Your wedding cake is the perfect backdrop to incorporate your unique and personalized wedding vision for your special day. Plus, wedding cake tasting is possibly the second most exciting part of wedding planning (second to wedding dress shopping, of course). So, we’ve gathered 20 gorgeous wedding cake ideas to inspire your bridal style, whether that be beach, boho, classic, garden, vintage, minimalist, rustic, or something totally unique to you. We promise these wedding cake designs will not only make your mouth water but also complement your super chic wedding theme! Scroll on!
Tips on Choosing the Right Wedding Cake Design for You
Before we show you our lineup of gorgeous wedding cakes, here are some of our pro tips for choosing the right wedding cake aesthetic for you.
- Whatever your wedding vision is, be sure to include your partner in your decision. Choosing a wedding cake design and flavor is not only a bonding experience for you both but also too tasty and fun not to experience together!
- Work with your wedding venue. This is key, as the venue often offers catering and may even require you to utilize their baker. It can also be a money-saver to utilize their preferred bakery or on-site pâtissier for your wedding cake.
- Estimate the size of your guest list so you select a cake design that is big enough for all your guests. The wedding cake after all, is a crowd pleaser, you wouldn’t want anyone to go home without! Once you receive RSVP’s, be sure to communicate with your baker if the number has significantly increased or decreased from your initial estimate.
- Give yourself plenty of time. Bakeries can fill up fast—especially during peak wedding season. Most bakeries recommend reserving the date for your wedding cake six months in advance during peak season and three months in advance during the off season.
- Choose a flavor you and your guests will love. Some popular and traditional wedding cake flavors include vanilla, yellow, and chocolate. But you can always branch out with more unique flavors like carrot, pumpkin, cookie dough, lemon, or strawberry. Or you can opt to have the best of both worlds with a vanilla or chocolate base with caramel or raspberry filling.
- Budget the right amount of money for your wedding cake. The average U.S. wedding cake costs around $400. On the lower end, couples usually spend around $150, while on the higher end, they often spend $800-$1000 or more on their wedding cake. You can calculate what price your wedding cake will be by how many tiers you’d like (each additional tier will add around $100 to your cake) and by having one slice for each person on your guest list (the price of a slice on a wedding cake tends to average between $3-$12).
With these tips under your belt, you’ll be able to choose the wedding cake that works best for you and your wedding style! Now, keep scrolling to see our gorgeous line up of wedding cake ideas for your wedding vision.
Rustic Wedding Cake with Greenery
PC: Chris Bartow Photography
If you’re down to earth with a deep appreciation for organic textures, you’ll love the look and feel of real wood accents with a touch of greenery in this three-tier cake. Naked wedding cakes are right on trend, and this particular design looks especially delicious with chocolate layers and a white crumb coating.
Serve this cake on a DIY wood slice, the perfect functional wedding day memento to accent your coffee table. Then, ask your florist for a few flowers or greenery to add an extra detail to the cake tiers.
Minimalist Modern Wedding Cake Idea in Geometric Lines
PC: Jaimee Morse Fine Art Photography
To play up your minimalist wedding aesthetic, add greenery and white florals to your dessert table. We love how the garland beneath the cake stand brings out the geometric lines and shimmer on this modern wedding cake design. So chic!
Hand-Painted Vintage Wedding Cake
PC: Jadie Jo Photography and Am.Art
If you envision yourself wearing a lace wedding dress reminiscent of that of your grandmother’s, or see yourself wearing one of her favorite brooches on your big day, you’ll want a unique vintage wedding cake design to match your antique-inspired vision.
To incorporate your vintage vision into your wedding cake idea, have a baker make a simple white fondant cake and hire a local artist to watercolor it. The subtle brush strokes in your wedding colors will be reminiscent of heirloom fabrics and will make it almost too pretty to eat. Plus, it will be the perfect addition to your gold-dipped candle center pieces and antique serving platters and vintage decanters.
Beach Wedding Cake with Graham Cracker Crumbs
PC: Alexandra Robyn Photography
Live out your beach bridal dreams with this gorgeous coral-colored wedding cake. Featuring a graham cracker crumb bottom inspired by sandy beaches, this design “takes the cake” for a seaside celebration. Don’t forget to add beach-inspired accents like glass bottles, wooden crates, and sandy florals to complete your overall look!
Earthy Wedding Cake Design with Berry Tones
PC: Innocent Thunder Photography
To complement your rustic bridal vision, opt for a wedding cake design that’s textured, natural, and fresh. This rustic wedding cake features chocolate brush strokes and is great for fall and winter celebrations. We also think it would pair perfectly with Scandinavian décor that’s clean and modern with distressed accents.
Industrial-Chic Cake with a Palm Tree Accent
PC: Ellen Sear Photography
This super unique wedding cake idea is perfect for an industrial chic wedding theme and features several of our favorite things. We especially love the hand-painted palm tree on the top tier, the pink industrial-inspired bricks of the middle tier, and the monochrome design of the bottom tier. Plus, it features fun fondant lettering for the Mr. and Mrs.! So sweet!
One-Tier Wedding Cake on Tower for Donut Lovers
PC: Kristina Wild Photography
If you plan on catering your celebration with your favorite food truck and want the dessert to be just as easy and delectable as the tacos that you and your sweetheart love, opt for doughnuts instead of a wedding cake. Or, for the best of both worlds, have a small, one-tier cake for you two to cut and enjoy, then add tiers of doughnuts underneath. After all, sticking to finger foods suits your type of soiree. And you want everyone to be able to dance, eat, and drink all at once!
