Though we’ll always be partial to flowers on wedding cakes, there’s something fresh and sophisticated about a modern, pared-down confection. And if you’re planning a contemporary-styled celebration, then a modern cake will perfectly complement the wedding aesthetic.
An easy way to update your wedding cake is to forgo the traditional round tiers and choose square tiers, instead. With clean, crisp lines and perfect 90-degree angles, wedding cakes with square layers are an eye-catching, fresher alternative.
From geometric designs to sleek ruffles, take a look at some of our favorite square-shaped confections.
Ruffled Wedding Cake
This simple-yet-chic design drew inspiration from the bride’s gown, which featured a one-shouldered bodice with soft ruffles that gently flutter as she moved. Cake design by Maggie Austin Cake.
The bottom tier of this crisp, white cake features a subtle lace pattern pressed into the fondant. The cake is embellished with a handful of fresh blooms. Cake design by Frost It Cakery.
Modern Mondrian Confection
This gold-and-grey confection features modern marbled tiers and cherry-blossom branches fashioned from gumpaste. Varying the heights of the square-shaped tiers adds visual interest, while the intricate, gold piped lines give the overall design some subtle Mondrian-esque vibes. Cake design by Ron Ben Israel Cakes.
This Mediterranean-inspired cake features hand-painted detailing on the bottom two tiers to resemble colorful blue-and-yellow tiles. Cake design by T Bakes.
Faux Bois Wedding Cake
This sculptural confection features faux bois (French for “fake wood”) tiers that are fashioned with a wood-graining tool that creates the wood texture on chocolate panels. This modern design is topped with a pair of taupe-colored sugar flowers. Cake design by Jasmine Rae Cakes.