6 Beautiful Beach Wedding Cakes Decorated with Shells & Sea Life

Updated 07/19/16

Mark Davidson

Throwing a beach wedding this summer? Have your wedding cake complement the seaside setting by drawing design inspiration from the ocean. The treasures of sea life — shells, sea stars, coral, pearls — are all motifs that translate beautifully on wedding cake, as these six stunning examples illustrate.

Starfish (above): For a chic take on a summer wedding cake, combine sand-colored tiers and nautical rope details (fashioned from braided fondant) with a sculptural sugar starfish.

Photo: Carol Ly

Mussel Shells: This romantic, watercolor-painted cake is inspired by the colors of the sea; a pair of mussel shells make for an ocean-inspired cake topper.

Coral A simple all-white wedding cake is crowned with a topper fashioned from royal icing to resemble a piece of coral.

Oysters & Pearls: Love the simplicity of the oyster shells and sugar pearls.

Shells and Nautical Rope: This stunning confection is perfect for a beach wedding and features edible shells, twisted fondant rope, and a different pattern on each tier.

More Starfish: Decorate a crisp, white wedding cake with sugar sea stars in different ocean-inspired hues.

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