The 70 Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes

These works of art are good enough to eat.

Wedding cake

​Whitney Darling; Event Planning by RO & Co. Events; Cake by Hey There! Cupcake  

There are few things we appreciate more than a decadent wedding cake—both in taste and style. Dessert trends come and go, but nothing takes the place of a delicious cake that satisfies more than one of your senses. Our favorite type of wedding cake is the kind that makes a statement by adding to your wedding décor. Pastry chef Emily Lael Aumiller personally adores the marriage of a sophisticated aesthetic with a relaxed design. "Whether the cake is naturally iced, adorned with fresh fruit, decorated with intricate sugar work or fresh, edible flowers, I strive to create a dessert that tells a story," she explains.

Meet the Expert

Emily Lael Aumiller is a pastry chef with over a decade of experience creating custom cakes with bespoke ingredients that cater to a wide variety of dietary needs. Aumiller is the owner of Brooklyn-based Lāel Cakes and author of Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten-Free Cakes.

For bohemian brides, we’re loving delicate flower wreaths, organically placed leafy vines, or anything with an earthy feel. If your style is more contemporary, a sleek, smooth finish and geometric details will always do the trick. If you’re more of a classic bride, traditional white isn’t your only option; hand-painted florals, watercolors, and subtle ruffles all evoke a timeless touch. If your reception is outdoors, consider taking inspiration from your surroundings. "It's your wedding, your cake, your day," says Aumiller. "Focus on the dream cake you'll want to devour for your celebration. Let your baker determine what designs will be the safest based on external circumstances."

With that said, we’ve rounded up 70 gorgeous cakes that promise to do just that. No matter your taste (literally and figuratively), we’ve got a cake for every wedding style. Which one is your favorite?

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Picture Perfect

Painted cake

Lucy Davenport Photography

Can a cake be too beautiful to eat? These jaw-dropping floral illustrations deserve to be framed, but will make an even bigger statement at any romantically feminine fête or garden-party themed affair.

Cake by Curtis & Co. Cakes

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Soft Drama

Dark cake

Stewart Uy Photography

Dark wedding cakes don't always have to be moody and brooding. This stunner exudes a soft elegance with its floral-painted tier and accents of handmade sugar blossoms in powdery tones.

Cake by Vanilla Bake Shop

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Mixed Finishes

Wedding cake

KT Merry; Event Planning by Bellafare; Cake by Tessa Pinner

 

A matte white design is elevated with satin-finished petals and bursts of burnished tones. The autumnal hues hint at the sweet potato cake with candied pecan crunch and maple buttercream that lies beneath.

Cake by Tessa Pinner

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Floating Sugar Flowers

Sugar Flower Cake

Jen Huang Photography

This is refined whimsy in confectionary form. Pristine white fondant creates the perfect base for a gradient of blue and violet watercolor petals to sweep up the tiers as if carried on a gentle summer breeze.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Pretty in Pink

Wedding cake

Taralynn Lawton Photography

Feminine glam is the theme with this two-tiered delight. The top tier is coated in a pastel pink watercolor-blend of icing, while the bottom boasts geometric stenciling in a matte gold finish. Greenery adds a hint of welcomed freshness.

Cake by Pretty Please Bakeshop

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Textured Details

Textured cake

Jen Huang Photography

Minimalism isn't always stark. These simple white wedding cakes are elevated with scalloped and latticework textures, and accented with pops of fresh flowers.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Mixed Mediums

Gilded naked cake

Sotiria McDonald Photography

Two worlds collide as the organic and comforting nature of a nearly-naked chocolate cake is juxtaposed against a base layer of opulent metallic gold. A wreath of florals in a blend of sexy crimson hues, demure pastels, and greenery perfectly merge the two aesthetics.

Cake by Cake Ink

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Fresh Leaves

Cake with greenery

Cari Courtright Photography

There is something incredibly chic in restrained décor. Three tiers of flawless, stark white fondant are adorned with just two spears of speckled leaves and a single white bud.

