We’re all for a statement-making cake, but understated cakes can go a long way. Enter: the simple wedding cake.
Lightly adorned and often wrapped in white buttercream, simple wedding cakes tend to trend more classic than anything. But you can still keep things minimal while spicing up tradition—adding a monstera leaf for a tropical twist, edging layers with pearl-like fondant, or infusing metallic foil as a glitzy touch. And there are other ways of going bold without decking out your cake! Opt for multiple single-tiered cakes to create a lavish table spread. We also love the idea of filling a traditional-looking cake with a surprising flavor inside, like banana or raspberry jam.
Simple wedding cakes are perfect for an informal, intimate wedding—but also if you’re a couple who prefers a minimalist look or timeless touch. Besides the elegant simplicity of these cakes, there’s another bonus: the less fuss, the lower the cost (typically).
Below, 38 simple wedding cake ideas will do the trick.
Drape a simple white wedding cake in greenery and place it in a shallow bowl for a minimalist, organic effect. Inside, red velvet cake pairs with cream cheese filling and buttercream frosting.
A vine of earth-toned flowers and vivid greenery dress up frosted tiers and seminude layers. The look, like the rest of the wedding, was inspired by the bride’s grandparents’ safari honeymoon. We love a nostalgic nod!
This double chocolate chip cake gets a rustic charm from its semi-naked layers and a sweet touch thanks to delicate rose accents.
Evoke a Tuscan Feel
A simple two-tiered white cake gets a Tuscan twist with wreaths of olive leaves and fresh orange slices. Set it on a wood charger and finish it off with a wrought iron cake topper to complete those rustic Italian countryside vibes.
A three-tiered white wedding cake is a classic choice, but this one carries a more laid back vibe thanks to its textured fondant. Fresh flowers in a mauve and pink palette bring a dash of romance.
Pick an Unexpected Flavor
This fondant-pleated confection looks classic on the outside with its three white tiers, but the inside surprises with an unexpected banana flavor. Adorn it with a swath of ferns and white blooms for a botanical touch.
A lemon cake with raspberry jam is sleek and stunning with simple slender tiers. Dried lunaria and fresh roses delicately decorate the cake for some minimalist romance.
If you’re having a destination wedding, this cake is for you! Bougainvillea and foliage are the perfect accents to lend your cake an escapist feel. Inside this beauty are layers of chocolate and salted caramel and vanilla almond.
A simple white cake goes for a spin with textured stripes on the top layer and a delicate floral design on the bottom layer. Added fall leaves create an autumnal vibe by bringing a subtle, husky color.
Build a Tower
This towering confection is a showstopper. Lanky brushed tiers emit an artsy, disheveled effect, while tropical blooms, and greens create a feeling of paradise.
A four-tier, vanilla wedding cake with fresh strawberries and Italian buttercream frosting has a classic-meets-modern look when decked out with pastel-colored flowers and perched on an ornate silver pedestal.
Channel the Tropics
Festooned with gorgeous white blooms and lush leaves, this two-tiered wedding cake is clean and tropical in a way that manages to be bold without being over-the-top. It tastes just as good as it looks, featuring chocolate chip with mocha buttercream and vanilla with dulce de leche flavors.
Forget flowers—fruit works as accents, too! Add fresh apricots, figs, and olive branches to a buttercream cake for a hearty, rustic vibe. We’re loving this one for a farm or countryside wedding.
Use Dried Florals
We think this simple wedding cake belongs in a dreamy forest wedding. Accenting your cake with sugar dried florals and branches evokes a bohemian, ethereal feeling that comes with the magic of the woods.
Add a Personal Touch
This three-tier cake includes three flavors—white chocolate raspberry, chocolate champagne, and lemon cream cheese. It also includes a personal touch: a fondant portrait of the couple’s black cat, Toast!
Keep It Clean
Business on the outside, party on the inside. Sometimes, a cake shines best without any adornments, like this classic five-tier cake boasting textured stripes. But slice that baby open and you’ll find a Funfetti surprise.
