25 Over-the-Top Wedding Cakes We Can't Get Enough Of
There are so many ways to make a major statement on your wedding day, but one of our favorite details to go all out on is the wedding cake. We have a feeling that you agree, since we're seeing more and more lavish confections at celebrations these days. While many couples still opt for a rustic naked cake or a small cake just for the ceremonial slicing—coupled with a large dessert buffet, of course—there's something to be said for going grand. As for the details that go into these next-level treats? Think multiple tiers with intricate details, like fondant appliqués, edible metallic foil, cascading florals, and buttercream frosting featuring ruffles or intricate texturing.
From hand-painted details and sugar flowers to gilded accents and towering layers, there are several ways to go big without sacrificing elegance, as evidenced by the wedding cakes on the following slides. Ahead, you'll find a number of larger-than-life confections from real events. Whether it's through ornate decorations or just sheer size, these cakes were over-the-top in the best way possible. Just take this jaw-dropping six-foot-tall white-chocolate chiffon cake by Melissa's Fine Pastries—and, yes, it's all edible!—for example. It certainly made guests stop and stare.
While you may choose a smaller-scale cake for your own big day (especially if your guest list is on the smaller side), you can still ask your baker to include some of these high-impact elements—we are particularly fond of one of the ahead confection's statement tier that is an easy (and eye-catching!) addition to any big day dessert. Another option? Bookmark one of these cakes for your baker to reinterpret in their own way.
While we're used to seeing tall, over-the-top cakes, this five-tier treat from Elena Pensini wowed due to the width (not height!) of its tiers.
For this Monet-themed wedding, the Biltmore crafted this flower-covered six-tier—it looked like it was pulled right out of one of the artist's paintings.
Simon Lee Bakery created this massive 12-tier cake. White sugar flowers cascaded down each side of the confection.
Guests eyes were drawn to this Melissa's Fine Pastries confection, which was situated at the front of the reception space. It's clear why: The cake consisted of six tiers covered in white ruffled icing.
Lilac Cake Boutique created this textured confection by using icing to mimic peeling sheets of thin paper. The two middle tiers featured a muted, watercolor painting. To top it all off, the team crafted the a life-like sugar flowers that jutted out from different portions of the dessert.
Although this Thirty One Cakes confection had a big presence thanks to its six tiers, its blush colorway, along with its fresh flowers, softened the look.
Gold and Marble
Everything about this dessert, which was covered in gold fondant and a subtle marble pattern, screamed luxury.
Bed of Flowers
This creative bride drew up her own vision for her big-day confection. It included bas-relief detailing, golden snakes, and butterflies. Grace and Honey Cakes were the pros who brought her design to life.
A Royal Cake
Although this Superfine Bakery dessert used a small amount of hand painted details and fresh flowers, its large size still gave off an extravagant vibe.
Fresh green vines wound their way up this substantial five-tier cake by Perfect Endings.
Gold Etched Cake
This couple cut into a five-tiered lemon and lavender cake from Edith Meyer Cakes and saved the top tier for their anniversary. The cake itself featured five golden-etched tiers decorated with fruits like pears and grapes, and it was topped off with a gold crown.
A shimmering gold vine helped support this Shelby Elizabeth Cakes treat and provided a stunning color complement to the confection's deep emerald hue.
If we didn't know any better, we would have thought this Elizabeth's Cake Emporium cake was seen at a royal wedding. With its stature, official crest, and intricate designs, it would look right at home in Buckingham Palace.