Wedding cakes are a wedding staple that need to be both tasty and in good taste. Here are some wedding cake ideas that will make your cake stand out and looking absolutely delectable. From wedding cake decorations to cake flavors and fillings, this is your one stop shop to everything and anything wedding cake.
Wedding Cake, Wedding Cake Ideas, and Wedding Cakes Ideas
Wedding cakes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, so at first choosing a wedding cake for your big day can seem like a daunting task. But have no fear! Start here for the basics of wedding cakes.
Wedding Sheet Cake Ideas
Wedding cakes that are composed of sheet cakes are probably the blankest canvas a baker can get. These cakes are especially great if you want wedding cake that has the name of you and your new husband on it. Sheet cakes are also great for displaying your personal couple pictures on or any other type of unique decoration. If you are looking for a more tiered look of cake, sheet cakes can be layered to help create more dimension and visual interest towards your wedding cake.
Wedding Tier Cake Ideas
A tiered wedding cake is probably the most traditional choice of cake made by brides. This is because not only does it have a regal look to it, but it is also fun to choose a cake topper for it. Cake toppers display the couple at the top of the cake and can be as funny or classy as you want them to be. You can not go wrong with a tiered wedding cake.
Wedding Cupcake Ideas
A fairly new alternative of wedding cake that many brides are choosing today is replacing a tradition wedding cake with cupcakes. Instead of having a single wedding cake, multiple cupcakes are a more inexpensive option and make it easier for guests to get a slice of the cake. This option is more cheap because you can opt to have them be homemade instead of ordering them straight from a bakery.
Wedding Cake Pop Ideas
Cake pops are a cute, fun way to either add to your wedding cake and its display, or to even use as yet another substitute to a single wedding cake. With so many different alternatives that are out there for a wedding cake, cake pops are the ones that you can easily save money on by looking up a diy on Pinterest and decorating them yourself.
Wedding Shower Cake Ideas
Wedding shower cakes are among the most fun to plan for and decorate because there is no pressure to make it as pretty as your actual wedding cake. For a wedding shower cake you can either go with the traditional choice, a sheet cake, or you can go with a non traditional choice, cake pops or cupcakes. The sky is the limit for what you can decorate or adorn your wedding shower cake, so have fun with it.
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Cake
A rehearsal cake is one that is simply there to keep your wedding party satisfied and on a sugar rush that will last them through the rehearsal. So for this one, you can have one to four small cakes, depending on the size of your wedding party. These cakes can be as lavish or simplistic as you want them to be, they could even be non existent.
Wedding Anniversary Cake Ideas
Wedding anniversaries are great for remembering how long you and your husband have been together through the thick and thin, so celebrate it with a cake! Based on what anniversary year you are on, your cake can look many different ways. Here are some fun ideas below for your anniversary cake.
The fifth wedding anniversary is the year of the wood, so a chocolate cake is perfect! To make it even cooler, you can make your cake have a wood like design on it and “carve” your names into it! This quirky, fun cake will have your friends awing at your originality and strength to get through the first 5 years of marriage together.
The tenth anniversary is the year of tin/aluminum. Weird. The great thing about this year is that you can have a silver cake. This luxurious looking cake is well deserved because of all that has happened in the past 10 years of your marriage. Design a silver cake for this honorable anniversary!
The anniversary of crystal, the marking of the 15th year of marriage is an impressive one. Decorate your cake with plenty of sugar crystals and sugar glass to create a crystal effect on the cake. A light blue icing will work just as well if you want a cleaner feel to the cake.
A china anniversary cake can go one of two ways, you can either have a full-blown Chinese themed anniversary party and cake, or you can go with a more western approach where you just cover the cake with fine china designs. Both ideas are fun and will make either extremely clear of unclear that you and your partner of celebrating 20 years of marriage.
One of the most monumental anniversaries, the 25th wedding anniversary has the well-deserved gift and theme of silver. Just like this very precious and beautiful metal, so is your long-endearing marriage. An idea for a cake marking this anniversary is one that has a sleek silhouette and silver shimmer powder all over it. Make this cake as special as your anniversary by including personal touches that help represent your marriage throughout the past years.
The 30th “pearl” anniversary is probably the most overlooked, but with the classiest symbol. Adorn your cake with tiny edible pearls and white icing to create a classic cake that is also delicious. Start off your 31st year of marriage with a delicious cake and a wonderful partner by your side.
