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Stunningly Unique Wedding Cakes for the Modern Couple

These big day desserts were inspired by an unlikely source: glassware!

Much like fashion, styles of glass have changed over time—and chances are good there's one to match your wedding-day vision right down to dessert. These cakes range from intricate and classic to totally mod, and in every cake, they're (almost) too beautiful to eat.


(Above) Give your big day a refined, retro look by modeling cakes after milk-glass pieces as seen. They're a total throwback to the 1950s, when the white and candy-colored styles were a fixture in many households. Using rolled fondant and royal icing, contributing editor Wendy Kromer-Schell replicated the classic scalloped edges, lattices, and gingerbread trims, plus the iconic "Hobnail" dots introduced by the Fenton Art Glass Company. The finishing touch? Complementary vintage stands to show them off.

First Frost

Smooth and see-through in soft focus, frosted glass is oh-so romantic—and feels right at home at a snowy winter wedding. Contributing editor Jason Schreiber's three-tiered cake—inspired by a Lalique vase with a leaf motif and coated in blue fondant airbrushed with pale-blue shimmer—puts a sleek yet simple spin on traditional layers.

Dare to be Square

This is not your grandmother's stained glass. The historic European art form gets a contemporary twist, ideal for an ultra-mod setting where Lucite is out in force. To create the vibrant, jewel-like circles, Lauri Ditunno of New York's Cake Alchemy pressed melted sugar into patterned silicone molds. Remove the difficult-to-slice "glass" before cutting your cake, or consider a bedazzled layer between two plain tiers.

In Living Color

(On left) Murano glass—which dates back to at least the 13th century and is produced on the namesake Venetian island to this day—is known for its rich, Crayola-bright hues. While the vases, beads, and beyond come in a variety of decorative styles, we love the marbled pieces for their whimsical yet elegant look. For this single-tier treat, Schreiber swirled tinted glazes into a white pour-over glaze. (On right) Venetian Murano glass chandeliers are beloved for their intricate natural details—often greenery and petals. What better inspiration for a bride hoping to channel nature's most delicate beauty? A 1930s chandelier hanging in Martha's East Hampton home was the starting point for this cake. We can't get over how real Ditunno's gorgeous 3-D sugar-flower cascade looks—it even catches the light just like glass.

Ice Castles

Dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding? Well, a cake modeled after cut crystal—which refracts rainbows of light just like that diamond on your ring finger—is all you need to set a magical winter-fantasy scene. For this four-tier showstopper, Schreiber hand-cut patterns out of rolled gum paste, applied them to a fondant base, then added light and dark shades of silver and blue shimmer.

Silver Streak

Shiny silvered glass, known as mercury glass, was historically used in objects such as doorknobs and candlesticks. It may have been
 an inexpensive alternative to real silver, but 
we think these single-serving fondant cakes look like a million bucks. Kromer-Schell honored the characteristic patterns and glammed them up (courtesy of edible silver leaf, whipped cream, and a bright-red cherry on top) to suit even the most Mad Men–esque celebration.