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The 70 Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes

These works of art are good enough to eat.

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​Whitney Darling; Event Planning by RO & Co. Events; Cake by Hey There! Cupcake

There are few things we appreciate more than a decadent wedding cake—both in taste and style. Dessert trends come and go, but nothing takes the place of a delicious cake that satisfies more than one of your senses. Our favorite type of wedding cake is the kind that makes a statement by adding to your wedding décor. Pastry chef Emily Lael Aumiller personally adores the marriage of a sophisticated aesthetic with a relaxed design. “Whether the cake is naturally iced, adorned with fresh fruit, decorated with intricate sugar work or fresh, edible flowers, I strive to create a dessert that tells a story,” she explains.

Meet the Expert

Emily Lael Aumiller is a pastry chef with over a decade of experience creating custom cakes with bespoke ingredients that cater to a wide variety of dietary needs. Aumiller is the owner of Brooklyn-based Lāel Cakes and author of Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten-Free Cakes.

For bohemian brides, we’re loving delicate flower wreaths, organically placed leafy vines, or anything with an earthy feel. If your style is more contemporary, a sleek, smooth finish and geometric details will always do the trick. If you’re more of a classic bride, traditional white isn’t your only option; hand-painted florals, watercolors, and subtle ruffles all evoke a timeless touch. If your reception is outdoors, consider taking inspiration from your surroundings. “It’s your wedding, your cake, your day,” says Aumiller. “Focus on the dream cake you’ll want to devour for your celebration. Let your baker determine what designs will be the safest based on external circumstances.”

With that said, we’ve rounded up 70 gorgeous cakes that promise to do just that. No matter your taste (literally and figuratively), we’ve got a cake for every wedding style. Which one is your favorite?

Picture Perfect

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Lucy Davenport Photography

Can a cake be too beautiful to eat? These jaw-dropping floral illustrations deserve to be framed, but will make an even bigger statement at any romantically feminine fête or garden-party themed affair.

Soft Drama

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Stewart Uy Photography

Dark wedding cakes don’t always have to be moody and brooding. This stunner exudes a soft elegance with its floral-painted tier and accents of handmade sugar blossoms in powdery tones.

Mixed Finishes

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KT Merry; Event Planning by Bellafare; Cake by Tessa Pinner

A matte white design is elevated with satin-finished petals and bursts of burnished tones. The autumnal hues hint at the sweet potato cake with candied pecan crunch and maple buttercream that lies beneath.

Floating Sugar Flowers

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Jen Huang Photography

This is refined whimsy in confectionary form. Pristine white fondant creates the perfect base for a gradient of blue and violet watercolor petals to sweep up the tiers as if carried on a gentle summer breeze.

Pretty in Pink

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Taralynn Lawton Photography

Feminine glam is the theme with this two-tiered delight. The top tier is coated in a pastel pink watercolor-blend of icing, while the bottom boasts geometric stenciling in a matte gold finish. Greenery adds a hint of welcomed freshness.

Textured Details

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Jen Huang Photography

Minimalism isn’t always stark. These simple white wedding cakes are elevated with scalloped and latticework textures, and accented with pops of fresh flowers.

Mixed Mediums

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Sotiria McDonald Photography

Two worlds collide as the organic and comforting nature of a nearly-naked chocolate cake is juxtaposed against a base layer of opulent metallic gold. A wreath of florals in a blend of sexy crimson hues, demure pastels, and greenery perfectly merge the two aesthetics.

Fresh Leaves

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Cari Courtright Photography

There is something incredibly chic in restrained décor. Three tiers of flawless, stark white fondant are adorned with just two spears of speckled leaves and a single white bud.

Rustically Refined

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Jen Huang Photography

A refined take on rustic wedding cakes. The two-tiered cake features a geometric print embossed on the bottom and a smattering of dried florals for an earthy touch.

A Bohemian Dream

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Ashley Ludaescher Photography

These boho details scream beach wedding or dessert nuptials. Piped macramé detailing nails the eclectic vibe while bold bougainvillea and sorbet-colored ranunculi add a vibrant flair.

Fresh Fruit Toppings

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Mademoiselle Fiona Photography

This delicious trifecta of cakes is straight out of a Renaissance still life. White stucco-textured buttercream is decorated with fresh pomegranates, plums, and figs. “We created a divine dessert table for this upscale farm wedding,” explains Aumiller. “With lavish blue velvet under multiple cakes, tarts, donuts, and pies. Keeping the décor fresh and purposeful balanced the rustic surroundings.”

