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10 Expert Tips to Avoid a Summer Wedding Cake Meltdown

This useful expert advice will help you keep your wedding cake cool and fresh as the summer heats up.

There are so many wonderful things about warm-weather weddings, but a summer wedding cake that’s ruined by sitting out in the heat for hours isn’t one of them. We talked to cake pros from around the country (particularly, some states where hot, sticky weather is common) to share their secrets to ensuring that your wedding cake won’t wilt in the sun.

Here are ten tips, from the experts, to keep your wedding cake from a summer meltdown.

“I would recommend an all-white, ivory, or other pale neutral color scheme for cakes during outdoor events when the heat and humidity may be a concern. Black and other dark colored decorations will be the first to run on a cake in warm weather.” —Hayden Campbell of Ashley Bakery in Charleston, South Carolina.

“I use edible wafer paper to make my flowers and love its versatility. It has the look and feel of paper, is light and airy, and the possibilities for decorating with it are endless! I love wafer paper especially for flowers because it will not melt or wilt in the heat as sugar flowers can. You don’t have the long drying times for the flowers to be ready to use. They are also lighter than sugar and that can be a great advantage if making large and oversized flowers.” —Bree Stanfill of Vintage Soul Cakes in Pooler, Georgia

“In the summer, you want to avoid placing any extra weight on buttercream cakes like gum paste flowers, fondant appliques, fondant bows, etc. We suggest for buttercream cakes in the summer to have light buttercream scroll work or sugar veil appliques.”—Jackie-Sue Scelfo of Gambino’s Bakeries in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Summertime is also at a higher risk of bugs and debris flying around that would adhere to your cake, so keep that in mind as well.” —Heather Singleton of Party Delights in Rolesville, North Carolina.

“The ‘naked’ cakes are really in right now and work perfectly for summer! Since there is no icing on the outside, there is no chance of having a melting problem if sitting outside We try to avoid any chocolate or white chocolate decorated cakes during the summer at an outside event. Chocolate and heat do not mix well so the chocolate can start to sag if it gets too warm.” —Samantha Moline of Flour Power Cakery in El Cajon, California.

“Even fondant cakes are not fool proof. In high heat, a cake that has been refrigerated will express air and cause air pockets to form under the fondant – these will cause the cake to bulge in places as cakes come to room temperature. If they are not visible on the front they can be popped with a pin and gently pressed out but depending upon the design that’s not always possible. That’s when a well-placed flower here or there comes in handy!” —Rachael Louw of Sweet Traders in Huntington Beach, California.

“Most people prefer buttercream-iced cakes, however, rolled fondant icing can hold up better during the summer months. All bakeries have different buttercream recipes so just ask how their buttercream holds up in the heat. They will recommend which buttercream is best to use.” —Jennifer Stevens of Ambrosia Cake Creations in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

“Don’t be afraid to ask your baker to use faux tiers for your wedding cake. If your cake carries too much weight that can also be a recipe for a melting, leaning disaster. So not only will faux tiers only help your cake stay in place, but also, it may help accelerate the cutting of your cake, as no outside cake will need to be disassembled but only the faux tiers removed for a straight bottom tier cut. Remember, only your baker knows how that cake was assembled and the tricks of carrying and disassembling it.”—Karen Vazquez of Kakes by Karen in Naples, Florida

“We like the cake table to be ready when we deliver our cake. We really don’t like anyone to move the cake once we set the cake up. However, if everything is outside then you really don’t want the cake delivered until just before the wedding. If it is outdoors, be sure to have a canopy over the cake table so there is some type of shade.”— Scelfo of Gambino’s Bakeries.

“Indoors, the venue should definitely use the air conditioning and it should be set to a very cool room temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the guests arrive, the door will be opening and the room temperature will go up considerably.” —Campbell of Ashley Bakery.

This useful expert advice will help you keep your wedding cake cool and fresh as the summer heats up.

32 Summer Wedding Cakes That We Can’t Get Enough Of

With gorgeous weather and stunning blooms, summer is definitely the most popular season to get married. And while you’re busy infusing the colors of the season into every inch of your wedding décor, there may be one place you’re overlooking: your wedding cake. Of course, white wedding cakes will always have their place at a wedding, but if you’re already embracing color and summer styles throughout your ceremony and reception, why stop when it comes to your dessert?

When choosing our favorite wedding cake ideas for summer weddings, we looked for tiered desserts that featured poppy hues and confectionary decorations reminiscent of warm weather. Ahead, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous wedding cakes with flowers and confections topped with citrus, berries, gorgeous greenery, and even a pair of adorable flamingos. While we certainly love these cakes for June to August ceremonies, we’ll let fall, winter, and spring couples in on a little secret too. Most of these treats can be easily adapted to suit your own wedding season by altering the saturation of colors or swapping out adornments for something more reminiscent of your wedding month.

If you’re ready to find the perfect wedding cake for your summer nuptials, then look no further. Ahead, we’re spotlighting 32 summer wedding cakes that celebrate the summer season and command attention.

