61 Wedding Cake Ideas and Beautiful Designs + Cake Expert Tips

a beautiful white textured five-tier wedding cake with elegant pink and purple floral design ideas
wedding cake ideas by Finespun Cakes

Today we’re breaking down the sweetest part of the wedding planning process — aka, our favorite wedding cake designs and ideas! Whether you prefer traditional wedding cakes or unique retro cake styles, we’ve rounded up the most beautiful inspiration for every sweet tooth. We’ve even picked out a few adorable designs for your elopement or micro-wedding!

But before we get into the sugary masterpieces, here’s a quick history lesson: wedding cakes date back to ancient Rome, where the groom concluded the ceremony by breaking a loaf of barley bread over the bride’s head, symbolizing fertility. Nowadays, our traditions look a little different! Modern couples enjoy their post-ceremony treats wrapped in buttercream, flowers, fruits, painted designs, and so much more — and we’ve curated over 60 beautiful wedding cake ideas down below!

Plus, we’ve also teamed up with cake pro Jaime Melfi from Autumn Nomad to answer some of your burning questions. We created a full wedding cake guide at the bottom of this article, and you’ll also see her amazing advice and ideas sprinkled throughout the entire round-up. Let’s dig in!

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Bride’s Cake and Groom’s Cake – What are they, and do you need both?

a unique funny Air Jordan inspired groom cake displayed on a white board
cake by Sweet Peach Confections | photo by Amber Cather Herendon

As you’re narrowing down your favorite designs and ideas for your wedding cake, you may stumble upon a little tradition called a groom’s cake. This is essentially an additional mini cake that’s designed to showcase the groom’s (or the second partner’s) personal taste and style — separate from the main cake, or what has traditionally been referred to as the “bride’s” cake.

While including both cakes in your celebration is a tradition that dates back to the late 19th century, it’s definitely not a requirement for modern day celebrations. It first became popular during a time when the bride chose almost everything for the wedding, and this second cake was a way for grooms to incorporate a little bit of their personality into the celebration.

But these days, more couples are planning the details of their big day together, and having separate cakes can feel a bit outdated. After all, you want both partner’s tastes to be reflected in the whole day, not just the cakes — amiright?!

That said, some couples still like to include a groom’s cake as a fun or unique touch to their dessert table. Ultimately, whether you have one cake or two cakes (or dozens of mini cakes!) is completely up to you, so do whatever feels right for your individual love story.

a slice of beautiful wedding cake with colorful ombre sponge layers adorned with boho floral design ideas
wedding cake ideas by Sweet Heather Anne

While beautiful cake designs are a must, it’s the flavors that’ll really win over your guests! When it comes to the best crowd-pleasing wedding cake flavors, you can’t go wrong with classic ideas like vanilla, lemon, and chocolate. They’re popular for a reason — most people love them, and they’ll always be timeless!

Not a fan of classic flavors? No prob! For couples who want to switch things up and show off their unique taste with their wedding cake, we’re also big fans of unique flavor ideas that will have guests scrambling for a second slice. Which brings us to our next FAQ…

a beautiful vintage-inspired wedding cake with intricate red and pink icing designs surrounded by retro decor ideas like disco balls
wedding cake ideas by Palms Bakery | photo by Emily Robinson Photography

If you love unique wedding cake ideas, then you’re in luck — unexpected flavors and untraditional designs are going to be a major trend in 2024! In addition to the classics, we’re seeing more and more couples choose unique flavors like lavender, chai, matcha, citrus, and more (especially for smaller affairs with less tastes to cater to).

To help you come up with crowd-pleasing wedding cake flavor ideas that go beyond vanilla and chocolate, we asked Jaime Melfi from Autumn Nomad about her couple’s favorite ideas. Here’s what she told us:

  • London Fog: This unique cake is soaked with Earl Grey and honey simple syrup and filled with creamy vanilla bean mascarpone cheese. YUM.
  • Chocolate Blackberry Espresso: For a twist on classic chocolate, this cake is soaked in espresso ganache and filled with blackberry sauce and espresso buttercream.
  • Chocolate Salted Caramel: Another one of the most drool-worthy chocolate wedding cake ideas, this one is soaked with homemade espresso ganache and homemade salted caramel, then filled with caramel buttercream.
  • Lemon & Wild Maine Blueberry: Lemon is one of the most fool-proof flavor ideas for wedding cakes, and this one is layered with blueberry filling and lemon buttercream for a unique touch.
  • Champagne Raspberry: A champagne cake? Say less! This celebratory cake is filled with raspberry sauce and champagne buttercream for a flavor your guests will never forget.

Our mouths are watering! We’re obsessed with how unique these wedding cake flavor ideas are, and we’re expecting to see even more adventurous ideas in 2024. After all, there’s nothing better than a cake that shows off your personal tastes or reflects your unique love story!

And this also applies to design ideas for wedding cakes…

Our Favorite Wedding Cake Ideas and Designs

Whether you love all things retro or you’re a minimalist at heart, we’ve rounded up the most beautiful wedding cake ideas and unique inspiration for every style down below. Keep scrolling for our faves!

1. Beautiful Boho Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful boho three-tier wedding cake with neutral off-white frosting and arch shaped design ideas sitting on a gold stand

boho cake by Flor de Harina, from this bohemian elopement in a Puerto Rican castle

We’re suckers for boho wedding ideas, so naturally, we HAD to share our favorite bohemian cake designs! These cakes combine stunning details with a laid-back boho flair that’s seriously to die for. Case in point: this beautiful three-tier cake!

We love the natural, neutral frosting paired with the intricate arch-shaped design. Styled with some boho pampas grass, it’s the perfect statement piece for free-spirited couples!

2. Whimsical Pressed Flower Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful three-tier white wedding cake with edible pressed flower design ideas

cake by Ophelia Weddings | photo by Katherine Ashdown

The whimsy of it all! We’re swooning over the combination of pressed and fresh (edible) flowers on this beautiful three-tier cake. That mixture of two and three-dimensional design ideas gives this wedding cake a whimsical and dynamic feel.

