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!
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 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.
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.
An apricot-and-corn wedding cake decorated with blood oranges is the perfect tribute to a rustic wedding in California wine country.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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