25 Prettiest Cakes

You don't have to choose a cookie-cutter wedding cake -— make a style statement! From modern designs to romantic flowers and hand-painted illustrations, these cakes are sure to inspire you.
  1. Maggie Austin Cake pearls wedding cake
    Photo by Devon Jarvis

    Vintage Pearls

    Covered in sugar-made pearls and topped with a delicate sugar flower, this Gatsby-inspired cake is sure to turn heads. The asymmetrical stacking of the tiers is a fresh take on the classic construction.  

    Cake by Maggie Austin Cake in Alexandria, Virginia

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  2. Ron Ben-Israel ruffles and rose wedding cake
    Photo by Kate Mathis

    Ruffled Roses

    A stunning wedding cake can be the piece de resistance of your reception. Sweeping lavender sugar roses and pleated ribbons cascade down the side of this five-tier cake. The draped effect is both elegant and awe-inspiring.

    Cake by Ron Ben-Israel in New York City

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  3. Mark Joseph Cakes song lyric wedding cake

    Lovely Lyrics

    This blue and white modern 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.

    Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes in New York City

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  4. Sylvia Weinstock sugar flower wedding cake
    Photo by Devon Jarvis

    Sugared Blooms

    Dozens of lifelike sugar flowers transform a basic white cake from simple to totally stunning. The careful balance of blooms and clean, white tiers keeps the floral clusters from overwhelming the cake. 

    Cake by Sylvia Weinstock Cakes

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  5. Love Street Cakes blue ombre wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Ombre Ruffles

    Take your classic white cake from simple to chic with an ombre element, like this cascade of teal ruffles. This simple detail adds a pop of color and a playful touch to the design.

    Cake by Love Street Cakes in New York City

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  6. Cheryl Kleinman Cakes flower wedding cake

    White Out

    One way to make a round 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.

    Cake by Cheryl Kleinman Cakes in Brooklyn, New York

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  7. Sweet Element Cakes flowers and hearts wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Modern Love

    A classic round cake is the perfect backdrop for pattern and embellishments. Here, the iconic heart is repeated in a Swiss-dot pattern, giving it a fresh look without overpowering the cake's design. Pops of metallic add glitz!

    Cake by Sweet Element Cakes in East Orange, New Jersey

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  8. Mark Joseph all-white graphic pattern wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Graphic Stack

    A piped graphic pattern adds depth and deliciousness to every square tier of this fresh and modern design. The varying sized layers give the cake an unexpected twist on the traditional all-white design.

    Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes in New York City

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  9. Alice's Tea Cup naked wedding cake with flowers and berries
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Natural Sweetener

    This rustic-style confection focuses on the cake. Unfrosted layers are often sandwiched with buttercream frosting and topped with fresh flowers or sugared fruits, like berries.

    Cake by Alice's Tea Cup in New York City

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  10. Ana Parzych Cakes sugar flower orchids wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    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. 

    Cake by Ana Parzych Cakes in New York City

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  11. Mark Joseph red rose wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Roses Are Red

    What's more classic than roses? Ivory tiers decked with pearl-bunting offset a vibrant layer of red rosettes, while a red rose cluster topper gives this design symmetry. Stick to a single color to give the cake a sophisticated look.

    Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes in New York City

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  12. Sweet and Saucy Shop illustrated floral wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Illustrated Art

    Your cake is kind of like the masterpiece of your day, so why not treat it like a canvas? Pick anything you want (like the design of your invitations) and have it painted onto your cake!

    Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop in Long Beach, California

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  13. Jan Kish La Petite Fleur blue illustrated flower wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Painted Perfection

    Forgo sugar flowers in favor of an illustrated design. A delicate floral motif is hand-painted onto each tier, making this dessert a real piece of art.

    Cake by Jan Kish La Petite Fleur in Washington, Ohio

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  14. Sweet Element Cakes white pearl chevron wedding cake
    Photo by Devon Jarvis

    Pearl Chevron

    Clean lines are accentuated with this sophisticated spin on the chevron pattern. Pearlized fondant is elegantly draped over individual tiers creating a graphic-yet-stately look and feel. 

    Cake by Sweet Element Cakes in East Orange, New Jersey

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  15. Made In Heaven Cakes flower bouquet mint wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Mint and Metallic

    A garden, barn or backyard reception calls for a cake with bucolic beauty. Soft mint icing sets the stage for an eye-catching bouquet of just-picked garden flowers. Gold and pearl details give the cake a touch of glamour and sophistication.

    Cake by Made In Heaven Cakes in New York City

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  16. Ana Parzych Cakes oversize flower wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Oversize Bloom

    Instead of clusters of sugar flowers, make a big statement with a gorgeous big bloom. A brocade finish gives the white tiers texture and visual interest, while a white peony with cascading petals steals the spotlight.

    Cake by Ana Parzych Cakes in New York City

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  17. Betty Bakery ruffled wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Whimsical Waves

    This white cake is anything but boring! Layers of hand-rolled fondant create a rippled-wave look—proof that a simple design can make a big impact. A classic cascade of sugar flowers adds a touch of tradition.

    Cake by Betty Bakery in Brooklyn, New York

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  18. Baked NYC fresh flowers wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Blooming Buttercream

    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 character, while pink blooms make the cake party-ready.

    Cake by Baked NYC in Brooklyn, New York

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  19. Sugar Flower Cake Shop fresh flowers and berries wedding cake
    Photo by KT Merry

    Sweet Stems

    Step up a simple buttercream cake with cascading florals. A fresh-from-the-garden mix of blooms and berries keeps the classic design from feeing fussy.

    Cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City

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  20. Nine Cakes white frills wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Fanciful Frills

    This simple, all-white design is full of frilly texture. Each layer has its own smattering of three-dimensional petals, giving the cake a fanciful look and feel.

    Cake by Nine Cakes in Brooklyn, New York

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  21. Sylvia Weinstock Cakes flower wedding cake

    Fit for a Table

    Give each table their very own cake! This design has all the adornment of a larger version (gorgeous cream sugar flowers, lavender ribbon and a pink floral motif) but is reduced in size to serve 10 or 12 guests.

    Cake by Sylvia Weinstock Cakes in New York City

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  22. Maggie Austin Cake yellow ombre wedding cake
    Photo by Phililp Ficks

    Ombre Effect

    Here's another artful idea—have the cake itself take on an ombre look. Add texture to tiers (like this layered design) for a more rustic and organic feel. Light shades of yellow and ivory keep this cake looking fresh.

    Cake by Maggie Austin Cake in Alexandria, Virginia

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  23. Sweet and Saucy Shop gold watercolor wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Glamorous Gold

    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 "Mr. and Mrs." topper is a contemporary take on the classic bride and groom.

    Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop in Long Beach, California

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  24. Cake Power eyelet wedding cake
    Photo by Andrew McCaul

    Eyelet Icing

    A fitting motif to consider: your wedding gown. An eyelet-inspired design gives this cake character. The girlish fabric takes on a sassy edge when translated into frosting.

    Cake by Cake Power in New York City

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  25. Magnolia Bakery flowers and Swiss dot wedding cake
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Southern Swagger

    Add a swag of fresh burgundy and fuchsia blooms to bring color and panache to a simple design. This ivory Swiss-dot-inspired buttercream design has a sweetness about it, perfect for a vintage or romantic celebration.

    Cake by Magnolia Bakery in New York City

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