Wedding cakes fill us with joy...and it's not just because they're full of sugar. We love the pomp and circumstance of a crystal-encrusted masterpiece and treasure the simplicity of a sleek, modern design. A wedding cake is destined for more than just dessert.
Many couples choose to make it a focal point of the reception — proudly displaying it front and center for guests to "ooh" and "ahhh" over. Want your wedding cake to wow friends and family (not to mention your second cousin, who swears she's basically a professional baker) at your winter nuptials? Now is the time to start scoping out seasonal confections.
To get you started, we've pulled together some of the most stunning winter wedding cakes. From a rustic birch bark beauty to a whimsical nearly naked cake that would impress even Willy Wonka, these tiered confections are sure to inspire some ideas for the most important baked good of your life — and your appetite for dessert.
Planning a woodland wedding? While we wouldn't use the word boring, a plain white wedding cake lacks a bit of personality. A few seasonal accents can go a long way! Pinecones, branches and berries lend a festive touch to this wonderfully wintery two-tiered confection by Once Upon a Cake Co.
When your "I dos" take place atop a snow-covered mountain, inspo is everywhere. The refined look of the snow white fondant with the rich metallics and jewel tones plays well with the hues of the season. The Stein Eriksen Lodge (both the venue and cake designer) created a confection that strikes the perfect balance between elegant and earthy, seamlessly fitting in with the ski lodge setting.
There's so much to love about cold weather nuptials! One our faves is the abundance of natural seasonal decor. A wedding cake, covered in rich buttercream frosting, is already deliciously decadent. Fresh pine cones and sprigs of greenery give a seasonal upgrade worthy of any winter wedding.
A Floral Wreath
No winter blues here! Unless you count this breathtaking creation from A Bake Shop. A striking choice for a winter wedding, this chocolate-raspberry cake is covered with blue fondant and adorned with a fresh floral wreath. The rich hues of the fondant and florals just scream colder weather. Don't you think?
An abundance of seasonal fruit captures that winter feast type appeal. "I felt that the fruit needed a touch of metallic, to help them stand out, so I added brushstrokes of edible silver luster," says Megan Norris of Hansel & Gretel. The vanilla buttercream was given a rustic finish to keep the cake from looking polished. The goal was for it to look deliciously edible, as opposed to overly perfected.
Tying the knot on NYE? This coconut passionfruit cake by draws inspiration from the confetti that falls when the ball drops! "Mr & Mrs" is written simply, so the gold confetti could shine. "It works for the occasion because it's fun and not super formal. The new year's brides I've worked with in the past have always been easy going and fun. They usually aren't super traditional," says Cassidy Budge of Flour and Flourish.
For this wedding at Blisswood on Lake Michigan, the rustic vibe was carried through the tented reception — replete with branches and trees — as well as the cake. Bella e Dolce's earthy creation was made to look like a birch tree. The inside is carrot cake with orange ginger cream cheese filling. A few pine cones lend a seasonal touch, while remaining true to the woodland thematic.
Planning a fairytale winter wedding? Pearls, shimmering crystals and silver sugar petals adorn this enchanting wintry white confection, by Cake Heaven. It's finished with an isomalt sugar brooch and wafer paper flower cake topper. Three words: sophisticated, sparkling, perfection. You might even say it's fit for a queen...and we'd agree.
This delectable chocolate naked drip cake, by Rooney Girl Bakes, captures the whimsy of the winter season. The simple execution and "anything goes" design style create a festive and dramatic effect. Melted white chocolate drizzled on the top of each tier creates a feeling of melted snow. Plus, it's perfect for cake lovers as well as those looking for an alternate treat for dessert. It's decked with caramel popcorn, macarons, raspberries and candy bars!
Rock Candy Sprinkles
This dreamy dessert, by MJB Cakes, is composed of two tiers of vanilla bean cake with chocolate chips, and layers of vanilla bean buttercream and salted caramel filling. As if that wasn't decadent enough, it's covered with white fondant, painted with edible gold and silver dust and finished with metallic rock candy for a whimsical touch.