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Creative Wedding Cake Ideas

If you're like us, a delicious and gorgeous wedding cake is a top priority. Whether your wedding style is modern or traditional, girly or streamlined, your wedding cake can set the tone. Browse our real-wedding cake photos for creative ideas and inspiration.

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    • Geometric Wedding Cake

      Hexagonal wedding cake tiers offer a sleek, modern alternative to round or square tiers. Contrast the geometric shapes with soft frosting swirls and fondant swags. Use flowers for an always-gorgeous wedding cake topper.

    • Fashion-First Wedding Cake

      For this wedding cake, we took inspiration from wedding fashion. The rows of frosting are simple to add, but the look is that of intricate tiered ruffles. Add fresh flowers, such as lavender freesia, to complete this artful wedding cake.
      -- photographer Susan Jackson, Susan Jackson Photography; floral designer Sandra Meyer

    • Gift Box Wedding Cake

      The famous Tiffany gift box, with its robin's-egg blue wrap, inspired this box-style cake. Each layer is precisely wrapped in blue-tinted white chocolate and tied with white chocolate ribbon. A scattering of chocolate flowers in pale hues gives the cake a natural touch.

    • Elegant Ribbon-Wrapped Wedding Cake

      Two tiers are just enough for a smaller wedding, and with a clean design like this one, they can look as grand as a larger cake. Wrap metallic ribbon around the base of each tier, and complement the color with flowers on top. We used white roses and blue hydrangea.

    • Lush Ivory Wedding Cake

      For a glamorous wedding cake, go with all white. This four-tier cake is covered with voluminous fondant pleats and white chocolate lilies and ribbon. Presented on a simple wood pedestal with classic toile-pattern dessert plates, the look of this wedding cake is tailored and elegant.

    • Golden Splendor Wedding Cake

      This chocolate-wrapped wedding cake gets its soft look from a thin layer of buttercream spread over the top and sides of each tier. The smooth-wrapped cake is contrasted by voluminous roses and swags made in varying shades of butter yellow.

    • Daisy Chain Wedding Cake

      The scrumptious meringue buttercream is only half the story of this gorgeous wedding cake. Delicate piped stripes and white candied daisy chains make an adorable cake that's perfect for a casual wedding.

    • Tropical Wedding Cake

      Light green orchids add tropical elegance to this simple three-tier wedding cake. Dainty white hydrangea blossoms echo the icing embellishments that decorate each tier.
      -- photographer Mark Hopkins; floral designer Amina Marechal

    • Tilted Wedding Cake

      The playful tilted tiers of this wedding cake look elegant, thanks to the all-white palette. Favorite quotes and important dates for the couple piped on the bottom of each tier personalize the cake.

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      Chocolate-Wrapped Wedding Cake

      This three-tier wedding cake rendered in shades of olive green and cream is wrapped with a band of slightly taller chocolate, creating a lip in which to nestle and drape roses cut and shaped from striped chocolate. A milk-glass cake stand and damask-stripe tablecloth support the cake's starring role.

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      Modern Wedding Cake

      For a sleek and sophisticated cake, cover square tiers in fondant. Then incorporate your wedding color scheme with a simple ribbon wrapped around the bottom of each layer. To complete the look, choose a modern monogram topper.

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      Miniature Wedding Cakes

      Lightly glazed mini Bundt cakes are perfect for a small wedding, engagement party, or bridal shower. Use tiered cake stands to display the petite cakes (cupcakes work, too); set extra cakes on silver trays to accommodate a larger guest list.

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      Rounded-Layers Wedding Cake

      The smooth look of fondant icing paired with rounded layers gives this cake a very modern look. For color, each layer was wrapped with green ribbon and topped with a pearl border.

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      Pearl-Trimmed Wedding Cake

      The pearl trim on this three-tier wedding cake is charming and classic, and it matched the bride's pearl-trimmed dress. We love gathering cake inspiration from wedding dresses and jewelry.

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      Traditional White Wedding Cake

      This wedding cake is elegant in its simplicity. The four-tier cake is topped with buttercream frosting. To add classic charm, traditional designs like Swiss dots and diamonds are piped onto each tier. Incorporate your wedding color scheme by adding real flowers to the cake.

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      Wedding Cake for Two

      White dahlias, pink roses, and a cluster of hydrangea blossoms decorate this petite wedding cake that the bride and groom can freeze to enjoy on their first anniversary. Be sure to remove the flower blossoms before freezing the cake.
      -- photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

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      Sea-Theme Wedding Cake

      Throwing a beach-theme wedding? Ask your cake designer to incorporate white chocolate shells on the wedding cake. Created in one color, the look of many shells is still elegant.

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      Pearly Pink Wedding Cake

      Chocolate nosegays on each round tier complete this shimmering pink wedding cake. The sides of each layer were dusted with sparkly luster dust for a metallic look.

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      Chocolate-Scrolled Wedding Cake

      Elegant scroll designs and glossy fondant ribbons make this cake design perfect for an evening wedding. Clusters of chocolate-color cosmos, creamy white calla lilies, and white fondant ribbons provide additional detail and beautiful focal points.
      -- photographer Christina Schmidhofer; floral designer Lisa Lowery

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      Rose- and Orchid-Covered Wedding Cake

      Vary a monochromatic look by using different types of flowers. Red roses and orchids alternate between the tiers on this grand wedding cake.
      -- photographer Mark Hopkins; floral designer Amina Marechal

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      Inspirational Wedding Cake Ideas

      We pulled together some snapshots of our favorite wedding cakes from the Delicately Delicious bakery to inspire you.
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