5 Summer Wedding Cake Ideas
1. Summer Wedding Cake Flavors
Pick a wedding cake that summons a taste of summer with in-season berries and fruits. Instead of traditional buttercream filling, consider a fresh raspberry puree or opt for a lemon cake with blackberry filling. If you love chocolate cake but still want a taste that reflects the season, try a chocolate drizzle or consider chocolate cake with a fruit filling like cherry.
2. Summer Wedding Colors
Color counts when designing a summer wedding cake, and you can't go wrong with a palette of preppy white, navy and cherry red or a bold and bright mix of pink and green. For a more subdued look, opt for an ivory buttercream cake trimmed in light yellow. Or let the summer colors pop with a cake accented with vibrant sugar flowers, honeybees or birds. See our top summer wedding colors for hue inspiration.
3. Summer Wedding Flowers
Flowers can go a long way in defining a summer theme for your wedding cake. Match the cake to your bouquet by asking your baker to create sugar versions of your wedding day flowers. If you're considering modern decor, make a statement by having your baker add a few large, graphic sugar peonies on each cake tier. For a more classic look, ask your baker to paint small flowers along the bottom layers using an edible dye.
4. Shapes and Add-Ons
When it comes to a summer cake, flowers, butterflies and other elements made out of chocolate, sugar or gum paste are obvious options. But you don't have to go overboard with these add-ons to get the look. Instead, consider a white cake stacked with subtle, soft white hydrangeas with just a hint of color. The tone-on-tone style will up the elegant factor and still give you the same summery effect.
5. Choose Seasonal Sides
Whether you're already set on a cake design or you've decided to take your confection in a not-so-seasonal direction, consider offering a summer-inspired dessert on the side. Serve cake a la mode with gourmet lavender-infused ice cream; add a handful of chocolate-covered strawberries to each plate; or display petit sweet scones with a fresh compote cream and berry filling on your dessert table for guests to grab at their leisure.