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100+ Glorious Wedding Cake Ideas to Inspire Your Dream Wedding

In case you haven’t found the wedding cake of your dreams yet, here are even more glorious wedding cake ideas for you to explore!

Nearly Naked Chocolate Wedding Cake

Nearly Naked Chocolate Wedding Cake photo by Colagrossi
Source: Brides.com

Simple yet elegant, this stripped down chocolate cake has minimal icing and a pop of color provided by a bushel of grapes. Perfect for a rustic or modern wedding.


Icing Roses Ombre Wedding Cake

Icing Roses Ombre Wedding Cake

This ombre wedding cake transitions from deep red to a light cream for a festive appeal. And the glass dancing couple wedding cake topper is simply adorable!


Dripping with Caramel

Dripping with Caramel Wedding Cake by Alita O'Brien of TOME
Source: Elle Decor

Alita O’Brien of TOME created this absolutely stunning semi-naked cake that’s literally dripping with caramel.


Love Orchids

Love Orchids Wedding Cake

The elegance of orchids and the romance of love combine in this simple yet sophisticated wedding cake.


Bright Impasto Modern Art Wedding Cake

Bright Impasto Modern Art Wedding Cake by Hey There, Cupcake
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

This amazing cake from Hey There, Cupcake looks like a piece of edible modern art.


Minions Wedding Cake

Minions Wedding Cake from Reddit

This two-sided minions wedding cake from Reddit is absolutely amazing, and full of miniony fun. The one side is classic white wedding cake beauty, while the other side shows the minions cleverly hiding inside.


Blue & White Floral Wedding Cake

Blue & White Floral Wedding Cake photo by Dana Cubbage
Source: The Knot

Only the bottom tier is decorated in a lovely blue floral pattern, making this simple cake sophisticated and elegant.


Ribbon & Sash Wedding Cake

Ribbon Sash Wedding Cake

Pink ribbons and dark purple flowers decorate each of the 7 layers on this oversized cake, with an icing sash connecting them all.


Black & White Ombre Perfection

Black & White Ombre Wedding Cake by Fluffy Thoughts Cakes.
Source: Elle Decor

A classic three tier cake gets a sophisticated twist by Fluffy Thoughts Cakes with this black to white ombre cake adorned with some handmade flowers.


Square Wedding Cake with Gray Bows

Square Wedding Cake with Gray Bows

Sophisticated and modern, for today’s bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom).


Stone Tiered Wedding Cake

Stone Tiered Wedding Cake by Hey There, Cupcake

Another gorgeous creation from the San Diego modern cake design house of Hey There, Cupcake.


Wedding Cake and Cupcake Combo

Wedding Cake and Cupcake Combo

Another gorgeous example of combining a classic wedding cake with a cupcake tower.


Fuchsia Cascade Square

Fuchsia Cascade Square Wedding Cake photo by Jasmine Star Photography
Source: The Knot

Who says square can’t be elegant and beautiful? Not the makers of this gorgeous cake!


Frosting Ribbons

White Ribbons Wedding Cake

Thick, white ribbons of buttercream frosting cover all 3 layers of this simple but beautiful cake.


Chocolate and Gold Foil Rustic Wedding Cake

Chocolate and Gold Foil Rustic Wedding Cake from Sasselina Sweets
Source: Brides.com

Two naked chocolate tiers surround a white and gold foil middle layer that adds a touch of rustic glamour in this delicious looking cake from Sasselina Sweets.


White Eucalyptus Sprigs Wedding Cake

White Eucalyptus Sprigs Wedding Cake

Eucalyptus leaves separate each tier in this classically beautiful cake.


Red Velvet Semi-Naked Wedding Cake

Red Velvet Semi-Naked Wedding Cake from Sasselina Sweets

Another gorgeous creation from Sasselina Sweets, this one features a semi-naked red velvet cake adorned with pink and purple roses.


7-Tier Classic Wedding Cake

7-Tier Classic Wedding Cake

A classic beauty, in all its grandeur.


Color-Block Glam Wedding Cake

Color-Block Glam Wedding Cake by Maya Dahlia Cakes
Source: Elle Decor

Sophisticated and glamorous, black and fuchsia combine in this gorgeous creation by Maya Dahlia Cakes. Some gold embellishments and a gold cake stand complete this eye-popping design.


Blue & White Scrollwork Wedding Cake

Blue & White Scrollwork Wedding Cake

Delicate blue icing is overlaid with intricate white scrollwork for an elegant finished product.


