30 Modern Wedding Cakes

From geometric designs to bold colors, these confections are perfect for a modern event.

Black Square Wedding Cakes with Gold Detailing

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography

While we're forever fans of frosting frills and flowers adorning classic wedding cake confections, nothing gives us a sugar rush quite like sleek and refined modern wedding cakes. These new classics in confections have earned their place on the wedding dessert table, boasting crazy-cool designs and dripping with personality. From geometric detailing and moody dark hues to metallic flourishes and art-gallery-worthy designs, there are plenty of ways to make a modern wedding cake stand out on your big day.

Ready to go modern? Scroll through for some wedding cake inspiration.

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Geometric Shapes

Two-tier white wedding cake with geometric designs adorning it
Photo and Concept by Nienke van Denderen; Cake by Astrids Bakkerij; Styling by Much Love

If you don't want to go too modern for your wedding cake, there is a compromise. Simply add some geometric designs to a classic white confection. Triangular-cut fondant in hues of black, gray, and white crawls up this two-tiered cake.

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Clean Lines

Man holding two tier wedding cake with modern design on bottom and top
Photo by Brandon Scott Photography

Minimalism is an easy way to showcase modern design. This simple cake is crowned with pretty prisms.

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Metallic Accents

Modern white and gold wedding cake with metallic accents
Photo by Kim Lyn Photography; Cake by Sweet Indulgence; Event Design by Cristen of Cristen & Co.

An industrial topper, an unexpected metal tier, and gold detailing make up this trifecta of modernity.

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Separated Tiers

Three separate square cakes with black and gold detailing

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography

These three square-shaped black cakes drizzled with gold look more like art installations than desserts.

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Bold Colors

Two-tier modern blue wedding cake with geometric design

Photo by Monique Serra Photography; Cake by Flour & Flourish

Many couples aren't afraid to be bold with their color choices. A dotted and geometric design makes this cool, dark-hued cake even more modern.

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Watercolor Details

Modern three-tier wedding cake with watercolor design and geometric accents
Photo by Olive Photography; Event Planning by June Bloom Events; Cake by Le Dolci; Truffles by CXBO; Tray by The Perfect Table

Geometric accents and a wash of watercolor modernize this three-tiered confection.

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Tonal Hues

Two tier modern white wedding cake with grey watercolor design
Photo by Matthew Land

This classic, two-tiered white wedding cake is given a modern twist with subtle brushstrokes of gray and charcoal hues.

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Moody Florals

Black Four-Tiered Wedding Cake with blush colored Flowers
Photo by Stewart Uy Photography; Cake by Vanilla Bake Shop

Modern doesn't mean you can't show off your love of flowers. Blush-hued florals coupled with the cake's black color make this dessert just as lush and romantic as it is dark and dreamy.

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Angular Add-Ons

Two-tier white wedding cake with angular designs

Photo by Mallory Berry for MGB Photo; Cake by Toni Patisseri; Himmeli Ornaments by Hemleva

A classic all-white confection can still feel contemporary thanks to unique angular detailing.

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Deep Ombré

Two-tier modern wedding cake with ombre detailing
Photo by Kristyn Harder Photography; Cake by Pretty Sweet YYC; Planning and Design by Evelyn Clark Weddings

This contemporary confection features dark, ombré watercolor and a frost of metallic detailing.

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Tiny Succulents

Three-tier modern cake with art deco design and succulents

Photo by Carrie J. Photography; Cake by Le Dolci; Table Setting by The Perfect Table; Calligraphy Runner by Thunderloft Paper; Planning by HoneyLemon Events

Say goodbye to the traditional couple on top of the cake. This cactus wedding cake topper is so desert cool.

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Marble Effect

Three-tier modern black cake with marble fondant
Photo by Alicia Hauff Photography; Cake by Sweets Geeky Cakes

Some wedding cakes look too pretty to eat. Case in point: This richly marbleized fondant covers these moody, formal tiers.

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Earth Tones

Modern single tier wedding cake with watercolor drip
Photo by Rachel Joy Baransi

This single-tiered cake featuring muted watercolors and a dripping glaze is the perfect end to contemporary seaside nuptials.

