Decorating a wedding cake with fresh flowers is not a new concept: Bakers often add cascading blooms or bold pops of color on the top of a cake by securing fresh flowers that match the overall wedding aesthetic. But what about incorporating a bold option such as a sunflower? This happy bloom is making an appearance on more and more cakes, especially with summer and early fall weddings, and we’re here for it.
“Sunflower cakes would be perfect in my opinion for any type of wedding,” says Sammi-Jo Gascoyne, owner of Blushing Cook, a bespoke cake studio in London. “Sunflowers bring so much happiness and joy to people. How could they not be?”
Meet the Expert
Sammi-Jo Gascoyne is the owner of Blushing Cook, best known for the development of the ‘Pressed Flower Cake’ design.
Sunflower wedding cakes are the perfect design for the couple looking to host a rustic wedding. Whether you’re tying the knot with a barn or farm wedding, or maybe even near a field, sunflowers are such a lovely addition.
Choosing a Sunflower Wedding Cake
So, how exactly do you add sunflowers to your wedding cake? Well, they can be incorporated in many different ways. “Sunflowers are edible flowers, so I always encourage anyone to use fresh sunflowers if they are in season,” says Gascoyne. “You want to make sure you get your flowers from a reputable edible flower grower who doesn’t spray them with pesticides. Or, even better, you might have some in your garden you have grown from seed.”
Gascoyne often presses her sunflowers whole for a bespoke dried floral look. If you’d prefer fresh sunflowers, you definitely have some leeway there as well. “Fresh sunflowers are fairly sturdy, so if you’re adding them fresh I would say they will withstand some time out of the water,” she says. “I would always add them fresh on the day, however. If they’re a little on the heavy side, pop a little wooden dowel or large wooden barbecue skewer beneath it to support it on your cake.” Sunflowers can also be incorporated into a cake by piping buttercream florals or by making flowers out of sugar to place on the cake.
Ready for some major sunny inspiration with these bold blooms? Read on for 14 of our favorite sunflower wedding cakes.
Showcase the Blooms
Sunflowers have the ability to be totally overdone on a cake if you’re not careful with the design. But this four-tiered beauty certainly isn’t in that category. We love the way the semi-naked cake offers just the slightest rustic touch, paired with sunflowers and greenery, for an elegant summer look.
Commission a Hand-Painted Masterpiece
Sunflower cakes don’t always have to feature bold, fresh blooms. The addition of this happy flower can be a bit more subtle. Case in point: This hand-painted work of art on fondant.
Dress Up a Semi-Naked Cake
A sunflower cake is perfect for an outdoor wedding—especially when paired with a semi-naked cake. Here, we love how one bold bloom is showcased on the top of the cake, while additional florals tie the look together.
Celebrate the Season
Sunflowers are edible, so they make for the perfect pressed flower on a beautiful cake. We suggest embracing the pressed petal look by pairing sunflowers with fresh sprigs of lavender—and, if you're marrying in the summertime, consider adding in-season strawberries and blueberries for a cake that seriously celebrates the season, as this one does.
Channel a Rustic Look
Hello, rustic barn wedding! We can’t get over the backdrop for this cake, with rustic barn walls and a table to match. This three-tiered cake fits perfectly with the setting, but the textured buttercream and cascade of sunflowers bring it all together.
Bring the Outdoors In
The display, which pairs smaller sunflowers with purple filler flowers and greenery, is simple yet beautiful. Thanks to the mix of flowers, the sunflowers make a statement without overpowering the overall design. The final touch? A round log cake stand that truly brings the outdoors in.
Decorate Multiple Tiers
There are so many different design elements to this cake, and we’re definitely here for it! The top and bottom tiers bring a rustic buttercream design to the party, while a semi-naked middle-tier adds a simple rustic vibe. Fresh sunflowers finish off the look.
Mix Orange and Yellow Tones
For a fall wedding, consider pairing a gorgeous mix of late summer and early fall colors. This cake is proof that the tones—and flowers, for that matter!—make for one perfect pairing.
Looking for more sunny inspiration? Be inspired by stunning sunflower bouquets below.