Not long ago, traditional white-on-white wedding cakes fell out of favor with brides. Simply enough, they lacked that certain je ne sais quoi.
Now, thanks to gifted pastry chefs and cutting edge bakeries around the country, these towers of ethereal confection are making a stylish comeback.
From modern designs to romantic flowers and bold graphics, we have culled 12 spectacular cakes that are sure to steal your wedding’s celebratory spotlight.
Pass the Puffs
This white cake appears to be nestled between two stacks of frilly hankies. Layers of extra thin hand-rolled fondant create this tissue-like effect. A sugary gardenia rests on top, adding a non-traditional touch.
Cake: Maggie Austen
Dusted with sugar-made pearls, this cake’s sea-inspired details make it ideal for a breezy coastal wedding.
Photo: Southern Weddings
Mix ‘n’ Match
A celebration of silvery metallics, pale petals and vertical fondant strips, this cake proves that minimalism can be stunningly sensory.
Photo: Inspired By This
Match the cake’s texture to the fabric of your wedding gown. An eyelet-inspired design ups this cake’s sartorial splendor.
Photo: The Knot
This tapered tri-level is full of floral finishes. Three-dimensional petals pressed to each layer gives the cake a verdant feel.
Photo: Sweet Violet Bride
Skip the satin-smooth stand-by for a cake that duplicates the look of lace or a bold geometric design.
Photo: Martha Stewart Weddings
Jewelry always makes a statement. This fondant cake is garnished with actual gems sprayed with edible paint then attached with royal icing to create a necklace-like effect.
Photo: Wendy Kromer Confections
Give You My Heart
Heart-shaped cutouts soften this cake’s angular edges while oomph-ing up the sweetness factor.
Photo: Michelle Photography
Highlighting one layer gives a rounded cake a uber-modern feel. Surround it with rustic, vintage or tropical touches to match it to your wedding theme.
Photo: Wedding Mania
Sweetly sentimental, this cake was inspired by porcelain collectibles. Cast into sugary molds, these orchids, roses and gardenias were edged in edible metallic paint, giving them the appearance of Old World antiquity.
All Dressed Up
Tucked between the pages of Weddings Illustrated (we can dream, can’t we?) you found your wedding dress. Ask your bakery if they can duplicate the dress, a piece of fabric or a special detail. Imitation, after all, is the sincerest form of flattery.
This cake‘s pillow-shaped tier is topped with a delicate crystal shoe and inscribed with Cinderella’s famous finale: “And they lived happily ever after.”