Wedding cake designs are a work of art, reflecting the style and taste
of the bride and groom, an expression of who they are as a couple.
When most people enter the reception – the first
thing they look for is the wedding cake...and it should be center stage
for all to see.
A lot of a wedding cake's personality is dependent
on its structure. Formal
wedding cakes have strict patterns, whimsical
cakes, like the topsy turvy,
can appear to be falling over.
Let the season be the guide for the wedding cake
theme. Cakes should also mirror the visual theme of the event or the
location. If your nuptials are in the grand ballroom at
the Ritz, then a formal and elegant cake may be in order. If your event
is in your backyard, then something more whimsical and informal
is more appropriate. If your wedding is semi-formal in the barrel room
of a winery, then a semi-formal cake would be a good fit. If you’re
celebrating in the new modern, chic museum in town that has square
windows, then a square
wedding cake would be perfect. You get the idea.
The size of the reception space and the height of
ceiling can have a huge impact on wedding cake designs and the size of
the cake. Three to four
tiers is most common, but many cakes can be even bigger. If your
reception is in a ballroom with 30’ ceilings, then a very tall cake,
with up to 6 or 7 layers would be proportionate to the space. Bakers
often use dummy layers or tall cake display stands to help give them
How the cake
icing, structure, flavor and décor
combined dress a cake up or down. Read all about it in the cake
decorating for weddings section of our site.
If you can’t decide on one cake, you can serve
them all – do a dessert table or mini
dessert station with however many
cakes you’d like. Individual wedding cakes have also become very
popular, but are labor intensive and expensive!
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Wedding cake designs covered in this site are
Usually dark and rich, with honey and nuts, a grooms cake reflects the
hobbies or occupation of the lucky guy. Given by the bride as
a surprise, it is often petite, informal and whimsical, i.e. a putting
green with golfer figurines, an iPhone, his favorite football team's
helmet, a can of Red Bull, a keg of his favorite beer...you get the
Fall wedding cakes are our absolute favorite of all wedding cake designs. Indian summer, rustic
colors: golden, orange, red, mustard and brown...we love it. Autumn
wedding cakes are very popular in the San Francisco Bay Area, as it's
the only time of year that nice weather is predictable.
Interested in beach wedding cakes? The surf is up! What makes a coastal
“by the shore”? Or, how do you create tropical wedding cakes? We’ve
rounded up lots of ideas that we’ve included in
Elegant wedding cakes (also called formal wedding cakes) usually have
strict patterns, only a few types of décor, are multi-tiered, and have
intricately designed icing.
When most people visualize simple wedding cakes...they see round. Why?
Round wedding cakes are no doubt the most common shape used. It's not
recent years that they have branched out into new shapes: hexagons,
squares, topsy turvy, you name it.
Square wedding cakes have been quite the trend over the past decade.
They're cool, they're edgy, they're a perfect fit for couples that
don't want that "traditional" looking dessert. Tiers can also be
stacked on each other at an angle, or on the stand at an angle to
create some angular fun.
A traditional French pastry for nuptials is the croquembouche wedding
cake. It's really fun to say with a Julia Child accent, try it. When we
get a chance, we'll add the audio file. The name comes from the French
words 'croque en bouche' meaning 'crunch in the mouth'. This is one of
those wedding cake designs that never seems to go out of style.
Using cupcake wedding cakes in lieu of the tradition is becoming more
popular by the minute. This fun alternative is so much more economical
than the traditional and fussy norm. What makes them so cute are all
the cupcake decorating ideas and cupcake designs that personalize these
cute mini desserts.
Fun wedding cake designs add great flair to any wedding! What's most
popular these days? Definitely the "look like they're falling over"
whimsical cakes. Topsy turvy cakes (also called Mad Hatter cakes,
Earthquake, Alice in
Wonderland…and probably many other things) do really look like they’re
about to fall over.
Why not take advantage of beautifully decorated venues during the
holidays? Christmas Wedding Cakes are usually made “Christmassy” by the
décor. There are so many creative ways to tie in a holiday theme, the
sky is the limit!
Let's face it, fountain wedding cakes are out as far as wedding cake designs go. We have not attended or
have planned a wedding with one since 1993. Have you? We thought that
we should at least include them in this section, and promise not to
make fun of them, too much.
Western Wedding Cakes are usually made so by the décor. Adding saddles,
lassos, cowboy boots, belt buckles, spurs, etc. are sure to give the
flair you're looking for. We have also seen creations that are shaped
like cowboy boots, cowboy hats, horseshoes and hay bails wrapped with
red bandanas. They are not common on the Northern California coast, but
we're sure many of our cowboy friends would appreciate us including
them on our site. Don't miss our western
We hope you enjoyed these wedding cake designs! If you'd like to see a wedding cake design not listed here, please feel free to contact us with a suggestion.