8 Wedding Cakes Offer Trendy Takes on Celebratory Confections

Chic cakes featuring vintage detailing and modern patterns dazzle, with options for every style of wedding.
Written by
Lara Burnap


Minnesota Bride Spring/Summer 2024

1. Pattern Making

Ink Sweets incorporated details of the day, hand-stenciling a custom pattern that matched the linens on the reception tables. The muted green design complements the delicate sugar-paste flowers that twine up each tier.

Marit Williams Photography

2. Petal Power

This grand white wedding cake forgoes fresh florals for artistry. Chelsea Dudek of Hey There Cupcake created it for a garden wedding, evoking texture and movement through fondant, ruffled wafer paper and edible paper flowers. “This is an opulent and timeless take on a ruffle cake, combining modern and classic,” she says. “My goal was to create movement with the cake without using color.” The delicately crafted ruffles and flowers envelop each tier in a graceful climb that culminates in a single, oversized bloom.

Decora Topp

3. Cup O'Cake

Darling almond and raspberry trifles from Sugar + Flour are a sweet treat. As delicious as they are appealing, they are a great addition to a welcome bag, on a dessert table or as a parting gift at the end of the night.

Two Birds Photography

4. Modern Art

Cakes that double as a work of art make a trend-forward statement. Altreisha Foster of Sugarspoon whipped up this meticulous creation, a wonder of movement designed with textured fondant and wafer paper. Gum-paste petals adorn the top tier for a luxurious finale.

Courtesy of Altreisha Foster

5. Retro Returns

“Vintage-style cakes have been huge this year,” says Emily Tiritilli of Emily Grace Cakes. This elegant beauty features two decadent layers of lemon lavender and strawberry cheesecake, iced in powder-pink buttercream and overpiped with intricate white ruffles and retro designs.

6. Baby Got Bundt

Bite-sized desserts like these from Nothing Bundt Cakes are a favorite of guests and make a beautiful dessert display. Dive into a variety of flavors and scoop up by the handful!

Rachel Bigej Photography

7. Tiers of Joy

This charmer by D’Amico Catering’s head pastry chef was based off the client’s wish for something “fun and frothy.” The creation blends techniques: The base features airy ruffles followed by a pristine fondant layer finished with a top tier boasting edible gold leaves and the palest pink bloom.

Kaylah Hammer Photography

8. Back to Nature

Look to your natural surroundings for inspiration, such as this confection by Emily Grace Cakes channeling the woods that surround Pinewood in Cambridge. “I wanted to go for an organic look with a modern twist with the tiers off-center,” Emily says.

Payton Rademacher Photography