50 Beautiful Wedding Cakes That Are (Almost!) Too Pretty to Eat

white painted wedding cake
Emilia Jane Photography

Dessert tables may have gotten more diverse in recent years—think donuts, ice cream sandwiches, and cupcakes—but there's still nothing quite like a wedding cake. Classically white or boldly contemporary, reception confections aren't going away anytime soon. And we have to say, we're relieved. Take one cursory look at the beyond-gorgeous wedding cake ideas you're about to see, and you'll feel the same way.

From hand-painted creations and deckle-edged masterpieces to drip cakes and treats adorned with fresh flowers, the following confections represent the best real weddings have to offer. They also represent incredible talent, on behalf of the inimitable bakers that make it happen—just one more reason to choose your wedding cake vendor wisely! Whatever the wedding type, these cakes were the focal point of the reception. Some brought the pretty on the color front, with punchy magenta fondant, ombré moss-green layers, and printed floral designs. Others were simple and refined, thanks to sponged metallic details, fresh flowers, and ripe fruits.

The following wedding cake ideas are all different in many ways, but united in one: They're almost too pretty to slice into. While that adorable cake eating photo and the promise of delicious dessert make that cut necessary, these sweet eats are about to give you a whole new perspective on wedding cake. By the time you're finished through, you might stop referring to your confection as "cake," and begin describing it at "art."

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Marble Leaf

white marbled cake
Jenny Soi

This incredible dessert, made by Paper Heart Patisserie, looked like peeling sheets of Carrara marble, speckled with gold.

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Barely Blush

pink floral head
Lee Yen Photography

Flour and Flourish used moss, oversized blooms, and sugar leaves to connect this confection back to its woodsy surroundings.

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Subtle Texture

jeannette taylor wedding portugal cake
Abby Jiu Photography

At this three-day destination wedding in Portugal, guests received individual versions of this textured four-tier by T Bakes.

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Blush, Lavender, and Gold

wedding cake florals
Luna de Mare

Pastel-hued sugar flowers—how lifelike is that anemone?—and a gold-topped tier made this Hey There, Cupcake! beauty the talk of the dessert table.

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Tiny Accents

white wedding cake
Abby Jiu Photography

A trail of miniscule gold-covered blooms brought this plush-looking cake into subtle relief.

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Brush Strokes

wedding cake
Allison Kuhn Photography

WOW Factor's brush stroke-inspired cake incorporated this event's color palette—teal, lavender, blush, yellow, marsala, and ivory.

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Green Ombré

white and green wedding cake
Branco Prata

T Bakes strategically layered fondant on the first tier of this beauty, creating a crepe-effect that deepened from pale green to pine.

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white floral painted cake
Damaris Mia Photography

Beveled edges gave a modern feel to this illustrated confection.

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Barely-There Color

white wedding cake
The Grovers

This deckle-edged cake got the barest hint of color thanks to a blue-green moment and sprig of fresh flowers.

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Dimensional Vines

painted wedding cake
Lisa Lefkowitz

The sugar vines coming off this picturesque wedding cake perfectly matched the hand-painted 2D ones.

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Floral Crest

Small Wedding Cake with Ornate Detail
Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

This adorable two-tier treat made by Fluffy Thoughts Cakes took on a sophisticated air thanks to a watercolor floral crest.

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Blue Deckle-Edge Cake with Gold Details
Judy Pak

The deckled edges of this pale mint wedding dessert were lined in shimmering gold.

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blue wedding cake
Lisa Blume Photography

Exaggerated strips of true blue fondant brought texture to this masterpiece. If you look closely, you can see the fine white flowers hand-painted throughout.

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painted wedding cake
Lucy Davenport

An intricate hand-painted rose vine dressed up this white confection, simultaneously tying it back to the dahlia and rose centerpieces.

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white wedding cake
Damaris Mia Photography

Tiny gold beads outlined the tiers of this crisp and clean confection by LoveCakes.

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Winter Color Scheme

marbled cake blue
Kristen Joy

Painted stripes of icy blue, see-through sapphire, and inky jet tied this Las Vegas Custom Cakes creation back to the couple's snowy Nevada venue.

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Burgundy Fig

layered wedding cake
Luke and Cat

Gold-dripped figs topped this tall ombré confection by Sugary and Chic.

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Emerald City

green wedding cake
Chelsea Denise

The inspiration for this two-tiered Amy Cakes confection was the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz.

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white cake with greenery
Eric Kelley

Spotted with yellow kumquats and wrapped with leafy greens, this cake was the definition of natural.

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Mint and Gold

wedding cake green floral
Anne-Marie Bouchard

The Cake Whisperer created this masterpiece using grayed jade fondant, herbs, sugar flowers, and gold accents.

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Dress Up

blue pink lace wedding cake
Ashley Kelemen Photography

The bride's laser-cut lace wedding dress was the inspiration for this Hey There Cupcake! creation.

