20 Unique Wedding Cake Shapes Contemporary Couples Should Consider
There's a part of you that believes that wedding cakes are antiquated, and then there's another part of you that does want to cut into a confection (and stuff your new spouse's face with it!) on the big day. While we'll always be a fan of the traditional tiered dessert, we're here to compromise. Instead of scratching cake entirely, opt for one in a one-of-a-kind, didn't-see-that-coming shape. This way, the wedding cake you choose will feel less like a dessert that's been served at receptions for generations, and more like a little piece of the future—that also happens to taste really, really good.
Just take the following cake shapes from real celebrations, for example. From new iterations on the classic round and square shapes (like this one, by BAKED!) to asymmetrically-tiered cakes that are as creative as they come, there are so many ways to turn your something sweet into something completely unexpected. Looking for something way, way out there? Make like one couple and break up your cake's hexagonally-shaped layers with an actual terrarium. Planning a tropical-themed fête? Your party definitely needs a pineapple-shaped cake.
If you're not looking to make that much of a splash, several of the following confections will still catch your eye. We were sure to include plenty of classic-with-a-twist options. Be on the lookout for deconstructed two tier cakes that are basic in theory, but entirely their own simply because the layers were placed next to, instead of on top of, each other. Ready to check out all of these contemporary creations? Click through to discover wedding cake shapes you've ever seen before.
Take notes from Lilac Cake Boutique's innovative confection and break up same-sized cylinder tiers with super skinny layers. Bonus points if you add those gold wire halos for extra volume.
We're all for this double-square confection by Jasmine Rae Cakes, but we're even more in love with the fondant leaf motifs, which bring the dessert into bas-relief.
Two hexagonally-shaped layers would have been enough to put this Pavlov's Lab creation on this list. The terrarium "tier" is just a mind-blowing bonus. Also noteworthy? The honeycomb-inspired details on the confection's base, which echo the shapes above.
Tiered wedding cakes traditionally feature a large base, medium middle layer, and small topper. A. Elizabeth Cakes broke this mold entirely with this ultra-modern confection, which consisted of miscellaneous-sized tiers that ranged from skinny and flat to robust and extra-tall. Gold-rimmed circles filled with hunter green fondant completed the unique look.
Classic with a Twist
Cinda's Creative Cakes' dessert is almost the quintessential wedding cake—until you take a look at the beveled edges.
Getting hitched on a Hawaiian beach or on a private Caribbean island? Consider adding a pineapple cake (in form, not necessarily in flavor!), like this one by Sugar Lab Bakeshop, to your dessert table.
One Cake, Two Shapes
Does ceiling-high count as a cake shape? We say it does—especially when the confection consists of seven asymmetrical tiers, like this stunner by Elizabeth's Cake Emporium.
This cone-shaped croquembouche, a classic French cake, comes with one fun little twist. Instead of caramel-threaded pastry balls, this Bottega Louie interpretation features creamy macarons.
We love how the bottom tier of this tile-inspired masterpiece (by the aptly-named The Art of Cake!) is angled differently than the rest of its five tiers.
Who says you have to "layer" cake layers on top of each other? As evidenced by Sweet Stuff Cake, they work just as well next to each other. If you decide to serve up two distinct flavors, this approach caters to both chocolate and vanilla lovers in a much more obvious way.
A skinny top layer offsets the wider bottom of this naked two-tier by Frost It Cakery.
Sure, flaky, paper-thin crepes have their charm. But crepes (like these from Show Me Love Confections) that look more like pancakes? Sign us up.
The slanted angles of these asymmetrical layers (created and designed by Sugarland!) make for a fun optical illusion.
You don't traditionally see super-skinny middle layers, especially if the rest of the tiers are on the larger sized. Migalha Doce proves, however, that the size differential definitely works.