A ruby red anniversary is impressive because not only did you last 40 years without killing your spouse, but you also spent those years continuing to fall in love with them. This important anniversary is just as youthful as the past and has one of the best gemstones to characterize it, the ruby. Create a ruby red cake to celebrate this accomplishment.
Marking half a century of marriage, the 50th wedding anniversary has one of the most precious and valuable metals to symbolize it, gold. Gold characterizes the ups and downs of the 50 years of marriage and how you and your spouse have refined yourselves under stress and happy times. A shining gold cake, either the color or made of gold itself, is suitable and deserving of the couples who have spent more time together than apart.
Few achieve the diamond 60th wedding anniversary. Those who do are role models for married couples everywhere who want to achieve a marriage that lasts a lifetime. A 60th wedding anniversary cake should be everything and anything the couple wants, and can eat with dentures on. Mark this anniversary with a boom to celebrate the couple who defies time and who have an endless love.
Size of Wedding Cakes
Size is an important factor for wedding cakes of all shapes; square, circular, or triangular. Listed below are the different sizes you can choose for your wedding cake and some fun ones we have found that couples love from their own wedding experiences.
Small Wedding Cake Ideas
Wedding cakes of the petit nature are perfect for a couple’s personal cake or for a cake that does not have to feed many people. In all actuality, wedding guests rarely finish the wedding cake. Knowing this, you can possibly save some money for the honeymoon by choosing a realistic sized cake that will not be wasted at the end of the night. Small wedding cakes are perfect for weddings that just as small as they are.
Medium Wedding Cake Ideas
Medium sized wedding cakes are the most chosen by brides who are expecting an average sized wedding, or one on the smaller sized. These wedding cakes are the most proportional looking and diverse in variety to choose from. If you are unsure if your guests are “cake people”, consider getting a medium-sized wedding cake to ensure that there is enough without making it seem that there is too much.
Large Wedding Cake Ideas
Large wedding cakes are for a wedding that is full of people that love cake almost as much as they love the bride and groom. These types of wedding cakes have a commanding presence and come in all sorts of shapes, tiers, and decorative qualities. Coming with a pricey cost, these large wedding cakes are with the money and time, if you are planning to make it yourself, to see the smiles on the faces of your guests and loved ones when they see and take a bite of their slice of wedding cake.
Huge Wedding Cake Ideas
If you are planning on inviting the whole state or having a Kardashian sized wedding, a huge wedding cake may be in your path. Having tiers upon tiers of cake will give your big day a royal feel to it. Your guests will be standing in awe of the skyscraper of a cake in front of them. The sky is the limit with larger than life wedding cakes which can quite possibly touch the sky.
Wedding Cake Table Ideas
The table on which you place your glorious wedding cake has to be both sturdy and well decorated. Your table decorations should go along with your overall theme, backdrop, and color scheme yet also effortlessly going with the flow of the cake and its design. First, you must decide what kind of table cloth, or lack of table cloth you want. From a lacy, vintage table cloth to a glamorous white sheet that reaches the floor, there are many options to choose from.
Next, you can decide whether you just want your wedding cake on the table, or if you want to place cake pops or cupcakes around the cake which guests and family members can grab from throughout the reception. You can even choose to scatter decorations such as glitter, stones, flowers, seashells, etc. if the table looks a bit empty. With these two major things out of the way, last of all make sure your table is sturdy. This is especially important if you are planning on having an extra large cake on the table that could snap a normal table in half because of its weight. On the other hand, if your cake is smaller, you can place it on a stand which will help make it easier to see and appreciate. With these things in mind, your table will look flawless and perfect for your big day.
Wedding Cake Topper Ideas
Probably the most fun part of wedding cake planning, picking the wedding cake topper is a high point (wedding cake pun). Cake toppers can be as personalized as you want them, you can even get them customized from certain companies. If you are leaning towards a classier wedding, deciding a silhouette topper is idea. On the other hand, if you and your fiancé have no problem with displaying your true selves, go for a funny or customized one. Whether you are a heterosexual, gay, or lesbian couple, there are cake toppers out there that will make you happy brides and grooms! Need help choosing the perfect cake topper for your wedding? Click here to read our article on our personal favorites!