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Textured Fondant

Two tier white modern wedding cake with textured fondant

Photo by Rebekah Senter Photography; Cake by The Cupcake Shoppe Raleigh; Florals by BowerBird Flowers; Event Design by Stephanie Scholl Events

It doesn't take much to give a classic cake a modern twist. This subtle embossed texture is a trend that revamps a basic design.

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Sculptural Toppers

Single tier modern cake with edible art topper
Cake by Don't Tell Charles

Don't waste an inch of a single-tier cake. Marble-like edible artwork blooms out of this spherical sweet treat.

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Dark Hues

One tier modern blue and gold wedding cake with red flower on top

Photo by Heidi Ryder Photography; Cake by Sweet E’s Bake Shop

Simple and sweet, this one-tiered beauty combines a deep blue hue with modern metallic gold. The lush red flower adds a touch of romance and drama.

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Color Blocking

Three-tier modern wedding cake with orange, pink and yellow color blocking
Photo by Stephanie Yonce Photography; Cake by Sweet Fix; Planning & Design by LK Events & Design

Couples can easily show off their wedding colors through their cake. Get creative—and feature a modern design—with some cake color blocking.

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Square Shapes

Three-tier modern cake with black and white colors and geometric designs

Photo by Ashley Kidder; Cake by Astonishing Cakes

Linear shapes and a bit of color blocking make this square confection totally contemporary.

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Hexagonal Drama

Modern wedding cake with hexagonal shapes and metallic accents
Photo by Katie Shuler

If you really want to shake things up with your wedding cake's shape, think about going hexagonal. This masterpiece should be all the convincing you need.

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More Marble

Two-tier modern wedding cake with marble design
Photo by Hanna Photography; Cake by Frost It Cakery

Modernity can still be clean and classic, as proven by this marble effect.

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Striking Contrasts

Two-tier modern wedding cake with contrasting colors and designs
Photo by Sheila Nolt Photography; Cake by 50/Fifty The Art of Dessert.

Minimalist and modern, this wedding cake will be a contemporary couple's dessert of choice.

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Rose Gold Romance

Three-tier white wedding cake with rose gold accents
Photo by Justin Lee Weddings; Cake by Jennifer of Sugarsuckle

This wedding cake's classic, romantic sugar flowers and modern, geometric rose gold details are perfectly balanced.

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Fringe Effect

Two-tier modern wedding cake with fringe frosting

Photo by Jen Rodriguez; Cake by Paper Cake Events

Unexpected string-like frosting detailing is the contemporary way to do a white wedding cake.

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Pretty Prisms

Three tier modern wedding cake with marble decor and prisms
Photo by Blush Wedding Photography; Cake by Cake by Nicole.

Pretty prisms top off this three-tiered marble beauty, placed on top of a simple cake stand.

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Glam Foil

Single tier white modern wedding cake with gold foil

Photo by Haley Austin; Cake by Sweets by Millie

A flourish of gold foil is a modern way to go glam. We love the juxtaposition of the fresh greenery at the base.

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Gray and Gold

Two-tier modern cake with gray tint, gold top, and floral details
Cake by Sweet Bakes

A gorgeous gray tint, a wash of gold color, and lush white blooms are both romantic and marvelously modern.

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Fresh Florals

Two-tier modern cake with gold details, marble effect, and flowers

Photo by Sophie T Photography; Cake by Sweet Bakes

What goes better with a rose-gold wedding cake than actual roses?

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Glimmering Geodes

Four-tier white modern wedding cake with geode-inspired accents
Photo by Izzy Hudgins; Cake by A Squad Bake Shop

Pink geode-inspired detailing balances the minimalism and glamour of this modern big-day dessert.

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Linear Designs

Two-tier white modern cake with metallic linear design
Photo by Apryl Ann

We're loving the linear, metallic design on this white wedding cake.

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Stunning Swirls

Two-tier modern marble cake with floral details
Cake by Sweet Bakes

Swirls of marbleized gray hues modernize this sweet wedding treat.

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