Cake by Ma Petite Maison Cakes

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Rustically Refined

Wedding cake

Jen Huang Photography

A refined take on rustic wedding cakes. The two-tiered cake features a geometric print embossed on the bottom and a smattering of dried florals for an earthy touch.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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A Bohemian Dream

Wedding cake

Ashley Ludaescher Photography

These boho details scream beach wedding or dessert nuptials. Piped macramé detailing nails the eclectic vibe while bold bougainvillea and sorbet-colored ranunculi add a vibrant flair.

Cake by Paper Cake Events

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Fresh Fruit Toppings

Fruit topped cake

Mademoiselle Fiona Photography

This delicious trifecta of cakes is straight out of a Renaissance still life. White stucco-textured buttercream is decorated with fresh pomegranates, plums, and figs. "We created a divine dessert table for this upscale farm wedding," explains Aumiller. "With lavish blue velvet under multiple cakes, tarts, donuts, and pies. Keeping the décor fresh and purposeful balanced the rustic surroundings."

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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Go for Gold

Wedding cake

KR Moreno; Event Planning by Katie Gregg Events & Co.; Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

 

This five-tiered wedding cake is a flourish of white and gold sugar flowers, trellising upwards through the layers. Inside, the cake features flavors of chocolate, salted caramel, and raspberry cream.

Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

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Sweet Florals

Floral cake

Jen Huang Photography

Another breathtaking example of the beauty in restrained elegance. A single metallic stripe and stems of powdery blush florals tucked into its layers is all this wedding cake needs to shine.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Colorful Sugar Flowers

Wedding cake

Ashlee Brooke Photography

A swag of citrus-toned florals and tiny kumquats completely transforms this simple two-tiered cake into a ray of sunshine. Fair warning, your guests may need reassurance that these hyperrealistic blossoms are entirely edible.

Cake by Flour and Flourish

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Semi-Nude

Floral naked cake

Sotiria McDonald Photography

Countrified, but make it oh-so refined. This three-tiered, semi-naked wedding cake allows the spongey base to peek through the layer of icing while blush flowers and eucalyptus finish off the tender look.

Cake by Cake Ink

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Gold Standard

Wedding cake

Nickol Cady

It doesn't get much more luxurious than this. Three tiers of white fondant brushed with metallic gold and one entire tier of of textured, gilded goodness all wrapped up in a fresh swag of pastel blossoms and greenery.

Cake by Fox Tail Bakeshop

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Something Blue

Wedding cake

Judy Park Studios

This three-tiered masterpiece of ocean blue brushstrokes has us picking our jaws up off the floor. The rich base is deftly accented with glittering metallic trim and a bouquet of sunshine-hued blooms.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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A Statement White Cake

Wedding cake

Lauren Volo

"Monochrome designs create a unique sculptural form," explains Aumiller. "We hand sculpted varieties of sugar orchids and layered them in a romantic, abstract spread."

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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Ruffles Galore

Wedding cake

D'Arcy Benincosa

Something about ruffled buttercream always makes us smile. This wedding cake wonder boasts a whopping five layers of ruffles all swept up in a cradle of crawling greenery and buds.

Cake by A White Cake

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Peachy Keen

Floral naked mini cake

Historias del Ciervo

Peach and apricot tones are oh-so sweet for balmy summer celebrations or springtime fêtes. This speckled peach-hued frosting has a slightly-naked effect and is topped with soft roses in matching tones, halos of rosemary, and a touch of eucalyptus. Just imagine how scrumptious it all smells.

Cake by Historias del Ciervo

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Gold-Accented Blooms

Gold accented floral cake

Sotiria McDonald Photography

White and gold, you never let us down. Four tiers of impeccably smooth fondant, a brush of shiny gold leaf, and an asymmetric swag of creamy sugar florals—what more could we possibly ask for?