Wedding Cake Color Guide
A royal blue wedding color or extremely beautiful because of its deep color. It is particularly striking if you put it with a lighter color, like white or gold. Another color scheme that is especially beautiful with the royal blue color is a peacock inspired theme. Mixing this blue with purples, blacks, and hint of silver, your cake will have a lot of visual interest and compliments from your guests.
Purple is a cool color to make your wedding cake because of its royal background and classic color. A purple wedding cake looks best with an ombré effect where if fades from purple to white. This 2016 fashion trend is carrying over into this year because of how gorgeous and soft it is.
A metallic gold wedding cake is the definition of luxury and glamour. Pulling off a gold wedding cake is not for beginners, it is very hard to pull off a classy golden cake without being gaudy. With the right baker, this cake can perfectly compliment any color you put it with, especially navy, rose, and black.
A classic wedding color, red is a timeless choice for a wedding cake theme. Matching best with colors such as black, white, and silver, it can be easy to pair red with an equally strong color that could be overwhelming at first glance. Red is suiting for a wedding because of its ties of being a passionate color of love.
Silver is another popular color to choose for your wedding cake because of the fact that it matches everything! Just like white, silver matches any color you put next to it. Probably not off white, but thats the only exception. The most striking silver pairings are with navy, any pink, and lavender.
Navy, an unfailing color that is perfect for a clean-cut, simplistic wedding. An extremely sharp-looking color, a navy wedding cake is good especially when paired with whites and pastels. Perfect for any wedding that wants some contrast, navy is a classic color that can do no wrong.
Seasonal Wedding Cakes
Have your wedding focused on the season that it will be held in? Here are some fun, spunky ideas that will make your wedding cakes flawless and reflective of your wedding theme and season.
Fall Wedding Cake Ideas
Whether your wedding is in an orchard or a traditional venue, wedding cake ideas for fall can be a bit tricky. There are just so many different things you can choose to focus! You can draw on the fact that halloween is right around the corner, or you can go with the fall color scheme of the leaves. An autumn color scheme that is full of reds, oranges, greens, and bronze are perfect for a wedding that wants to be homey and romantic. With a fall wedding cake, you can do one of many things. You can either focus on the color scheme and run with it, or you can be more artsy and create a wedding cake that is covered with anything fall. This includes leaves, apples, etc. Both ideas are fun and can make for a perfect fall wedding cake.
Winter Wedding Cake Ideas
With Christmas right around the corner in a winter wedding, it is easy to focus on that one theme while you can also focus on winter itself. Dressing your wedding with silvers, whites, and light blues, your guests can enjoy a wintery night in. The light, winter color scheme makes making a wedding cake a pretty easy task. Since winter colors match one another seamlessly, you have a lot of artistic license when it comes to your cake. Whether you choose to cover your cake in snowflakes, decorate with pine cones and holly, or stick to pastel blues, your winter wedding cake will be breathtaking.
Spring Wedding Cake Ideas
Spring is beautiful time of year to hold a wedding. With all of the flowers blooming with vibrant colors and the smell of rain in the air, Spring wedding cakes are among the most beautiful. Embracing the bright colors of spring like fuchsia, bright yellow, and orange, your wedding cake will stand out without even having to try. Adding real flowers to your cake will be the metaphorical cherry on top of your great wedding cake.
Summer Wedding Cake Ideas
When we think of summer weddings, we think of an outdoor or beach wedding on a sunny day. These types of weddings are very popular during the summer months and are characterized by colors like bright yellow and blue. Characterizing your cake with these colors will be perfect for either a beach inspired cake with the ocean and cute beach towels on it, or a cake that is garnished with sunflowers, fruit, or blades of grass. Either way, Summer wedding cakes are among the most light-hearted, striking cakes.
Patterned Wedding Cakes
Patterned wedding cakes can add a lot to your wedding cake and wedding day. With so many patterns and textures out there, you can choose one that perfectly fits your wedding’s theme. Here are a few that we found cool and festive for your big day.
Camo Wedding Cake Ideas
If you are channeling your inner hunter or huntess (is that a word?), a camo cake is right up your alley. If you are going a more redneck route in your wedding theme, but not planning on marrying your sister, choosing a camo patterned cake with florescent colors will be sure to fit right into your wedding day. Decorating your camo cake with real leaves and adding a wood aspect to it will take your cake over the top.