It’s one of our favorite cake ideas for a spring wedding!

GWS Pro Tip: Wondering what floral wedding cake ideas are currently trending? Here’s what Jaime had to say: “Right now, I see cakes going toward a more abstract and artistic style. Less perfect and geometric. Couples are really having fun with florals…like flowers emerging from stone or an oil painting feel.” One word: obsessed!

3. Modern Geometric Wedding Cake Ideas

a simple white geometric block style wedding cake with beautiful orange floral design ideas displayed on a marble and gold stand

modern cake by Autumn Cake Design | photo: Jen Sosa | design + planning: Moon Velvet Design | florals: Oak & Ash

If you’re looking for simple wedding cake ideas that stand out, it doesn’t get better than this modern beauty. We love how the geometric-shaped tiers are stacked at a slight offset, creating a gorgeous balancing act.

And how stunning are those floral stems accenting the side? So different from the typical floral design ideas for wedding cakes, where only the flower itself is included.

4. Vintage-Inspired Wedding Cake Ideas

someone holding a cherry over a beautiful two-tier seafoam green wedding cake with elaborate frosting piping and vintage inspired design ideas displayed on a simple white board

wedding cake ideas by Sweet LionHeart

Not a fan of modern wedding cake ideas? Take a trip back in time with this vintage-inspired design! Featuring the most elaborate piping details, it leans into a romantic and maximalist aesthetic that we LOVE.

This is also one of our favorite ideas if you’re opting for a mini wedding cake for your big day. It makes the most out of its itty bitty real estate with beautiful frills, roses, and intricate designs. It’s almost too beautiful to eat!

bride and groom slicing into an miniature white wedding cake with floral details and colorful frosting

Planning a micro wedding? We’ve rounded up even more small cake designs for your intimate celebration!

5. Beautiful Pearl Adorned Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful white three-tier wedding cake with unique pearl dotted designs inspired by falling snow

cake by The Pretty Cake Company | photo by Winnington + Coe

If you love the pearlcore trend as much as we do, then this is one of our favorite ideas for incorporating it into your wedding cake! Give a classic white cake a dreamy snow-inspired makeover by adorning it with hundreds of beautiful edible pearls. Such a trendy and romantic alternative to flowers!

We especially love this idea if you’re planning to wear a pearl wedding gown for your “I do’s”. Because there’s no such thing as TOO many pearls on your wedding day!

6. Boho Terracotta Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful three-tier terracotta color wedding cake with autumnal floral design ideas

cake by LILA Cakeshop

Another one of our favorite boho wedding cake ideas, this terracotta design is EVERYTHING. We love how the frosting is designed to look like real terracotta clay — perfect for a bohemian wedding in the desert.

And how gorgeous are those earthy floral details? With a beautiful nature-inspired look, this cake will add such a warm and unique touch to your reception decor.

7. Unique Single-Tier Wedding Cake Ideas

bride holding a beautiful two-tier wedding cake with untraditional 3D pink and white brushstroke designs

simple pink cake by Amy Cakes, from this modern greenhouse ceremony inspo | photo by Sarah Libby Photography

Have you ever seen single-tier wedding cake ideas that look more like a work of art?! We love the three-dimensional effect of this beautiful design, which resembles gorgeous pastel brushstrokes. For artistic couples, it’s one of our favorite ideas for upgrading a simple wedding cake!

8. Beautiful + Sculptural Engraved Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful two-tier white wedding cake with untraditional botanical engraved designs and floral details inspired by sculpture art

romantic cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes, from this classic romantic ceremony at the historical San Francisco mint | photo by Larissa Cleveland

Speaking of artistic wedding cake ideas, we don’t think this leaf-engraved design could get any dreamier! With such an elegant sculptural style, it almost looks like this two-tier cake was sculpted out of marble. Truly stunning!

To complete the vintage-inspired look, pair your engraved cake with delicate flowers and an antique-inspired cake stand. We’re in love!

9. Lacy Black Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful untraditional five-tier black lace wedding cake with colorful orange and purple floral and greenery design ideas

black floral cake by Jaime Melfi of Autumn Nomad, from this enchanting Alice In Wonderland inspired editorial | photo by Cody James Barry Photography

To say we’re obsessed with the overgrown floral vibe of this black lace cake would be an understatement. It’s moody, it’s gothic, and it packs a TON of romance!

For couples who want an untraditional (but still elegant) statement piece, it truly doesn’t get better than black wedding cake ideas. Take a note from this couple and combine yours with a romantic lace design and bright florals for a chic pop of color.

a black three-tier dessert with a gold foil design displayed on a vintage-inspired stand

If you love black wedding cake ideas as much as we do, then definitely check out our entire round-up of elegant black designs for your big day!

10. Unique Stained Glass Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful white three-tier wedding cake with unique white and pink floral stained glass inspired designs

cake by LILA Cakeshop

Looking for unique floral wedding cake ideas? Two words: stained glass.

For a twist on a classic floral cake, trade your fresh flowers for this rad design, which truly looks like it’s made out of stained glass. It’s the most beautiful cake inspiration for a traditional church wedding or anyone who loves a romantic, vintage look!

11. Retro “Just Married” Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful retro all white single-tier heart shaped wedding cake with a "just married" frosting design

cake by Baked by Julie

We have major heart eyes for this retro wedding cake inspiration! We’ve been seeing these adorable heart-shaped cakes alllll over our Pinterest and Instagram lately, and we couldn’t be more obsessed with the vintage-inspired trend. It’s Marie Antoinette meets Elvis and Priscilla, and we are HERE for it.

And with such a fun and playful look, this wedding cake design is one of our favorite ideas for a stylish elopement, micro wedding, or courthouse ceremony. Cake for two, please!

