29 Wedding Cakes with Vintage Vibes
If there's one trend that society keeps falling back on, it's the continual resurgence of old things made new. Culture constantly borrows from the past, recycling historic trends for the modern age. Though the years that we look back to may change, the concept still remains the same—we love vintage. Retro-inclined brides and grooms may go thrift shopping for dresses and rings, but when it comes to details you can't buy old, imitation comes in clutch. Time and time again, our magazine and weddings have recreated vintage cakes. What results is a vault of delicious oldie ideas, giving beloved confectionary styles the comebacks they deserve.
If you're in search of vintage cake inspiration, look no further than these decadent desserts. These ideas may be antique relics, but that doesn't make them antiquated. (For a refresher on what classifies as vintage, check out this throwback video of each decade's cake trends.) Ready to order your own vintage-inspired dessert? Check out these 29 ideas for tons of inspiration.
Simple Wedding Cake
Classic white icing and simple foliage sprucings let the bride's grandparents' topper take the spotlight on this cake.
China Pattern Wedding Cake
Classic Wedding Cake
Art Deco Wedding Cake
Modern-Meets-Vintage Wedding Cake
Blue Flower Wedding Cake
The bird toppers on this dainty cake were made using retro fabrics.
Victorian-Inspired Wedding Cake
Ribbon embroidery was big in the Victorian era, and the look was replicated here by Ron Ben-Israel. Hand-shaped sugar paste flowers and fondant-covered tiers made this cake one to remember.
1960s-Inspired Wedding Cake
Lace Wedding Cake
There's something retro about this edible-lace Melanie Secciani cake, which looked as if it were decked out in doilies. The base was white chocolate and filled with ganache, and the whole thing was bathed in Limoncello.
Dove Wedding Cake
Sprouting Wedding Cake
Jewel-Inspired Wedding Cake
Opulent English jewelry from the 18th and early 19th centuries inspired this regal cake with a light green hue. Yes, those pearls and gemstones were edible—the former of which were made of royal icing.
Piped Wedding Cake
Elegant piping adorned this three-tiered cake, which had a trio of flavorful layers: Pineapple, strawberry, and chocolate cake surely pleased guests.
Vintage Pattern Wedding Cake
Wreath Topper Wedding Cake
Silk-Inspired Wedding Cake
Ron Ben-Israel based this masterpiece on a French silk fabric from 1900. Rubber stamps were pressed into the fondant, the mimosa blossom design was piped on, and the leaves were built using sugar paste. The subtle splash of yellow got its shade from food coloring, and luster dust added the shimmer of silk.
Retro Wedding Cake
Between the vintage-looking topper, retro dots, and wedding bell, this Flour Power Confectionary cake was definitely old school.
Toile de Jouy Wedding Cake
Rustic Wedding Cake
This dotted carrot cake brought guests back to simpler times. It was covered in cream-cheese frosting and sat on an old-stove cake stand.
TV-Inspired Wedding Cake
This bride modeled her cake after one shown in Downton Abbey. The show takes place in the early 1900s, making this cake decidedly vintage.
Vintage Car Wedding Cake
1980s-Inspired Wedding Cake
Cameo Wedding Cake
The vintage jewelry design got a sugary upgrade on this cake, which featured silhouettes of a bride and groom and the old-timey phrase "Me & Thee." The cameos were made using rubber stamps and were circled with candy pearls and topped with real ribbons.
Giant Wedding Cake
Ginormous wedding cakes used to signal prestige—at one point in time, bigger meant better. This classic wedding invoked the past with a huge, six-tiered dessert.
Shell-Inspired Wedding Cake
Geometric Wedding Cake
Art Deco inspiration shined bright on this buttercream cake with piped frosting and sanding sugar-coated fondant plaques.
1920s-Inspired Wedding Cake
Heirloom Topper Wedding Cake
This bride had her grandmother's vintage topper repainted to look more like her and the groom. It sat atop a tall, intricate cake reminiscent of older confections.