If there's one thing most guests will remember about your wedding (aside from whether or not they had a good time!), it's probably not going to be your place settings or what flowers were in your centerpieces. What they will remember, though, is the food. Specifically, the wedding cake. Gone are the days of big desserts going untouched. With more and more couples opting for beautiful and delicious confections, these tiered treats are becoming one of the most anticipated parts of the reception.
Despite the seemingly endless options, many couples still feel compelled to choose a classic white cake. While there's nothing wrong with these traditional desserts, we love to see how couples personalize their cake through unique flavors and fun decorations. We went back through our favorite real weddings and pulled out the standout desserts that are worth a second look.
From dessert tables with an array of artisanal cake flavors to patterned treats that are almost too pretty to eat, these desserts are sure to inspire your own wedding cake.
Punchy Color Palette
Courtney and Tim's colorful Chicago wedding featured a punchy color palette that included fun hues like orange, pink, and yellow. Their geometric cake, created by Amy Beck Cake Design, features vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting and lemon cake with strawberry buttercream, in bright hues.
Despite their glam ceremony and reception in Los Angeles, Sunny and Ryan opted for a simple two-tiered wedding cake. The Buttered End created a blueberry-walnut confection covered in sweet lemon buttercream that was decorated with fresh blueberries, lemon, and nuts.
Wendy and Steven's grand, garden-inspired New York City wedding was packed with show-stopping details, and their cake was no exception. They turned to the pros at Maggie Austin Cake for their stunning five-tiered confection, which included ruffled layers and beautiful sugar flowers.
Plenty of Options
Annie and Cody wanted to offer plenty of dessert options at their Colorado wedding, so Megan Joy Cakes created three unique confections: two tiers of dark chocolate stout cake, three tiers of peach butter cake, and two tiers of olive oil cake.
For their spring wedding in San Juan Capistrano, California, Hannah and Gene asked Sweet & Saucy Shop to create a three-tiered chocolate ganache cake.
Casey and John planned an upscale backyard wedding at the bride's family home in Calabasas, California, so it was only fitting that their wedding cake was a mix of both glam and laid-back styles. The couple chose a salted caramel dessert from Whoa Nelly in shades of black, white, and gold.
Aynsley and Sean's nature-inspired Brooklyn wedding was all about elegance and simplicity, so a Swiss-dot-frosted cake was the perfect fit. One Girl Cookies created this three-tiered confection with layers of vanilla-bean cake, lemon curd with blackberry jam, and old-fashioned buttercream frosting.
With a glamorous, Old Hollywood-inspired wedding in New York City, Cassie and Sean knew they needed to choose a statement-making wedding cake. They loved this metallic ikat confection created by Cheryl Kleinman Cakes, which was made from white cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry filling.
While the dessert for Rachel and Austin's South Carolina wedding might look super simple, the filling was anything but. Ashley Bakery included layers of Italian créme cake with strawberry cheesecake and white chocolate cake.
The secret-garden theme at Jennifer and Randy's ethereal San Ysidro, California wedding didn't just extend to their decor—they made sure their cake fit the bill, too! They selected layers of vanilla sponge cake with lemon and berries and chocolate sponge cake with dark-chocolate mousse, all covered with bright-pink blooms.
Five Tier Treat
Caroline and Rascoe's chic wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, required an equally stunning wedding cake. So the couple asked the bakers at The Sugar Monkey to create this scalloped five-tiered vanilla treat for dessert.
Sugar Flower Accents
With a classic look throughout the rest of their Charleston, South Carolina, wedding, Alexis and Bill knew they wanted a very traditional dessert. Cakes by Kasarda baked this layered confection, with flavors like lemon cake with raspberry filling and strawberry cake with fresh berries, covered in Italian buttercream and decorated with sugar flowers.
Ashley and Ryan's San Diego wedding was filled with gorgeous floral details, so their two-tiered banana cake from VG Bakery was bound to be decorated with gorgeous blooms.
Decorated with Pearls
With Houston, Texas, as the backdrop for their wedding, Aaryn and Nick knew they needed a big cake. Whisk Bakery created a dramatic vanilla cake with amaretto filling that was decorated with silver pearls and displayed on a hanging stand.
A Dreamy Creation
Melissa and Dave wanted earthy, organic details to be present throughout their Charleston, South Carolina, wedding. For their wedding cake, the couple enlisted Minette Rushing to create a five-tiered dessert decorated with dream catchers, arrows, and gold feathers.
Naked Carrot Cake
Jessica and Tammy's Boston wedding was all about color, so it's no surprise that their naked cake was decked out in bright blooms. Mayflour Confections created a two-tiered naked carrot cake that was dripping with fresh flowers.