While a towering, multi-tiered wedding cake brings a sense of awe and drama to a wedding reception, a single-tier cake can make just as big of an impact at a fraction of the size. Whether you need your cake to match an intimate guest list or want a cutting cake for just you and your new spouse to enjoy, you don't need to trade taste, detail, or impact for tiers. A one-tier wedding cake can be an elegant and delicious option for your wedding celebration.
Ahead, we rounded up 35 one-tier wedding cakes to help inspire your own dream reception confection. Let these lovely petite cakes prove to your guests that good things often come in small packages.
Acrylic stands filled with florals displayed three unique white cakes at a backyard garden wedding.
At an intimate Denver wedding, fresh peonies topped a pretty buttercream-iced carrot cake that was made from a family recipe.
A Tongue-in-Cheek Topper
Buttercream flowers and gold flecks wrap the sides of this one-tier cake, while a topper reading “Friggin’ Finally” adds a cheeky accent.
Choosing to display three individual cakes allowed a couple to offer treats in three distinct flavors, including almond, chocolate, and blood-orange.
Vibrant red flowers provide a dose of bright color against a small, semi-naked wedding cake.
Top With Sugar
Don't want to add to your floral budget? This single-tiered design was topped with a lush bouquet of flowers—all made with sugar.
Want a design that is simple and sweet? Take note of this smooth white cake, which was decorated with tiny pressed wildflowers and leaves. The cake even coordinated with the printed linens.
At a coastal microwedding, a single-tier, semi-naked vanilla rum cake was topped with bold blue flowers and emerald leaves for a colorful pop.
Pressed to Impress
One-tier cakes won’t stop your baker from including intricate decorations, like the fresh-pressed flowers set by hand on this honeycomb-topped confection.
Give a single-tier cake more height and width with an architectural adornment, like the cherry blossom branch on this watercolor cake.
A small garland of fresh flowers and understated texturing add visual interest to this cream and genoise cake from a Portugal celebration.
Textured buttercream and abundance of fresh berries, vines, figs, and flowers make this cake well-suited for an outdoor wedding.
Three of a Kind
A trio of single-tier cakes in different flavors were displayed on individual stands and surrounded by cheerful yellow florals at a bayside Alabama wedding.
A semi-naked Funfetti cake on a simple wooden stand was decorated with white and terracotta flowers to complement a wedding's earth-toned aesthetic.
Opting for a single-tier cake allows you to choose a cake shape that wouldn’t easily stack. Take note of this wedding bundt cake, which was decorated with a custom topper of the brides’ dogs at their Texas nuptials.
A frosted cake surrounded by blush-toned florals serves as a pretty centerpiece for a colorful cupcake display.
This simple, semi-naked cake gets a boost of personality from vibrant flowers, a blue cake stand, and a shimmering topper with the couples' names.
At a minimalist outdoor wedding, a single-tier cake decorated with edible flowers was a rustic after-dinner delight.
A small cake with carefully piped filling complements a more traditional single-tier frosted cake at a New Orleans wedding's dessert table.
While you might think a black cake has no place at a wedding reception, this bold frosting color creates a super-chic contrast against fresh flowers or vines.
Green and black marbling on this small chocolate-truffle cutting cake stood out against white linens and an industrial venue at a San Francisco celebration.
An oversized white flower and vibrant green leaves complement this cake’s green drip icing topper.
Vivid greens and fresh succulents give this one-tier cake a nature-inspired aesthetic.
Adding a single-tier, semi-naked chocolate cake to your wedding day dessert spread allows you to satisfy every type of sweet tooth.
A meringue and berry cake drizzled with frosting is an unexpectedly modern single-tier dessert option.
Make a memorable presentation of your single-tiered cakes by draping them with oversized flowers and securing the confections on raised stands.
A beautiful burnt orange cake topped with autumnal blooms is perfect for a fall wedding.
Pretty in Pink
Add rosy and citrus-hued blooms to a semi-naked cake to create a punchy accent at a summer reception.
Simple and Elegant
Asymmetrical grasses placed on top of this smooth white cake were a subtle callout to a wedding's Wyoming ranch venue.
Put a Ring on It
A homemade one-tier spice cake dripping with simple icing gets a dose of sparkle from silver adornments, two rings, and a glittering "Mrs. and Mrs." topper.
Filled With Love
Gold leaf accents, heart-shaped macarons, and light pink fondant combine to create a sweet treat that’s all about love. This design is perfect for a Valentine's Day wedding.
On a scallop-edged cake, gold leaf and antique-toned blooms stand out against sage green frosting for a bohemian vibe.
Pastel flowers and draping blooms are organic accents atop this semi-naked olive-oil cake with vegan buttercream.
A single-tier confetti cake decorated with chocolate sprinkles puts a fun and festive twist on traditional wedding cake at a glamorous Baltimore wedding.
Packed With Petals
At a wedding in the Dutch countryside, a petite, single-tier cake made a big impact when presented on a tiered stand with purple hydrangea petals.