If there’s one modern wedding-cake trend we can’t get enough of, it’s color—specifically speaking, rich, bold colors inspired by stunning gemstones. From earthy ruby reds and cobalt blues to deep turquoises and magentas, jewel tones have never looked as good as when they’re the fondant or buttercream on your wedding cake.
The perfect way to pack a punch of brightness at your dessert table, these saturated hues can jazz up your wedding cake in a number of ways. Make a statement by showcasing all your tiers in a daring emerald, or make one tier pop with a heavy plum hue. An allover color has an especially eye-catching effect when coating a single-tiered cake, making it appear mightier than its smaller size would traditionally indicate.
If you’re more of a minimalist, you can still achieve a striking look with subtler jewel-tone touches. Think thick, scattered brushstrokes in a rainbow of paints, marsala watercolor swirls for a whimsical effect, or ombré teal shading for a bohemian vibe, all paired with a white or more neutral-toned background to pop against. Or, if you’re more of a maximalist, add a touch of metallic gold or copper detailing to glam up your cake; the resulting look can be edgy or lavish. Festoon your cake with flowers—fondant or fresh—in opposing but complementary jewel tones to create dimension.
Whichever style you choose, these versatile options mean your baker can create a jewel-toned masterpiece catered toward your specific wedding theme. If you’re a fan of this contemporary style, don’t think you’re prohibited from using it because you’re hosting a vintage wedding or throwing a romantic affair; the right hue and design can enhance it.
One thing’s for certain, no matter the color: This prominent palette is sure to make your cake look as decadent as it tastes. Behold, gorgeous jewel-toned wedding cakes you’ll want to bite right into.