The 42 Most Elegant Wedding Cakes We’ve Ever Seen
Gathering wedding ideas and images is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning, especially when it comes to searching for elegant wedding cakes. Sugar flowers, hand-painted details and intricate piping—they’re all so dreamy (and delicious).
As fun as it is to look at pretty pictures of unique wedding cake designs, it’s actually really helpful too. You’ll start to recognize wedding cake details that you like (and a few things you don’t). Then when you’re meeting with your potential cake baker (find yours through our All-In-One Wedding Planner app) you can tell them exactly what you’re looking for in regards to your amazing wedding cake. You can even show them pictures of your favorite wedding cake ideas.
Start your wedding cake search and get tons of inspiration with some of the most amazing and unique wedding cakes we’ve ever seen, below.
Elegant Wedding Cakes
1. Elegant Garden Cake
No rule says you have to have round tiers—playing with different shapes can make a classic confection even more elegant.
2. Sprouting Sugared Blooms
Dozens of lifelike sugar flowers transform a basic white cake from pretty simple to stunningly elegant. The careful balance of blooms and clean, white tiers keeps the floral clusters from overwhelming the cake.
3. Cascading Orchids
Give dimension to an all white-cake with realistic sugar orchid blooms. The floral cascade is mirrored in delicately iced details on individual tiers.
4. Fresh Flowers
On a budget? Look no further than fresh flowers (which can be a fraction of the cost of the sugar variety). Swirled vanilla buttercream and piped pearls give this simple design elegance, while pink blooms make the cake totally party ready.
5. Glamorous Gold Details
Gold foil isn’t just for stationery—metallics are popping up in everything from paper and shoes to layers of cake. Hand-painted watercolor tiers add a splash of pink and keep the gold from feeling garish. An acrylic cake topper is a contemporary take on the classic cake topper.
6. Swirling Sophistication
A swirl of cascading florals makes this luxurious, sophisticated wedding cake feel extra elegant.
7. Soft Touch of Color
It’s all about soft hues of color that play across this beautiful cake. The flecks of gold offer a stunning contrast and capture the eye. Matching roses litter this three-tiered cake to give it the ultimate touch of elegance.
Simple Wedding Cakes
8. White Out
One way to make a simple wedding cake feel a little more unique is to highlight just one of the layers by coating it with a three-dimensional detail, like flowers and dragees.
9. Eyelet Icing
An eyelet-inspired design gives this otherwise-simple wedding cake character.
10. Raw Edges
Visibly imperfect icing gives this two-tier, simple wedding cake a serious edge.
11. Minimalist Florals
A simple wedding cake can still pop with minimalist, elegantly placed flowers.
12. Blushing Blooms
Delicate flowers dot this simple-yet-beautiful cake, providing a visually appealing look. The flowers are gathered on the top tier and spread out along the lower tiers as if they were falling out of a tree and drifting gently to the ground.
13. Dare to Bare
Chic, clean and devoid of frills—besides some sparse floral touches—this multi-tiered, simple wedding cake is what minimalist dreams are made of.
14. Statement Tier
An elegant blue floral pattern decorated on one singular tier makes this simple wedding cake feel formal and sophisticated.
Naked Wedding Cakes
15. Rustic Vibes
This naked sponge cake is bare besides a few drips of sandwiched frosting and elegant flowers.
16. Drips of Deliciousness
Top the barely frosted layers of your naked wedding cake with decadent drizzles.
17. Natural Touches
Top off your naked cake with greenery and a rustic-style cake topper for a true back-to-basics vibe.
18. Topped With Fruit
A naked wedding cake still feels exciting—especially when topped with fresh raspberries, blackberries and flowers alike.
19. Peony Perfection
Consider this proof that a naked wedding cake can still feel ultra-elegant and formal, especially with a few artfully placed peonies.
20. Nearly Naked
This “naked” wedding cake still has enough decadent icing to keep everyone’s sweet tooth satisfied.
Square Wedding Cakes
21. Dripping With Florals
A square wedding cake may sound too angular in theory, but look how beautiful, soft and elegant it looks when topped with cascading pink florals.
22. Geometric Patterns
Take your square wedding cake up a notch with geometric patterns that match its motif. An elegant color palette balances it out so it still feels elevated and romantic.
23. Luxe Marble
An iced marble pattern in minimalist colors makes this square wedding cake feel extra luxe.
24. Whimsical Elegance
Bright colors and puppy toppers make this square wedding cake feel totally whimsical.
25. Mismatched Tiers
Not all tiers are created equal. This square wedding cake features color-blocked, ombré and quilted ones that still feel cohesive with a chic purple color palette.
26. All in the Details
Exquisitely placed details that match the couple’s color palette make this square wedding cake feel oh so elegant.
Three Tier Wedding Cakes
27. Pastel Petals
An all-white confection is the perfect backdrop for elegant blooms.