12. Elegant Monogrammed Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful dark green three-tier wedding cake with muted orange floral designs and custom monogrammed ideas

cake by Cotton and Crumbs

Give your cake a custom touch with an elegant monogram! This is one of our favorite ideas for couples who want their wedding cake to feel like a reflection of their love story.

While there are tons of ways to personalize your cake, we love the chic and elegant look of this gold monogram, which stands out against the dark green frosting. Finish the look with romantic floral accents and you’re pretty much golden!

13. Beautiful Orange Ombre Cake Design

a beautiful three-tier floral ombre wedding cake with sunset hues and gold fleck design ideas displayed on a rustic outdoor table

floral cake by Elise Cakes from this vintage sunset garden ceremony | photo by Morgan McCanne

Wedding cake ideas inspired by a beautiful summer sunset? Say no more! This three-tiered beauty features a dreamy ombre color palette that slowly fades from pastel orange to classic white. Even the flowers are designed in a gorgeous ombre pattern!

Complete with subtle gold foil details that reflect the light, it’s one of the most beautiful cake ideas for a sunset wedding.

14. Untraditional Knit-Inspired Wedding Cake Ideas

an untraditional cream three-tier wedding cake with unique knit sweater inspired texture designs

cake by Ron Ben-Israel

If traditional wedding cake ideas aren’t your jam, switch things up with this beautiful knit-inspired design! We never imagined calling a cake cozy, but this unique style is exactly that. We love how each tier features a different knitted design, with elaborate frosting that looks soft enough to touch.

For couples tying the knot in the winter, look no further!

15. Simple Boho Wedding Cake Ideas

a bride holding a simple single tier naked white wedding cake with boho dried floral design ideas along one side

simple boho cake by Flour Press from this natural + earthy dried floral editorial | photo by Stefanie Keeler Photography

This one’s for the minimalists! If you prefer understated designs over maximalist ideas, then prepare to fall in love with this beautiful white wedding cake. From the paired-back “naked” frosting to the subtle dried florals, it’s giving us boho vibes in the simplest way.

Simple and chic, it’s perfect for an intimate wedding!

16. Multiple Mini Wedding Cake Ideas

a table of multiple beautiful simple white wedding cakes with caramel drizzle and fresh fruit and floral designs

cakes by Amy’s Sweet Bakeshop, from this enchanting fall BHLDN fashion inspo | photo by We Laugh, We Love Photography

Or instead of one simple cake, why not give everyone their own mini treat?! These personal wedding cakes are another one of our favorite ideas for intimate weddings with a small guest list.

Not only will your guests love the personal touch of having their own beautiful cake, but the miniature designs also mean that you won’t have a ton of cake left over at the end of the night. It’s a win-win!

17. Romantic Floral Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful light pink wedding cake with romantic and whimsical pastel floral design ideas

cake by LILA Cakeshop

Add an extra dose of romance to your big day with this whimsical and airy design! This wedding cake is truly one of the most beautiful and romantic floral ideas we’ve ever seen, with edible flowers that look like they’re floating right off the frosting.

It’s giving us major secret garden vibes. Safe to say we’re totally smitten.

18. Beautiful Embroidered Floral Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful two-tone orange wedding cake featuring floral designs with embroidery inspired decor ideas

cake by Sweet Heather Anne | photo by Sean Cook Weddings

Another one of the most beautiful floral wedding cake ideas! This one switches things up with a unique embroidery-inspired design using intricate orange and green frosting details. It’s the ultimate mix of vintage vibes and modern trends — so creative!

19. Artistic Floral Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful painterly five-tier wedding cake with elegant peach floral design ideas displayed on a sleek black stand

cake by Autumn Nomad | photo by Emily Delamater Photography

Both the cake artistry (look at that painterly design!) and floral artistry on this wedding cake inspiration are in a league of their own. Pulling off wedding cake ideas with this much detail and color is no easy feat, but naturally, the team at Autumn Nomad has made magic with this stunning dessert.

And with five stunning tiers, it definitely won’t go unnoticed!

GWS Pro Tip: If you love floral wedding cake ideas, it’s important to talk to your cake baker about their design process. As Jaime says, “In my experience, it’s best when the cake decorator puts flowers on the cake. As a cake artist, that is part of the overall cake design and one of my favorite aspects of the cake. However, there are some bakers that are more considered ‘bakers’ than ‘cake artists’ that do not put flowers on cakes.” So be sure to consult with your baker and your florist so you know who will add flowers to the cake — well in advance of the big day!

20. Abstract Autumnal Wedding Cake Ideas

a bride holding a beautiful untraditional two-tier wedding cake with sunset fall hues and abstract sugar design ideas

modern cake by Sugar Crush Sweets from this Fall Bridal Shower Inspo | photo by Jessica Lynn Photo

We love artistic wedding cake ideas, and this beautiful design is another one of our faves. The abstract, sculptural style is truly something else! And paired with the peachy pink and orange tones, it has us reminiscing about colorful fall afternoons — perfect for an autumn ceremony.

21. Rustic Cream-Filled Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful simple four-tier wedding cake with colorful floral design ideas and cream filling displayed on a rustic wood board

floral cake by Your Cake Baker, from this boho mountain farmhouse ceremony | photo by Jake and Necia Photography

Is it possible for a cake to feel light and fluffy? Yeah? Okay cool, because that’s the vibe we’re getting from this beautiful cream-filled wedding cake inspiration with colorful floral design ideas.

We love how each layer of fluffy cake and creamy filling is put on full display — and we’re fully on board with the fresh strawberry slices on every tier. Is anyone else drooling right now?!

22. Maximalist Retro Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful three-tier wedding cake with intricate frosting designs and retro ideas like polaroid photos and maraschino cherry details

cake by Horoscope Cakes | photo by Madeline Rose Photo

This beautiful vintage cake will be the cherry on top of your big day — literally! It’s another one of our favorite wedding cakes with retro design ideas, from the romantic maximalist piping to the bright cherry accents.

