16 Single-Tier Wedding Cakes That'll Make You Rethink Layers

One-layer cakes don't have to be plain and boring—and we've got the proof.
by Maggie Seaver

We know it's traditonal to see a towering masterpiece of tiers at a wedding reception, and it's safe to say multilayered wedding cakes won't be going out of style anytime soon. But you certainly don't need one. Not big into cake? Having a small, intimate wedding? Trying to impress your crowd with a sweet finale or include the timeless cake-cutting tradition without blowing your budget? A petite—or not-so-petite—single-tier cake could be just what you're looking for. These pared-down beauties are also an impressive dessert option for other wedding events like showers and rehearsals. And the best part about them? Your options for toppers and toppings are endless—fanciful buttercream rosettes, personalized cake toppers and statement blossoms (both handmade and fresh) and help this seemingly unassuming treat take center stage on any dessert table. From playful to preppy to utterly romantic, these 16 confections are so gorgeous and tasty they can pack a sweet punch with only one tier.

  1. 1. White Cake With Gold Polka Dots

    Single tier wedding cakes simple white
    Mon Petit Studio
  2. 2. Bold Strips With Glittery Gold Accents

    Single tier wedding cake navy white gold
    JEFF + AMBER
  3. 3. Contemporary Brushtrokes

    Single tier wedding cake simple colorful
  4. 4. Rustic and Naked Cake With Festive Toppers

    Single tier wedding cake rustic simple
    SHEA CHRISTINE PHOTOGRAPHY
  5. 5. Clean White Cake With 2-D Fondant Florals

    Single tier wedding cake simple
    MANGO STUDIOS
  6. 6. Romantic White Drip Cake

    Single tier wedding cake rustic simple
    ASHLEY FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY
  7. 7. Assorted Pastel Buttercream Tiers

    SIngle tier wedding cakes assortment
    MEADOW BROOK HALL
  8. 8. Personalized, Textured Coconut Cake

    Single tier wedding cakes simple coconut
    LAUREN SCOTTI PHOTOGRAPHER
  9. 9. Indulgent Berry Drip Cake

    Single tier wedding cake rustic drip
    Love & Light Photographs
  10. 10. Confetti Cake With Pink Roses

    Single tier wedding cake momofuku sprinkles
    CASSI CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY
  11. 11. Rustic Half-Naked Cake

    Single tier wedding cake rustic
    MARY ALICE HALL
  12. 12. Pastel, Ruffled Buttercream

    Single tier wedding cake buttercream
    WILLA KVETA PHOTOGRAPHY
  13. 13. Chocolatey S'Mores Cake With a Playful Topper

    Single tier wedding cakes chocolate
    CHAZ CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHER
  14. 14. Statement Fondant Flowers

    Single tier wedding cakes buttercream simple
    ZSUZSI PAL PHOTOGRAPHY
  15. 15. Decadent Caramel Drip Cake

    Single tier wedding cake drip with roses
    SHELLEY K PHOTOGRAPHY
  16. 16. Champagne Buttercream Rosettes

    Single tier wedding cake buttercream roses
    PHOTO LOVE
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