Go for Gold

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This five-tiered wedding cake is a flourish of white and gold sugar flowers, trellising upwards through the layers. Inside, the cake features flavors of chocolate, salted caramel, and raspberry cream.

Sweet Florals

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Jen Huang Photography

Another breathtaking example of the beauty in restrained elegance. A single metallic stripe and stems of powdery blush florals tucked into its layers is all this wedding cake needs to shine.

Colorful Sugar Flowers

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Ashlee Brooke Photography

A swag of citrus-toned florals and tiny kumquats completely transforms this simple two-tiered cake into a ray of sunshine. Fair warning, your guests may need reassurance that these hyperrealistic blossoms are entirely edible.

Semi-Nude

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Sotiria McDonald Photography

Countrified, but make it oh-so refined. This three-tiered, semi-naked wedding cake allows the spongey base to peek through the layer of icing while blush flowers and eucalyptus finish off the tender look.

Gold Standard

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It doesn’t get much more luxurious than this. Three tiers of white fondant brushed with metallic gold and one entire tier of of textured, gilded goodness all wrapped up in a fresh swag of pastel blossoms and greenery.

Something Blue

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Judy Park Studios

This three-tiered masterpiece of ocean blue brushstrokes has us picking our jaws up off the floor. The rich base is deftly accented with glittering metallic trim and a bouquet of sunshine-hued blooms.

A Statement White Cake

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“Monochrome designs create a unique sculptural form,” explains Aumiller. “We hand sculpted varieties of sugar orchids and layered them in a romantic, abstract spread.”

Ruffles Galore

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Something about ruffled buttercream always makes us smile. This wedding cake wonder boasts a whopping five layers of ruffles all swept up in a cradle of crawling greenery and buds.

Peachy Keen

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Historias del Ciervo

Peach and apricot tones are oh-so sweet for balmy summer celebrations or springtime fêtes. This speckled peach-hued frosting has a slightly-naked effect and is topped with soft roses in matching tones, halos of rosemary, and a touch of eucalyptus. Just imagine how scrumptious it all smells.

Gold-Accented Blooms

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Sotiria McDonald Photography

White and gold, you never let us down. Four tiers of impeccably smooth fondant, a brush of shiny gold leaf, and an asymmetric swag of creamy sugar florals—what more could we possibly ask for?

A Natural Finish

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Jen Huang Photography

This two-tiered delight is anchored with a base of geometrically embossed fondant and is practically sprouting muscari buds, berries, and greenery. This natural and fresh aesthetic just screams spring.

Tonal Blooms

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Eggshell is a color rarely seen in the bridal sphere as its more white-balanced counterparts usually take precedence, but this beauty makes a serious case for the overlooked shade with the addition of a dusty wildflower ensemble that harkens back to that luscious, deep-summer haze. “Mixing fondant with organic, fresh décor makes for a unique pairing,” explains Aumiller. “Organic branches against the clean lines makes the movement of the nature décor really pop.”

Statement Sequins

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This soft-black buttercream cake is comprised of thousands (thousands!) of hand-punched, edible sequins all individually set by hand. “We felt bad cutting into that masterpiece, but after we tasted the cake, it was totally worth it,” bride Diana explains. The layers were made up of vanilla cake filled with caramel-praline buttercream and a blood orange curd filled olive oil cake.

Porcelain Perfection

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Golden Poppy Events

Fine china has nothing on this confectionary creation. Blue floral illustrations on white fondant rival that of any porcelain piece, accented with hints of matte metallic piping at the base of each tier. Go for a total look and serve on an identical dish.

Textured Layers

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We had to do a double take to make sure these weren’t Vera Wang’s cascading tiers of frothy, silk organza ruffles. This showstopper is positively ageless with a cloak of ruffled, frilly texture and powdery, barely-there blooms.

An Abundance of Roses

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Vertically-textured icing and big blooms of mauve-toned sabiosa and roses make for a serious visual impact. “Textured icing creates the perfect backdrop for fresh blooms,” says Aumiller. “We worked with our client’s florist to decorate the cake with similar elements from the arrangements.”