Complete with custom Polaroid pictures on top, it’s the perfect cake for couples who were definitely born in the wrong time era!

a white dessert with a dried floral moon-shaped arrangement on top

Looking for the perfect finishing touch for your cake? We’ve got you covered with these unique cake toppers for every style, from personalized designs to vintage styles!

23. Simple Rose Petal Wedding Cake Ideas

a simple beautiful pink two-tier wedding cake with rose petal sprinkles displayed on a tall white stand

simple pink cake by Kacy Hyder, from this boho baby shower | photo by Katie Pritchard

The simplicity of this pink cake design is totally swoon-worthy! The clean edges and classic shape all help showcase the delicate sprinkling of rose petals as the star of the show. If you love minimalist wedding cake ideas with a romantic twist, this design is a must!

24. Bright + Bold Floral Cake Inspiration

a beautiful white two-tier wedding cake with peachy pink sugar flower designs ideas

cake by Natasja Sadi, from this round-up of 15 mini cake designs

Can we just take a moment?! We need a second to catch our breath because the sugar flowers on this cake are just SO GOOD.

The opposite of the previous wedding cake, this floral inspiration is all about big, bold, and beautiful design ideas. It may only be two tiers, but it makes a huge statement!

25. Groovy Disco-Inspired Cake Design

a beautiful disco ball inspired four-tier wedding cake with colorful retro stripe and curve design ideas

modern disco cake by Sugar Studio, from this retro ceremony inspo | photo by Peterson Design & Photography

We’re kiiiind of obsessing over the retro design of this multi-tier cake (especially with 70’s vibes anticipated to be a big wedding trend in 2024). Honestly, could that disco ball tier be any groovier? We think not!

Paired with bright ’70s-inspired frosting and a tower of mini disco balls on top, this is one of our favorite wedding cake ideas for couples who want to have a little fun with their reception decor. Queue up the disco tunes and let’s get this party started!

26. Simple White Cake Design With Colorful Florals

a beautiful two-tier simple white wedding cake design dsurrounded by colorful pastel florals

wedding cake ideas by D’Amico Catering | florals by Ashley Fox Designs

Or if statement wedding cake ideas aren’t your style, why not let your other decor do the talking?!

This is EXACTLY what we mean when we say that a simple cake allows all your other reception decor to shine. We’re swooning over the contrast of the minimalist white cake design with that extra-large floral arrangement. It’s unique, unexpected, and seriously whimsical.

27. Black Geode Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful black five-tier wedding cake with unique geode crystal inspired design ideas surrounded by moody florals

geode cake by Sweet Cheeks By Renee, from this Game of Thrones-inspired ceremony | photo by Cody James Barry

Have a little piece of the earth incorporated into your dessert with a gorgeous crystal-inspired design!

Geode wedding cake ideas are seriously so cool, and this design is one of our all-time faves. The gorgeous geode tier adds a magical and three-dimensional touch to the entire cake, especially paired with that dramatic black frosting. It’s a cake that your guests will be talking about for years to come!

28. Beautiful Draped Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful simple all white three-tier dessert with drape inspired designs and fresh rose details

wedding cake ideas by Frosted Indulgence

For timeless wedding cake ideas that will never go out of style, this beautiful and simple design is the ultimate inspiration. The white hue is a forever classic, while the draped detailing adds an elegant and romantic touch. And don’t even get us started on those stunning monochrome roses!

It’s like a beautiful timeless wedding gown in cake form. Perfection.

29. Colorful Rainbow Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful white four-tier wedding cake with boho rainbow arch shaped design ideas

boho cake by Autumn Nomad | photo by Rodeo and Co Photo | design by The Prism House

How dreamy are the layers on this rainbow boho cake?! We love the vibrant colors and the way the rainbows incorporate a stunning ombre effect. It’s one of our favorite ideas if you want to add a pop of color to your wedding cake, without going all-out.

Style it with some dreamy tapered candles in matching colors for the ultimate reception centerpiece!

30. Pink Marble Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful pink five-tier wedding cake with sparkly marbled design ideas and dried botanical accents

pink cake by Annie’s Cakes | photo: Megan Robinson Photo | design + planning: Belle Bodas Events | florals: Florette Floral

If you’re not afraid of a colorful wedding cake, then pink is one of the most beautiful and romantic ideas for your color palette. We’re especially digging this pink beauty, which makes a statement with a trendy marble design. It reminds us of a glittery rose gold sunset — aka, the wedding cake inspiration of our dreams!

31. Earthy Dried Floral Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful boho white wedding cake with earthy neutral dried floral design ideas

boho floral cake by Autumn Nomad, from this botanical-filled romantic ceremony | photo by Shelby Rose Photography

Earthy dried florals + a simple white cake = a match made in heaven! This combo is a timeless classic, with a gorgeous texture that looks beautiful in photos and IRL.

Plus, this wedding cake design is one of the best ideas for any and every celebration. The romantic look and neutral color palette go with so many different wedding styles, so you’ll never have to worry about it looking out of place!

a unique rectangular shaped wedding cake with colorful floral designs made out of frosting

It’s no secret that we love floral wedding cake ideas! For more whimsical inspiration, check out our entire round-up of beautiful floral designs.

32. Sparkly Sequin-Adorned Cake Design

a beautiful white five-tier dessert with unique rose gold sequin designs displayed in an elegant ballroom

wedding cake ideas by Sweet Heather Anne | photo by Lauren Dahlhauser

Here at GWS, we believe there’s no such thing as too much sparkle, and this cake definitely agrees! With hundreds of dazzling rose gold sequins adorning its five towering tiers, it’s one of the most glamorous wedding cake ideas on this list. And one of the most unique!

Who needs a disco ball when your cake shines this bright?!

33. Rectangular Black Cake Inspiration

an untraditional simple rectangular black wedding cake with beautiful pink and white floral designs in front of a marble background

cake + photo by Cake Ink from our floral cake round-up

Anyone else loving the unique rectangular layers on this simple black cake? Because same! They give this dessert a modern geometric vibe you don’t typically see with traditional wedding cake ideas. Plus, they double as the perfect backdrop for your statement flower arrangements.

