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 55 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?
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.
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.
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.
Floating Sugar Flowers
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.
Pretty in Pink
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.
Minimalism isn't always stark. These simple white wedding cakes are elevated with scalloped and latticework textures, and accented with pops of fresh flowers.
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.
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.
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.
A Bohemian Dream
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.
Fresh Fruit Toppings
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."
Go for Gold
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.
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.
Colorful Sugar Flowers
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.
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.
It doesn't get much more luxurious than this. Three tiers of white fondant brushed with metallic gold and one entire tier of textured, gilded goodness all wrapped up in a fresh swag of pastel blossoms and greenery.
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.
A Statement White Cake
"Monochrome designs create a unique sculptural form," explains Aumiller. "We hand sculpted varieties of sugar orchids and layered them in a romantic, abstract spread."
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.
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.
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?
A Natural Finish
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
An Organic Wreath
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.
"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."
Pops of Orange
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Bed of Roses
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.
This three-tiered wedding cake packs a serious visual punch. Crisp layers flank a semi-naked chocolate tier brimming with moody florals.
An Anemone Attraction
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.
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.
A Spectacular Spectrum
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.
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.
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.
Stroke of Genius
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.
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!
A Personalized Approach
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.
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.
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.
Monogram lovers, rejoice! This four-tiered wedding cake features gold marbling, sugar flowers, and a gilded interpretation of the couple's monogram.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extend an Olive Branch
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.
Peaches and Cream
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.
All Ruffled Up
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.
A Classic Cake
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.
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.
All the Trimmings
This four-tiered confectionary dream is dripping in gold leaf trim and fresh pastel blooms. What awaits beneath the refined exterior? Funfetti!