6 Beautifully Modern Beach-Themed Wedding Cakes

Give a new meaning to Cake By The Ocean

Updated 06/30/17

Photo by Blue Rose Pictures

Hosting a beach wedding? If you’re exchanging “I dos” near the water’s edge, then it’s a great idea to draw inspiration for your wedding-day details from the ocean. The treasures of the sea—shells, pearls, coral, the deep, moody blue hues—can all be jumping-off points for beach-themed details, but the key is to be restrained. Instead of incorporating all of them, keep things tightly edited by choosing only one or two of your favorites. The end result will be elegant and sophisticated, and not overly themed.

When it comes to your wedding dessert, a talented cake designer can turn ocean elements into incredible (edible!) cake embellishments. Again, if your overall wedding aesthetic is elegant and modern, then err on the subtle side and aim for a more minimalist dessert design. Think: soft, watercolor hues paired with intricate ocean-inspired elements fashioned from sugar. Need some inspiration? These modern, ocean-inspired confections will surely complement a summer wedding by the water.

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Moody Blues

Blue marble ocean wedding cake

Photo by Blue Rose Pictures

Your guests will be totally swept away by this ocean-inspired wedding cake. The deep, sweeping hues are reminiscent of crashing waves while the sugar-crystal accents along the base of the bottom tier capture the ocean’s spray. Cake design by Vanilla Bake Shop.

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Mussel-Shell Topper

beach wedding cake with shells

Photo by Carol Ly

This romantic, watercolor-painted cake is inspired by the colors of the sea—and a pair of mussel shells makes for an underwater-inspired cake topper. The cake designer used a technique called dry brushing, where they hand-paint dry sugar-based pigments to create a watercolor effect without the water.

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Sky Blue and Gold

gold dust beach wedding cake

Photo by Cake by Nicole

This gorgeous dessert by Cake by Nicole is just beachy enough for an oceanside wedding without going overboard. The sky blue color on the middle tier hints at the waterside setting, while the gilded touches keep the overall design upscale and elegant.

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Ombré Wedding Cake

modern beach wedding cake gold stripe

Photo by Melanie Zacek Photography

Connecticut-based cake designer Erica OBrien created this romantic three-tier wedding confection. The ethereal soft-blue hue is concentrated in the center tier and gradually extends outward; the hand-painted gold lines are reminiscent of rolling ocean waves.

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Sea Glass

pastel blue wedding cake

Photo by Ashley Williams Photography

Ask your cake designer to turn ocean-inspired elements—sea shells, sand dollars, sea glass—into elegant, edible versions to embellish your wedding cake. This minimalist design by Hey There, Cupcake in San Diego features watercolor-painted tiers and sugar sea-glass accents down one side of the confection.

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Blue & Silver

modern beach wedding cake with waves

Photo by Maria Lamb

Deep blue watercolor washes mimic the depths of the ocean while touches of edible silver foil along the bottom tier keep the overall cake design modern and fresh. Cake design by Sainte G. Cake Company.

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