Perfect for unconventional couples with a minimalist and elegant style.

34. Peachy Pink Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful three-tier peach and white wedding cake with bunny tail dried florals and boho design ideas displayed on a rustic tree trunk stand

floral boho cake by  Vanilla Bake Shop, from this chic summer festival ceremony inspo | photo by Victoria Gold Photography

The dried palms and bunny tails on this boho cake are seriously the cutest! They’re some of our favorite ideas if you don’t want to add flowers to your wedding cake, but still want to create three-dimensional texture.

Aaaaand those peachy pink accents on each tier, with their gold accents, totally add to the textured, boho vibe. We love!

35. Cute Untraditional Wedding Pie

a beautiful untraditional three-tier pie with colorful floral designs displayed on a rustic board outside

wedding cake ideas + photo by Bijou’s Sweet Treats from this preferred wedding artist round-up

If cake isn’t your thing, fear not! This romantic three-tier wedding pie is one of the cutest ideas for couples who want something other than cake on their dessert table. Incorporate a different pie flavor in every tier to please everyone, and display it on a beautiful stand to replicate a classic design.

Bonus points for individuality!

36. Beautiful Mauve Wedding Cake Ideas

two women holding a beautiful two tier mauve pink wedding cake with burgundy dried floral design ideas on a rose gold stand

wedding cake ideas by Flour & Flourish, from this round-up of 15 mini cake designs | photo by Breanna White

We love how this wedding cake inspiration packs a ton of beautiful ideas in a limited space. The painterly frosting! The modern edible beads! The moody floral design! It’s such a stylish dessert that manages to look effortlessly elegant.

Plus, that mauve pink color is such a moody and romantic alternative to classic white. It’s definitely one to remember!

37. Colorful Floral Half Cake Design

an untraditional turqoise blue wedding cake that was cut in half with a colorful pressed floral design

floral cake by Bee’s Custom Cakes | photo: Casi Yost Photography | event design: Peachy Keen Coordination | florals: Wildflower Portland

First off, the pressed florals on this cake are a SERIOUS dream. Like, come on!! But what really sets this design apart is that it’s actually half a cake, cut right down the middle to create a flat surface — the perfect canvas for displaying those colorful flowers.

Whimsical and unique, it’s one of the most unexpected wedding cake ideas that we haven’t seen anywhere else!

38. Unique Painted Red Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful rust red four-tier wedding cake with colorful sugar florals and custom Mexican inspired design ideas

floral cake by Jennifer Parrish Taylor, from this vibrant ceremony inspo highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month | photo by Marcela Pulido Photography

We LOVE wedding cake ideas that reflect a couple’s unique story, and this design does just that!

In addition to the painted red finish and stunning sugar flowers (which make a statement all on their own), this wedding cake inspiration also incorporates personalized design ideas, like the custom illustration and the Mexican sugar skull. Such a rad way to make your cake stand out!

39. Teal Drip Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful three-tier teal wedding cake with white drip designs and orange floral details displayed on a vintage wood stand

floral drip cake by Bake Bar, from this tropical boho Miami ceremony | photo by Mari Sabra Photography

Anyone else getting ocean vibes from this teal and orange drip cake?! A drip effect is one of our favorite design ideas for wedding cakes, and it definitely adds to the beachy look of this inspiration. Paired with the blue frosting (which has an almost wave-like appearance), it’s perfect for your seaside nuptials!

a beautiful abstract blue wedding cake with wave inspired design ideas and purple and white floral details

Tying the knot next to the ocean? Keep the seaside wedding theme going with these beautiful beachy cake designs and ideas!

40. Simple Naked Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful simple three-tier white naked wedding cake with colorful floral design ideas surrounded by boho macrame decor

simple cake by Amy Cakes, from this enchanted forest Oklahoma ceremony | photo by Gene Pease

It’s the queen of simple wedding cake ideas: the naked cake. We know them, we love them, and we’re still not tired of them! With barely-there white frosting, this naked cake has a laid-back and casual vibe that’s perfect for a rustic backyard or barn wedding.

Style it with some dainty florals or a macrame table runner to give it that extra somethin’ somethin’, and let the delicious flavors do the rest.

41. Beautiful Rainbow Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful white five-tier wedding cake with bright florals and rainbow design ideas

floral cake by Cakes by Colin from The 2019 Jam Event | photo by Jake & NeciaAlexandria Monette

Can’t decide on what colors to incorporate into your cake? Why not opt for all of them?! This five-tier wedding cake embraces alllll the rainbow design ideas, with bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple florals. Perfect for adding contrast to a classic white cake!

To tie everything together, we particularly love the festive base layer, with its epic rainbow fondant design. Instant serotonin boost!

42. Hexagon Buttercream Cake Inspiration

a beautiful hexagon shaped two-tier pink wedding cake with floral design ideas

pink cake by Cakes by Brittany, from this intimate quarantine ceremony | photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography

One of our favorite ideas for making your wedding cake stand out is to change the shape of the tiers. Case in point: this beautiful hexagon design! It’s simple, but totally statement-making — and it makes that pink buttercream frosting look THAT much more delish.

Finish the design by decorating each layer with dozens of delicate pink flowers. The result: one of the most gorgeous, feminine, and unique wedding cake ideas on this list!

43. Magical Amethyst Geode Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful simple white and purple three-tier wedding cake with unique amethyst geode design ideas and gold details surrounded by crystals

geode cake by Sweet Mama from this amethyst gemstone ceremony inspo | photo by Núria Cienfuegos Photography

Manifest your perfect wedding day with this beautiful amethyst wedding cake inspiration! This design looks like pure magic, with an amethyst-inspired geode accent and a gorgeous purple and gold color palette.

It’s one of our favorite ideas if you’re going for a purple color scheme on your big day, or if you want to channel some good energy with your wedding cake. (Amethyst is associated with peace and clarity — pretty perfect for your wedding day, if you ask us!)

