25 Vanilla Wedding Cakes That Are Anything But Boring
Vanilla is too often associated with the banal. This connection can make choosing a vanilla-flavored wedding cake a little tenuous—even if it really is your all-time favorite. Will your guests take a bite of their slice and think that your confection tastes like all the rest? While we understand the concern, we're here to reassure you that a vanilla wedding cake is anything but boring.
The following desserts, which all appeared at real celebrations, are proof of this. You'll quickly discover that not all vanilla wedding cakes are white. Choosing a confection color—perhaps one that ties back to your wedding's overall décor scheme—instantly upgrades and personalizes your dessert table. Of course, there's nothing quite like a wedding-white confection (so classic!). If you are sticking with that vanilla buttercream or white fondant exterior, consider a few add-ons to your design. Whether you choose to adorn your cake with fresh flowers, sugar blooms and vines (seen here on this Buttercream Bakeshop masterpiece!), crystals, or gold leaf foil, there are so many ways to make a vanilla treat your own.
Still not convinced that vanilla can feel and taste contemporary? Incorporate a modern cake trend—choose a naked cake or include a vanilla bean drip—into your dessert's design. Additionally, consider jazzing up the overall taste palette. Opt for a unique filling like strawberry mousse or a blackberry compote, so bring that much more complexity to your guests' taste buds. Click through to discover how vanilla wedding cakes can feel bold, unique, and undeniably fresh.
You're a vanilla person, but your fiancé prefers chocolate—and neither of you are backing down. And why should you? Make like this twosome, whose Buttercup Bakery beauty featured two flavors: vanilla bean with blackberry compote and dark chocolate with espresso mousse. A vanilla buttercream unified the entire confection.
Dripping In Gold
We love how this Flour + Freckles confection's creamy vanilla drip passes straight over edible gold leaf accents.
A diagonal burst of flowers, like the one seen on this Sweet Notions treat, makes for a romantic display.
A dusting of powdered sugar, as seen on this dessert, adds an extra touch of sweetness to your cake table. Plus, it brings snowy, wintry vibes.
We love a naked cake with just a little bit more coverage. Bride Emily Pybus used minimal icing so that you could see this stunner's shape, but enough to get that fully-frosted aesthetic. A rose, baby's breath, and golden mum topper completed the look.
A naked cake that's more vanilla icing than cake? Sign us up.
It's easy to imagine this confection's sugar lotus flowers billowing in the breeze.
Vanilla and Pewter
Make your vanilla confection your own be introducing a unique flavor—your favorite!—when it's time to choose a filling. This duo's four-tier, greenery-adorned vanilla chiffon cake by Barr Mansion incorporated the groom's go-to fruit with the addition of strawberry mousse.
There's a way to incorporate the unique flavor notes of your destination wedding location in your wedding cake—even with vanilla as your base. One tier of this Rose Lee confection was vanilla rum-flavored, complete with a ginger-buttercream filling (perfect for a Jamaica fête!).
Ring your confection with pampas grass for a touch of the rustic-meets-bohemian.
If you're a vanilla frosting aficionado—but could leave vanilla-flavored cake—consider using the flavor as a supporting player, instead of the main event. This duo did just that through this Buttercream Bakeshop confetti and devil's food cake three-tier, which featured vanilla buttercream throughout.
This couple served each of their guests personalized barrel-style vanilla confections complete with buttercream icing and fresh flowers from Amy Cakes.
At this wedding, each reception table had its own set of treats, including the famous Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake.
This bride and groom cut into a petite confection filled with a berry purée from Le Loup.