Colorful Geometric Wedding Cake

Colorful Geometric Wedding Cake by Nine Cakes
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

A super-fun cake creation from Nine Cakes featuring bright colors and geometric shapes, all the way up to the wedding cake topper!


Cally Lily and Roses Wedding Cake

Cally Lily and Roses Wedding Cake

I have always been a sucker for the gorgeous Calla Lily.


Blue, White, and Gold Modern Wedding Cake

Blue, White, and Gold Modern Wedding Cake by Elise Cakes
Source: Brides.com

A beautifully abstract blue, white, and gold modern cake by Elise Cakes.


Classic Red Roses & White Wedding Cake

Classic Red Roses & White Wedding Cake

A classic, and for good reason. The contrast of the dark red roses against the brilliant white icing is truly stunning.


Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves wedding cake by Erin Bakes
Source: Elle Decor

Edible autumn foliage makes this leaf-inspired wedding cake by Erin Bakes perfect for a fall wedding.


Daisies and Bows Wedding Cake

Daisies and Bows Wedding Cake

This cute-as-a-button cake features white ribbons, bows, and delicate daisies on each tier.


Dripping Blue Icing

Dripping Blue Icing Wedding Cake by Sasselina Sweets

A semi-naked two-tier cake is decorated by Sasselina Sweets with some gorgeous pink flowers and beautiful pale blue dripping icing.


Dripping with Figs Nearly Naked Wedding Cake

Figs, figs, and more figs. Plus some flowers and a couple of macarons make this a uniquely wonderful and colorful cake.


Mr & Mr Geometric Wedding Cake

Mr & Mr Geometric Wedding Cake photo by Boris Zaretsky
Source: The Knot

Geometric motifs and masculine colors make this the perfect cake for the two grooms.


Flowers and Lace Wedding Cake

Flowers and Lace Wedding Cake

Delicate, elegant, and lovely!


Savory Cheese “Cake”

Savory Cheese "Cake" made with cheese from West Country Cheese Co.
Source: West Country Cheese Co.

For those looking for something COMPLETELY different, this “cake” is made from 4 tiers that are actually wheels of delicious cheese from West Country Cheese Co.


Flowers and Stucco Wedding Cake

Flowers and Stucco Wedding Cake

Deeply textured white icing gives this cake a stucco texture, which is offset by the bright and beautiful flowers.


Almond Cream Fresh Tulip Wedding Cake

Almond Cream Fresh Tulip Wedding Cake by the Jackson Cake Company
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

I love how the layers “grow” in color, like nature. The bottom layer of this wedding cake creation by Jackson Cake Company is more earthy, while the top layer explodes with raspberry compote to mimic the colors of the tulips resting on top.


Lavender Sprigs Wedding Cake

Lavender Sprigs Wedding Cake

Hints of lavender accent each layer of this classic white cake, with a large spray on top that creates a dramatic impact.


Navy & Gold Fall Wedding Cake

Navy & Gold Fall Wedding Cake by  Boutique Cake Art
Source: Elle Decor

Shout out to Boutique Cake Art for their amazing sense of creativity with this gorgeous navy and gold cake. The seasonal foliage makes this piece perfect for the fall, but that could be easily adapted for other season.


Mauve Roses Naked Wedding Cake

Mauve Roses Naked Wedding Cake

A collection of light and dark mauve roses adorn this simple, nearly naked vanilla cake.


Stars and Moon Gold & White Wedding Cake

Stars and Moon Gold & White Wedding Cake by Claire Owen Cakes
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

A divinely simple yet elegant cake from Claire Owen Cakes, this white cake is beaded with gold that leads the eye up to a set of two half-moons decorated with stars.


Pearls and Flowers Summer Wedding Cake

Pearls and Flowers Summer Wedding Cake

Pearl icing beads on each layer combine with bi-color roses and daisies to create the perfect cake for a summer wedding.


Purple Passion

Purple Passion Wedding Cake photo by Jenny DeMarco
Source: The Knot

Purple flowers, hand-painted purple abstract details, and a chevron tone-on-tone pattern make this cake perfection in purple.


Purple Ombre Wedding Cake

Purple Ombre Wedding Cake

Ribbons on ombre icing go from dark purple to light cream in spectacular fashion.