Cake by Cake Ink

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A Natural Finish

Wedding cake

Jen Huang Photography

This two-tiered delight is anchored with a base of geometrically embossed fondant and is practically sprouting muscari buds, berries, and greenery. This natural and fresh aesthetic just screams spring.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Tonal Blooms

Wedding cake

Lauren Volo

Eggshell is a color rarely seen in the bridal sphere as its more white-balanced counterparts usually take precedence, but this beauty makes a serious case for the overlooked shade with the addition of a dusty wildflower ensemble that harkens back to that luscious, deep-summer haze. "Mixing fondant with organic, fresh décor makes for a unique pairing," explains Aumiller. "Organic branches against the clean lines makes the movement of the nature décor really pop."

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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Statement Sequins

Wedding cake

Kate Headley; Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

This soft-black buttercream cake is comprised of thousands (thousands!) of hand-punched, edible sequins all individually set by hand. “We felt bad cutting into that masterpiece, but after we tasted the cake, it was totally worth it,” bride Diana explains. The layers were made up of vanilla cake filled with caramel-praline buttercream and a blood orange curd filled olive oil cake.

Cake by Sweet Heather Anne

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Porcelain Perfection

Wedding cake

Golden Poppy Events

Fine china has nothing on this confectionary creation. Blue floral illustrations on white fondant rival that of any porcelain piece, accented with hints of matte metallic piping at the base of each tier. Go for a total look and serve on an identical dish.

Cake by The Butter End Cakery

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Textured Layers

Wedding cake

Blair Heagerty

We had to do a double take to make sure these weren't Vera Wang's cascading tiers of frothy, silk organza ruffles. This showstopper is positively ageless with a cloak of ruffled, frilly texture and powdery, barely-there blooms.

Cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes

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An Abundance of Roses

Wedding cake

Lauren Volo

Vertically-textured icing and big blooms of mauve-toned sabiosa and roses make for a serious visual impact. "Textured icing creates the perfect backdrop for fresh blooms," says Aumiller. "We worked with our client's florist to decorate the cake with similar elements from the arrangements."

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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Pastel Palette

wedding cake

Tayler Enerle Photography

A lavender watercolor base tier ascends into a smooth top tier with a smattering of gold leaf and the tiniest hints of cake peeking through. The delectable delight is finished off with accents of fresh lavender, gilded leaves, and faded pastel blooms.

Cake by Paper Cake Events

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Subtle Ombré

Wedding cake

Judy Park Studios

This fondant in a light blue watercolor gradient is so fluid it appears to be perpetually in motion. The captivating flow is accented with glittering metallic trimmed edges.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Fruitful Pursuits

Wedding cake

Heather Payne

This wedding cake is the epitome of summertime fine. Smooth ivory buttercream transitions into two semi-naked top tiers boasting a delicious creamy filling and accented with a cornucopia of blackberries, kumquats, and pomegranates. "I'm a fan of mixing multiple styles when someone is unsure of which direction to take," says Aumiller. "Combining transparent naked layers with smooth icing topped with broken-open, lush fruit transformed a simple design into a minimalist sensation."

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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Top of the Line

Wedding cake

Jen Huang Photography

Another gorgeous case for minimalist-chic. Two tiers of impeccably smooth, flawless icing are subtly trimmed with a strip of contrasting black piping at the top of each layer and a sprig of greenery and white buds.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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An Organic Wreath

Wedding cake

Katrina Jayne

This four-tiered wedding cake has an alluring luster to its perfectly smooth, satin-finished fondant. A crescent-shaped swag of autumnal-hued, dusty mauves and brooding crimsons completes the scene.

Cake by Vanilla Bake Shop

"Cost is affected by how intricate your design may be," explains Aumiller. "Talk to your cake designer about their offerings varying from fresh to sugar décor and icing to fondant finishing."

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Pops of Orange

Wedding cake

The Ganeys

It doesn't get much sweeter than an all-over citrus illustrated print. Topped with oranges and accented with spray roses in the same color scheme, this darling dessert is the epitome of summer.

