22 Dark Wedding Cakes

White may be practically synonymous with weddings, but these dark-hued confections are perfect for a modern bride's big day

Updated 02/12/15

Kristen Curette Photography

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.

Betsi Ewing Studio

A three-tiered gray wedding cake decorated with fresh fruit and gold leaf details, created by Frost It Cupcakery.

Ashley Goodwin Photography

A three-layered naked chocolate wedding cake topped with fresh flowers, created by Cake Works.

Izzy Hudgins Photography

A simple, single-tier chocolate wedding cake with a silhouette cake topper, created by A Squad Bake Shop.

Christie Graham Photography

A two-tiered naked chocolate cake topped with fresh flowers.

Kurt Boomer Photography

A two-tiered black wedding cake with white sugar flowers, created by Sweet & Saucy.

Shane & Lauren Photography

A modern three-tiered navy-and-white wedding cake with gold details and sugar flowers, created by Hey There, Cupcake.

Byron Loves Fawn

A two-tiered naked chocolate wedding cake created by Seaweed Cuisine.

CJ Williams Photography

A two-tiered black-and-gold wedding cake topped with white flowers and greenery, created by Red Bird Cake Company.

Gert Huygaerts

A three-layered naked chocolate wedding cake topped with fresh berries, created by Sugarlips Cakes.

Jerome Cole Photography

A two-tiered chocolate wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers.

Jihan Cerda Photography

A two-tiered naked wedding cake with a typographic topper created by Fox & Fawn Bakehouse.

Scott Michael Photography

A three-tiered chocolate wedding cake with white flower details, created by Sweet & Saucy Shop.

The Colagrossis

A rustic three-tiered brown-and-white wedding cake with modern topper, created by Sassie Cakes.

Michele M. Waite Photography

A single-tiered chocolate wedding cake topped with fresh flowers, created by Macrina Bakery.

Jen Huang Photography

A two-tiered naked chocolate-and-pomegranate wedding cake, created by Lael Cakes.

CJ Williams Photography

A single-tiered chocolate wedding cake with floral frosting and heart toppers, created by Tealicious House.

Nicole Wasko Photography

A two-tiered naked chocolate wedding cake with scalloped frosting details, created by Enjoy Cupcakes.

Courtesy of Artisan Cake Company

A three-tiered chalkboard-inspired wedding cake with gold leaf accents and hand-painted lettering, creating by Artisan Cake Company.

Aaron & Whitney Photography

A four-layered naked chocolate cake with vanilla filling and dripping chocolate glaze.

Courtesy of Artisan Cake Company

A three-tiered chalkboard-inspired black wedding cake created by Artisan Cake Company.

Golden Hour Studios

A three-tiered naked wedding cake with fresh berries created by Wanaka Cakes.

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