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Baby Blue Drip

blue drip cake
Lucy Munoz Photography

Beverly's Bakery combined two major wedding cake trends for this bride's confection, with a naked-style base and drip accent.

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Black Beauty

black wedding cake flowers gold
Lisa O’Dwyer

Inky black and adorned with sugar flowers, this cake, by Cupcakes and Counting, could have been plucked straight from a fairytale.

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Green Scene

painted wedding cake
Kerry Jeanne Photography

A botanical illustration, outlined by an ornate gold "frame," brought vintage vibes to this Honey Crumb confection.

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blue wedding cake feathers
Connie Whitlock

A delicate feather garland and sugar lace detailing were elegant touches on this dusty-blue wedding cake, by Megan Joy Cakes.

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Fresh Figs

white layer cake gold leaf
Yasmin Khaljavi Photography

Halved figs offered a punch of peachy pink to this barely-frosted cake by Dream Cakes.

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Moody Blooms

blue floral wedding cake
This Rad Love

Hey There Cupcake! used a dark and stormy floral print to transform her two-tier into a work of art.

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Cascading Florals

marbled cake floral
Carmen Santorelli Photography

This smudged gray and cream Hey There, Cupcake! confection looked as if were carrying a bouquet of its own.

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Sugared Fruits

hana olu wedding california cake
Patrick Moyer

As if wedding cake wasn't sweet enough, the bride and groom opted for candied and sugared fruits as the confection's toppers.

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white and gold wedding cake
Sophie Epton Photography

Tuscan Wedding Cakes dotted their gold-dipped dessert with bright fondant strawberries for a destination wedding in Italy.

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Blue Ombré

white blue ombre wedding cake
Rachel Solomon

This fade-to-blue beauty was the perfect example of elegant simplicity.

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white painted cake
Dyan Kethley

Lauren Kitchens of Fancy Cakes by Lauren used watercolors and silver cake paint to bring this floral beauty to life.

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Slate Blue

wedding blue white floral
Greg Ross

This blue-gray two-tier was dressed up with blueberries and peachy pink blooms.

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blue white wedding cake
Justine Milton Photography

A cake with slivers of blue, gray, and yellow looked lovely topped off with a greenery crown.

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wedding cake marbled jewels
Let’s Frolic Together

Elongated crystal stalks in shades of crimson, pink, and jet tied this Hey There Cupcakes! confection's blush first-tier to its black marbled second and third.

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Palm Leaf

grey cake greenery
Les Amis

A palm leaf instantly transformed a moody gray confection into a destination wedding dessert.

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Floral Sash

white layered wedding cake
Kerry Jeanne Photography

Fresh roses and ranunculus brought dimension and color to this beauty, while a monogrammed cake topper added height.

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Fresh and Faux

white floral wedding cake
Kylie Mones

We loved how the hand-painted florals on Sugar Lane Cake Shop's petite three-tier were artistic representations of the fresh ones used on top.

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Ruffled Vintage

white wedding cake
Kevin Klein

Gray-dusted ruffled edges brought a decidedly vintage vibe to this unique confection.

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Gold and Thistles

naked wedding cake gold leaf
Brianna Wilbur

Spikey blue thistles contrasted prettily against the metallic gold leaf of this Sablee masterpiece.

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Chocolate Drip

chocolate drip cake
Julie Paisley Photography

Patty Cakes created this little confection—complete with a chocolate drip, gold designs, and white flowers—for a vow renewal.

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Lightly Frosted Wedding Cake Topped with Mini Cactus
Ashley Rae Photography

A single in-bloom cactus made this simple confection ready for a desert wedding.

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Blues and Blooms

yolanda cedric wedding cake
Charla Storey Photography

Layered Bake Shop decorated this bluish-gray, leather-inspired cake with peonies, roses, and sprigs of greenery.

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Wide Confection

alexis zach wedding italy cake
Kyle John Photography

While this white cake was decidedly simple, it's unique shape—elongated oval tiers, a departure from the traditional narrow and vertical style—made it stand out.

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Purple Play

Bradley James Photography

Fresh purple-hued flowers and a topper by Laura Hooper Calligraphy made this Sweet Heather Anne confection the star of the reception

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Burgundy Sugar Flowers

white floral cake
Katie Lopez Photography

The focal point of this Earth and Sugar confection was the lush maroon sugared bloom and textured greens accenting.

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Floral Naked

floral naked caked
Betsi Ewing

The only frosting on Frost It Cakery's creation may have been between the layers, but the stunning garden flower topper made any other accent—edible or decorative—unnecessary.

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Pink and Red

pink textured cake
Brianna Wilbur

This small wedding cake was decorated with the colors most often associated with love.

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white floral cake gold leaf
De Joy Photography

Gold foil, cascading blooms, and a fresh floral topper added flair to this nearly-naked confection by Hollyhock Cakes.

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Gray and Gold

grey cake gold vine detail
Betsi Ewing

A gold fondant laurel wrapped around this smoky-colored cake by Frost It Cakery. Fresh flowers and pomegranates offered a pop of color.

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