26 Chocolate Wedding Cake Ideas That Will Blow Your Guests' Minds
Your wedding cake doesn't have to be vanilla, and we mean that in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Although vanilla cake is often associated with weddings, it's time to think outside of the box. Enter chocolate, a longtime favorite. Bold, rich, and bursting with flavor, cocoa is an unexpected addition to your dessert table. And when you take the plunge and opt for a full-blown chocolate cake, complete with rich frosting and fondant, your guests will surely come back for seconds.
After all, there's nothing wrong with going down in wedding history as the bride that switched it up. With so many options out there, serving up the decadent flavor (in any of its forms!) is easier than ever. On the search for chocolatey inspiration, we turned to real couples who decided to break the vanilla bean mold. Ahead, you'll find confections that that make the case for serving the beloved flavor on your big day. From dark chocolate masterpieces topped with juicy berries to milk cocoa creations covered in sugar flowers, there's a rich, stunning cake here to satisfy both of your taste buds.
Of course, choosing a wedding cake—and a cake flavor—is personal. If you're a chocolate fanatic, but your bride or groom isn't, consider going half and half. Take after one such couple, who offered up black-and-white cookies arranged in a cake "tower" to meet in the middle. If you love the flavor, but want to put your own spin on things, take notes from another duo, who opted for a two-tier confection frosted in red velvet (chocolate's little sister!). However you decide to incorporate cocoa on your big day, one thing is certain: Your guests will thank you for it.
True chocolate lovers know that red velvet cake is just a play on chocolate, which makes this maroon-hued flavor perfect for the cocoa connoisseur. Take a note from Elsie's Flour Shop and play up the pretty color by adding sugar flowers in both matching and contrasting hues.
When serving mini cakes to each wedding guest, it doesn't hurt to have a dark chocolate option. These lightly-frosted beauties, topped with bright pink blooms, are yours for the replicating.
Looking for a way to meld your love for chocolate with your betrothed’s love for vanilla? This cake literally weaves both flavors together, in the form of "stitched" fondant. How pretty is that tropical palm leaf illustration? It perfectly connects the cake to the leafy dessert table.
Blackberries and Honey
This cocoa confection marries two cake trends—naked and drip cakes—in the prettiest of ways. Guests won't be able to turn down the gooey honey drip, juicy blackberries, and gold leaf accents.
Make your chocolate cake even sweeter by dressing it up with your relationship's motto, like this confection by Lesley Bodwell of Frost It Cakery.
Frosted to perfection, this chocolate cake looks even better thanks to a sparkly gold topper flashing the couple's new titles. The colorful floral clustered adds a little extra flair.
Copy this couple and turn your dessert table into a cocoa extravaganza. A dark chocolate wedding cake, dressed up with gold leaf and burgundy blooms, is only the beginning—mini cakes topped with marshmallow frosting and chocolate-covered cherries are the yummiest supporting players.
Patches of silver foil add to the reflective shine of this fudgy confection—but the pearl-studded sugar bloom is the focal point.
Adorned Naked Cake
Don't be afraid to dress up your chocolate naked cake. This one, which is lightly coated with peanut butter frosting, is topped with an assortment of bold flowers, like just-blooming peonies, roses, and lupine.
Party on the Inside
Want to keep things classic on the outside, but go bold on the inside? Consider wrapping your chocolatey confection in creamy fondant for that crisp, wedding white look.
Crushed pistachios bring a salty nuttiness and enticing crunch to a classic chocolate confection.
Black and White Cookies
Love vanilla and chocolate equally, but don't feel like a traditional wedding cake fits your vibe as a couple? Take a hint from this smart duo, who arranged a tower of black-and-white cookies into a cake shape.
If you were wondering how to make a chocolate cake winter-ready, look no further than this loaded dessert, complete wintry berries and seasonal poinsettias.
Purple and Peach
Drizzled in thick fudge, coral and lavender-hued sugar flowers and eucalyptus lighten this cake's color palette.
Crystal and Metal
A dark chocolate tier brings this metallic creation together.
Every tier of this simple chocolate cake gets a natural upgrade thanks to gold and green leaves.
One Tier Mint
This dark chocolate and mint creation proves that, while cocoa can stand alone, adding in a cooling flavor (and pretty gold flecks!) won't hurt.
Black and Gold
Patty Cakes' gold-painted cake, dripped in fudge and adorned with gold leaf and fresh blooms, is the ultimate small-confection inspiration.
Buttercream and Beer
This cake gets its moisture from butter, yogurt, and stout—though craft beer fans can customize with local chocolate-friendly brews.
With layers of chocolate cake and a milk chocolate frosting, this dessert is every chocolate lover's dream.
An adult version of Snoballs, a favorite childhood treat, these mini coconut cakes are sure to please both the younger and older crowds at your reception.
Dark-chocolate buttercream spiked with chili powder gives this sweet a spicy kick.
This fresh take on chocolate cake looks (and tastes!) just like your favorite pastry.