Cascading Fruit, Marshmallow, and Dripping Caramel

Cascading Fruit, Marshmallow, and Dripping Caramel Wedding Cake by Miss Ladybird Cakes
Source: Brides.com

For me, it’s the accents of torched marshmallow that make this unique creation by Miss Ladybird Cakes really stand out!


Snowball Wedding Cake

Snowball Wedding Cake

Perfect for a winter wedding, this cake features a sugary snowball on top!


Bird’s Nest Wedding Cake

Bird's Nest Wedding Cake using tree bark texture silicone fondant molds

Textured buttercream icing covers all three layers of this rustic cake. It is then festooned with twigs, flowers, a love bird, and a carved heart with the bride’s and groom’s initials. Delightfully rustic and beautiful.

Crafted using tree bark texture silicone fondant molds.


Spring Bounty Wedding Cake

Spring Bounty Wedding Cake

Stripes of green and white fondant icing are covered with a spray of sugar daisies for a fresh and floral look.


Tiered Boxes

Tiered Boxes Wedding Cake by MonAnnie Cakes
Source: Elle Decor

Richly-colored “wrapped” boxes are stacked on top of each to create this wonderfully unique cake by MonAnnie Cakes


World Map Travelers Wedding Cake

World Map Travelers Wedding Cake

For those who love to travel, this classic white cake features a hand-applied world map in gold on the middle layer.


Gold Leaf and Flowers

Gold Leaf and Flowers Wedding Cake by Sweet Heather Anne
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

I love the way the gold is applied on the two layers to create a unique visual impact. Created by Sweet Heather Anne bakery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Summer Garden Naked Wedding Cake

Summer Garden Naked Wedding Cake

Big, bold, beautiful flowers adorn this rustic naked cake.


Birch Bark Rustic Wedding Cake

Birch Bark Rustic Wedding Cake by Alliance Bakery
Source: Brides.com

Inspired by the classic and beautiful birch tree, this three-tier rustic cake is wrapped with edible paper to resemble birch bark and finished off with a chalkboard monogram for a perfectly rustic look. I also love the wood swing it is sitting on for its unique cake presentation.


Square Marble Tiered Wedding Cake

Square Marble Tiered Wedding Cake phot by Rachel Havel
Source: The Knot

A minimalist design with 4 square tiers iced with the luxurious look of marble.


Fall Floral Explosion

Fall Floral Explosion Wedding Cake from Cupplets Bakery
Source: Elle Decor

Cupplets Bakery brings yet another stunning wedding cake creation to life with this gorgeous semi-naked cake decked out with edible fall flowers.


Spring Bouquet Wedding Cake

Spring Bouquet Wedding Cake

A gorgeous bouquet of spring flowers sits atop a clean and simple nearly naked vanilla wedding cake. Instead of tiers, this cake focuses on the gorgeous layers of buttercream icing between layers of vanilla bean cake.


Square Purple Ombre

Square Purple Ombre Wedding Cake photo by Harrison STudio
Source: The Knot

The ruffled purple ombre layer sets the tone for this elegant cake, and and contrasts nicely against the purple and white layers above and below.


Copper Glory

Copper Glory Wedding Cake by Elizabeth's Cake Emporium

This absolutely stunning copper creation is brought to you by the talented team at  Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium


Plum Falling For It

Plum Fondant Pumpkin Wedding Cake from One Sweet Slice
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

The perfect wedding cake for fall, this pumpkin cake from One Sweet Slice features a beautiful plum fondant icing that has been hand-painted with gorgeous botanicals.


Geode Crystal Wedding Cake

Geode Crystal Wedding Cake photo by Philip Ficks
Source: The Knot

For those who love the natural beauty of crystals, this geode-style cake is the perfect choice.


Split Open Floral Wedding Cake

Split Open Floral Wedding Cake by Elizabeth's Cake Emporium
Source: Elle Decor

Golden hearts on the outside, and the inside filled with soooo many flowers that the cake literally burst open! Yet another amazing work of wedding cake art by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.


Blue and Gold Floral Elegance

Blue and Gold Floral Elegance Wedding Cake photo by Addie Juell
Source: The Knot

A classic three-tier white wedding cake is the perfect canvas for gorgeous, pale blue roses, Grecian gold leave, and little gold rings.


Rustic Twigs Wedding Cake

Rustic Twigs Wedding Cake
Source: Wedding Include

Rustic twigs surround this textured 4-tier cake, giving it a very natural vibe.


