Five Fun Wedding Cake Trends

When I first got engaged, I knew there were certain parts of the wedding I would care very much about—my cake was never one of them. “It’s just dessert,” I thought dismissively. Silly me. Back then, I didn’t realize how creative bakers can be, dolling out the most beautiful creations I’ve ever seen and making sure the taste is on point as well. Now that we’ve chosen an amazing baker for our wedding and are finalizing our design, I wanted to take a look at all of the options out there.

1. Classic look, modern twist. The cake below was created by my baker. It's reminiscent of the cakes I remember seeing in weddings from the time when my parents were married: lots of tiers with flowers in between. But this one has modern, clean lines and two different shapes for the tiers (notice that the bottom two are square, while the top two are round).

classic wedding cake

Photo Credit: Simply Perfection Cakes

2. Little cake, big impact. Who says bigger is better? Despite the fact that there is minimal décor and only a simple, white ribbon with some sheen, this cake is beautiful. It will never go out of style.

white and gold wedding cake

Photo Credit: April Reed Cake Design

3. Dynamite decor. Although simple cakes can be quite elegant, if you're looking for one on the opposite side of the spectrum, this ornate style is a crowd-pleaser! A cake this stunning would be a focal point no matter how big a reception venue is. Finish the look with a crystalized monogram and intricate flowers (whether they're the real or sugar kind) to make a fabulous statement.

buttercream wedding cake

Photo Credit: Andrew Duany Photography 

4. Color me jealous. Most wedding cakes are white in color, but why? Sure, you might want to steer clear of black or dark purple icing to avoid colored tongues at your wedding, but there’s nothing wrong with a bold pop of color. In fact, colorful confections are quite beautiful to look at and so versatile that you can tie them into any wedding theme.

red wedding cake

Photo Credit: Pink Cake Box

5. Unique shape. Traditional wedding cakes are round, but squares and other creative shapes are becoming a hit with brides. Although this whimsical cake below isn't suited for everyone (I'd personally prefer something a little more classic), it's a great option for couples who want their cake to be fun and unique.

whimsical wedding cake

Photo Credit: Pink Cake Box

Tell us: What would your dream wedding cake look like?

—Nikki Stroud



Nikki Stroud is a real bride who is learning every step of the way when it comes to wedding planning. She and her fiancé, Corey Allan (both Ball State alums), will be married in September of 2012 in front of their friends and family in Indianapolis. Glittering ivory lights, exposed plumbing and sleek wood floors depict their romantic yet rustic venue in the Downtown area. The couple hopes to incorporate personal touches to make the celebration truly reflect their relationship.