Maggie Seaver is an Associate Digital Editor at RealSimple.com.
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Maggie was an editor at The Knot from 2015 to 2019.
Updated May 30, 2018
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.