52 Small Wedding Cakes with a Big Presence
Who says you need to cut into a massive wedding cake at your reception? If you're nervous about the idea of ordering and serving more cake than you and your guests can physically eat (or freeze!), you might want to consider downsizing. Small cakes in all of their forms—single-serving minis, petite one-tiers, Bundts, and beyond—can make just as big of an impression as super-sized confections. In fact, your guests might remember these little desserts more than they would the standard three-tier wedding cake.
Of course, this doesn't have to be an either/or decision. If you want to try out the small cake trend, order a petite version, like these pink drip cakes seen here, just for the head table. Topped with melty ganache, each of the these four-inch beauties serves two, and are meant to be shared. And when you think about it, splitting a dessert is a pretty symbolic way to kick off a new life together!
Ready to commit to the trend? Take personal cakes a step further by creating single-serving minis for each guest. Or, take a note from one of the brides featured here and place assorted one-tiered confections on every table—and then encourage guests to get up and mingle as they try each one. If you're looking for something tiny and nontraditional, try a cake made from hundreds of crepes, stuck together with Nutella. In short: if you have your heart set on something small, there's an option out there. We've made sure those options are beautiful—with gem-toned fondant, fresh flower toppers, playful textures and more, these little confections prove that bigger isn't always better.
Tons of blue thistle flowers bring rich color contrast to this gold metallic confection.
Turn your cake into a tasty wedding sign by adding a favorite quote or verse.
Watercolor and Gold
Cake for a Queen
This "crowned" wedding cake is fit for the Game of Thrones-obsessed bride.
Topped with oversized peonies and roses, these sweet one- and two-tiered cakes look like they were plucked from a garden.
This reimagined naked cake has the texture of an evergreen—perfect for "carving" in the lovebirds' initials.
A matte black three-tier gets a bejeweled-effect thanks to gem-toned fondant and gold lattice work.
Individual Cakes with Buds
Barely-bloomed carnations make these personal wedding cakes even sweeter.
This tiny two-tier has a bit of vintage charm thanks to an elegant gold and floral crest.
A spray of moody blooms dresses up this ornate gold and sapphire-blue beauty.
Bring a little coziness to the dessert table with a knit-inspired wedding cake.
Little Floral Affair
Sugared grapes, pears, and figs bring an autumnal touch to this simple buttercream two-tier by Decadence Wedding Cakes.
Creeping greens give this chocolate sponge wedding cake with Chantilly-cream frosting some drama.
With a hand-painted base and paper flowers, this salted-caramel wedding cake is perfect for a small coastal California celebration.
Tiered Berry Cake
A mini apple stack cake, a traditional Appalachian dessert made with spiced cake and apple filling, pays homage to a bride's southern heritage. Plus, it looks adorable and festive.
Interpret "cheesecake" literally and replace the groom's cake with a cheese tower topped with citrus.
Fall Chocolate Bundt
Abstract Jewel Tones
With smudges of red and streaks of magenta, this cake is the perfect fit for a fashion-forward wedding.
This bride and turned your favorite food (Nutella crepes!) into the ultimate breakfast-inspired wedding cake.
The flavor of this one-tier was a surprise not just for the guests, but also for the newlyweds, who waited until the reception to taste the raspberry crème and almond cake for the first time.
Art Deco Design
This chocolate-ganache-and-whipped-cream combination shared center stage with two other Art Deco cakes: one carrot cake and the other Nutella hazelnut.
Blackberries and ivy accented a simple cookies-and-cream-flavored one-tiered cake by Tee and Cakes. The bride illustrated a cake topper to mimic herself and her groom.
The next best thing to getting married in Paris? Cutting into an Eiffel-Tower-topped carrot cake.
Sparkle and Shine
This couple originally planned to skip the traditional wedding cake in favor of a dessert bar, but changed their minds after spotting this cheeky wooden topper on Etsy. It ended up on a small gold fondant cake by Erica Fredericks of Design Cuisine, which rounded out a mini pie bar, a gelato cart, and a coffee-and-macaron station.
Let Them (All!) Eat Cake
There was already a spread of options available on each table for dinner, so this couple decided to mix up the desserts as well. An all-white single-tiered cake from Lisa Dupar Catering was placed on each table, for those guests to share—the flavors varied from a shaved coconut cream to lemon chiffon and a chocolate mousse ganache.
Since this couple already served lemongrass cotton cake and peanut cocoa nib meringues to their guests, they decided to make their cutting cake small and single-tiered. The couple went with a simple buckwheat cake with pickled blueberry and lemon cream from the Wythe Hotel caterers, Reynard. A handful of ranunculus dressed it up.
Bundts, Six Ways
At their colorful DIY wedding in Southern California, this couple decided that one cake wasn't enough. The couple had a friend make six differently flavored cakes using a variety of Bundt pans for the reception.
Black and White
At a destination wedding in Mexico, ombré ruffles decorated this miniature coconut cake with ganache filling.