Simple Green and White

You can’t go wrong with shades of white and green at a summer wedding—especially when they’re adorning a delicious wedding cake.

All About Berries

Fresh berries and cream just screams summer. Serve this delicious combination of flavors in a fresh and light cake, and your guests will be coming back for seconds.

Sunshine and Lemons

With a bright yellow hue that reminds us of sunshine and a cascade of citrus, this just might be the ultimate summer wedding cake.

Pink and Coral Posies

These pink and coral blooms give this single-tiered wedding cake a delightful pop of color that’s perfect for the summer season.

Pretty Peach and Greenery

With peach ranunculuses and vines of greenery, this summer wedding cake looks fresh and effortlessly pretty.

Featuring Flamingos

Nothing says summertime like cute flamingos, right? This one-tiered cake topped with florals and a pair of shimmery flamingos is so fun for summer.

A Watercolor Motif

Instead of simply adorning your wedding cake with flowers, see if your baker can hand-paint a watercolor floral motif directly onto your confection as well.

Colorful With Citrus

With marigolds in season for summer, what better way to add a splash of color? We love the idea of pairing bright citrus and florals for a simple, colorful look.

Red and Pink Ombré

Summer is all about adding pops of color. We love the splash of red-to-pink ombré on this couple’s wedding cake.

Olive Leaves and Fresh Citrus

The summery combo of sprigs of olive leaves and fresh-cut citrus is right on par for the season.

Pretty With Pampas Grass

Pampas grass has been finding its way into wedding decor, bouquets, and now even wedding cakes. We love the simple addition on this stunning tiered cake.

Tropical Greenery

Aloha, gorgeous! We love the tropical-inspired greenery and florals on this four-tiered white wedding cake.

Pretty in Pink Roses

How pretty is the waterfall of pink roses cascading down this nearly naked cake? We love the idea of choosing one stunning floral and using it for the entire cake to make a statement.

Magnificent Magnolias

The large, lush magnolias adorning this summer wedding cake are giving us garden party vibes.

Garden Greenery

We love the simplicity of this gorgeous tiered naked cake, all decked out in florals. The white flowers with greenery just scream summer garden party.

A Fruit and Cheese Cake

Not into sweets? A cheese cake decorated with summer fruits and greenery will be the perfect post-dinner treat.

Desert Inspired Decor

The bright poppy pink and splash of orange on this summer wedding cake add such fun detail.

Pink Icing and Pink Florals

You don’t have to limit the vibrant colors to just your floral cake toppers. Try a pretty-in-pink frosting like this lemon and marionberry wedding cake.

Sponge Cake With Summer Berries

Topped with an assortment of blue and red berries and white icing, this sweet treat is perfect for summer nuptials.

Blushing in Blue

Looking to add a subtle pop of color to your dessert table? Opt for a watercolor look with pastel hues, paired with contrasting greenery and stunning blooms.

Simple in Sunny Hues

A simple, single-tiered white cake gets a dose of sunshine thanks to some vibrantly hued blooms.

Lovely With Large Blooms

Who says you can’t go bold with white florals? Opt for larger blooms and have them cascade down a textured cake for a gorgeous look.

Bright Pink and Purple Posies

This bright, glamorous design would look right at home at both a classic, ballroom reception or a garden-inspired outdoor bash.

Gorgeous With Greenery and Simple Florals

We love the fresh, simple look of this tiered cake. Pair sprigs of greenery with bold poppy colors for a gorgeous summer sweet.

Sprigs of Cascading Greenery

You don’t need to go overboard with florals to bring some summer inspiration to your wedding cake. This effortless confection proves that adding a few sprigs of greenery is all it takes to make a statement.

A Chocolate Confection

Who says you can’t have a chocolate cake for summer? This naked style chocolate cake is decked out in florals for a gorgeous summer vibe.

Celebrating Summer Abundance

With so much abundance throughout the summer, from blooming florals and fresh fruits, why not incorporate them into your cake design? We love the mixture of florals and figs on this tiered cake.

Gorgeous With Garden Florals

The violets sprinkled on this summer wedding cake give it a straight-from-the-garden feel. Don’t be afraid to add simple florals in a multitude of colors to make your color palette pop.

Summer Succulents

If you’re not crazy about flowers, you can always decorate your summer wedding cake with leafy greens and succulents for a unique look.

Lovely With Lavender

Looking to do something a little different? Opt for a simple, one-tier cake but incorporate lovely summer berries and sprigs of lavender to bring the season into the mix.

Simple and Sweet

Sweet and classic, this white wedding cake boasts beautiful, lush flowers and greenery.

Stunning With Pink and Gold

Decorated with a dusting of metallic color, this wedding cake is surrounded by pretty pink blooms and is even displayed on an outdoor swing. What could be more summery than that?

Summer is full of color, so skip the traditional white wedding cake for something more festive! From bright colors to fresh flowers, these summer wedding cake ideas have it all.