Summer Wedding Cakes That Speak to the Season
What is it about the summer season that inspires some of the most beautiful—and delicious—dessert creations? We may never know for certain, but we do know we love the results: Unforgettable wedding cakes that we just can't get enough of. Of course, every season has motifs and themes that are virtually guaranteed to enhance the look of a confection, but as far as dynamic combinations go, summer—with its bright, bold color palettes and incredibly lush flora—and a wedding cake are the ultimate match.
Don't just take our word for it. We'll let the following big-day desserts, which were served at couples' seasonal celebrations, do the talking. These incredible desserts prove that there's no single way to pay homage to the warm-weather season, especially when it comes to cake. Whether you top a neutral treat with in-bloom flowers (think: garden roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas) or opt for fondant versions of your favorite tropical leaves (such as monstera and palm), floral accents are always an option. They'll also help lighten a confection with a moodier color scheme so that you can have the best of both worlds. Not feeling those fresh flower details? Check out the upcoming marbled, citrus-covered, and honeycomb cakes, or else decorate your confection with seasonal colors like pinks, oranges, and yellows. This Růže Cake House dessert used all three hues for a result that epitomizes the hallmarks of summer.
To inspire your future warm-weather treat, we've rounded up a selection of summertime wedding cakes, perfect for any type of seasonal wedding—from a black-tie reception in a ballroom to an al fresco garden party, and everything in between.
When it comes to a warm-weather event, we're of the mind that the more flowers the better. Buttercup Bakery was responsible for this rose-covered confection that looked as if it were picked straight from a summer garden.
When it comes to warm-weather colors, you can't forget about green (the verdant hue is everywhere at the height of summer). To pay homage to the hue, T Bakes layered varying shades of green fondant onto this confection and topped it off with realistic sugar greenery.
You'll want to feature citrus in every element of your warm-weather wedding—right down to your big-day treat. To make sure this confection was summer-ready, Sweets Illustrated added hand-painted oranges.
Blue and Gray
An all-white buttercream base means you can make your cake as summery as you please. Maple and Love really went for it when creating this three-tier; the pros accented the treat with plenty of warm-weather motifs, like lemon slices, lush green leaves, orange florals, and a bright yellow drip pattern.
To mimic the bright summer sun, have your baker sponge edible yellow coloring onto one corner of your cake. Note how this Sewell Sweets cake's hue also references its yellow-centered florals.
Orange and Blue
Draw inspiration from your tropical venue's foliage for your big-day confection's color palette. Earth & Sugar used this location's bright bougainvillea and green palm leaves as the muses for this multi-hued brushstroke-patterned cake.
If your cake's bright yellow hue isn't enough of a nod to the season, make like Le Petit Sweet and add a healthy dose of dried citrus fruits (like the blood orange slices seen here!) and flowers to really drive the theme home.
Honey will obviously taste great in your seasonal confection, but it also makes for a pretty décor moment, as well. That's why Coley Kuyper, A Bakeshop, and Hoot and Holler worked together to create this honeycomb-inspired cake (a nod to the season's buzzing bees!), complete with a sweet drizzle and muted yellow florals.
Looking for a unique way to add blooms to your summer wedding cake? Make like Jonathan Caleb Cake and layer vibrant colors over a floral bas relief moment.
For your oceanside event, ask your cake baker to recreate undulating ocean waves on your confection. Sainte G. Cake Company incorporated that effect here by using various shades of edible blue watercolor paint and silver flecks.
White and Blue
A dessert (this one's by Wild Flour Bakery!) with a Mediterranean-inspired tile motif? Serve it up!
You'll want to follow up your al fresco reception with a slice of this soft, sugar wildflower-adorned Lilac Cake Boutique creation.
We're not sure what we love more about these beachy masterpieces by Alexandra's Custom Made Cakes: the unique "brushstroke" technique or the oceanic color palette.
Who says wreaths are synonymous with winter, and winter only? This Sugarlips Cakes creation, accented with a bright sugar wreath, suggests otherwise.
Looking for a wedding dessert that does the most with ease? You've found it. Dessert First by Veronica's three-tier blends a myriad of our favorite cake trends: metallic, ombré, watercolor, and fresh floral.
When it comes to wedding cake, slices are obviously part of the deal. Citrus slices, on the other hand, are definitely new (and so summery!). We love how Batter Up Cakery used skinny slivers of grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges to dress up an otherwise all-white confection. A mid-sized air plant grounded the look.
Darker cake accents, like burgundy and merlot blooms, can feel right at home at a summer fête. Just be sure to take Crisp Bakeshop's lead and pair them with softer shades, like blush, or a neutral cream tier.
Just imagine how pretty these bronze-leaf wreaths—these were crafted by The Cake & The Giraffe—will look glinting under the warm sun.
This Hey There, Cupcake! confection, adorned with sugared fondant and wafer paper flowers, sums up a Palm Springs theme. Not tying the knot in sunny California? These punchy hues work for any summertime celebration.
Citrus fruits, in all their forms, are ever-popular at summer weddings. This IntriCakes confection's lemon and kumquat accents are proof of this. It's lush bed of greenery and citrus accents, however, completely kicks it up a notch. Just looking at this dessert makes you feel like you're in a lemon grove.