Cake by Sweets Illustrated

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Ruffled Radiance

Wedding cake

Sylive Gil; Event Planning by Elise Johnson for Shannon Leahy Events; Cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes

These four tiers of ruffled splendor were inspired by peony petals, and executed to absolute perfection. What's equally as impressive? The underlying layers of salted caramel, almond cream, and espresso buttercream almond cakes and rose, vanilla bean cakes with raspberry, hibiscus curd, and Swiss meringue buttercream.

Cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes

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Chocolate Drip

Chocolate Drip Cake

Lāel Cakes

"One out of a trio of cakes from a dessert table with macarons and caramel apples, this moody double-chocolate drip cake with gold leaf and cut figs is asking to be devoured," says Aumiller. We couldn't agree more.

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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Whimsical Watercolors

Wedding cake

Chris Isham

This two-tiered wedding cake is emblazoned with a crescendo of blue and green watercolor strokes softened by metallic gold veins. Frilly scabiosa bonnets add a pop of pink to the vibe.

Cake by Tessa Pinner

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Lovely Lemons

Wedding cake

Judy Park Studios

Immaculate fondant is adorned with sorbet-colored sugar flowers in peach and blush tones and the most adorable miniature lemons. Is anyone else craving a refreshing glass of lemonade to go with this?

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Cascading Florals

Wedding cake

Chris Isham

A spray of painted watercolor florals is topped with a crown of their three-dimensional counterparts. We're loving the slightly asymmetric balance between the two tiers, adding a slight edge to the otherwise romantic scene.

Cake by Tessa Pinner

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Ombré All Over

Wedding cake

Tortik Annuchka

Four tiers of an ascending peach and blush gradient make a serious statement. Creamy flowers sprout from the top two layers adding depth and dimension.

Cake by Tortik Annuchka

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A Bed of Roses

Floral cake

Rebecca Yale Photography

Simplicity is key. This two-tiered, white wedding cake needs little more than an apricot-hued garden rose or sprig of green berries tucked here and there.

Cake by Magnolia Bakery

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Semi-Naked Drama

Semi naked cake

Kelly Anne Berry Photography

This three-tiered wedding cake packs a serious visual punch. Crisp layers flank a semi-naked chocolate tier brimming with moody florals.

Cake by Peche Petite Boutique Bakery

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An Anemone Attraction

Wedding cake

Judy Park Studios

We've seen roses and peonies aplenty, but these sugar anemones have a captivating darkness about them. The dramatic theme is brightened with bursts of blush petals and yellow buds.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Tone-on-Tone

Textured cake

D'Arcy Benincosa

There's something to be said about the elegance of white monochrome. With a slightly stuccoed texture and pale felt flowers growing out of the tiers, this all-white wedding cake is anything but flat.

Cake by Pippa Cakery

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Tower of Roses

Wedding cake

Matthew Cly

These four tiers of smooth fondant embossed with a fern print are absolutely divine. "With a wedding draped in fresh greenery and flowers, we wanted to highlight the botanical elements while letting the cake shine on its own," explains Aumiller. "Piped white ferns on white icing painted with shimmer and decorated with sculpted sugar flowers and berries was the perfect outcome!"

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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A Spectacular Spectrum

Wedding cake

Judy Park Studios

Why choose one color when you can have them all? A full rainbow spectrum of confectionary flowers crawl down all five tiers of this colorful cake.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Marbled Marvel

Wedding cake

Blair Heagerty

This masterpiece takes an organic aesthetic and gives it a stony twist. Three tiers of the most realistic gray marble texture we've ever seen feature veins of metallic bronze and hints of wispy, gray rice paper petals for a touch of softness.

Cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes

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Blue Brushstrokes

Wedding cake

Chris Isham

This two-tier white wedding cake boasts an imperfect stucco texture that screams of rustic elegance. A jolt of blue brushstrokes mimic the design of the cake stand and add a swath of color.

