Creative Wedding Cakes

Get inspired with this online gallery of creative wedding cakes.


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Ivory Splendor

    There's nothing more glamorous than an all-white cake. This four-tier cake is covered with fondant pleats of ivory chocolate adorned with chocolate lilies and ribbon. Presented on a simple black-stained wood pedestal alongside black-and-white toile-pattern dessert plates, the look is tailored and elegant.

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A Traditional White Cake

    This cake is elegant in its simplicity. The four-tier cake is topped with buttercream frosting. To add a modern touch, designs are piped on using buttercream frosting. Incorporate your color scheme by adding real flowers to your cake.

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Show Your Colors

    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. Don't miss the details -- the top of each cake layer is dressed in a different solid color drawn from the palette. A milk-glass cake stand and damask-stripe tablecloth support the cake's starring role. A chocolate rose accents the candle base.

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Tropical Elegance

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

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Gift Box

    The famous Tiffany gift box with its robin's-egg blue wrap inspired this box cake. Each layer is precisely wrapped in Tiffany-blue tinted chocolate. The sculptural quality of white chocolate is shown off with wide wavy ribbons, reminiscent of chocolate batter lapping into a pan. A scattering of chocolate flowers in pale hues gives the cake a natural, fresh look. The platter, a white beaded mirror frame, offers beautiful support.

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Cocoa Pink

    The rich tones of chocolate are perfect for a crisp fall wedding. Decorating a brown cake with pink detailing gives it a fresh look for a wedding and echoes the colors used in the base of roses.

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Rounded Layers

    The smooth look of fondant icing paired with the rounded layers gives this cake a very modern look. To add a touch of color, each later was wrapped with green ribbon and topped with a pearl border. The modern initial topper is the perfect touch for this chic cake.

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Golden Splendor

    This chocolate-wrapped cake gets its smooth look from a thin layer of buttercream spread over the top and sides of each tier. The buttercream smoothes any bumps in the cake and gives the chocolate wrap something to stick to. The smooth-wrapped cake's luminescence gets a boost from roses and swags shaped from varying shades of butter yellow.

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A Sea-Themed Cake

    To incorporate a beach theme into your wedding cake, ask your cake designer to create shells out of white chocolate.

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Pretty in Pink

    Chocolate nosegays on each round tier look nearly real. The sides of each layer were dusted with shimmering luster dust for a luxurious look.

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A Flower-Adorned Cake

    For a dramatic touch of color, place an abundant spiral of roses down the side of your cake.

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Bow Topped

    This three-tier cake was created from square layers and decorated with scalloped ribbons cut from rolled fondant.

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A Monochromatic Cake

    To stick with your color scheme consider a cake decked out in a monochromatic shade. Ask your cake designer to choose shades in desired colors as seen on this beautiful blue cake. For a floral touch, add candy flowers that are safe to eat.

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A Modern Cake

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

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Add a Pearl Touch

    This three-tier buttercream cake was adorned with a pearl-like trim that matched the bride's jewelry. Each layer was a different flavor and the most popular was the middle layer -- a lemon cake with lemon filling. The fresh, fruity flavor is a perfect complement to a spring wedding.

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Dreaming in Chocolate

    The signature blue hue made popular by Tiffany gives this cake an elegant air. The cake is covered entirely in hand-rolled, hand-cut Belgian chocolate, which also forms the flowers.

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Daisy Chain

    Covered with a scrumptious Swiss meringue buttercream icing, this wedding cake is adorned with garlands of dainty white candied daisies.

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A Delightful Cake

    Stick to just two tiers for a smaller wedding. This cake was a mix of lemon and chocolate covered with a layer of fondant. To add a little detail to the cake, they tied gold ribbon around the bases and topped it with flowers.

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A Wedding in Blue

    Sheer blue ribbon and a minimal lily cake topper are the only embellishments to the three-tier white cake. Behind the main cake, several small round cakes in a variety of flavors are displayed on a make-it-yourself multilevel cake stand.

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Scrolled in Chocolate

    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 fondant ribbons provide additional detail and a beautiful focal point.
    -- Photographer Christina Schmidhofer; Floral designer Lisa Lowery

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Horizon Inspired

    The color combination of yellow-orange calla lilies and blue hydrangea blossoms that adorn this cake can easily be incorporated into bouquets, boutonnieres, and other wedding floral arrangements.
    -- Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal

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Rose and Orchid Covered

    A divine dessert and floral elegance combine to create a cake that is nearly too beautiful to eat. Red and green roses and two types of red orchids decorate the tiers.
    -- Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal

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Cake for Two

    White dahlias, pink roses, and a cluster of hydrangea blossoms decorate this petite cake that the bride and groom will 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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A Wedding in White

    A tall wedding cake deserves special attention to detail. The top tier features an elegant monogram while roses grace the spaces between the tiers.

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Miniature Cakes

    This might be a perfect cake for a small wedding, engagement party, or bridal shower. Miniature bundt cakes encased in a vanilla glaze are set on the bottom levels. The top tier is a larger cake and wedding topper of doves. Set extra cakes on silver trays to accommodate a larger guest list.

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White-on-White

    A wedding cake is a work of art with frosting in white-on-white. This cake table display was designed with everything from the backdrop of vintage doors to the family silhouettes set around the base of the cake.
    Check out the next two slides to see the details of this cake.

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Vintage Cake Topper

    Flowing ribbons spill from multiloop bows set into the top layer. Small green buds add a bit of color to the black-and-white theme and help set off the vintage silver cake topper.

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Wedding Windows

    The tiers of this white-on-white concoction are adorned with a frosting monogram, gothic-inspired windows, artfully arranged greenery, black-and-white ribbon, silver nonpareils, and crystal beads.

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Eiffel Tower Wedding Cake

    For a Paris-themed wedding, wow your guests with this grand tower cake that serves 200.

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Sweet Simplicity

    Designed to perfectly fit the elaborate silver cake stand, these chunky square layers are embellished with cursive frosting script, then topped with a traditional cake topper and a few fresh flowers.

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Initialed

    Twin cakes sport jaunty frosting dots and are adorned with floral initials -- flower petals wired or glued to a wire form. This is an easy-to-make look that can be done at home for a smaller wedding, bridal shower, or reception.

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Posh Penmanship

    The tallest tier of this eye-catching white-on-off-white cake is adorned with a frosting monogram that declares the couple's union. This is the first time in the celebration that the two first-name initials are joined with the newly married couple's last-name initial. Fondant flowers, delicate scrolls, and fleur-de-lis designs set off the other layers in classic style.

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Wings of Love

    Topped by a modern mix of cake-safe fresh flowers and a jeweled pin, this multilevel cake features a motif of both real and frosting flowers.

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A Classic Wedding Cake

    Casual rose nosegays surround this pink cake with country charm. Get instructions and tips for making this wedding cake in the link below.

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Simply Artful

    Cake decorating can be as simple as artfully placing a handful of your favorite flowers around the tiers of your confectionary delight. Here, a few sprigs of lavender freesia decorate the three-tier cake.
    -- Photographer Susan Jackson, Susan Jackson Photography; Floral designer Sandra Meyer

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