Striped Wedding Cake Ideas
A striped wedding cake perfectly suits any wedding them, not matter how preppy or rustic it is. Stripes can be a daring choice if your colors are equally daring, like purple and black, but it can also be a softer choice if you are choosing a pastel and white colors.If you want a more striking looking striped cake, consider choosing stripes made up of pastel and metallic colors.
Floral Wedding Cake Ideas
Flowers are already going to be included in your bouquet and centerpieces, so why not have the cake follow suit? Being able to choose between a large floral print and a small floral print will give you some diversity when deciding what floral is “you”. This feminine touch to your wedding day will make for great pictures and tasty cake.
Polka-Dot Wedding Cake Ideas
Polka dots are a fun way to add a retro vibe to anything. Especially if you are planning to have a vintage themed wedding, choosing polka dots for your wedding cake will be the icing on your wedding day’s metaphorical cake. This easy-to-execute cake pattern will satisfy your guests’ eyes and taste buds.
Style of Wedding Cakes
Rustic Country Wedding Cake Ideas
Rustic wedding cakes can be country without having to be camo patterned. There is an acquired taste to that. A huge fashion trend that a lot of rustic/country brides are taking advantage of is the naked wedding cake trend. This trend is where the baker makes the cake, but does not cover it with icing, so you and your guests are left looking at all of the layers. Instead of icing, most couples are choosing to adorn their cakes with fruit or other season-themed decorations. This is a fun trend that instantly add a rustic vibe to any wedding. For more naked wedding cakes, look here!
Modern Wedding Cake Ideas
Modern wedding cakes are all about lines and bold colors. On the other hand, they can also be extremely simplistic. Either way, modern wedding cakes are timeless and normally chosen by trendy brides who want their wedding days to make a bit of a fashion statement. Mixing geometric patterns and bold colors like fuchsia, your wedding cake is sure to get all of the Instagram pics and likes on Facebook.
Chic Wedding Cake Ideas
Shabby chic weddings are at their height right now. Chic cakes epitomize on their delicate features and touches of color. If you are planning on adding a color to your cake, be sure to make it light and not too overwhelming. Decorating your cake with delicate details such as flower petals and pearls, your cake will definitely become a timeless and contemporary part of your wedding day.
Simple Wedding Cake Ideas
Traditional and minimalistic, simple wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes, and styles as mentioned above. These cakes look extremely expensive because of their effortless look, but they are in face inexpensive because of how they are void of decoration and adornments. For a simple wedding cake, all you have to do is choose the color, the silhouette, and the few details you want to have on the cake such as a cake topper or pearls.
Vintage Wedding Cake Ideas
Vintage wedding cakes are extremely glamorous and classy in nature because of their ability to make old things new again. Adding details like lace, sparkles, and old jewelry, your wedding cake will be one-of-a-kind. A vintage wedding cake is the perfect way to make your wedding full of glamour and retro.
Wedding Cake Flavor Ideas
Cake flavors these days are no longer just chocolate, vanilla, or red velvet, but now include Funfetti and strange flavor combinations. With many flavors to choose from it may become a bit of a struggle to find your favorite. Listed below are the some of our favorite cake flavors and icings. If you are looking to spice up your wedding even more, it may be fun to smash your cake, and here is why.
- Coconut Cake
- Chocolate Almond Cake
- Red Velvet Cake
- Hazelnut-Almond Cake
- White Raspberry Cake
- Nutella Cake
- Lemon Cake
- Cinnamon Vanilla Cake
- Pink Champagne Cake
- White Buttercream Fluff
- Chocolate Ganache
- Mocha Buttercream
- Torched Meringue
- Canilla Fondant
- Chocolate Coconut Buttercream
- Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Lavender Buttercream
- Lime Buttercream
- Whipped Cream Frosting
- Vanilla Bean Buttercream
- Raspberry Mousse
- Chocolate Ganache
- Chocolate Banana
- Citrus Curd
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Chili Infuse Chocolate Buttercream
- Strawberries and Cream
- Pumpkin Pie Filling
- Orange Curd
Now all that is left is for you to make you dream cake a reality! Click here for some questions to ask you baker so that you are guaranteed to get the cake you desire for your wedding day!