Cake by Tessa Pinner

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A Pearly Shell

Cake

Maggie Austin Design

Coastal themes and nautical vibes can be interpreted into contemporary looks, too. This asymmetric four-tier composition features a minimalist scene of oysters and tiny Tahitian pearls.

Cake by Maggie Austin Design

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Mellow Yellow

Wedding cake

Judy Park Studios

A verve of lemon sorbet colors are sure to bring a smile to anyones face. Creamy white camellias with sunshine yellow centers take center stage on this refreshing dessert.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Golden-Age Beauty

Wedding cake

Tortik Annuchka

This four-tiered stunner of flawlessly smooth, matte black fondant is peak opulence. Three round tiers give way to a single square layer with glossy black trim. Metallic gold accents and ivory florals finish off the grandeur of this wedding cake.

Cake by Tortik Annuchka

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Stroke of Genius

Floral cake

Heather Waraksa

Bronze brushstrokes add a rich warmth to a white wedding cake. A touch of romance is incorporated with sensual scarlet tones balanced with tender pink blossoms.

Cake by Nine Cakes

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Vintage Romance

Wedding cake

Whitney Darling; Event Planning by RO & Co. Events; Cake by Hey There! Cupcake 

This four-tiered buttercream cake emanates a vintage-inspired, boho romance with florals of peach, citrus, and copper coloring. What lies beneath the surface? Oh-so fun Oreo and confetti flavors, of course!

Cake by Hey There! Cupcake

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A Personalized Approach

Wedding cake

Alex Bramall; Event Planning by Jennifer Zabinski Events; Cake by Madison Lee's Cakes

This wedding cake design is completely personalized to the newlyweds that commissioned it. The hexagonal shape pays homage to the architecture of the groom's family home where the nuptials took place, and the hand-painted flowers are a reflection of the bride's sequined Valentino wedding dress.

Cake by Madison Lee's Cakes

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Gilded Glory

Wedding cake

Amanda K; Event Planning by Marjorie Burgarella of By Mademoiselle C; Cake by Made in Cake

Pristine frosting, delicate gold ornaments, and bunches of sugar anemones, ranunculus, and daisies all make for a gorgeous display. A colorful confetti cake surprise awaits just below the luxe facade.

Cake by Made in Cake

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All-White Wonder

Wedding cake

Christian Arevalo; Cake by Maria Andree Couture Cakes

An all-white cake is quintessentially bridal. This four-tiered, lemon-poppy seed cake ups the glam ante with a cascading array of sugar rose petals.

Cake by Maria Andree Couture Cakes

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Monogram Magic

Wedding cake

Christian Oth; Event Planning by Fête NY; Cake by Ron Ben-Israel 

Monogram lovers, rejoice! This four-tiered wedding cake features gold marbling, sugar flowers, and a gilded interpretation of the couple's monogram.

Cake by Ron Ben-Israel

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All Natural

Wedding cake

James & Schulze; Event Planning by Calluna Events; Cake by Shamane’s Bakeshoppe

Four flavorful tiers of crème caramel, almond, raspberry, and vanilla are enveloped in smooth fondant embossed with a natural tree-scape. A vibrant array of florals and cornucopia of delicious fresh figs, grapes, and plums snake down the side. Drool!

Cake by Shamane’s Bakeshoppe

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Grayscale

Wedding cake

Molly Peach; Cake by Copper Whisk Cakes

Soft gray is a color rarely seen in the wedding world, but this beauty certainly makes a case for it. Irregular trims of dove gray texture encircle the base of each tier as a rich autumnal color scheme of deep crimsons, faded apricots, and light blues are injected through florals.

Cake by Copper Whisk Cakes

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Nuptial Nudes

Naked wedding cake

Heather Waraska; Event Planning by AaB Creates; Cake by Sugar Sugar Custom Cakes

While it can be easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles of fondants and luxe gilded accents, there's something inherently captivating and comforting about a homey, naked wedding cake. With a neutral color palette and a bevy of fresh roses, peonies, and olive branches, this humble masterpiece is just as stunning as its decked-out counterparts.

