One of the most anticipated—and sweetest—traditions at a wedding is the cake-cutting ceremony. Wedding cakes are a special part of a couple's big day, acting as something of a centerpiece to the décor and showcasing their unique style. Our favorite wedding cake ideas are those that deserve a second look—whether it's because of their distinctive design, out-of-the-box sensibilities, or overall exceptional presentation. We turned to one of our favorite wedding inspiration sites, 100 Layer Cake, for stunning wedding cakes that are almost too lovely to eat (almost).
This striking white number from Laura Marie's Cakes boasts eye-catching details like unique textures for each tier and contrasting pops of red roses.
For something thoroughly unexpected, this incredible geode design created by Cake Life Bake Shop makes a gorgeous impression.
Nothing is as classic as a multi-tiered, cream-colored wedding cake like this one from Clara's Groovy Deliciousness.
An all-black cake is a distinctive departure from the traditional white wedding cake. Sheila Mae livens up her dramatic take with bright flowers in full bloom.
For lovers of modern design, a clean, white wedding cake can be just as striking sans frills. This minimalistic concoction has a succulent-inspired adornment for that special touch.
Sometimes moodier hues are perfect for a romantic vibe. This flower-topped cake by Wild Flour NYC keeps things simple with a gorgeous cool-tone arrangement atop a sleek cake in a marbled purple finish.
As Whipped Bakeshop knows, it's not just florals that make for beautiful decoration on a wedding cake. Here, thinly sliced fruit makes a unique impression.
Fruit also looks lovely atop a wedding cake—especially if the chosen assortment plays to the seasonal vibes of the wedding.
For a winter wedding, some sprigs of pine and cinnamon sticks give the right amount of festive flair, like this sweet design from Eat More Cake by Candice.
This Cake Couture creation bedecked in wintry foliage, including frosted pine cones and apples, makes a beautiful statement.
Even wheat and wildflowers can be a beautiful break from the norm, like this delicate number from Blue Box Bakery that complements the wedding's country setting.
This modern black wedding cake gives off tropical vibes with Hawaiian florals and foliage that stand out against the patent black finish.
Those in favor of minimalist design will appreciate a traditional tiered cake pared back with subdued geometric and marbled details.
With certain cakes, it's the foliage that really brings it all together. The exposed areas of cake play to the hues of the peachy blooms.
Sometimes the smallest details—like flecks of gold on a modest black-and-white cake—make all the difference.