Illustrated Wedding Cake

Illustrated Wedding Cake photo by Philip Ficks
Source: The Knot

Hand-painted wedding cakes provide a lot of freedom to create a design that is perfectly unique and perfectly you.


Rich Black Wedding Cake

Rich Black Wedding Cake by Artistic Bites
Source: Brides.com

Black textured icing creates a dramatic backdrop for richly-colored fall foliage in this stunning cake by Artistic Bites.


Flowers and Pinecones Rustic Wedding Cake

Flowers and Pinecones Rustic Wedding Cake by Elise Cakes
Source: Brides.com

A three-tiered, textured white wedding cake features lush blooms, and rustic pinecones. Expertly crafted by Elise Cakes.


Tea Cup Wedding Cake

Tea Cup Wedding Cake

I have no idea how they made this, absolutely none! But I am SUPER impressed!


Crystal Chandelier Cake

Crystal Chandelier Wedding Cake photo by Lisa Boggs
Source: The Knot

Resting on a base of a classic crystal chandelier, this 7-tier cake takes elegance to new heights.


Purple Penguins Wedding Cake

Purple Penguins Wedding Cake

Just in case you need some wedding cake ideas that include penguins, we’ve got ya covered!


Woodland Vines

Woodland Vines Wedding Cake by Amy Swann Cakes
Source: Brides.com

Amy Swann Cakes created this gorgeously rustic three-tiered cake that is absolutely crawling with woodland vines and flowers. 


Lavender and Cream Wedding Cake

Lavender and Cream Wedding Cake

Two layers of lavender buttercream ribbons surround a delicately decorated cream-colored layer for a wonderful effect.


Butterfly Flower

Butterfly Flower photo by Addie Juell
Source: The Knott

Classic white and gold elegance is accented by icing scroll-work, a hand-painted flower, and a lovely buttery. Simply beautiful.


Still Hungry for More Wedding Cake Ideas?

I always find that as soon as I think I’m done, I stumble across at least a dozen or so new ideas that make me go “WOW!”

So, I’ve decided to create a little gallery to collect all of the new and amazing wedding cake ideas I stumble across. That way, I can keep updating this collection with new and amazing sources of wedding cake inspiration.

Do you have a beautiful wedding cake that you think deserves a spot in this gallery? Let us know and you might see it featured here!

A Wedding Cake FAQ

What is the most popular wedding cake flavor?

Vanilla (or vanilla buttercream) has been – and continues to be – the most popular wedding cake flavor. Although it used to make up nearly half of all of the wedding cakes being made, it has dipped to closer to one quarter, with chocolate and red velvet gaining popularity at weddings in recent years.

How many tiers should a wedding cake have?

From an aesthetic standpoint, that is completely up to you. A classic wedding cake has at least 3 tiers, but you can go shorter or taller if you desire. From a serving standpoint, your average three-tier wedding cake will serve between 60 to 80 guests, so you may need more tiers (or additional cakes / cupcake options) if you are having more guests.

Why does a wedding cake usually have at least 3 tiers?

This is based on a long standing tradition where the bottom tier was served during the wedding ceremony, the middle tier was distributed to guests and other family and friends who couldn’t attend after the event, and the top tier was saved to be eaten on the anniversary of the marriage.

What is the most common color for a wedding cake?

White continues to be the most common color for today’s wedding cakes, although more and more colors are being used every year.

What is the difference between a Wedding Cake and a Groom’s Cake?

Sometimes you will see two cakes at a weddings. The traditionally large, often white, tiered cake – aka the classic wedding cake – is called the bride’s cake. A second flavor, if offered, is often referred to as the “groom’s cake”. It is widely believed that this traditional originated in England because the male guests considered the white-iced bride’s cake “too light” for male guests.

How did the concept of a tiered wedding cake originate?

The tiered wedding cake started way back in a medieval tradition, as individual cakes were stacked up as high as possible and the task for the bride and groom were to kiss over the stacked cakes. If they could do so without knocking the cakes over, it was considered a positive sign of a happy marriage to come.

What is a “naked” wedding cake?

Often referred to as “naked” or “semi-naked” (sometimes known as “nearly naked”) these cakes have little or no frosting on the outside, creating a unique and rustic look.

Why do the bride and groom cut and feed each other wedding cake?

The cake cutting ceremony – when the bride and groom cut a slice and then feed each other a small bite of cake – symbolizes the commitment they are making to each other to provide for one another for the rest of their lives.

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