Cake by Sugar Sugar Custom Cakes

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Crowd-Pleaser

Wedding cake

Imogen Xiana; Cake by Lucy’s Sugar Shack 

There's something for everyone when each tier boasts a personality all its own, from feminine ruffles, to gold leaf, to fluid watercolors, to monochromatic magic. The flavors also follow suit with selections from boozy fruit cake, honey and almond cake, Victoria sponge cake with rosewater buttercream, and raspberry and white chocolate.

Cake by Lucy’s Sugar Shack

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Feminine Florals

Wedding cake

Rebecca Yale; Event Planning by Toast Santa Barbara; Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes 

Softly textured buttercream and a cascade of massive garden roses and peonies create a breathtaking display. We seriously can't stop staring at this magnificent piece.

Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes

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Extend an Olive Branch

Wedding cake

Kent Drake; Cake by Bent Fork Bakery 

Celebrations with a decidedly Mediterranean feel can do no wrong with a simple wedding cake that exudes the coast's natural splendor. Crisp white fondant decorated with lush olive branches and filled with fresh strawberries speak of the design's Italian inspiration.

Cake by Bent Fork Bakery

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Industrial-Chic

Wedding cake

Luna del Mar; Event Planning by Gold Leaf Event Design; Cake by d’Elissious 

This three-tiered wedding cake packs a seriously cool mix of elements. From a mismatched hexagonal base tier to concrete-looking buttercream to succulent accents, the design is the definition of industrial elegance.

Cake by d’Elissious 

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Monochromatic Mix

Wedding cake

Erich McVey; Event Planning by The Wedding Company; Cake by T Bakes  

Mixing textures is the key to pulling off a monochromatic wedding cake that isn't bland. This three-tiered fondant cake features different tiers of crimped ruffles, beading, and an intricate, tile-print embossed design.

Cake by T Bakes 

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Peaches and Cream

Wedding cake

Christina McNeill; Event Planning by Ruby & Rose; Cake by Pretty Please Bakeshop

Fall weddings have a sumptuous richness about them. Nail the look with an autumnal palette of dusty-toned eggplants, burgundies, lilacs, mauves, and dusky-peaches on a canvas of creamy white frosting.

Cake by Pretty Please Bakeshop

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All Ruffled Up

Wedding cake

Robyn Rachel; Event Planning by Big City Bride; Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design 

We know we've made quite a show of lobbying for ruffles here, but seriously consider the amount of time and expertise it takes to create each individual ruffle. This beauty features ruffled layers that ascend into a burst of floating petals.

Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design 

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A Classic Cake

Wedding cake

Jeremiah & Rachel; Event Planning by Greenwood Events; Cake by Miss Patti Cakes 

A classic white wedding cake gets a feminine twist with horizontally-combed buttercream. A tender display of tea roses, dahlias, and golden ferns finish off the rustic vibe.

Cake by Miss Patti Cakes

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Palm Paradise

Wedding cake

Biancca Wallace; Event Planning by Courtney Tibbets of After The Engagement; Cake by Over The Rainbow Desserts

Add a retro vibe to your tropical destination wedding with a minimalist white cake deftly decked with birds of paradise and dried palm leaves. A vintage cake topper finishes off the look.

Cake by Over The Rainbow Desserts

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All the Trimmings

Wedding cake

Chi-Chi Ari; Event Planning by Tiffany Rivera of Simply Breathe Events; Cake by Belle Mer

This four-tiered confectionary dream is dripping in gold leaf trim and fresh pastel blooms. What awaits beneath the refined exterior? Funfetti!

Cake by Belle Mer

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Fruity Floral Drip

Drip cake

Lāel Cakes

"Caramel drips with bright fruit, flowers, and meringues made a perfect beach wedding cake," says Aumiller of her confectionary creation. With tiers bursting with fresh blackberries and sweet baby tomatoes, we have no doubts that this beauty hits all of those beloved summertime flavors.

Cake by Lāel Cakes

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