The 25 Prettiest Wedding Cakes We've Ever Seen

From modern designs to romantic flowers and hand-painted illustrations, these cakes are sure to inspire.
by The Knot
Maggie Austin 'Sleeping Beauty'–themed wedding cake
photo by Pernille Loof

Gathering your favorite wedding images is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning, especially when it comes to your wedding cake. Sugar flowers, hand-painted details and intricate piping—they're all so dreamy. 

As fun as it is to look at pretty pictures, it's actually really helpful too. You'll start to recognize 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—and take our fun Style Quiz while you're there) you can tell them exactly what you're looking for and ask to see specific examples of designs you know you like. Start your search below with 25 of the prettiest wedding cakes we've ever seen.

  1. 1. Pastel Petals

    Maggie Austin wedding cake
    photo by Jose Villa

    An all-white confection is the perfect backdrop for elegant blooms. Clematis is a vine floral, so even though this version isn't the real thing, it looks practically identical, and you wouldn't have to worry about hot weather wilting the blooms.

    Cake by Maggie Austin Cake,

  2. 2. White Out

    Cheryl Kleinman Cakes flower wedding cake
    photo by Antonis Achilleos

    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,

  3. 3. Garden Elegance

    Maggie Austin Cake pearls wedding cake
    photo by Pernille Loof

    No rule says you have to have round tiers—playing with different shapes can be a fresh take on a classic confection. And if you love the design on your cake, ask your baker to extend it to the top tier for a built-in topper.   

    Cake by Maggie Austin Cake,

  4. 4. Nearly Naked

    Lucky Bird Bakes nearly naked wedding cake
    photo by Patricia Heal

    This rustic-style confection focuses on the cake. Barely frosted layers are sandwiched with buttercream frosting and topped with fresh flowers, sugared fruits or decadent drizzles.

    Cake by Lucky Bird Bakes, 

  5. 5. Ruffled Roses

    Ron Ben-Israel ruffles and rose wedding cake
    photo by Kate Mathis

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

    Cake by Ron Ben-Israel,

  6. 6. Lovely Lyrics

    Mark Joseph Cakes song lyric wedding cake
    photo by Antonis Achilleos

    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

  7. 7. Optical Illusion

    Butterfly Bakeshop wedding cake with handpainted cupcake illusion
    photo by Devon Jarvis

    Just because the idea of a wedding cake is on the classic side, that doesn't mean you can play with a modern design. This optical illusion is as witty as it is sophisticated.

    Cake by Butterfly Bakeshop,

  8. 8. Sugared Blooms

    Sylvia Weinstock sugar flower wedding cake
    photo by Devon Jarvis

    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,

  9. 9. Painted Perfection

    Betty Bakery illustrated wedding cake
    photo by Addie Juell

    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. Gold details on the leaves and petals capitalize on the metallic trend and create a luxe feel.

    Cake by Cheryl Kleinman for Betty Bakery,

  10. 10. Modern Love

    Wedding cake by Cheryl Kleinman for Betty Bakery cake
    photo by Addie Juell

    Classic round tiers are the perfect canvas for pale blue roses, Grecian gold leaves and petite circles, giving the confection a timeless feel with a hint of whimsy.

    Cake by Cheryl Kleinman for Betty Bakery,

  11. 11. Cascading Orchids

    Ana Parzych Cakes sugar flower orchids wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

  12. 12. Personal Touch

    'Don Quixote'–inspired chocolate wedding cake
    photo by Pernille Loof

    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.

    Cake by Maggie Austin Cake,

  13. 13. Illustrated Art

    Sweet and Saucy Shop illustrated floral wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

  14. 14. Accent Tier

    Butterfly Bakeshop wedding cake with hand-painted flower
    photo by Addie Juell

    You can still make a statement with your cake even if you go with a minimalist design approach. Simplify all of the tiers expect for one—this can be the bottom, top or somewhere in the middle. You'll save on labor costs but won't have to sacrifice on style.

    Cake by Butterfly Bakeshop,

  15. 15. Crystallized Tiers

    Made In Heaven Cakes flower bouquet mint wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    The geode trend is still going strong. We love the raw elegance of these mineral details, and really, you don't need much more than a few stones to make a big statement. 

    Cake by Sainte G.,

  16. 16. Oversize Bloom

    Ana Parzych Cakes oversize flower wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

  17. 17. Whimsical Waves

    Betty Bakery ruffled wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

  18. 18. Blooming Buttercream

    Baked NYC fresh flowers wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

  19. 19. Sweet Stems

    Sugar Flower Cake Shop fresh flowers and berries wedding cake
    photo by KT Merry

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

    Cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City

  20. 20. Fanciful Frills

    Nine Cakes white frills wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

  21. 21. Fit for a Table

    Sylvia Weinstock Cakes flower wedding cake
    photo by Antonis Achilleos

    Give each table its 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,

  22. 22. Graphic Details

    Cake Alchemy blue and white wedding cake with graphic patterns
    photo by Addie Juell

    Everywhere you look on this cake, there's something to marvel at. The combination of a quilted impression, a deconstructed diamond motif, graphic half-sized tiers and gold-flecked sugar flowers come together for a romantic yet modern design. 

    Cake by Cake Alchemy,

  23. 23. Glamorous Gold

    Sweet and Saucy Shop gold watercolor wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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." detail is a contemporary take on the classic cake topper.

    Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop,

  24. 24. Eyelet Icing

    Cake Power eyelet wedding cake
    photo by Andrew McCaul

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

    Cake by Cake Power,

  25. 25. Southern Swagger

    Magnolia Bakery flowers and Swiss dot wedding cake
    photo by Philip Ficks

    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,

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