Pastel Palette

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Tayler Enerle Photography

A lavender watercolor base tier ascends into a smooth top tier with a smattering of gold leaf and the tiniest hints of cake peeking through. The delectable delight is finished off with accents of fresh lavender, gilded leaves, and faded pastel blooms.

Subtle Ombré

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Judy Park Studios

This fondant in a light blue watercolor gradient is so fluid it appears to be perpetually in motion. The captivating flow is accented with glittering metallic trimmed edges.

Fruitful Pursuits

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This wedding cake is the epitome of summertime fine. Smooth ivory buttercream transitions into two semi-naked top tiers boasting a delicious creamy filling and accented with a cornucopia of blackberries, kumquats, and pomegranates. “I’m a fan of mixing multiple styles when someone is unsure of which direction to take,” says Aumiller. “Combining transparent naked layers with smooth icing topped with broken-open, lush fruit transformed a simple design into a minimalist sensation.”

Top of the Line

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Jen Huang Photography

Another gorgeous case for minimalist-chic. Two tiers of impeccably smooth, flawless icing are subtly trimmed with a strip of contrasting black piping at the top of each layer and a sprig of greenery and white buds.

An Organic Wreath

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This four-tiered wedding cake has an alluring luster to its perfectly smooth, satin-finished fondant. A crescent-shaped swag of autumnal-hued, dusty mauves and brooding crimsons completes the scene.

“Cost is affected by how intricate your design may be,” explains Aumiller. “Talk to your cake designer about their offerings varying from fresh to sugar décor and icing to fondant finishing.”

From metallic accents and fresh flowers to intricate details, we rounded up the most creative wedding cakes for every type of bride.

Free Online Wedding Cake Catalogs

Free wedding cake catalogs can be found online. Brides who take advantage of free online cake catalogs can find inspiration for their perfect wedding cake. These free tips and information make choosing a wedding cake easy and stress-free.

About Wedding Cake Catalogs

A wedding cake catalog is more than just a photo gallery of designer wedding cakes and extravagant confections. While the pictures are helpful for brides who aren’t sure what type of wedding cake design they are interested in, additional information is often included in catalogs, such as:

  • Emerging trends in cake design
  • Tips for how to cut a wedding cake
  • A planning timeline for ordering a wedding cake
  • Popular cake flavors and flavor combinations
  • Unique cake colors and designs
  • Suggestions for wedding cake tops
  • Tips for choosing the appropriate wedding cake size
  • Current wedding cake prices or cost estimates
  • Directories of local vendors and bakeries
  • Wedding money saving ideas for choosing a cake
  • Tips for decorating a wedding cake table

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How to Use a Catalog

Couples should investigate different catalogs to discover the range of wedding cake options that are available for their budget, wedding style, local area, and personal preferences. The best way to use a catalog is to clip out important information or inspirational photos to share with the bakery as a guideline for creating the wedding cake. While every bakery may not be able to duplicate every cake design, if a couple shows their baker several photos of similar cakes that they like, they can discuss the good and bad points of each design to create a one-of-a-kind wedding cake for the couple’s special day.

Finding Free Wedding Cake Catalogs

Cake catalogs can be difficult to find, since bakers typically have specialties and design styles that other bakeries will not precisely duplicate or imitate. Free wedding cake catalogs may be available at local bakeries, however, as well as other bridal vendor locations such as reception halls, caterers, and from wedding planners. The website Caroline’s Cakes offers a free catalog with information and photos to serve as inspiration. Many bridal magazines also have wedding cake sections with photos and vendor information.

Alternatives to Printed Catalogs

If couples cannot find free cake catalogs, online wedding cake picture galleries can be equally useful. Couples can bookmark or print the pictures they like best so they can use them to coordinate with a baker to create their perfect cake.

LoveToKnow Weddings offers several galleries of wedding cake photos that showcase a wide range of cake designs:

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Our Wedding Cakes Category also features dozens of helpful articles on wedding cakes and groom’s cakes, covering different cake styles, accessories, and more.

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Look for Inspiration

Free wedding cake catalogs can offer couples inspiration for their perfect wedding dessert, from discussing trends in cake flavors and design to showcasing elegant and beautiful wedding cakes through thousands of tasty pictures. By browsing through different catalogs and online resources, couples can discover that even with so many options to choose from, choosing the wedding dessert of their dreams is a piece of cake.

Free wedding cake catalogs can be found online. Brides who take advantage of free online cake catalogs can find inspiration for their perfect wedding cake. …