We're forever fans of frosting frills and flowers adorning classic wedding cake confections. But nothing gives us a sugar rush quite like sleek and refined modern wedding cakes. In the age of modern love, couples are also going contemporary with their big day desserts—we're fawning over the resulting looks. Here's the proof: The 21st century has never been so delicious. Though towering tiers of white fondant will probably never go out of style (the decadent dessert has prevailed through the decades), but the new classics in confections have earned their place on the wedding dessert table and we couldn't be more excited to take a bite out of this yummy trend.
Nowadays, more and more couples are hungry for a big day treat that's reflective of their own unique style—cue contemporary cakes. These modern wedding cakes are crazy-cool and dripping with personality, thanks to geometric detailing, moody dark hues, metallic flourishes, and can't-believe-our-eyes pared-down art-gallery-worthy designs. For a taste of modern minimalism, check out the hexagonal marble masterpiece by Frost It Cakery—it's your dessert dream come true. And if you're craving a modern confection but don't want to completely forgo the white wedding cake tradition, a clean design with modern, angular detailing (like the one here baked by Toni Patisserie), flawlessly balances the two styles. Trust us, neither you nor your plays-by-the-rules grandma will be able to resist a second slice.
Ready to go modern, über-chic couples? Scroll through to see the new wedding cakes of the decade.
Triangular-cut fondant in hues of black, gray, and white crawl up this two-tiered cake.
This minimalist confection is crowned with pretty prisms.
An industrial topper, an unexpected metal tier, and gold detailing, make up this trifecta of modernity.
These three square-shaped black cakes drizzled with gold look more like art installations than dessert.
A dotted and linear design makes this cool, dark-hued cake even more so.
Geometric accents and a wash of watercolor modernize this three-tiered confection.
This otherwise classic, two-tiered white wedding cake is given a subtle watercolor wash of gray and charcoal hues.
Blush florals and a deep dark hue make this dessert both lush and romantic, and dark and dreamy.
A classic all-white confection can still feel contemporary, thanks to unique angular detailing.
This contemporary confection features dark, ombré watercolor and a frost of metallic detailing.
Say goodbye to the traditional bride and groom. This cactus wedding cake topper is so desert cool.
Richly marbleized fondant covers these moody, formal tiers.
This single-tiered cake featuring muted watercolors and a dripping glaze is the perfect end to contemporary, seaside nuptials.
Subtle texture revamps this classic design.
Marble-like edible artwork blooms out of this spherical sweet treat.
Simple and sweet, this one-tiered beauty combines a deep blue hue with a modern metallic gold.
Cake color blocking? Yes, please.
Linear shapes and a bit of color blocking make this square confection totally contemporary.
This haute hexagonal wedding cake is everything.
Modernity can still be clean and classic, as proven by this marble effect.
Minimalist and modern, this wedding cake is a contemporary bride's dessert of choice.
This wedding cake is perfectly balanced thanks to the classic, romantic sugar flowers and rose-gold modern geometric details.
Unexpected string-like frosting detailing is the contemporary way to do a white wedding cake.
Pretty prisms top off this three-tiered marble wedding cake.
A flourish of gold foil is a modern way to go glam.
A gorgeous gray tint, wash of gold color, and lush white blooms are both romantic and marvelously modern.
What goes better with a rose-gold wedding cake than actual roses?
Pink geode-inspired detailing balances the minimalism and glamour of this modern big-day dessert.
We're loving the linear, metallic design on this white wedding cake.
Swirls of marbleized gray hues modernize this sweet wedding treat.