44. Dreamy Abstract Wedding Cake Ideas

a simple beautiful white three-tier wedding cake with modern artistic 3D swoosh design ideas displayed on an elegant black stand

wedding cake ideas by A Cake Story

Who says simple wedding cake ideas can’t be dreamy and whimsical?! We love the way this classic white cake creates movement with the flowing 3D waves on each tier. It may be understated, but it’s definitely not boring!

And with such a sleek overall design, this wedding cake inspiration is one of our favorite ideas for a black tie optional wedding or ultra elegant affair. Pair it with a black stand to complete the formal look!

45. Modern Terrazzo-Inspired Cake Design

a beautiful two-tier white modern dessert with untraditional terrazzo style designs displayed with elegant mauve pink flowers

modern cake by Dream Cakes, from this fine art bridal inspiration | photo by Alixann Loosle Photography

It’s no secret that terrazzo is having a serious moment in the interior design world. But for wedding cake ideas, too?! WE ADORE.

This modern design totally crushes the architectural look, with block-shaped tiers and a funky terrazzo design peeking out from the white frosting. It’s one of the best unique wedding cake ideas with a rad artistic flair.

46. Tropical Pink Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful pink marble three-tier wedding cake with tropical leaf ideas and gold foil designs

pink cake by Elise Cakes, from this epic grand opening at Hangar 21 | photo by Alexandria Monette Photography

Tying the knot in a gorgeous tropical destination? Then you need wedding cake ideas that match the theme! This three-tier cake design gives off the ultimate summery tropical vibes, with bright pink marble frosting and a statement palm leaf accent. We can smell the sea breeze from here!

And how stunning is the gold foil detailing?! It’s the perfect finishing touch to this bold design.

GWS Pro Tip: If you’re planning a destination wedding, your cake vendor process may look a little different. As Jaime from Autumn Nomad says, who you hire will depend on where the destination is. “If the climate is drastically different, I would recommend using a local baker,” she suggests. “I’ve traveled a lot for cakes and always struggled with refrigeration. It’s very challenging. In some instances, bringing in a baker works great, but it’s challenging.”

47. Beautiful Watercolor-Inspired Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful abstract three-tier white and pink wedding cake with watercolor inspired floral design ideas

pink cake by Sugar Plum Bakes, from this coastal boho elopement inspo | photo by Rebecca Carpenter Photography

The ethereal vibe of this peachy pink cake is seriously next-level. It has a watercolor-like quality to it, and the adorning petals are ultra-whimsical.

But the highlight of this wedding cake just HAS to be the translucent middle tier, which is choc-full of flowers — it’s one of the most unique ideas we’ve ever seen, and such a beautiful way to tie in your bouquet!

an untraditional artistic three-tier wedding cake with abstract sculptural design ideas

If you’re obsessed with the abstract style of this cake, then prepare to fall in love with these unique cake designs with major movement!

48. Simple Fresh Fruit Cake Inspiration

a simple beautiful two-tier white wedding cake with fresh fruit designs surrounded by boho ideas like a pampas grass arch and turkish rugs

wedding cake ideas by PetranArt, from this incredible cliffside Santorini wedding | photo by Anna Roussos

If you’re tired of the same old floral wedding cake ideas, freshen up your design with this fruity inspiration! We love how this example combines a simple white cake with bright fresh figs. It’s a great way to create contrast and add different colors to your design, without going over the top!

49. Boho Braided Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful white three-tier wedding cake with braided details and boho floral design ideas surrounded by crystals

wedding cake ideas by Bay Cakes Design, from this Big Sur wedding inspo | photo by Carol Oliva Photography

This cake is a bit of a twist on what you might expect with a more modern and simple design. It incorporates some beautiful boho ideas, like the frayed edges on the base tier of the wedding cake and the braided designs, while also sticking to a sleek and clean white style.

Pair it with some crystal decor to bring out the boho elements, and add a feather on top for the coolest finishing touch!

50. Edgy Pink Cake Inspiration

a beautiful pink wedding cake with abstract frosting ideas and edgy floral designs

pink cake by Lux Sucre from this edgy + offbeat white ceremony inspo | photo by Casi Yost Photography

Pink is typically associated with more feminine wedding cake ideas, but this design has an edgier vibe that we can’t stop staring at! The abstract pattern on the bottom tiers, coupled with the sharp details on the florals, gives it a rad and unexpected look that stands out.

Consider this your sign to forgo the traditional floral options and choose something unique, unexpected, and a little bit edgy instead!

51. Beautiful White Floral Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful white four-tier wedding cake with whimsical floral designs and unique ripped fabric inspired frosting ideas

cake by Frosted Indulgence | photo by Foy and Co.

The overall base of this cake is simple and elegant, with traditional white frosting and a classic four-tier silhouette. But where things get REALLY romantic is with those blossoming icing flowers. Such a whimsical monochrome look!

Not only is it one of the most beautiful ideas for an all-white wedding cake, but it’s also the perfect inspiration for so many different styles and themes.

52. Art Deco-Inspired Architectural Cake Design

a beautiful simple three-tier white wedding cake with modern architectural design​​ ideas and dark plum color floral details

cake by Paper Heart Patisserie, from this modern hotel ceremony inspo | photo by Charleton Churchill Photography

We love the subtle nod to the Art Deco era with this architectural, modern cake. The geometric cutout designs on each tier create stunning depth, especially when contrasted with the rich purple floral hues.

If you’re looking for unique ideas to spice up a classic white wedding cake, this is the perfect inspiration.

53. Modern Boho Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful terracotta orange four-tier wedding cake with modern circular design ideas displayed on an outdoor table

cake by Sweet Heather Anne | photo by Dan Cox Photography

Talk about a blushing boho look! This beautiful peachy pink cake has such a simple and unique design, with the coolest three-dimensional accents. We especially love how all of the design ideas on this wedding cake look super intentional, from the terracotta-esque frosting to the modern shapes.

