18 Reasons Why You Need a Metallic Wedding Cake

Metallic is the new naked cake.
by Andrea Fowler
Metallic wedding cake inspiration
photo by Philip Ficks; Milou + Olin Photography; Harwell Photography

Naked cakes, geode rocks, hand-painted illustrations—wedding cakes are a canvas of ever-changing trends. What's hot now? Metallics. Shimmering details are finding their way back into wedding décor (which makes sense—their reflective qualities brighten up fall and winter weddings), and those metallic details are landing right on the cake too.

Your cake is the centerpiece to your reception. Sort of the exclamation point on the evening. So why not have it decorated with one of these regal hues to really stand out? If you want something less flashy, tone it down with just a silver foiled tier, or go for all out with a painted gold design. There are so many ways to personalize the trend to your own style.

Blush and gold wedding cake idea
photo by Annamarie Akins Photography

Blush and fuchsia roses arranged between gold-painted tiers bring a romantic twist to the trend.


Black and white wedding cake with an accented gold foil tier
photo by Jillian Zamora Photography

Accent a minimalist black-and-white design with a single tier of reflective foil.


A navy fondant wedding cake with bright gold brushed tiers
photo by Milou + Olin Photography

A dark-navy-colored fondant creates a fabulous contrast to glimmering brush strokes.



Art deco style gold and black wedding cake
photo by Alicia Pyne Photography

Keep the metallic theme going with a sequined dessert table covering.


Romantic blush and gold three tier wedding cake with sugar flowers
photo by Abby Jiu Photography

You can ask your baker to play with different metallic materials. Maybe one tier is totally covered while another has textured gold leafs to tie the design together.



Three tier wedding cake with a black berry accent and gold buttercream
photo by Chloe Giancola Photography

Shimmering buttercream is just as beautiful as a foil or fondant design. Ask your baker what they specialize in to get the best possible results.


Boho gold and white wedding cake with sugar flower peony

Love the boho arrow design on your wedding cake? Mirror it with a cutout garland to create a coordinated display.


Glamorous metallic wedding cakes with sugar flowers
photo by CLY CREATION

Cake inspiration can come from just about anywhere. These two were replicas of the venue's wall décor that can be seen behind the dessert table.


White wedding cake with gold foil decorations
photo by Paul Morse Photography

Clean edges and smooth lines make for a very modern, chic look.



Romantic wedding cake with purple clematis and gold foil designs
photo by Harwell Photography

For a romantic style, consider a sweeping floral vine with small metallic accents to fill the bare spaces.


Navy and gold wedding cake with calligraphed cake topper
photo by SCHMIDT PHOTOGRAPHY

Include your cake stand into the fun with an ombré color scheme leading up from the platform. With a translucent metallic glitter accent you can still admire the design without too much being covered up.


White wedding cake with pink peonies and gold polka dots
photo by Danielle Coons Photography

If you're going for a preppy look, accent with fresh peonies and gold polka pots for an extra pop.


Four tier gold wedding cake topped with a light pink peony
photo by One Eleven Photography

Instead of just accenting with a metallic, let it can take center stage. Consider a totally covered cake with a single tier of a smaller metallic print to add intrigue.


Simple two-tiered wedding cake with metallic gold detailing
photo by Rachel Richards Photography

A tier fully covered with polka dots gives the illusion of texture and depth.


Three tier white wedding cake with gold detailing
photo by Amy Shuman Photography

Full-scale rosettes with gold edging add an architectural element to the bottom tier of an otherwise simple confection.


Multicolor rose decorated wedding cake with watercolor designs and gold foil
photo by Alicia Lucia Photography

Metallics can accent any color scheme, including a rainbow palette of red, blue, teal and pink.


Silver metallic wedding cake
photo by Limelight Photography

Depending on your venue or surrounding décor, silver might be the right metallic for you, or ask your baker what other options are available (like copper or rose gold).


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