One of my favourite perks as a destination wedding photographer is working with amazingly talented cake designers who inspire me with endless wedding cake ideas! From simple single-tier buttercream sponge cakes to 5-tier multi-flavoured show-stopping centrepieces, beautiful wedding cakes never fail to make a style statement.
Choosing your wedding cake is bound to be one of the most awaited parts of your wedding planning. If you’re at that stage, then save yourself some time and look no further. I’ve listed below my favourite wedding cakes to give you the dreamiest inspiration and most creative ideas all in one place. Don’t blame me if you end up with a serious case of cake envy!
WEDDING CAKE IDEAS FOR EVERY SEASON
Incorporating important elements of your love story into your cake design is a great way to enhance the aesthetics of your celebration and personalise your wedding. This scrumptious pastel buttercream cake with gold leaf accents will always be on my list of favourites. It features the most beautifully calligraphed wedding vows on delicate rice paper sails. Cake by Sugar Plum Bakes and Calligraphy by Paints, Pots and Quills (website links at the end of the post)
This style is perfect if you prefer simple wedding details that extend even to the wedding cake. Having a simple design doesn’t entirely mean having a blank canvas though. This beautiful summer wedding cake features three dainty English roses as the focal point and a beautiful crest on the cake’s body. Having a minimalist wedding cake gives you the flexibility to play around with other ideas. Some couples opt to add a luxury dessert table that matches the wedding cake. Cupcakes, macarons, and cookies with the same style as the wedding cake can add that extra bit of luxury to your wedding day treats. Cake by MonAnnie Cakes (website links at the end of the post)
Fancy seeing how a luxury dessert table can elevate the style of your wedding? Head over to this post about The Patisseria, a luxury patisserie table by MonAnnie Cakes and Alexandra Rose Weddings.
WEDDING CAKE IDEAS FOR SPRING
Pastel Colour Palette
Spring reminds me of Easter bunnies, the British lambing season, my favourite peony flowers and pastel colours. Once winter is gone, it’s time to leave the heavy dramatic colours behind and go back to lighter, more cheerful hues. Why not make your cake a rainbow of pastels to bring that cheer into your own celebration? The beauty of using subtle pastel colours is that they are not overpowering and can easily match most wedding themes.Cake by MonAnnie Cakes (website links at the end of the post)
Fresh Seasonal Flowers
“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking!” If you feel the same way as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, then skip this one! Seriously though, having a spring wedding comes with many benefits, including access to a wide variety of flowers that might only be available locally around that season! You can request your cake designer and florist to work together so that your cake can also feature the same seasonal flowers used in your bridal bouquet. If you carry your floral theme across various wedding details, you can easily achieve a more coherent and elevated overall wedding look.Cake by Storeybook Cakes (website links at the end of the post)
Floral wreaths are not just for decorating your doors. They could be used to decorate your wedding cakes too! You can choose between fresh or real flowers – both will have their pros and cons. Both will also look absolutely beautiful as long as they’ve not been overdone and your wreath’s size suits your wedding cake. This one-tier buttercream cake looks perfect with just the right amount of flowers handmade into a floral wreath. Its size is also perfect for intimate weddings that are gradually becoming more popular these days.Cake by Katie Cranfield and wreath by Amy Swann (website links at the end of the post)
WEDDING CAKE IDEAS FOR SUMMER
Couples will have different personalities and this can bring about a variety of ideas when it comes to planning a wedding – and choosing a cake! What’s more exciting than choosing several cake flavours and selecting multiple styles that suit your individual personalities? This 5-layer cake shows exactly that – a layer of ruffled sugar for the partner with a more reserved personality and the cascading flowers in bold colours for the partner with the outgoing personality. You don’t always have to agree on one choice that suits you when you can both have what you want by combining your ideas.Cake by Amy Beck Cake Design (website links at the end of the post)
Bold and Bright Colours
Summer reminds us all of the sunny days at the beach, holiday trips to the tropics, and cool drinks by the pool. Bringing the summer vibe into your wedding can be as easy as choosing bright and bold colours to reflect the season’s vibe. This luxury 5-tier wedding cake exudes so much energy and sunshine simply by using the 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year Living Coral as the main colour.Cake by MonAnnie Cakes (website links at the end of the post)
WEDDING CAKE IDEAS FOR AUTUMN
If fresh flowers or sugar flowers don’t interest you, maybe dried flowers will. Dried flowers are not only good for decorating your home, they can also be used as elements of your autumn wedding – from the decors to the bouquet, to your wedding cake topper. They’re a good alternative especially if your wedding style is leaning towards earthy or organic. Some brides even choose to have dried flowers so they can easily preserve their bouquet long after the wedding is finished.Cake by Poppy Pickering Cakes (website links at the end of the post)
Seasonal Autumn Colours
While modern weddings tend to be colourful and daring, traditional weddings use neutral colours to achieve a classy and timeless look. White is the most obvious choice if you want to go for a timeless look, but it doesn’t hurt to add a hint of colour to brighten the mood and bring in the season. The muted and neutral colours of autumn won’t ever go out of style. Go for shades of greens and pale yellows of if you want to go strictly traditional, ivory and cream will also do.Cake by Poppy Pickering Cakes (website links at the end of the post)
WEDDING CAKE IDEAS FOR WINTER
Embrace the Winter Season
If Elsa from Frozen ever gets married, I can imagine her wedding cake looking just like this. The pale blue and frosty off-white combination of this stunning wedding cake reminds me of cold winter nights and the bluish winter skies. This wedding cake is perfect for couples who are getting married during winter and want to embrace the season.Cake by Touvaille Bakery (website links at the end of the post)
Winter weddings don’t have to mirror the dull and gloomy weather. This fairytale pastel luxury wedding cake will delight your guests with its fun shades of pink and lilac with hints of gold. The rice paper sails look just like icicles but the colourful pastel tones and gold leaf trimmings certainly added a bit of magic and sparkle. Cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.
(1) Personalised Details – Sugar Plum Bakes for the cake and Paints, Pots and Quills for the calligraphy (2) Minimalist Design – MonAnnie Cakes (3) Pastel Colour Palette – MonAnnie Cakes (4) Fresh Seasonal Flowers – Storeybook Cakes (5) Floral Wreath – Katie Cranfield for the cake and Amy Swann for the wreath (6) Mismatched Tiers – Amy Beck Cake Design (7) Bold and Bright Colours – MonAnnie Cakes (8) Dried Flowers – Poppy Pickering Cakes (9) Seasonal Autumn Colours – Poppy Pickering Cakes (10) Embrace the Winter Season – Trouvaille Bakery (11) Mirror Nature – Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
* All photos by Cristina Ilao Photography
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