It’s contemporary, it’s playful, it’s bohemian, and it’s SO gorgeous for your big day!

54. Unique Mushroom Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful glossy white three-tier dessert with untraditional mushroom inspired designs

wedding cake ideas by Nine Cakes

We can’t help but fall head over heels for this adorable mushroom design! For nature lovers, this is one of the most unique wedding cake ideas that uses the great outdoors as inspiration. It’s such a cute idea for a mountain or forest celebration — and a design that’s guaranteed to make your guests smile!

55. Monochrome White Cake Inspiration

a simple beautiful white two-tier wedding cake with elegant floral design ideas

simple cake by Pensa, from this minimalist New York City ceremony | photo by Tom Leung Photography

This is a PERFECT example of how a simple cake design goes a long way. We love love love the all-white design ideas, including the delicate dried florals that add the perfect amount of texture to this minimalist + monochrome wedding cake inspiration.

It’s proof that a cake doesn’t need to be over-the-top to catch the eye. We’re obsessed.

56. Painting Inspired Abstract Wedding Cake Ideas

man holding a beautiful colorful three-tier wedding cake with a painterly abstract frosting design

modern cake by Half Baked Co, from this modern color-blocking ceremony with a twist | photo by Peterson Design & Photography

We love this fun and fresh inspiration for modern wedding cake ideas! Skip the colorful florals and opt for the painterly look of this abstract art inspired cake. It brings the same bright pop of color, but with a totally one-of-a-kind style.

For playful couples with an artistic edge, a painted cake design is a must. It’s like your own personal work of art!

a beautiful unique single-tier wedding cake with vincent van gogh inspired design ideas displayed on a silver stand

Calling all artists! We’ve rounded up the most gorgeous art-inspired cakes, from abstract ideas to impressionist designs.

57. Black Floral Wedding Cake Ideas

a beautiful black three-tier wedding cake with painted floral fondant design ideas displayed on a gold stand

black floral cake by The Sweet Society Co., from our black cake round-up | photo by Becky van Straalen Photography

We’ve never seen a black cake quite like this one. Such a unique and modern take on floral wedding cake ideas, this inspiration features a painted floral masterpiece displayed against the simple clean fondant. The result? A crisp and romantic design that resembles a museum-worthy painting!

58. Summery Pressed Flower Cake Design

a beautiful peach three-tier wedding cake with colorful pressed floral designs displayed in a rustic room

wedding cake ideas by Savvy Fare Cake

What could be better for a summertime wedding than pastel wedding cake ideas featuring vibrant and colorful fresh flowers? This cake design is festive, romantic, and seasonally perfect. We can feel the summer heat from here!

P.S. Pair this cake with pressed flower wedding stationery for a cohesive and memorable summertime look. So dreamy!

59. Unique Woven Wedding Cake Ideas

beautiful pink wedding cakes with untraditional woven designs displayed with hanging floral details

cakes by Sweet Heather Anne (who’s also the bride!) featured in this art-inspired ceremony | photo by The Billings

The woven design on these pink cakes is so unique and fun! It’s truly one of the most unexpected and beautiful wedding cake ideas, and it looks gorgeous with the boho macrame details in the background.

Now all that’s missing are a few platters of macarons to complete the delicious spread!

60. Untraditional Nature-Inspired Cake Design

a beautiful untraditional four-tier white wedding cake with modern geometric shapes and geode crystal design ideas surrounded by pink flower petals

modern cake by Hey There, Cupcake! from this bright + modern ceremony inspo | photo by Krista Mason Photography

For couples who want to be on the cutting edge and forge their own unique look, this inspiration is one of our favorite modern wedding cake ideas! We can’t get enough of all the rad nature-inspired details, from the white marble finish to the crystal designs. And those gold accents are SO GOOD.

Finished with a sprinkling of hot pink flower petals, this cake will definitely turn heads at the reception!

61. Disney Aladdin Inspired Cake Design

a beautiful five-tier white wedding cake with intricate Disney Aladdin inspired design ideas displayed on a unique stand in the desert

Disney-inspired cake by Autumn Nomad, from this Aladdin + Jasmine inspired ceremony | photo by Cody James Barry Photography

We had to finish with one of our favorite wedding cake ideas of all time! Disney lovers will love the Aladdin influences on this dramatic seven-tier cake. It makes such a statement with an intricate symmetrical design that spans and connects six of the towering tiers.

Now that’s what we call happily ever after!

From the Experts – Everything You Need to Know About Getting Your Wedding Cake

a beautiful three tier blush pink wedding cake with colorful 3D floral ideas creating a design with an overgrown garden inspiration
wedding cake ideas by LiMa Cakes

Now that you’ve screenshotted, bookmarked, and gushed over your favorite wedding cake ideas, it’s time to answer a few essential questions to help you choose your perfect dessert. For this complete guide, we’ve teamed up with cake professional Jaime Melfi from Autumn Nomad. She’s sharing her best tips, tricks, and insider knowledge — so let’s get into it!

How much should you spend on a wedding cake?

a beautiful white five-tier wedding cake with colorful floral icing designs displayed on a garden inspired table
wedding cake ideas by LILA Cakeshop

How much you spend on your wedding cake will depend on the cake’s design, size, flavors, and price averages for your wedding location, so you’ll need to keep all these factors in mind when creating your budget. Here’s Jaime’s expert ideas for determining how much to spend on your dream wedding cake:

“When assessing our wedding clients from this past year, on average, the majority spent $1500-$2000 for a wedding of 100-200 people,” she says. “I think that’s a good range to budget for. That way, you have a pretty cake to cut, desserts to offer your guests, and delivery and set-up included.”

Looking for more budget-friendly wedding cake ideas? Jaime suggests keeping it simple. “We get a lot of DIY and rustic barn weddings, so we do simple, minimal cakes in the $500 range,” she told us. “Sometimes we have couples who will choose a much smaller cake, such as a two-tier cake with a buttercream design, which starts around $125 and has about 24 servings. The couple may then choose other desserts or ‘kitchen cakes’ just for slicing, which will also bring them to the $500 range.”

