wedding cake, $13 per serving (serves 40), Lael Cakes

One Girl Cakes by Francina, Brooklyn, NY

Bill Laughlin for Mark Edward Inc.

Silver beads add a modern edge to this springtime wedding cake.

Three-tier white wedding cake with silver beads and lavender flowers, $10 per slice (serves 30), One Girl Cakes by Francina

Cheryl Kleinman Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Yasu + Junko

For a taste of modern, early-twentieth century style, try an architectural cake with angular details.

Purple Art Deco-inspired wedding cake, $14 per slice (serves 50), Cheryl Kleinman Cakes; Cake stand, $70, Oleg Cassini, available at Macy's

Nine Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Aaron Dyer

Take texture to the next level with an eye-popping, three-dimensional floral wedding cake.

Buttercream cake with sugar roses, $12 per serving, Nine Cakes; Mango-wood round, $78, Be Home, Lekker Home

Sweet Grace Cake Designs, Haworth, NJ

Yasu + Junko

Chic pearl details elevate a pretty cake to a gorgeous one.

Pearl-embellished blush wedding cake, $8 per slice (serves 35), Sweet Grace Cake Designs

Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, NY

Aaron Dyer

Perfect for a summery sunset affair, add some island style to your wedding with an orange and pink flower-adorned cake.

Fondant wedding cake with handmade sugar flowers, $12 per slice (serves 90), Lulu Cake Boutique; Stand, $79, Pillivuyt, available at Williams-Sonoma

Sugar Couture, New York, NY

Aaron Dyer

The bronze berry accents give this modern gray cake with pink flowers a whimsical twist.

Tiered wedding cake with pink flowers, $720 (serves 60), Penny Stankiewicz for Sugar Couture; Pink glass cake stand, $59, Mosser Glass available at Look in the Attic & Company

Sugar Couture, New York, NY

Aaron Dyer

The sleek, mellow yellow exterior and fresh white flowers make this confection simply stylish and sweet.

Three-tier yellow wedding cake, $11 per serving (serves 75), Sugar Couture

Lael Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Yasu + Junko

Go big or go home with this modern white cake adorned with a giant, whimsical bow.

White wedding cake with pink fondant bow, $14 per slice (serves 30), Lael Cakes

Heather Barranco Dreamcakes, New York, NY

Yasu + Junko

For something out of the ordinary, try Impressionist-inspired mini floral lily pad cakes—perfect for a romantic, springtime affair.

Purple watercolor floral mini wedding cakes, $17.50 per slice (each cake serves two), Heather Barranco Dreamcakes

Elegantly Iced, Brooklyn, NY

Dyad Photography

Hosting a preppy wedding, perhaps along the shores of Nantucket? Make this tartan-inspired wedding cake the showpiece and wow even your most upper-crust guests.

Tartan-inspired white wedding cake, $12 per slice (serves 70), Elegantly Iced

Cheryl Kleinman Cakes, Brooklyn, NY

Aaron Dyer

For a natural, organic wedding style, go for a minimalist cake with romantic floral finishes.

Fondant wedding cake with sugar-paste blossoms cake, $12 per serving (serves 50), Cheryl Kleinman Cakes; Stand, $130, Jeanette Zeis Ceramics

Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, NY

Yasu + Junko

Feathers have never looked so delicious as they do on this dreamy three-tier wedding cake.

Feather-embellished wedding cake, $12 per serving (serves 100), Lulu Cake Boutique

Baked, New York, NY

Spencer Higgins

Sweet on the tooth and the eye, this buttery yellow wedding cake is sweet and sunny—perfect for a rustic fall reception.

Wedding carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting, $7.50 per slice (serves 94), Baked

Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, NY

Spencer Higgins

Add some fun flair to your formal affair with unexpected details, like butterfly cake decor.

Butterfly wedding cake, $9 per slice (serves 80), Lulu Cake Boutique of Scarsdale

Baked Ideas, New York, NY

Aaron Dyer

This octagonal wedding cake with an antique-inspired toile pattern is made for a whimsical, eclectic wedding.

Three-tier fondant wedding cake with hand piped cookies, $15 per slice (serves 110), Baked Ideas

Carlo's Bakery, Hoboken, NJ

Yasu + Junko

Need something blue? Choose a cake with fresh white frosting and icy blue accents.

White tiered wedding cake with blue accents, $10 per slice (serves 100), Carlo's Bakery; "Catalina" cake stand, $80, Godinger, available at Macy's

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