34 White Wedding Cakes for Every Kind of Celebration
As far as wedding traditions go, the ultra-white big-day confection tops the list. Traditional brides and grooms flock to the dessert style—after all, what's more classic than a treat made in weddings' signature hue? But here's the thing: White wedding cakes aren't just for traditional nuptials. In fact, they're often the most malleable and can be styled to cater to just about any event style, from contemporary and rustic to bohemian.
The white confection seen here (and several other iterations on the slides ahead!) is proof. Yes, the cake is white—but its cubic shape, neon sugar flowers, and unevenly sized tiers bring this Made In Cake masterpiece straight into the 21st century. Looking for other ways to make a white wedding cake feel more modern? Consider an intricate, abstract sugar lattice detail or single greenery sprig for a minimalist touch. If you consider yourself more of a romantic—and are planning a lush garden event—get creative with fresh florals. Work vibrant texture and color onto your dessert with flower sashes and toppers (or skip the fresh iterations and ask a calligrapher to hand-paint on a few, instead!).
Whatever event type you're planning, know that a white wedding cake is often a best blank slate and can be dressed up or down depending on your desired aesthetic. Of course, if you are preparing for a traditional affair, there's nothing better than a round white three-tier, piped to perfection with buttercream. Like with any other wedding-related decision, the choice is ultimately yours.
Contemporary couples should bookmark this petite, minimalist two-tier. Liv Sandberg Cake Art added a single undulating greenery vine to the front of the confection, which was iced smooth with bright-white fondant.
A quick way to dress up a neutral dessert? Work in a subtle bas-relief details for texture, like My Sweet & Saucy did here by cutting miniature florals out of fondant and layering them vertically across three tiers. Two fresh peony blossoms completed the look.
If you're a contemporary couple hosting your nuptials at a modern art museum, consider adding a structural, artistic detail to your big-day cake. This duo did just that: A sugar bow-meets-flower hybrid added visual intrigue to the Sainte G. Cake Company confection; the trailing ribbon motif made the entire display feel wedding-ready.
An easy way to upgrade your cream-colored confection? Loop a bow around its top-most tier, just like Catherine George Cakes did here.
A Subtle Pattern
We love this this Fluffy Thoughts Bakery cake walks the line between classic and contemporary. It's piped first and top tiers feel decidedly classic, while the central layer, covered in romantic hand-painted florals, feels completely fresh.
Petite Coconut Cream
Not a huge cake fan, but still want to a pretty white confection to cut into during your reception? Bookmark this miniature dessert from Lush Cakery—it's just big enough for two (you'll have just a little left over for the cake smash).
Sugar poppies lent a pop of color (pun intended!) to this Colin O'Dea Cakes confection. Though pretty, the dessert's floral work wasn't the first detail to wow us—if you look closely, you'll noticed that the multi-sized layers are actually embossed with a complementary poppy pattern, as well.
Now here's a white wedding cake that's about as minimalist as it gets. This treat's only detail? A single blackberry, perched carefully against the smooth top layer.
White Sugar Lattice
If you love contemporary design, then you'll want to bookmark this modern, abstract cake motif. Sugar and Slate created a intricate white sugar lattice, which was affixed to the front of a tall, thin three-tier. The overall look, however, wasn't too fashion-forward, thanks to the neutral, monochromatic color palette.
It's pretty hard to believe that the lush, full dahlia on this A Spoon Full of Sugar Cakes confection isn't real—it's entirely made from sugar. The pretty accent dressed up the three-tier, which was texturized with stroked buttercream.
Speaking of texture, the lower half of this A White Cake (an aptly-named vendor, for sure!) creation was detailed with raised geometric accents (circles and diamonds).
There's definitely a way to make a white wedding cake feel bohemian—you're looking at it. Butter Bali stacked three cubes on top of each other and covered them in a boho-inspired lace pattern, crafted entirely from fondant.
Use a floral detail to bring a moment of contrast to your cream-colored confection. Flour & Flourish placed round, bell-shaped foxgloves on top of this confection to juxtapose against its square composition (the blooms dotted pink centers and verdant stem added color, as well!).
Turn towards unexpected inspiration sources when ideating ways to enhance your neutral confection. This Frost It Cakery dessert's muse? The bride's subtle lace wedding dress.
There's something distinctly Old-World about soft, deckled-edged wedding-day details (we see this motif mostly on invitation suites and cakes!). Bookmark Batter Up Cakery's take on the trend if you're looking to bring some vintage romance to your own cake—the confection's fluted tiers and swirled bas-relief design are timeless.
Make like Sugar Bakers and bring fresh rustic vibes to your treat by circling it with a rose-studded greenery garland and topping it off with a similar posy.
There are so many inspired details to glean from this unique take on the classic white wedding confection from Jasmine Rae Cakes: Note the mismatched cube tiers (one is a true square, while the other is more of a 3D rectangle!), framed bas-relief detailing, and petite sizing.
Unique Flower Detail
Adding fresh flowers to a confection isn't new—so switch up the floral varieties for a fresh take on this classic cake accent. This couple's Wildflour Sweets confection featured a slew of interesting blooms, all scavenged locally from their Colorado venue.
Removed Floral Detail
A floral detail, however, doesn't have to touch your confection at all to make a statement. This small arrangement was actually attached to the cake stand—not the cake's white micro-tier.
The layered flowers on this Flour & Flourish treat appeared to grow out of the bottom tier. Recreate this idea if you're planning an organic garden event.
Life Mimics Art
If you're tying the knot in the forest, consider recreating this romantic confection, topped with a ring of purple posies from McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design. (Plus, this cake would be perfect for a bride wearing a flower crown, herself!).
Getting hitched near the sea, instead? This Midori Bakery confection featured ruffled fondant layers to simulate waves. Dried, papery botanicals recalled seafoam; a sturdy wooden piece referenced the surrounding driftwood.
Gold leaf flecks add the sweetest hint of shimmer to your confection, as evidenced by this elegant fondant-covered Megan Joy Cakes dessert. The layers alternated between molasses-spice and white butter cake.
If you weren't already convinced that white cakes can make a statement, check out this six-foot-tall wonder by Melissa's Fine Pastries.
Need a creative way to add color to (and personalize!) a white cake? Look no further. This couple had their vows scribbled on in pink, thanks to the geniuses over at Amy Cakes.
Use rich red blooms to add contrast to your cake's stark white icing. This pretty confection was made by Lele Patisserie.
Pink and green go hand-in-hand, especially on a white background. This Magpies Bakery cake is proof.
Sugar-coated grapes and berries and gold-dusted pears and figs will bring your dessert, like this fruit-covered Decadence cake, to a whole new level—plus, the edible accents are perfect for fall.
Make like Betsy Thorleifson from Nine Cakes and top your white cake with sugar blooms that match the rest of the wedding's floral design.
Who says you have to serve one giant cake at your party? At this event, each guest had their own individual vanilla confection, from Amy Cakes. Each cake was molded in the same barrel-style, iced with a lightly-textured buttercream, and topped with delicate fresh flowers and greenery.