10 Unique Wedding Cake Ideas and Inspiration
We’ve searched far and wide for the most unique and elegant wedding cakes, so you don’t have to. Just sit back, relax, scroll through our list of wedding cake ideas and get inspired!
It is a well-known fact that the wedding cake is the centre of attention at any wedding. Having a bespoke and unique wedding cake that perfectly bodes with your wedding theme is guaranteed to be the pièce de résistance that your guests will be talking about for years to come.
Choosing the perfect wedding cake is so exciting and something every happy couple looks forward to in the wedding planning process. From narrowing down your preferred cake makers, to the cake tasting and discussing all the tiny details that will make your wedding cake the talk of the town, there’s not much else that can beat it.
But there’s a lot more to choosing the perfect wedding cake than just finding the right cake maker and going for a cake tasting. You can find yourself scouring the web for hours, in search of the ultimate wedding cake ideas and inspiration. Will it be a semi-naked rustic wedding cake, a classic ivory tiered cake or perhaps something more daring and on-trend like a Classic Blue cake, taking inspiration from Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020?
Whether your search for the perfect wedding cake has just begun, or you are well on your way to making the final decision, we have a list of unique wedding cakes that are sure to inspire you. All that’s left for you to do, is scroll through our list and choose your favourite.
1. Cascading Rose Wedding Cake
Image: Elizabeth Harris Cakes
This beautifully crafted Spring Beauty cake features peonies, O’Hara roses and garden roses. Surrounded by gold leaf, the gorgeous cascading flowers bring this cake to life. With an added shallow tier in dusky pink, this cake will make a beautiful centrepiece at any wedding.
2. Abstract Paint Wedding Cake
Image: Safs Cake Couture
A single-tier wedding cake is perfect for a small, intimate wedding. This piece features subtle colours on a sharp-edged clean canvas with edible wafer paper detailing to the side as the perfect finish.
3. Modern Dahlia Wedding Cake
Image: Instagram / @Ginillacakes
Dhalia petals create delicate detail on this modern cake which features a marble effect, edible gold leaf accents and bold bright blooms to finish. This wedding cake would be a perfect fit for contemporary wedding themes.
4. Sunshine Yellow Wedding Cake
Who ever said wedding cakes have to be white? The vibrant shade of this sunshine yellow wedding cake contrasts elegantly with the soft hues of lilacs and pinks from the gorgeous yet delicate cascading flowers. The perfect way to bring a pop of colour as well as romance to your wedding day.
5. Cube-shaped Textured Wedding Cake
Image: Enrique @ HAVE+SOME+CAKE
Recreating existing textures and volume in wedding cake artistry is very fashionable right now. You can go from Japanese Kintsugi Art to concrete lookalike treatment for a modern and unique stamp on your wedding cake. Add colour for a bold statement or pops of gold/copper for an aged look. Finish with statement flowers or greenery to add a distinctive touch to your cake.
6. White Stencilled Wedding Cake
Image: Buks Bakes
This all-white stencilled wedding cake is the intimate centrepiece you’ve been looking for. Featuring stencil detailing on the bottom tier and delicately crafted cascading flowers, the absence of colours will allow your guests to focus on the elegant, fine details that make this cake a unique work of art.
7. White and Blue Wedding Cake
Image: Kasserina Cakes
Inspired by Pantone’s Colour of the year 2020, this White and Blue wedding cake features a pleat style for the blue tiers, with impression mats of concrete, leather and flowers on the white tiers. The silhouettes, along with the wild golden branches add a romantic feel to this wedding cake, for the perfect finish.
8. One tier wedding cake
Image: Nity’s Delights
Planning a small wedding with just your closest friends and family? Why not go for a one-tier wedding cake? The white roses and gold leaf details make this wedding cake the perfect romantic centrepiece for your intimate wedding.
9. Romantic Cut Out Wedding Cake
We can’t help but stand in awe of this four-tier wedding cake complete with delicate ruffles, edible sparkles and handmade sugar flowers. Add that gorgeous luxury feel to your wedding with a cutout wedding cake.
10. Fashion Inspired Orange Wedding Cake
Image: Enrique @ HAVE+SOME+CAKE
This exquisite centrepiece features light and airy, edible materials to create volume on the bottom tier, which looks like it was taken from an Haute Couture catwalk show. The focal point here is those light and ethereal ruffles at the base creating an unforgettable look with sugar roses popping out, in this fashion inspired wedding cake design.
There’s more to choosing a wedding cake than just what it looks like. Here are some tips to help you:
1. Think about your wedding theme
All modern weddings have a theme. Your cake should match the wedding theme you have chosen, to enhance and compliment your décor and vice versa. So, before choosing the cake design you love the most, make sure it bodes with the design style of your venue.
Top tip: Your wedding dress and floral arrangements are part of your wedding theme. Why not choose a wedding cake design that matches a lace detail from your dress, or features flowers from your bridal bouquet and venue decor?
2. Stick to your wedding budget
One of the first things to do when you start planning an event is to create a budget. Your wedding budget should be used as a guide when making the major buying decisions, and this includes your wedding cake.
Nowadays, wedding cakes don’t come cheap. Everything from the size of the cake, to the design and flavours you choose, will affect the price of your cake.
Top tip: Make your wedding cake experience more fun (and cheaper), by having a one or two-tier wedding cake as your centrepiece and surrounding the display with cupcakes, macarons, candy or a funky doughnut board.
3. Size matters
A lot of couples dream of having extravagant cakes with lots of tiers, leaving all their wedding guests gasping in awe of their wedding cake. However, it is best to base the size of your cake on the number of guests attending your wedding.
If you plan on having an intimate wedding, then you may want to consider a single-tier wedding cake instead of a multi-tiered one. Don’t forget to make sure you have enough cake to feed all your guests and have some leftover for you to enjoy too.
Top tip: If you have your heart set on a multi-tiered cake, why not use a dummy tier or two? This way your wedding cake will still have that wow factor, and you won’t be wasting any uneaten cake!
4. Consider the weather
Depending on whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding, think about how the elements can affect how long your wedding cake can stay intact. This is more important if you are having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate, as certain types of frosting can melt away in a matter of minutes and ruin the whole cake design.
Frostings such as Swiss meringue, buttercream or whipped cream are the ones to stay away from, no matter how good they may taste. Discuss this with your chosen cake maker and make sure you ask about all the available alternatives that can be used to achieve your desired design.
Top tip: Although fondant-covered wedding cakes are starting to be a thing of the past, it is one of a few frosting options that can hold up against the heat. And if you don’t like plain, white fondant, opt in for a coloured fondant or airbrushed wedding cake design.
5. Schedule some cake tasting appointments
Aside from your cake design, you also need to pay close attention to the flavours you pick for your wedding cake. Not only is it important that you and your guests enjoy the cake, but the flavours also affect the height and sturdiness of a cake. Get in touch with a few cake makers and arrange some cake tastings to ensure you find what you are looking for.
Going to cake tastings is not only a chance for you to eat some cake and choose your flavours, but you also get the opportunity to meet the cake makers in person, ask important questions and make sure they are the right choice and can meet the expectations for your big day.
Top tip: If you opt for a multitiered wedding cake, choose a fruit cake for your bottom tier to manage the sturdiness of your cake. Fluffier cakes such as chocolate or red velvet should be stacked at the top of your cake, as they are not firm enough to offer support.