Trend to Try: Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

We love a classic, white wedding cake, whether it’s topped with plump peonies or covered with piped-on dots. But there’s a new trend taking over cake tables, and we’re simply smitten.

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Hand-painted cakes are edible works of art, splashed with everything from garden blooms to graphic patterns. With their intricate, and often oversize, designs, hand-painted cakes can add a big pop of color and personality to your reception décor. To keep things from going overboard, opt for one with alternating solid or tone-on-tone tiers. Or, pack a big punch with a tier-to-tier motif. Here are a few of our favorites.


Fine Feathers

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Gateaux, Inc.

This cake by Gateaux, Inc. is the picture of pattern-mixing perfection. A pair of solid-white, gold-dipped feathers makes for a beautiful, bohemian focal point.


 Gilty Pleasure

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Cake Ink

This two-tiered confection by Cake Ink. neutralizes its large, floral bottom tier with a luxe-looking gold layer. A trio of real blooms brings the painted versions to life.


Pretty Pastels

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Vicki Bartel Photography

Pretty pastel rings cover this cake by Bobbette & Belle from top to bottom, and dainty drips give it a playfully unfinished feel.


 Good as Gold

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography

Confections on the Coast, in Seagrove Beach, Florida, proved that less is more with this simple (and simply stunning!) white-and-gold cake. The imperfect brush strokes give it a luxe-but-laid-back look.


Eye-Popping Ikat

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Diana McGregor Photography

This cake by Hey There, Cupcake! features just the right amount of navy ikat, which is tempered by two pale-peach tiers. Peachy blooms with blue leaves bring everything together.


Tribal Take

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Anneli Marinovich Wedding & Lifestyle Photography

We love the rainbow hues on this geometric, tribal-inspired cake by Olofson Design, but brides and grooms can swap in zig-zags of any color combo for a look that’s totally customized.


Lovely Letter

Our Favorite Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes | Weddings Illustrated

Image via Katie Parra Photography

Skip a traditional cake topper and go with a hand-painted monogram instead, like this one by The Sweet Side. We love how the garland on this cake’s top tier complements—instead of competes with—the bigger buds on its bottom two tiers.