Ditch the classic white wedding cake in favor of a naked cake sandwiched between layers of decadent frosting. Top it off with strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries for a punch of color and flavor.
An apricot-and-corn wedding cake decorated with blood oranges is the perfect tribute to a rustic wedding in California wine country.
Evoke Natural Elegance
Create a look of natural elegance by adorning a pleated buttercream cake with olive leaves. The airy palette complements an outdoor wedding.
Ruffled white buttercream is layered over chocolate cake with fresh fruit filling, while white roses bring classic romance. The white-on-white effect is perfect for a chic spring wedding.
Decorate the rim of a white buttercream two-tier cake in delicate pearl-like fondant for a sweet, feminine touch and complete the look with clematis vine. This confection features chocolate cake with a ganache filling and lemon berry cake with lemon custard filling.
Offer Multiple Cakes
The upside of a simple wedding cake? If you go all out in simplicity with a single-tiered cake, it’s easy to have more than one! This couple had five, offering five different cake flavors: almond amaretto, caramel, white wedding cake, and vanilla bean.
Design a Rustic Masterpiece
This towering wedding cake has layers of vanilla cake paired with fresh berries and meringue for a light and fresh finish. Somehow, it pulls off a look both rustically relaxed and stunning.
Pay Tribute to the Locale
Let your wedding cake give a nod to your wedding location. This four-tiered cake features layers of maple bourbon, complementing the couple’s Vermont destination. Cascading fresh pink blooms complete the look.
This stylish chocolate cake is a fashion bride’s dream. A half-naked finish combined adorned with fresh peach and white florals has an effortless, chic feel.
Decorate with Organics
Bring out the greens! Deck out a four-tiered wedding cake, featuring layers of vanilla sponge cake filled with kirsch mousseline and gres strawberries, with eucalyptus and olive branches.
Infuse Springtime Vibes
This confection is giving us some serious spring fever. A semi-naked vanilla cake filled with chocolate ganache gets a cheerful flair with a topper of fresh dahlias and bed of eucalyptus.
Take Winter Inspiration
This three-tiered cake has us dreaming of winter. A semi-naked design featuring layers of cake and frosting looks like it was dusted in snow, complete with a richly hued topper of fresh fruit and florals.
These cakes are part of a cake table boasting 17 wedding cakes, each with its own decor and unique flavors. When opting for a series of single-tiered cakes, mix-and-match their design for a cohesive, complementary look. This display gets glam with gilded metallic foil accents in gold.
Look to Art
Cake or artwork? This masterpiece was decorated with thin strips of fondant painted in shades of sage, pale blue, ivory, and soft peach. The result is a hybrid of the Impressionist era’s watercolors and geometric patterns of today’s modern art.
We can’t turn away some decadent frosting, but a chiffon cake that goes light on the icing can be just as delicious—like this blackberry compote with vanilla buttercream confection.
Mix Gold Accents
Gold leaf accents this semi-naked cake, creating some bucolic glitz. Inside, layers of vanilla cake sandwich vanilla and strawberry buttercream.
Pack a Summer Punch
A three-tiered carrot cake filled with cream cheese frosting gets a summery touch with colorful garden roses and ranunculus.
Design a Timeless Look
Nothing is quite as timeless as a neutral-colored palette, and this naked vanilla sponge cake with lemon and buttercream icing seals the deal. Add some romantic white roses and we’re head over heels for this confection.
Traditional white dresses have gotten a blush-hued take, so why can’t traditional white cakes? This blush semi-naked cake has layers of champagne vanilla and sparkling rose cake with champagne vanilla buttercream. A grand display complete with a lavish arch of vines elevates the look.
This traditional Portuguese olive oil wedding cake is topped with fondant, olive leaves, and wildflowers. A cut-out bride and groom topper adds a dash of whimsy.
Bring Garden Charm
A semi-naked, champagne-flavored cake with mascarpone filling and vanilla buttercream icing gets some garden charm with white roses and eucalyptus. It’s hard to envision a cake more perfect for a spring wedding!
Make a statement by keeping one tier simple and the other textured. How chic is tile-embellished look with a touch of greenery?!
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