Find the best modern wedding cakes for your day, from geode to geometric to gravity-defying hanging cakes and more. Treat yourself to these stylish cakes.
Black is back
One of the boldest trends for modern wedding cakes, black, steel grey and inky navy cakes are guaranteed to stop your guests in their tracks. Add romance to this punchy look with luxe sugar peonies and opulent gold details.
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Jewel in the crown
Go for all-out wow-factor with a geode wedding cake. One of the most unique wedding cakes, work with your cake designer to choose the gem style, crystal colour and the overall shape of the cake. With the flavours your choice too, this wedding cake idea can be completely personalised.
Just be aware that this wedding cake entails a lot of hours of work as your cake designer will need to create the sugar crystals from scratch and carve the cake on top of the usual baking and decorating.
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Hanging wedding cakes epitomise the trend for couples to incorporate their cake into their overall wedding theme. Opt for a glamorous gold hoop for a country house celebration, tassel ropes for a boho big day or a floating log slice for barn weddings.
Some designs even seem to defy gravity, hanging the cake entirely upside down! These modern wedding cakes are sure to get your guests talking…
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There are so many ways to make the metallic foil trend work for you. Go opulent with lavish layers of gold foiling and beading. Add a bohemian edge with abstract brushes of gold or create a fairy-tale vibe by teaming a metallic lustre with a pastel watercolour wedding cake design. Discover more dreamy gold wedding cake ideas here.
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Soft, romantic and whimsical, watercolour wedding cakes promise you a unique wedding cake. Choose the design, introduce delicate lettering and finish with your choice of fondant foliage or flowers. This modern wedding cake has timeless appeal.
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Geometric wedding cakes have emerged as a key trend for couples planning a bohemian, alternative or rock ‘n’ roll wedding and one size certainly does not fit all. Bold designs feature geometric shaped tiers as well as decoration in any colour you like, while others tone the look down with stencilled lustres creating pattern on more traditionally shaped cakes.
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Slices of simplicity
The white wedding may be traditional, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a trendy twist to the theme. One of the most versatile modern wedding cakes is also one of the most simple. Delicate ruffles of white buttercream create this dreamy finish.
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Perhaps the most personalised of all modern wedding cakes, hand-painted tiers have instant wow-factor and romance. You could have the blooms from your bouquet painted on each tier or perhaps a lyric from your first dance song.
Choosing a design to complement your venue or theme is also popular, for example having stags painted on a rustic wedding cake. Find inspiration for your own painted wedding cake in this beautiful round-up.
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If you’re feeling inspired by these modern wedding cakes but are struggling to choose just one style, a dessert table could be the answer. Find out how to nail this trend with experts Sugar & Bloom.