You've booked the perfect venue, sent out your save the dates, and now it's time for the next step—diving into your cake design. If you have plenty of gold throughout your wedding décor, why not have a gold wedding cake at your reception as well. Couples can add gold accents to their confections in a variety of ways, bringing a stunning metallic finish to their cakes no matter their wedding style.
There are so many ways that cake designers can achieve a bronzed look for a wedding cake, and it’s all up to the style the couple wants. "There are endless choices and tons of fabulous options for couples who want to incorporate gold into their wedding cakes," says Moriah Tulier, owner of Wildflower Cakes. "You can go big with whole tiers painted or even something small and delicate like a gold foiled monogram. From hints of metallic splatter, gold bas-relief, shimmery fondant edges, Art Deco details, and sequins, cake artists can paint almost any detail big or small golden with the right tools."
Meet the Expert
Moriah Tulier is the owner and founder of Wildflower Cakes, a Denver-based cake studio.
From flakes of gold foil to pouring melted gold chocolate for a drip effect, there’s a cake with gold accents out there for any venue. To inspire your cake design planning, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorites. Read on for 25 gold wedding cakes with gorgeous details we love.
Pretty in Pink and Gold
The hand-painted gold flecks contrasted with the subtle blush pink on this cake is such a gorgeous look. Ashley Cakes paired gold detailing with cascading white florals in this design to make a cake perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
Go for Gold Drip
Incorporating rose gold into a palette paired with light pinks, red, and greenery is simply stunning, and this cake pulls off that look flawlessly. This two-tiered cake from Magpies Bakery incorporated buttercream icing and a gold drip on the second tier for a gorgeous modern look.
Have a Two-Toned Statement
We love the idea of making a bold, gold statement with a two-tiered cake. This gorgeous design from Layers was topped with a sprig of Viburnum berries for a simple touch to complete the look.
Choose a Gold Monogram
Incorporating gold into your wedding cake’s décor doesn't always need to make a big splash. Sweet, simple details can elevate a white cake in the most beautiful way. This five-tier cake from Sugar Cloud Baking Company made a bold statement with its height, paired with a unique crocodile embossing and a subtle hand-painted gold monogram.
Shimmer With Gold Florals
Pairing shimmery gold with subtle pops of silver and pink can make such an elegant statement. This cake from Tessa Pinner incorporated hand-painted sugar leaves and buds to create a stunning showpiece.
Create a Contrast
Gold foil is an excellent option for couples looking to have a gilded accent on their wedding cake. Paired with a black confection, the metallic hue truly shines.
Design a Golden Geode
Geode cakes have certainly been having their moment to shine, and this gold detailed cake is the perfect example of why. With hand-painted fondant and a golden leaf as décor, this cake from The Cake That Ate Paris beamed with rustic, metallic elegance.
Go for Gilded Foil Flecks
Just a touch of gilded elegance can transform the look of a cake. This cake from The Cake & I featured semi-rustic edges with a bit of flaked gold, paired with dried flowers for a gorgeous boho vibe.
Brush With Gold
We can’t get enough of this look, which pairs bronzy gold-painted layers with bold red florals and soft pinks. This five-tier cake from Nine Cakes incorporated gold into a color palette in such a gorgeous way.
Get Creative With Your Stand
Consider coordinating your gold cake with your cake stand. This black and gold creation looks perfectly placed atop a unique stand with brand-like black legs and adorned with golden leaves.
Opt For a Bold Pattern
This design from Bottega Louie is what Art Deco dreams are made of. The real wedding cake featured black, gold, and grey triangles in its design, with square layers of chocolate cake and blackberry filling.
Speckle It With Gold
This three-tiered stunner from Lux Sucre Desserts is such a gorgeous option for a fall wedding, but the concept can be incorporated during any season. A semi-naked cake brought out the hues of the cake itself, while splattered gold enhanced the rustic vibe.
A brush of gold and sweet small florals is all you need to make a wedding cake absolutely charming. We love this single-tier design for a simple statement.
Craft Golden Tile
Create a tile-like design on a tier of your wedding cake for a unique approach to the design. We love how this is paired with a watercolor pink top tier.
This cake from Belmonde Villa San Michele paired a marbled fondant design with large flecks of edible gold foil for a stunning design. It's perfect for a modern wedding.
Adorn With Golden Leaves and Florals
This cake from Sweet Heather Anne incorporated gold into a floral design in the best way possible. The golden leaves paired with white sugar flowers with golden accents made for such an elegant statement.
A vintage Lambeth cake is a unique style of the moment that harkens to weddings in the '50s and '60s. Gold foil accents can add an elegant touch to the design.
Not every layer of your cake has to be the same. This cake from Rick’s Bakery incorporated semi-naked layers and a golden statement layer in the middle for a pretty gold look.
Go for Green and Gold
Pair simple gold foiled layers with a bold statement layer. This cake from Migalha Doce paired rustic gold detailing and plenty of texture with hand-painted watercoloring and stunning florals to complete the look.
Have a Touch of the Tropics
Utilizing a subtle palm leaf print paired with a pop of gold, this cake brought a touch of the tropics. Wildflower Cakes utilized mismatched tier heights and hand-brushed gold bands around the cake’s edges for a metallic finish.
Contrast the Tiers
Use gold to absolutely transform a tier of your wedding cake. This naked cake's look became entirely different once the baker wrapped the bottom in gold leaf.
Opt for Elegance
A tall white wedding cake adorned with white sugar flowers and gold leaf is a perfect complement to an elegant wedding. We especially love how the blooms and the leaf follow a similar pattern along the front of the cake.
Use a Different Kind of Gold Leaf
While you can decorate a cake with golf leaf, you can go a step further by accenting the florals on your cake with leaves painted in a shade of gold, too.
Decorate With Golden Blooms
Small golden flower accents placed around this white cake design lend a sweet touch to this pretty three-tier design. This would be a perfect cake for a springtime soirée.
Gild a Tier
Want a cake that's a bit of a surprise? Channel this unique design which has a different design on each tier. Gold leaf brings a pop of color to the confection.