Simple Winter Wedding Cake with Pine Cones
PC: Vanessa Hicks Photography
As one of our favorite wedding cake ideas, this wintery-white cake is perfect for a winter or holiday celebration. To pull off this snow-inspired look, simply add pine cones to the cake tiers, sprinkle them with powdered sugar, and voilà! You have the perfect combination for your cold-weather soiree.
Chocolate Drip Wedding Cake Idea for a Romantic Occasion
PC: Jessa E Photographs
You’re looking for something timeless and elegant for your special day, perhaps a ceremony at a vintage church with a rose garden reception. Well, we have the perfect bridal treat for you: a sophisticated yet romantic one-tier wedding cake with berry and rose accents. The best part of this wedding cake is its affordability, but we also love how the semi-naked layers and chocolate drip combine to create a totally dreamy look.
Naked Boho Wedding Cake Idea
PC: Erika Diaz Photography
If you’re inspired by spontaneity and have always wanted to get married in the woods or the great outdoors, boho wedding cake ideas are for you. Since bold colors call your name and you aren’t afraid to mix textures, we recommend feathers, lace, and velvet accents. With naked layers and natural details, this cake is as fun as your free spirit and creates a romantic boho aesthetic perfect for a woodland celebration.
Pride Wedding Cake with Rainbow Layers
PC: Red M Studios
This LGBTQ couple chose to surprise their guests with rainbow layers inside their white three-tier wedding cake for their pride wedding. We love how sweet and unique this wedding cake idea is, and it looks like the guests loved it too! For more pride wedding ideas, visit our blog: Pride Wedding Ideas Inspired by LGBTQ Couples and Their Weddings.
Two-Tier Wedding Cake with Colorful Cake Stand
PC: Lindley Battle Photography
If you’re looking to host a beach, garden, or casual celebration, we have the perfect wedding cake idea for you. The two tiers of this wedding cake are decorated with buttercream frosting for a simple yet modern look, while the super chic and colorful cake stand gives a trendy, geometric aesthetic.
Luxurious White Wedding Cake with Bow Accent
PC: Elizabeth Austin Photography
Looking to add a little luxury to your big day? This simple yet glamorous celestial-inspired wedding cake is the perfect complement to a regal or royal celebration. We especially love how the satin bow on the side contrasts with the pearl and gold detailing on the front.
Tropical Wedding Cake with Pineapple Topper
PC: Caitlin Rose Photography
If you’re an adventure lover and plan to go barefoot on your wedding day so you can feel the earth between your toes, the perfect cake for you might just be a cake for two! Check out this Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop mini pineapple wedding cake masterpiece. It’s simple yet, memorable and sure to be delicious if you’re going for a tropical fruit filling!
Classic Spring Wedding Cake with Delicate Flowers
PC: Rachel Laxton Photography
This three-tier buttercream wedding cake idea “takes the cake” for a classic spring wedding. Beneath the frosting lie layers of vanilla cake, a traditional wedding cake flavor and also a well-known crowd pleaser. Plus, the pink and yellow roses on this confection combined with a bit of greenery give this design a delicate, whimsical look.
Beach-Inspired Blue Wedding Cake with Candles and Seashells
PC: Claire Eliza Photography
Excited to cut the cake for your seaside elopement or ocean-front celebration? Opt for “something blue” in a sky-hued concoction with wave-like texture! This three-tier wedding cake is easy to configure for an outside reception. And it looks dreamy against an ocean sunset, sea cliffs, or a sandy beach.
Italian Floral Wedding Cake Idea
PC: Hannah Mac Photography
This matte white cake features nature-inspired textures and real-looking blooms together in a burnished palette. We’d recommend this unique design for rustic soirees, outdoor celebrations, and fairytale escapades. Fair warning, your guests may need reassurance that these super realistic blossoms are entirely edible.
Gothic-Inspired Geode Wedding Cake
PC: Francesca Hill Photography
What’s better for a gothic-inspired wedding than this unique four-tiered geode wedding cake featuring deep purple and black hues? Out of all the wedding cake ideas we’ve seen, this one definitely wins the “wow” factor. We promise you’ll have a fantastic time pairing moody and goth details with this statement-making confection. Just be sure to budget accordingly, as geode wedding cakes tend to cost more due to the level of detail required.
Gourmet Pancake Stack
PC: Christine Ross
If you’re not the biggest cake fan, doing a gourmet pancake stack with your favorite choice of syrup is just the thing for you. This is one of our favorite wedding cake ideas and is perfect for a fall or winter wedding celebration, as it gives a cozy, rustic feel. Just make sure to provide enough pancakes so your guests can have some as well! For more fall wedding cake ideas and options, click here!
Halloween Wedding Cake with Metallic Accents and Spider Topper
PC: Sarah Louise Photography
This two-tiered Halloween wedding cake “takes the cake” with its alternative and unique design. Accented in dried fall foliage and topped with a cute yet spooky spider, this fall wedding cake is perfect for a moody or Halloween-themed celebration. Consider adding pumpkins and other festive décor to spice up your dessert table in the spirit of spooky season.
If you loved any of these wedding cake ideas, make sure to Pin them to your wedding board or show them to your baker for inspiration! Then, review our wedding budget breakdown for easier wedding planning. Additionally, if one of these cake designs inspired you and you’d like to try your hand at baking and decorating your own wedding cake, visit this blog post by Bridal Musings!
Best of luck on your wedding-planning journey! And when the big day is over, share your wedding story and portraits with us here so we can all drool over whichever perfectly-themed cake you select!