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?
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
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
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.
Cake by Pretty Please Bakeshop
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.
Cake by Ma Petite Maison Cakes
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.
Cake by Paper Cake Events
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.
Cake by Sweet Heather Anne
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.
Cake by Flour and Flourish
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 of textured, gilded goodness all wrapped up in a fresh swag of pastel blossoms and greenery.
Cake by Fox Tail Bakeshop
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.
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
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
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.
Cake by Sweet Heather Anne
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
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.
An Abundance of Roses
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."
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
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.
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."
Top of the Line
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.
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.
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."
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.
Cake by Sweets Illustrated
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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
Ombré All Over
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
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.
Cake by Magnolia Bakery
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
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.
Cake by Pippa Cakery
Tower of Roses
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!"
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.
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.
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
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!
Cake by Hey There! Cupcake
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.
Cake by Madison Lee's Cakes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Cake by Bent Fork Bakery
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
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
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.
Cake by Pretty Please Bakeshop
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.
Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design
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
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!
Cake by Belle Mer
Fruity Floral Drip
"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.