21 Beautiful Black Wedding Cakes for the Nontraditional Couple
When most people hear the words "wedding cake" they probably think of a delicate, multi-tier, white confection. But now there's a new trend that's the total opposite: black wedding cakes.
Sure, they're dark and tend to be a little dramatic, but we love how they can add a bit of edge to the occasion while still maintaining a classic shape or design. Plus, they're just as much of a blank canvas as white or any other light color. Edible gold leaf, lifelike sugar flowers, and gum paste appliqués all can pop against the dark background. Consider a matte finish or textured exterior for an even bigger impact.
The flavors and colors inside can be anything you like, of course, but we love how an otherwise classic vanilla cake is transformed once enrobed in a moody layer of black fondant or buttercream. As these cakes will show, there's a style and technique for every celebration, whether you fully embrace the trend or prefer to stick to a simpler approach. And while black wedding cakes are a new option to consider, know that they can be just as timeless as colored cakes before them. Just take this Buttercream Bakeshop cake, for example. With a subtle floral motif painted on the middle tier and fresh blooms and vines adorning the entire three-tier confection, this treat proves that you can make a nontraditional black cake still look elegant and beautiful.
Loving this idea? Then click through to see more of our favorite black wedding cakes, and learn how to make a dark confection a bold addition to your reception.
Sugar Flower Accents
So often a cake gets covered in a traditional white fondant or buttercream, so it's refreshing to see a classic design done in black instead. Lifelike sugar flowers and petals adorned this cake by Intricakes.
Though Superfine Bakery enrobed this towering confection in black, they lightened it up with whimsical paintings of flowers in a cascade down the front. A fresh peony and a few flower petals added dimension.
Small and Balanced
We like how this cake, by Sweet + Saucy, felt a little yin and a little yang. Clean, black layers were balanced by elegant white sugar flowers.
An Intergalactic Cake
This celestial-themed cake by Cake Life Bakeshop was made to mimic the look of a dark night sky and the Milky Way and featured tiny fairy lights meant to look like stars. Lights wouldn't pop on a white cake, so if you're lighting up your dessert, consider a black exterior.
A Naked Black Cake
Dark and Moody
A wedding cake is a great place to showcase your style. At this wedding, The Whole Cake made a floral-covered black cake befitting of the nontraditional couple (the bride wore a black-velvet dress and a groom who donned a floral-print dinner jacket!). Their dessert seamlessly brought both of their styles together.
Make an impression with geometric appliques of hexagons or any shape you desire. Here, Nine Cakes went tone-on-tone with black patterns on parts of these two-tier wedding cakes.
Subtle Black Flowers
Black cakes don't have to want for color. These carefully handcrafted peonies, hellebores, and roses by Fleur and Flour popped against the dessert's dark fondant, which was also decorated with simple floral appliqués.
Dark and Damask
Pattern can really pop when it's done in gold on black. Ibrido di Tea designed this decadent wedding cake, which featured a stenciled damask pattern on two of the four tiers. The subtle sheen of the satin ribbon on the base of each layer was a nice touch, too.
A Boho Black Cake
Sure, a black cake can be dark, but the spirit of it can be relaxed and even a little bohemian. This Cakes by Gina stunner, which was designed with help from Thistle Wynd Productions, was just that. The matte black fondant got a bit of shimmer thanks to gold foil above and below the pink and burgundy sugar flowers.
A Gilded Cake
Looking for an easy way to break up a solid black cake and add a bit of luxury at the same time? Consider something similar to this one by Frost It Cakery, which was finished off with an asymmetrical application of edible gold leaf.
Mod and Metallic
Mix your materials to make your cake extra interesting. Joey's Cake by Lindsay dreamed up this modern cake which was covered in edible copper leaf, fresh ferns, and a clear topper made by the groom.
Minimal Yet Charming
A Modern Still Life
Light as Air
Even though the color of this cake was dark black, the design of this Bottega Louie treat felt somehow light and airy.
Black and White Stripes
White and gold accents made this otherwise black wedding cake by Sweet Fix feel a little precious and a little preppy.
An Artistic Cake
Sugar Fixé took inspiration from the floral paintings of Dutch Masters for this wedding cake. The design proved that you can be romantic and elegant while pushing the envelope.