30 Modern Wedding Cakes

From gorgeous geometric designs to ultra-contemporary confections

Updated 07/13/17

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography

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? Click through to see the new wedding cakes of the decade.

Photo & Concept by Nienke van Denderen; Cake by Astrids Bakkerij; Styling by Much Love

Triangular-cut fondant in hues of black, grey, and white crawl up this two-tiered cake.

Photo by Brandon Scott Photography

This minimalist confection is crowned with pretty prisms.

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.

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography

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

Photo by Monique Serra Photography; Cake by Flour & Flourish

A dotted and linear design makes this cool, dark-hued cake even more so.

Photo by Olive Photography; Event Planning by June Bloom Events; Cake by Le Dolci; Truffles by CXBO; Bar Cart by Fancy Fox; Tray by The Perfect Table

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

Photo by Matthew Land

This otherwise classic, two-tiered white wedding cake is given a subtle watercolor wash of grey and charcoal hues.

Black Four-Tiered Wedding Cake with Flowers

Photo by Stewart Uy Photography; Cake by Vanilla Bake Shop

Blush florals and a deep dark hue make this dessert both lush and romantic, and dark and dreamy.

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

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

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 good-bye to the traditional mini bride and groom. This cactus wedding cake topper is so desert cool.

Photo by Alicia Hauff Photography; Cake by Sweets Geeky Cakes

Richly marbleized fondant cover these moody, formal tiers.

Watercolor Drip Wedding Cake

Photo by Rachel Joy Baransi

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

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

Subtle texture revamps this classic design.

Cake by Don't Tell Charles

Marble-like edible artwork blooms out of this spherical sweet treat.

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 a modern metallic gold.

Photo by Stephanie Yonce Photography; Cake by Sweet Fix; Planning & Design by LK Events & Design

Cake color blocking? Yes, please.

Photo by Ashley Kidder; Cake by Astonishing Cakes

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

Photo by Katie Shuler

This haute hexagonal wedding cake is everything.

Photo by Hanna Photography; Cake by Frost It Cakery

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

Photo by Sheila Nolt Photography; Cake by 50/Fifty The Art of Dessert.

Minimalist and modern, this wedding cake is a contemporary bride's dessert of choice.

Photo by Justin Lee Weddings; Cake by Jennifer of Sugarsuckle

This wedding cake is perfectly balanced thanks to the classic, romantic sugar flowers and rose-gold modern geometric details.

Photo by Jen Rodriguez; Cake by Paper Cake Events

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

Photo by Blush Wedding Photography; Cake by Cake by Nicole.

Pretty prisms top off this three-tiered marble wedding cake.

Photo by Haley Austin; Cake by Sweets by Millie

A flourish of gold foil is a modern way to go glam.

Cake by Sweet Bakes

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

Photo by Sophie T Photography; Cake by Sweet Bakes

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

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.

Photo by Apryl Ann

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

Cake by Sweet Bakes

Swirls of marbleized gray hues modernize this sweet wedding treat.

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