28. Lovely Lyrics
This blue and white modern three tier wedding cake is wrapped in sugar bows and finished off with an edible ink phrase: “All You Need Is Love.” Borrow from The Beatles’s famous lyrics, or choose a favorite line from your vows or a beloved poem for an extra-special touch.
An oversize bloom—a twist on the sugar flower cascade—anchors this carefree design and proves that a single stem can make a big impact.
Classic round tiers are the perfect canvas for pale blue roses, while Grecian gold leaves and petite circles give the confection a timeless feel with a hint of whimsy.
31. Vintage Dream
Each delicious tier of this cake features its own unique look, from delicate netting to sparkling beads and gorgeous flowers draping the bottom tier. The single white flower at the top is the perfect touch to this beautiful confection.
32. Sweet Stems
Step up a simple buttercream three tier cake with a cascading, fresh-from-the-garden mix of blooms and berries.
33. Watercolor Details
Watercolor-inspired brushstrokes will take your three tier wedding cake to the next level (no pun intended).
Unique Wedding Cakes
34. Illustrated Art
Why not treat your cake like a canvas? Pick anything you want (like the design of your invitations) and have it painted on to make the confection totally unique.
35. Soothing Ride
This gorgeous cake offers a varied palette of color that gradually changes across the different layers. The elegant script on the second tier adds a dynamic visual and the flower accents really make this cake bloom. The real treat, however, is the rich hue and sparkling dusting of the bottom layer of the cake.
You want a cake. Your partner wants cupcakes. You don’t have to choose with this woodland wonderland cake plus cupcake combo. This semi-naked cake harkens to the outdoors, and the tree stump plater hit the idea home. If the cake slices run out, guests can grab a cupcake. No one is left out.
37. Optical Illusion
The optical illusion on this unique wedding cake is as witty as it is sophisticated.
38. Midnight Dream
This cake is sure to get a lot of attention from your guests. Its stark black color makes a big statement and definitely sets it apart from the common pale hues of most wedding cakes. Guests who step in close will see delicate veins of gold running along the cake, adding a nice contrast. The light colored roses also pop against this ebony cake.
39. Crystallized Tiers
The geode trend is still going strong. We love the raw elegance of these mineral details, and you don’t need much more than that to make a big statement.
40. Personal Touch
Pull cake inspiration from things you really love, like a hobby, favorite song or sentimental location. This cake, for example, was modeled after the classic story Don Quixote.
41. Sky-High Elegance
This glam, multi-tiered confection has everything from glitter to flowers—making for a totally unique wedding cake that doesn’t feel too busy (primarily thanks to how much real estate there was to work with).
42. Accent Tier
You can still make a statement with your wedding cake even if you go with a minimalist design. Simplify all of the tiers except for one—like this wedding cake that features a hand-painted accent tier.
Choosing the Right Wedding Cake for Your Wedding
We hope that these beautiful and elegant wedding cakes have inspired you as you start planning the main sweet treat on your wedding day. Don’t wait too long to turn these unique wedding cake designs into reality. It’s generally a good idea to order your cake about six months before your wedding. Keep in mind that small, popular bakeries may fill up even sooner, so the earlier the better. As you start looking for cake designers in your area, make sure to read up on The Biggest Wedding Cake Dos and Don’ts before placing your order.
No matter if you prefer elegant, simple, or unique wedding cake designs you will be blown away by our list of amazing wedding cakes. Take a look today!
27 Amazing Celebrity Wedding Cakes
No expense is spared when cake is involved.
You can’t have a party without cake, but when a celebrity is getting married, everything is taken to an entirely higher level. From cakes taller than the groom, to elaborate sugar-flower displays, to a cake that cost as much as a down payment on a house, these are some of the most amazing celebrity wedding cakes we’ve ever seen.
By now, we know the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went super untraditional in terms of cake choices: Their unstacked, lemon and elderflower cake was unlike any other royal wedding cake before it . and it looked delicious.
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Kardashian and Odom’s wedding cake — made by Hansen’s Cakes in Los Angeles — was a five-tiered, sleek black-and-white creation, filled with chocolate buttercream and white chocolate chips. Oh, and bonus — it was even taller than Odom. Now that’s impressive.
If you fell in love with Vergara’s custom Zuhair Murad couture gown, wait until you see her cake. Designed by Sylvia Weinstock, the five-tiered cake featured a quilted design, flowers over each tier, and was topped with a giant floral arrangement.
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For Cruise and Holmes’s Italian wedding, they chose a five-tiered white chocolate mousse cake covered in marzipan roses.
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The amazing thing about Pitt and Jolie’s wedding cake isn’t how many tiers it had or the intricate fondant craftwork, but that it was made by their son, Pax. Aww.
