You’ve got it all figured out—the perfect wedding dress, the best venue, the prettiest flowers, even the place cards you’ll be using on your big day. But sometimes, the last thing you think about when planning your wedding is what kind of wedding cake you want. The choices can be overwhelming, to say the least. Sure, you could go for a classic white buttercream, maybe with some fresh florals. But what if you don't consider yourself a traditional bride? What if you don't want something that's so completely classic? In that case, these colorful wedding cakes will be right up your alley.
While you could forgo the cake altogether and serve a different kind of dessert like pie—if you consider yourself both an untraditional bride and you still want a cake, an easy way to modernize the white, tiered, tried-and-true dessert is to make a simple switch. Just add color. Colored wedding cakes can bring a ton of personality and fun to your reception. Plus, they look absolutely amazing in wedding photos.
Colorful wedding cakes can come in the form of bold dramatic shades or something more subtle like a pretty pastel hue. You can even incorporate a colorful pattern, such as a pretty and modern marbled base, into your post-wedding dessert for an unexpected use of hues.
A delicious advantage of colorful wedding cakes? These anything but vanilla, big-day desserts allow for you and your baker to create a confection that's truly you. After all, you're already injecting your and your fiancé's personalities into so many aspects of your big day, so why not your cake as well? If summer is your favorite season or you're throwing a destination wedding, choose a tropical hue for your colorful wedding cake to match your style and wedding theme. If you consider yourself to bear modern sensibilities, an edgy black wedding cake will fit your personal style.
Want to see inspiration to help you find the colored wedding cake of your dreams. Read ahead to see some of our favorite examples of colorful wedding cakes.
Capture the Palette
This pastel cake was the perfect blend of a California wedding’s palette. Pink frosting, along with terracotta and soft tan fondant, capture the highlighted hues of the celebration.
Pick a Sculptural Creation
For a Big Sur wedding, the bride and groom chose a wedding cake design that evokes the waves along the California coast. The sculptural confection used shades of greens and yellow for the creative tiers.
Add an Accent Tier
We love the pretty mauve hue of the two top tiers of this colorful wedding cake. And the hand-painted florals on the bottom tier is the perfect finishing touch.
Select Pretty in Pink Frills
With ombré mauve buttercream and a topping of figs and posies, this three-tiered confection is the very definition of "too pretty to eat."
Favor Feminine Florals
The modern black backdrop of this wedding cake makes the feminine floral print really stand out.
Go for a Watercolor Wash
This three-tiered confection is iced with multiple shades of pink vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream to create a watercolor finish.
Pick Something Simply Sweet
With a blush buttercream and a sprinkling of lavender on top, this single-tiered confection is sweet and simple.
Or Go for Something Blue
With four mouthwatering tiers and accenting blooms, this dusty blue wedding cake will add a pop of color to your reception.
Select Summertime Citrus
With lemon and chocolate layers, buttercream icing with a color-wash finish, and a cascade of fresh citrus, this colorful wedding cake totes some seriously tropical vibes.
Gravitate Toward Sunset Shades
Channel the sunset with your wedding cake. This petite two-tier design uses abstract brushstroke-like doses of colorful frosting for a modern look.
Pick a Chic Rusty Hue
This stunning shade of rusty red could fit any wedding season, from summer bashes to winter "I dos."
Choose Beachy Blues
At a coastal wedding, a blue and white cake with a soft watercolor painted frosting helped capture the seaside aesthetic of the island celebration.
Take an Artful Approach
This creative cake uses frosting in a unique way to incorporate a wedding’s colorful yellow and blue palette. Small floral clusters bring extra life to the design.
Tie It Back to the Tablescapes
The terracotta plates in the reception tablescape served as inspiration for this stunning cake design at a dinner party wedding. The style was adorned with florals and the couple’s monogram.
Paint With Petals
A single-tier white cake can get a beautiful dose of color with the help of edible flower petals. This pretty design has a lovely mix of yellow, orange, and pink shades from a mix of florals.
Print Something Perfect
If you're marrying in a locale with unique architectural details like tiled floors and artisanal touches, consider recreating that look on the cake in a colorful tint.
Cover It in Pink Blooms
Perfect for a summer wedding or bridal shower, this colorful wedding cake is looking pretty in pink.
Frost an Arrangement
With a talented baker, you don’t need to add real florals atop your wedding cake. This unique creation has bright and bold blooms painted onto a two-tier cake with buttercream.
Show Your Moody Side
We can't decide what we love more: This cake's cool shape, the decorative figs, or this frosting's moody hue. This design would be perfect for a fall wedding.
Serve Something Sunny and Sweet
A yellow cake with a pretty peach floral design made from painted buttercream is sure to brighten up your wedding reception.
Want a retro cake style? Consider choosing a colorful lambeth cake in a fun hue. This colorful style is perfect for an eclectic affair.
Let Your Inner Rainbow Show
For their garden wedding, two brides brought color to their cake with a watercolor-inspired buttercream painted design with a surprise rainbow filling.
Use Sugar Flowers
Painted sugar florals can add a delightful dose of color to your cake design. We love how this style embraces an ombré watercolor palette.
Have Fun With Fruit
Delight your guests with a charming colorful cake like this one, which is decorated with painted designs of oranges on the vine. Sliced oranges on top help drive home the cheery theme.
Let It Blossom
Cherry blossoms served as inspiration for this charming pink cake. Real cherry blossoms, as well as textured floral frosting designs, decorate this sweet confection.