48 Small Wedding Cakes with a Big Presence
Who says you need to cut into a massive wedding cake at your reception? If you're nervous about the idea of ordering and serving more cake than you and your guests can physically eat (or freeze!), or if your wedding plans have changed thanks to COVID and you're having a smaller soirée than you originally planned, you might want to consider downsizing. Small cakes in all of their forms—single-serving minis, petite one-tiers, Bundts, and beyond—can make just as big of an impression as super-sized confections. In fact, your guests might remember these little desserts more than they would the standard three-tier wedding cake.
Of course, this doesn't have to be an either/or decision. If you want to try out the small cake trend, order a petite version, like these pink drip cakes seen here, just for the head table. Topped with melty ganache, each of the these four-inch beauties serves two, and are meant to be shared. And when you think about it, splitting a dessert is a pretty symbolic way to kick off a new life together!
Ready to commit to the trend? Take personal cakes a step further by creating single-serving minis for each guest. Or, take a note from one of the brides featured here and place assorted one-tiered confections on every table—and then encourage guests to get up and mingle as they try each one. If you're looking for something tiny and nontraditional, try a cake made from hundreds of crepes, stuck together with Nutella. In short: if you have your heart set on something small, there's an option out there. We've made sure those options are beautiful—with gem-toned fondant, fresh flower toppers, playful textures and more, these little confections prove that bigger isn't always better.
Vanilla + The Bean baked this one-tier confection, with butter yellow patina and pressed wildflowers.
Kayla Carey incorporated the bride's favorite color with abstract designs atop buttercream icing. A sprig of lunaria and eucalyptus topped off the cake.
Tons of blue thistle flowers bring rich color contrast to this small but mighty, gold metallic confection.
The bride's favorite Harlem bakery, Make My Cake, made a one-tiered textured vanilla treat with buttercream frosting topped with real flowers for a fresh, small sweet.
Turn your cake into a tasty wedding sign by adding a favorite quote or verse.
Watercolor and Gold
Cake for a Queen
This "crowned" wedding cake is fit for the Game of Thrones-obsessed bride.
Topped with oversized peonies and roses, these sweet one- and two-tiered cakes look like they were plucked from a garden.
This reimagined naked cake has the texture of an evergreen—perfect for "carving" in the lovebirds' initials.
A matte black narrow (to keep it on the smaller side) three-tier gets a bejeweled-effect thanks to gem-toned fondant and gold lattice work.
Individual Cakes with Buds
Barely-bloomed carnations make these personal wedding cakes even sweeter.
Naked Cake with Berries
Painted Pie created a naked, petite whipped vanilla layer cake topped with blueberries, blackberries, and chamomile for a stunning dessert.
This tiny two-tier has a bit of vintage charm thanks to an elegant gold and floral crest.
A spray of moody blooms dresses up this ornate gold and sapphire-blue beauty.
The couple kept things simple with a buttercream-frosted one-tier funfetti cake with touches of gold icing. The outside was also dressed with seasonal foliage and flowers.
Villa Le Capanne's catering team baked this small but mighty two-tiered wedding cake dripping in flowers.
Sugared grapes, pears, and figs bring an autumnal touch to this simple buttercream two-tier by Decadence Wedding Cakes.
With a hand-painted base and paper flowers, this salted-caramel wedding cake is perfect for a small coastal California celebration.
Tiered Berry Cake
A single layer classic round cake reaches new heights with loads of berries to top it off.
Interpret "cheesecake" literally and replace the groom's cake with a cheese tower topped with citrus.
Fall Chocolate Bundt
Abstract Jewel Tones
With smudges of red and streaks of magenta, this cake is the perfect fit for a fashion-forward wedding.
This bride and turned your favorite food (Nutella crepes!) into the ultimate breakfast-inspired wedding cake.
The flavor of this one-tier was a surprise not just for the guests, but also for the newlyweds, who waited until the reception to taste the raspberry crème and almond cake for the first time.
Art Deco Design
This chocolate-ganache-and-whipped-cream combination shared center stage with two other Art Deco cakes: one carrot cake and the other Nutella hazelnut.
White buttercream iced the two tiers of buttermilk-poppy seed cake with lemon curd, honey-orange mousse, and honey-poached berries in this wedding cake created by Paradox Pastry Café.
Let Them (All!) Eat Cake
There was already a spread of options available on each table for dinner, so this couple decided to mix up the desserts as well. An all-white single-tiered cake from Lisa Dupar Catering was placed on each table, for those guests to share—the flavors varied from a shaved coconut cream to lemon chiffon and a chocolate mousse ganache.
Since this couple already served lemongrass cotton cake and peanut cocoa nib meringues to their guests, they decided to make their cutting cake small and single-tiered. The couple went with a simple buckwheat cake with pickled blueberry and lemon cream from the Wythe Hotel caterers, Reynard. A handful of ranunculus dressed it up.
Six Small Tiers
Alexandra's Cakes made a tiered naked lemon cake for a small destination wedding that wowed.
Black and White
At a destination wedding in Mexico, ombré ruffles decorated this miniature coconut cake with ganache filling.
This small but striking cake made by Bittersweet Confections is a classic French vanilla with buttercream icing.
Vanilla and Berry
Since the couple had already served guests their favorite summer treats—including fruit pies and crumbles with local peaches, berries, and apples—they decided to cut into a one-tiered vanilla and berry cake from Le Loup.
Bitty Brunch Cake
This couple waited until their morning-after farewell brunch to serve their orange blossom honey sponge cake, kumquat-Champagne confit, and vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream wedding cake.
A one-tier olive oil cake, topped with fresh strawberries and macarons, was the perfect dessert for this couple's intimate backyard wedding.
Lucky Number 3
Since three is a lucky number in her culture, this bride decided to have a trio of tiny cakes courtesy of Fluffy Thoughts. The assortment featured a white cake with passion fruit curd, another small cake with blackberry meringue buttercream, and a one-tiered almond cake with salted caramel filling.
Cake with History
This one-tiered chocolate wedding cake from Park City Cakes & Confections was completed with the bride's grandparents' vintage topper. Foliage and a simple swirled icing design adorned the small statement-maker.
Berry Good Wedding Cake
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