10 Unexpected Wedding Cake Ideas

No white wedding cakes here! Redefine what it is to have a wedding cake with one of these outside-the-box ideas.
  1. 1. Leave it naked

    Naked wedding cake with berries
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    Resist the urge to frost it and show off the inside instead. For a summertime wedding, fresh berries work well; in winter and fall, ask your baker to fill the layers with seasonal fruits, like apples, pears, persimmons or blood oranges.

  2. 2. Go For Chocolate

    Chocolate wedding cake with red sugar flowers
    Photo by Philip Ficks

    If you love chocolate, order it! It doesn't have to be frosted in white buttercream to count as a wedding cake. Choose creamy chocolate buttercream, smooth ganache or opt for fondant or chocolate marzipan.

  3. 3. Give Every Table A Cake

    Mini wedding table cakes
    Photo by Michael Segal Photography

    Let everyone have a turn at cutting the cake by placing small cakes at each table. Order a variety of flavors and encourage guests to get up and try cakes throughout the room. Or top your cakes with numerals so they double as table numbers.

  4. 4. Create a Custom Cake Stand

    Unexpected wedding cake display with driftwood and airplants
    Photo by Sarah Yates Photography

    Stick to a simple cake design and add interest with a stand made to coordinate with your colors and theme. We've seen everything from plexiglass stands filled with plants to rustic wooden ones and even flower-covered tables.

  5. 5. Feature Your Favorite Quote

    Favorite quote wedding cake idea
    Photo by Pure 7 Studios

    Pick a quote from your favorite poem or movie and let it take center stage on your wedding cake. This also works well with song lyrics or excerpts from your written vows.

  6. 6. Make it Sweeter

    Chocolate candy on chocolate wedding cake
    Photo by Anastassios Mentis

    Take things up a notch by adding other confections to the cake, like truffles. Or turn the cake table into a dessert buffet complete with some of your favorites, like oatmeal cookies, or a nod to your honeymoon destination, such as key lime pie.

  7. 7. Get Creative With Shape

    Creatively shaped wedding cakes
    Photo by Devon Jarvis

    Square cakes look sleek and modern, but you could even go for a hexagonal- or petal-shaped cake for a totally unique design.

  8. 7. Serve Mini-Confections

    Mini wedding cakes
    Photo by Kate Mathis

    Have individual or mini-cakes served to guests as you would any other course. Or display a large table of them stacked to look like one big cake, and then invite guests to help themselves.

  9. 9. Suspend Your Cake

    Fresh flower wedding cakes on hanging cake stand
    Photo by Jeremy Hess Photographers

    Hang your confection from the ceiling or above a table for a super-cool effect. Just make sure it's out of the way of tipsy guests and really secure!

  10. 10. Go Small or Really big

    Extra tall sever-tier wedding cake
    Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

    Change the perspective and order a petite two-tier wedding cake, decorated to perfection (and then serve alternate desserts, like pies or sorbet). Or go big—really big. Ask your cake baker to create a seven- or nine-tier wedding cake (some of the layers could be Styrofoam) for a serious wow factor.

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