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A royal wedding requires a show-stopping cake, and Prince William and Kate Middleton did not let us down. Their cake, made by pastry chef Fiona Cairns, was an eight-tiered traditional fruit cake with white icing, decorated with up to 900 sugar-paste flowers, garlands to mirror the architectural details in Buckingham Palace, lattice work, and piped leaf detail. That $80,000 price tag is making more sense now.
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Would you expect anything less than classic elegance from Clooney and Alamuddin? The couple cut into a four-tiered, square-style art deco chocolate wedding cake at their Venice wedding.
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Cake or decor? For Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting’s wedding, they opted to go non-traditional, commissioning an upside-down wedding cake hanging from a chandelier. Created by Kimberly Bailey from The Butter End Cakery, the cake took two hours to install, and had to be held upright by planks and sandbags. When it came time to cut into it, Cuoco had to be assisted by three people to make sure it didn’t come crashing down.
Like her sister, Khloe, Kim K. opted for a classic, tuxedo-inspired black and white wedding cake when she married Kris Humphries. The eight-foot tall cake weighed an insane 600 pounds, and was a chocolate-chip marble cake decorated with buttercream frosting—all for $20,000. NBD.
Naked cakes had a moment in the wedding world, and even Duff got in on the trend, opting to go for the more simple, rustic glamour in hers to give it a “vintage homemade look.”
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If Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s elegant vanilla-and-sour cream wedding cake with peach-apricot preserves and Earl Grey-milk chocolate buttercream wasn’t enough, they also offered a pretty rad dessert buffet at their wedding.
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The Dancing With the Stars pros had a four-tier, pink and white masterpiece for their summer 2017 wedding that also featured tons on tons of pearls.
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This “vegan, gluten free magic” featured rosewater, orange blossom, lavender, and chocolate flavors, which was spot-on for the low-key Brooklyn wedding Penn and Domino had. Also, it’s gorgeous! That fruit!
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The oldest Jonas brother and his longtime love had a gigantic, fondant-covered masterpiece at their 2009 wedding. It had edible flowers and a tiara on top, which Danielle enjoyed wearing when they thawed the top layer of the cake out for their anniversary.
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This seven-tier (!) cake was ivory and gold and had jewel and flower embellishments throughout. Omarosa raved about the cake after the fact, calling it “divine.”
Because Julianne cares a lot about eating clean, this simple cake was fruit-forward. “Each tier was four layers of cake with a layer of strawberries and cream, a layer of blackberries and cream and a layer of raspberries and cream,” her cake designer Kayla Carey told PEOPLE.
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The View co-host’s lovely cake was vanilla and chocolate and filled with mousse. It was five tiers and custom designed for the couple.
This six-tiered, yellow cake masterpiece (with Elvis and Priscilla’s names written on it!) likely would’ve cost north of $20,000 today. It was filled with apricot marmalade and Bavarian cream and covered with more than 1,000 edible roses.
Clinton and Mezvinsky’s nine-tier cake came in around 500 pounds and was vanilla with a dark chocolate mousse filling. Oh, and it was gluten-free.
This magnificent thing (seen here at the 1956 royal wedding) featured an actual 3D replica of Monaco’s Pink Palace as well as the royal family of Monaco’s crest and two cherubs on top.
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Another DWTS wedding, another fantastic cake! This cake was seven tiers of “pink velvet” and a compromise after the pair tried 13 versions before landing on this one.
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Yes, another one! This DWTS wedding cake was super colorful. Per Us Weekly, it had five flavors: “layers of Valrhona chocolate cake, vanilla bean cake, carrot cake, almond cake and banana cake.”
Though Lauren had this adorable little cake, she and her husband actually opted to serve their guests apple pie instead. She shared her homemade recipe years later on her website.
The iconic duo’s cake was made by none other than Sylvia Weinstock. This was a ten-tier, six-foot-tall, vanilla and buttercream work of art that was actually so big, it reportedly had to be dismantled to get into the venue.
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Did you know the couple asked their wedding guests to show up to the reception in black and white, then showed up themselves wearing purple? Oh, and then there was the matter of the cake that had a nude sculpture of themselves up top. 🙂
GOOP queen Gwyneth and her new husband Brad had teeny, tiny, beautifully frosted carrot cakes at their late summer wedding, Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes confirmed via Instagram.
While we don’t know much about Miley and Liam’s wedding cake (to be fair, they kept the whole wedding thing pretttty lowkey), we got a glimpse of it in one of her friends’ Instagram stories—the two-tiered, buttercream-frosted, flower-adorned dessert was simple, as was the cake-cutting ceremony that went with it. As far as those cupcakes you see right next to it? Yeah, we don’t know anything about them either, but they look pretty sweet, too.
From cakes taller than the groom, to elaborate sugar-flower displays, to a cake that cost as much as a down payment on a house, these are some of the most amazing celebrity wedding cakes we've ever seen.