On the other hand, if you love more luxurious wedding cake ideas, then you should expect to spend anywhere from $2000 to $5000. “The most expensive cake we’ve produced was $10,000. But that total included flowers, set up, delivery, and a cake stand rental,” she says.

Flavors also make a big impact on your cake budget. As Jaime says, “Our specialty flavors have homemade fillings and unique flavor combinations. Those require more supplies and cost more. Even a cake flavor, such as carrot cake, will cost more because of the supplies. Simple vanilla will be your least expensive cake option.”

Wedding Cake Pricing – Cake Size/Quantity vs Guest Count

a beautiful orange retro three-tier wedding cake with intricate icing design​ ideas displayed on a white stand and topped with six bright red maraschino cherries
wedding cake ideas by Mali Bakes

When creating your budget and narrowing down your favorite wedding cake design ideas, you’ll also want to consider your guest count. Not only does this impact what size you’ll need, but it also affects the design.

To determine the overall budget, start by factoring in price per serving size. As Jaime says, “We have couples who are looking for a cake to feed, say 100 people. We would price the cake based on servings. If they have any artistic add-ons, their per-serving price would go up from there. Our tiered cakes start at $9 a slice. So their cake price might be then $12 or $15 a slice based on the artistic detail they choose to go with.”

However, some couples prefer a certain size based on the overall look of the cake, regardless of the guest count. “In some instances, we will fill in with a fake tier, in case they don’t want to have too much cake. Initially, this cake would be priced by the servings for what portion of the cake is actually cake. From there, we would add in the cost for the dummy tier. And from there, a design fee would be added for the quality and artistic level for the overall cake design.”

As Jaime elaborates, “The larger a cake is, the more surface area there is for artistic design. So the cost will be higher, because more art is needed to fill the space of the larger cake.”

Why do wedding cakes tend to cost more than your standard bakery cake?

a beautiful blush pink wedding cake with unique frayed gold accented edges and white orchid design ideas
wedding cake ideas by Perfect Cake Co.

It’s true — wedding cakes are typically more expensive compared to everyday designs and ideas that you would find at a local bakeshop. And for good reason. As Jaime tells us, “There is a lot of coordination and extra time involved in the design process. So part of a per slice price does include time and coordination. We have some couples that we spend hours and hours speaking to, whether in person, or by phone and email. There’s a lot of going back and forth about color, flavor, flowers, etc.”

Most wedding cake ideas are much more labor-intensive and time-consuming as well. “Artistically speaking, some cakes can take up to 80+ hours,” says Jaime. “So the more simple design, the less expensive the cake will be.”

How far in advance of your wedding day should you book your cake baker?

a beautiful baby blue five-tier wedding cake with pink, white, and lavender floral designs and unique frayed edges
wedding cake ideas by Poppy Pickering Cake Design

Ready to start designing? Whether you love super ornate designs or more minimalist wedding cake ideas, it’s best to book your cake baker sooner rather than later. However, the season can also affect how far in advance you need to start booking. Here’s what Jaime had to say:

“I recommend booking ASAP. For us, fall is the busiest time of year. Labor Day and Columbus Day tend to be the busiest. We actually don’t take any weddings Columbus Day weekend, as it’s too busy in New England and hard to manage,” she says. “June, July, and August are also always very consistently busy with weddings.”

Remember: traditional “wedding season” dates are likely going to book up the fastest. If you don’t plan on getting married in the off-season, secure your baker once you’ve secured that date!

Essential Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Cake Baker Before You Book

a beautiful abstract single-tier white wedding cake with pink rose designs displayed on a marble stand
wedding cake ideas by Sweet Homemade

Before you book your cake baker, you’ll want to make sure they’re right for you. These are the three essential questions and topics that Jaime recommends covering with your cake baker before booking:

  • Mention any allergies that you or your guests have. Not all bakeries cater to gluten or nut allergies.
  • Ask them about their delivery and setup processes. Not all bakeries deliver and set up cakes, and some bakeries also don’t add flowers.  
  • Talk budget with your baker. Make sure you know what you’re paying beforehand because cakes can get pricey depending on what you want.

How to Determine How Much Wedding Cake You Need, Based On Your Guest Count

a beautiful neutral beige wedding cake with elegant white floral design ideas
wedding cake ideas by Lima Cakes

We recommend ordering enough cake for around 80% of your guest count. While some guests will want two slices, others won’t want any at all, so this is a pretty safe bet. If you’re including other dessert options and ideas for your spread, you can make this percentage even smaller — but remember, the cake is always the main event!

When it comes to the overall size of the cake, it’s best to talk to your baker. They’ll have the best ideas for how large your cake needs to be based on your number of guests and the unique design of the cake. After all, different size tiers will result in different portions, so the overall size of your cake will depend on your preferred design ideas.

Have Your Wedding Cake and Eat It Too: Our Best Wedding Planning Guides

a table filled with beautiful pastel single-tier wedding cakes with heart-shaped designs and intricate vintage-inspired frosting ideas
wedding cake ideas by New June

Now that you’re a wedding cake pro, let’s dive into all our other guides and ideas for planning your big day — starting with our wedding planning mega guide! We’ve created a step-by-step checklist to ensure you don’t miss a single detail.

From there, it’s party time. To help you celebrate every milestone, we’ve created complete guides for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner. Let’s get this party started!

Next up: attire. Find your dream dress with the help of our ultimate wedding gown guide, including the best places to shop online. We’ve also created the perfect wedding shoes guide to complete the look! And for the guys, we rounded up the best groom’s suits for your most dapper wedding day style.

And let’s not forget about your dream team! Check out this bridesmaid gown guide and this groomsmen suit round-up to ensure your “I do” crew is dressed for success.

Need any more tips for the big day? Let us know in the comments below. Happy planning!