Oftentimes, choosing a wedding cake feels like checking off yet another box on your wedding to-do list. (Bouquet? Check! Dress? Check! Cake? Check!) But, today, it doesn't have to be that way. Rather than ordering some traditional cake for ceremonial purposes, you now have the option to treat it as both a design element and a delicious menu item. So, basically, it's time to get creative!
In terms of the cake's design, it's often smart to start by thinking about your venue. The venue sets the scene for the rest of your wedding and also affects what material the cake can be made of (fondant can be hard in direct sunlight, et cetera). Plus, we think it's fun to have the wedding cake match the venue's aesthetic and the rest of the day's design details. So, if you're into that idea as well, we suggest you start by imagining what exactly you're looking for (five tiers, a single tier, etc.) and thinking about design elements you like ("drip" elements, fresh flowers, geometric designs).
As you'll see below, we're especially into recreating textiles in buttercream, using local flora as accent pieces, and even adding fruit toppings. So, to show you exactly what creative ideas we're talking about, we compiled a list of 55 wedding cakes (yes, 55!) that will perfectly fit in at a farm, beach, garden, and more.
Keep scrolling to gather inspo for your own celebration, and remember: You can customize all of the cakes below to your wedding, venue, and taste—quite literally!
Clusters of Chamomile
This chamomile-accented cake was as pretty on the inside as it was on the out. It featured three different flavors (lemon, chocolate, and strawberry) paired with Swiss meringue.
Pretty in Pink
When designer Arden Greenwood described this cake, she said, "It's delicate, and oh-so-pretty!" We couldn't agree more.
Major Floral Moment
Talk about an Insta-worthy moment! With a cake like this, you can skip the flower wall, and the photo booth, and the sparkler exit...
Jasmine vines make this simple, two-tiered cake garden-ready.
This pretty pink cake features pastel brushstrokes on its base and peony blooms for an additional pop of pink.
Muted florals and greenery accents made his three-tiered cake a standout, but the real star of the show was its crème brûlée and funfetti flavoring.
Bed of Roses
This photo is proof that you shouldn't feel limited to the cake itself when adding accent florals!
Pop of Color
We love a little color play! And we're especially into this pink cake paired with a bright poppy flower.
If you're more into doughnuts than cakes, this idea is for you. This way, you can enjoy your favorite sweet on the big day and still have the top tier (to save for your anniversary!).
We love this textured cake decorated with vines, white booms, and a little bit of lavender up top.
Go for a literal garden theme by covering the cake with the prettiest bright blooms around.
Winning in White
Go for simple chic vibes with a small cutting cake decorated with dried grasses.
Fall brides, this one is for you. We love how the leaves pops against the buttercream icing!
Make the cake the crown jewel of the cerebration by adding actual floral crowns around each tier.
The fresh fruit on this little pretty looks almost as tasty as the cake itself.
Two words: Simply chic.
A Solid Base
Take this as additional proof that we love fall foliage and natural elements on a white cake—especially in the mountains. Why not when you're surrounded by all that beauty, right?!
A Beautiful Mess
Yes, yes, yes! Seriously, we could look at this masterpiece all day.
You can add florals for an unexpectedly rustic touch. Here, Amy Osaba used honeysuckle and dried hydrangea petals.
We love the look of a naked cake in a natural setting, and especially so when it's decorated with dark figs and natural grasses.
Now this is what you call trendy. This little beauty combines some of our favorite wedding trends, namely: drip cakes, semi-naked cakes, and cacti!
Succulent cakes are taking over our IG account as some of the most-liked photos, ever. Take this pic as evidence why!
We heart this petite semi-naked cake, topped with a soft gray drizzle and fresh flowers.
Again, proof that succulent cakes rule.
Raising the Bar
This retro bar cart would feel right at home at, say, a Palm Springs wedding. Just saying!
The Perfect Pair
If you're throwing a beach bash, don't be afraid to embrace the setting in a fun yet elegant way. We think this cake is just that.
We know we gave similar inspo for mountain weddings, but you can just as easily use local flora (think palms!) in a tropical setting.
Less is More
In fact, think about using tropical leaves that are nearly as large as the cake itself.
If you're marrying in a locale with unique architectural details like tiled floors and artisan touches, consider recreating that look on the cake. Just be careful to not, well, over do it.
Touch of Purple
We're super into the sexy feel of this cake (thanks to dark cherries and blackberries), but we're really into how the little blooms add a touch of the tropics as well.
All About Otomi
Getting married in Mexico? Go ahead and pin this Otomi masterpiece.
A Cherry-Picked Creation
Embrace the setting with fresh produce for an elevated farmer's market vibe.
Hanging cakes are a new trend this year—and it's no surprise why! We say go ahead and hang one from a sturdy tree or structure near the reception site for a seriously statement display.
A Pretty "Pear-ing"
This simple white cake is lined with dried pears, and we're simply obsessed. The result is modern, organic, and totally chic. (Not to mention: sweet!)
With this cake, the naked tiers embrace the rustic setting, while the blooms add a touch of elegance.
If you're having a farm wedding, your guests are going to want to explore their surroundings. Which is what makes these mini travel cakes perfect—they can grab them and go!
A Classic Beauty
This cake alone sets the tone for one classy affair.
For a modern take on vineyard elegance, start with a marble-painted cake, then add fig accents for an organic touch.
A Cheese Cake
Cheese lovers, why not serve an actual cheese cake?!
A Dark Delight
We can't decide what we love more: The cake's unexpected shape or sexy hue.
Touch of Ivy
Blend in with the estate's environment with a gray cake wrapped in ivy.
All Tied Up
There's just something about a subtle marble cake, especially when the undertones are repeated in a bundle of silk ribbons at its base.
Mini drip cakes for the win!
A Fresh Treat
Top a simple buttercream cake with blackberries, figs, and edible flowers to match the rest of your palette.
Chocolate All Over
There's nothing wrong with a one-tiered chocolate cake topped with pretty flowers.
Into the Blue
We love the color combo of this ice blue cake and burgundy blooms. Also, note the mini tarts surrounding it!
If you're into vanilla and your partner totally loves chocolate, here's the answer to all your cake queries.
A Real Treat
Olive leaves and fig accents look beautiful—every single time.
If you're a design lover, consider recreating an interior fabric or painting on your cake. This can be especially fun if you look to your venue (say, an iconic restaurant, club, or landmark) for inspo.
A Morning Favorite
Embrace your city locale with a quintessentially city activity: brunch! That's why this pancake "cake" is perfect.
Work of Art
We realize a black cake isn't right for everyone, but this one feels especially artsy and fun.
An Unexpected Shape
If you're not willing to go as dark as black, consider a matte gray look. It's still the opposite of the expected white!
In Full Bloom
This little masterpiece deserves an exhibit of its own. Don't you think?!
You can still do a celestial theme, even if you're technically marrying under city lights and not the stars.
A Fresh Confection
Case in point: A simple white cake can feel modern, cool, and unexpected.