Wedding cakes have come a long way from the classic, three-tiered creations, coated in white fondant frosting and topped with miniature figurines of the bride and groom. Wedding cakes are now considered to be an expression of the bride and groom’s personality, hobbies, and taste. As a wedding centerpiece, these cakes are given as much thought, attention, and budget, as the dress, the flowers, and the meal. So it’s no surprise that every year these sculptured creations become more and more extravagant.
These days you’re just as likely to see a rainbow cake as you are a traditional white one. White fondant icing has been replaced with ombré buttercream, sprinkles, hand-painted watercolors, and fresh flowers. Being a wedding cake-baker is a hugely challenging, incredibly skilled job, which extends far beyond the ability to concoct an old-style simple white icing. These bakers and decorators now have to have incredible design skills andan eye for what’s fashionable; be able to bake the fluffiest, tastiest cakes; and have amazing decorating talent. Today’s bride and grooms demand the impossible, and these bakers always seem able to pull it off.
Talented cake-makers all over the world are showing off their skills with these cakes, which resemble works of art, more than they resemble sweet desserts. These jaw-dropping wedding cakes will inspire and delight the bride, groom, and all their guests, and will be one of the most engrained memories of the happiest wedding day. The cakes range from those of striking stature with intricate decorations to those that are elegantly simple with a breathtaking understated design to those that are almost over-the-top with their fun, colorful, bright buttercream frosting. There really is no consensus on what makes the most beautiful wedding cake: These striking, and incredibly different examples are enough to prove this point.
Read on to take a look at the 40 most stunning, creative, and sometimes surprising wedding cakes, which really will make your jaw drop.