The Prettiest Ombré Wedding Cakes for Couples Who Love Color
It's official: The ombré-everything wedding craze is here to stay. From ombré-inspired wedding dresses to delicate watercolor invitations that create an ombré effect all on their own, there's no stopping this fun, colorful trend. Not surprisingly, it's finally infiltrated another of our favorite big-day categories: the wedding cake.
You know this trend well, so you might think that you have a pretty clear idea of what an ombré confection looks like, but get ready to be completely surprised. Whether you opt for ombré buttercream icing with ruffles or choose to interpret the style on the interior (ombré layer cake!), there are so many ways to work this the trend into your wedding dessert. Plus, the ombré effect works on every color, shade, and hue imaginable.
It's hard to choose what we love most about this type of design, but we're consistently entranced by the sheer number of shades cake bakers are able to work into a color progression—transitioning seamlessly from dark to light (and sometimes back again!). One of our favorite color schemes? Starting with an electric fuchsia and then working your way to a soft, pretty blush. If you want to avoid bright, splashy hues, feel free to start your ombré with white and transition to pale blue and (finally!) deep indigo.
Intrigued? Browse through our favorite ombré cakes from real celebrations—they just might inspire you to serve up a similar confection at your own wedding.
For this planner's modern nuptials, Just Bakecause whipped up this small, elegant dessert.
Shades of Red
Sweet Lola used varying shades of red—including blush, magenta, and crimson—to create this blended ombré look.
We loved how this creation's cake stand served as a continuation of the swirly blue ombré. The sugar feathers, air plant, and gold flecks were finishing touches.
Inspired by the appearance of a light stucco, Susie's Cakes used textured stark-white icing to contrast the blue-gray ombré middle layer.
Peach and Succulents
A swirl of fuchsia paint created a natural ombré on the base of this three-tier cake, baked by Nashville Sweets.
Lovely Layers Cakery proved that you don't need highly-saturated color to make a statement ombré cake.
Buttercream Bakeshop created this blue ombré masterpiece for a low-key, nautical-inspired wedding in Virginia.
Amy Cakes used cream, blush, and baby pink-hued candy melts to create this brushstroke treat.
Sugar Breck used a real ribbon on this base of this gold-flecked cake, which helped create the soft cerulean ombré effect.
This couple asked Best Little Cake House to incorporate their wedding colors—bright orange, pink, gold, and deep burgundy—into their reception confection. Take one look at this dessert, which also included a stenciled rim, a confetti-dusted top tier, and floral topper by Buds Etc., and it's safe to say that they absolutely delivered.
Synie's Cakes showed us all that the ombré wedding cake trend isn't limited to fondant. A gradient layer cake made just as much of a statement (and was an amazing surprise for unsuspecting guests!).
This tinted beauty's cream-to-turquoise frosting was a nod to the couple's watercolor theme.
Green and Gold
Using dark-chocolate "leaves" underneath real rose petals produced an amazing fresh floral look on this small wedding cake. A wash of food coloring on the bottom tier created an ombré effect, and inside, layers of honey cake alternated with rose-flavored filling.