Couples have been making the departure away from traditional, all-white wedding cakes for years. And while new colors and less-than-classic confections have been earning the place of honor on dessert tables, it's still somewhat uncommon for a bride and groom to choose a dark-hued cake. But, as it turns out, these gray, black, dark blue and brown wedding cakes can look (and taste!) just as wonderful as their lighter counterparts.
There are a few reasons why couples might shy away from a white wedding cake: For example, darker dessert is unavoidable for those couples who prefer a chocolate confection that's not encased in a thick sheet of fondant. Others might shy away from white cakes in favor of a more modern treat that feels reflective of their unique style. And some might just like the look of these moodier desserts more than an all-white style.
Whatever the reason, we've found that dark-hued wedding cakes make for some seriously stunning big-day desserts. From classic, floral-covered tiers to trend-forward naked cakes, couples that choose a dark wedding dessert have just as many decorative options as they would with a white cake.
To showcase just how show-stopping these cool, dark wedding cakes can be, we found 22 unique options fit for every type of celebration. Click through to see our favorite ways to make a dark wedding cake work for your reception!
At left: A two-tiered black wedding cake with gold details and fresh flowers, created by Dream Slice Cakes.
A three-tiered gray wedding cake decorated with fresh fruit and gold leaf details, created by Frost It Cupcakery.
A three-layered naked chocolate wedding cake topped with fresh flowers, created by Cake Works.
A simple, single-tier chocolate wedding cake with a silhouette cake topper, created by A Squad Bake Shop.
A two-tiered naked chocolate cake topped with fresh flowers.
A two-tiered black wedding cake with white sugar flowers, created by Sweet & Saucy.
A modern three-tiered navy-and-white wedding cake with gold details and sugar flowers, created by Hey There, Cupcake.
A two-tiered naked chocolate wedding cake created by Seaweed Cuisine.
A two-tiered black-and-gold wedding cake topped with white flowers and greenery, created by Red Bird Cake Company.
A three-layered naked chocolate wedding cake topped with fresh berries, created by Sugarlips Cakes.
A two-tiered chocolate wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers.
A two-tiered naked wedding cake with a typographic topper created by Fox & Fawn Bakehouse.
A three-tiered chocolate wedding cake with white flower details, created by Sweet & Saucy Shop.
A rustic three-tiered brown-and-white wedding cake with modern topper, created by Sassie Cakes.
A single-tiered chocolate wedding cake topped with fresh flowers, created by Macrina Bakery.
A two-tiered naked chocolate-and-pomegranate wedding cake, created by Lael Cakes.
A single-tiered chocolate wedding cake with floral frosting and heart toppers, created by Tealicious House.
A two-tiered naked chocolate wedding cake with scalloped frosting details, created by Enjoy Cupcakes.
A three-tiered chalkboard-inspired wedding cake with gold leaf accents and hand-painted lettering, creating by Artisan Cake Company.
A four-layered naked chocolate cake with vanilla filling and dripping chocolate glaze.
A three-tiered chalkboard-inspired black wedding cake created by Artisan Cake Company.
A three-tiered naked wedding cake with fresh berries created by Wanaka Cakes.