Wedding cake ideas: the guide

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White wedding cake with flowers

We’re here to serve you up a slice (sorry…) of wedding cake inspiration. Now, before we get down to the cakey nitty gritty, let’s answer a couple burning questions.

What type of cake is best for a wedding cake?

When it comes to choosing the perfect cake for your big day, the options are (almost) endless! From classic fruitcakes that could last 'til your silver anniversary to indulgent chocolate creations to rival the cake from Matilda. And let's not forget if you’re not into the spongy kind of cake, there’s always cheese cake, macaroon towers and doughnut walls. Ultimately, the key is to pick a cake that suits your taste and theme.

What is the average cost for a wedding cake?

Oh, the million-quid question! Well, not quite a million, but wedding cakes can be a bit of a splurge. On average, you might be looking at around £300 to £800, depending on the size, design, and the baker's reputation. If you’re looking to save some pennies, ask around to see if you happen to have an auntie who is a dab hand with a piping bag.

Wedding cake ideas

What is the most popular type of wedding cake?

Drumroll, please! The winner is... the classic vanilla sponge cake! It's like the little black dress of wedding cakes – timeless and always in vogue. This delicious icon is usually paired with delightful fillings like raspberry jam and smooth buttercream, tried and tested for decades. But, if you're feeling adventurous and want to try the latest trending flavours like matcha or gin and tonic, who are we to stop you?

So, now we’ve answered those questions, let’s kick off with some wedding cake ideas!

Drip cakes

This super popular wedding cake design is perfect if you’re looking for something fun and not too formal. Look to match your ‘drip’ colour to your scheme, or clash for a more unique wedding cake design.

Vanilla and melted chocolate drip wedding cake
Pink chocolate wedding confetti oreo drip cake idea
Coffee and chocolate with raspberry wedding drip cake
Light blue macaroon wedding drip cake

Water colour cakes

Whimsical and romantic, hand painted water colour cakes are another easy way to incorporate your wedding colour scheme. This pretty wedding cake idea works no matter what size cake you go for. Result.

pink water colour wedding cake
Blush naked water colour cake on stand with pink doughnuts
Blue water colour cake with turqoise edible flowers
edible orange flowers on water colour wedding cake

Geometric cakes

This wedding cake design is a perfect mix of modern and vintage, think 1920’s meets 2023 for a seriously cool wedding cake.

light pink layered geometric wedding cake
pink and gold geometric cake with roses

Minimalist cakes

For well… the minimalists! A perfect opportunity to let a simple cake design shine. Whether you for for square, round or otherwise, a minimalist cake is effortlessly cool, sometimes less really is more.

three tiered white wedding cake with white roses and greenery
Simple white wedding cake idea with industrial Mr & Mrs
Layered white wedding cake with poppies and roses
Autumnal simple layered wedding cake

Vintage Lambeth cakes

Now, this is one for the maximalists! Think fancy, intricate piping in a rainbow of colours and you’ve got the Lambeth cake! This design works equally well as a single, double or triple tier depending on how extravagant you want your wedding cake.

Strawberry and rose lambeth vanilla sponge wedding cake
Massive layered white ornate lambeth wedding cake with edible flowers
lambeth heart red and pink love wedding cake

Edible bloom cakes

A super romantic wedding cake design, have your cake wizard (yes, we believe wedding cake designers deserve the title) adorn your wedding cake with edible flowers to suit the season of your big day for a seriously pretty wedding cake.

Edible orchid wedding flower cake
naked edible white flowers wedding cake
white edible flowers wedding layer cake
hydrangea edible wedding flower cake

Monochrome cakes

If you’re looking for a striking and elegant wedding cake, look no further than a monochrome design. This design is super classy and would work perfectly at a black tie do.

black monochrome cake with orchids perfect for black tie wedding
black mistletoe Christmas wedding cake

Pearl cakes

Pearls… on a cake? Yep. And they look beautiful too. Pearls create a really unique wedding cake design and are the perfect addition to a simple white wedding cake.

white pearl cake with peonies
Pearl cake with peach icing and roses

All white cakes

If you’re going for the perfect white wedding (hello, dreamy white wedding dress), why stop at the cake? There are endless ways you can add texture and interest to your all white cake. Think lace, sugar flowers, ruffles and pearls. An all white cake need not be a simple wedding cake.

white layer poppy cake
White layered rose wedding cake

Blush cakes

For something a little softer, look no further than the blush wedding cake. Romantic, pretty and still modern, blush wedding cakes are a win win.

blush cake with flowers
blush wedding cakes with fresh flowers

Marble cakes

If you’re looking for a unique wedding cake idea, take a look at marble cakes. These beauties inspired by marble crystals are a modern classic and make for a super impressive tiered wedding cake.

marble tiered wedding cake

Naked cakes

Oh la la! The naked (or semi-naked wedding cake) is still super popular as a rustic wedding cake design for good reason. If you’re having a less formal affair, these cakes look great alongside fairly lights, a cute cake topper and bunting and you’ll never OD on sickly icing!

naked cake inspiration

Metallic cakes

Choose from accents of gold, silver, bronze or even rose gold to catch your guests eye. These extravagant wedding cake designs are perfect all year round, whether you’re having a sparkly Christmas wedding or a summer shindig, consider gold leaf your new best friend!

Metallic gold wedding cake inspiration

So, there we have it, the best wedding cake ideas for you, our lovely couples. Oh, and if you have more burning questions about how to choose your cake, head over to our blog where we chat everything from size (oo er!) to design.