Your special day deserves an extra-special cake, and we’ve got plenty of show-stopping wedding cake recipes and ideas worthy of celebration. Whether you’re looking for something bold and beautiful or a more understated design, these gorgeous desserts taste just as good as they look.
Lavender Blackberry Cake
Infused with lavender milk and lavender simple syrup, this colourful wedding cake is layered with sweet blackberry jam and a tangy cream cheese frosting. Fresh, fruity and with just a hint of floral notes, top it with a buttercream flower crown.
Cake with Hot Pink Butter Icing
Tap into your inner Ina Garten before you bake this stunning tiered sour cream cake. Full of versatile vanilla flavour, leave the icing white for a classic look or tint it pink for a dramatic dessert.
Chocolate Mint Cookie Cake
Whether it is chocolate mint ice cream or chocolate mint thins, this flavour combination never disappoints. In this case, rich chocolate cake is layered with minty Swiss buttercream before it’s topped with creamy dark chocolate ganache.
For an adorable cake that can be made in a snap, try Molly Yeh’s sprinkles cake. Finished with colourful frosting and decorative candies, it will fit right in at a casual backyard wedding bash.
Spring Mirror Glaze Cake
Learn how to create this beautiful, glossy design right at home. It is easier than you think! Turn your carrot cake, cheesecake or lemony angel food cake into a shiny, pastel coloured treat with real ‘wow’ factor.
Gingerbread Layer Cake with Raspberries and Lemon Buttercream Frosting
This elegant layer cake is light and lovely, layered with a tart lemon frosting and fresh raspberries.
Lemon Meringue Cake
Lemon meringue pie lovers won’t miss the pastry in this light and tangy treat. Sweet lemon curd holds together the lovely citrus cake, while the whole dessert is coated in cloud-like meringue frosting. Top with slices of fresh citrus or whip out your kitchen torch and toast the outside for the classic pie topping treatment.
Chai Layer Cake with Maple Meringue Frosting
For more advanced bakers, this layer cake pulls out all the stops. “Naked” or “half-nude” sides give the finished tower a contemporary vibe, as do the chai and maple flavours found within.
Orange Salted Honey Cake
A heavenly combination of tangy citrus and salted honey custard really sets this decadent, buttery cake apart from the rest. Plus, the petal-like finish will look absolutely gorgeous in your wedding photos.
Spring Carrot Cupcake Bouquet
This beautiful spring bouquet takes the cake! Serve this stunning display of classic carrot cake cupcakes for a centrepiece that tastes as good as it looks.
Blackberry Elderflower Vertical Cake
This fragrant confection with impressive vertical layers is ideal for a spring wedding. Delicate vanilla sponge cake is brushed with an elderflower syrup and frosted with a rich blackberry buttercream.
Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries
This beautifully constructed dessert is stacked with layers of moist vanilla cake, cream cheese icing and perfectly placed blueberries for an awe-inspiring dessert.
Chocolate Berry Cake with Italian Buttercream
This delicious chocolate cake doesn’t skimp on the buttercream. Iced in an ombré petal style, it’s also a treat for the eyes.
Southern Lane Cake
This cake is from the southern U.S. and is a grand dessert, standing almost 10-inches tall! Three layers of vanilla cake are filled with a gooey caramel with pecans, coconut and candied peel and then finished with a meringue frosting.
Strawberry Shortcake Cake
We love this gussied up version of the classic dessert. This entire cake is smothered in a generous layer of cream cheese icing, while each slice contains a layer of fresh, juicy strawberries.
Caramel Whipped Cream Chocolate Cake
This moist and fluffy chocolate cake is layered with a caramel whipped cream, creamy chocolate ganache and topped with dark chocolate curls. Set this towering cake in the middle of your table for a sight your guests will never forget.
Lemon Swiss Buttercream Hatbox Cake
Ready for a pretty retro-themed cake design? You’ll fall in love with this easy and colourful hatbox cake which uses rich Swiss buttercream frosting as the gorgeous ribbon.
Lemon Pie Cake
Light and airy angel food cake is layered with lemon curd and topped with meringue for the ultimate lemon dessert.
Mocha Icebox Cake
Although wafers are typically used in this no-bake dessert, any cookie you have leftover will do so long as the flavours work together. Here, Ina Garten uses chocolate chip cookie crumbs as a layer, so you get little bits of chocolate with every bite.
Beach Themed Summer Party Cake
Swap out the beach-themed topper for a pair of lovebirds and you’ve got a delectable key lime ginger cake with a pretty ombre effect.
Sweetened, shredded coconut added to the batter gives this almond-flavoured dessert a satisfying texture. Covered with sweet cream cheese icing and sprinkled with even more coconut makes this angelic cake even better.
Gateau St. Honoré
This classic French torte is almost too pretty to eat! A puff pastry base is topped with pastry cream and whipped cream, and surrounded by light-as-air profiteroles dipped in caramelized sugar.
Classic Devil's Food Cake
This delicious cake meets the criteria of a classic devil’s food cake, with its dark, rich chocolatey flavour and delicate moist texture.
Beatty's Chocolate Cake
You can’t go wrong with Ina Garten’s classic chocolate cake covered in sweet, creamy chocolate frosting.
Winter Wonderland Cake
Edible glitter gives this snowy white coconut cake a celebratory shimmer. Stunning for a winter wedding, this sweet cake is infused with coconut flavour in the batter, the icing and topping.
Get the recipe for Winter Wonderland Cake
Orange and Raspberry Cake
This simple orange cake covered in a creamy raspberry frosting is delightful. Bonus: the pink-hued wonder starts with a box of vanilla cake mix so it comes together in a snap.
Chocolate Coconut Cake
Espresso brings out the deep and delicious chocolate flavour of this lovely layered cake that gets a sweet and tangy flavour with coconut cream cheese frosting.
Classic Vanilla Cake with Caramel Pastry Cream
You can never go wrong with vanilla. However, it is the caramel pastry cream that is really the icing on this cake (pun intended)! The plain base makes it the perfect canvas for colourful fondant or fresh flowers.
Fondant Covered Heart Cake
As a single tier, this heart-shaped cake with pink buttercream and rose-tinted fondant is just what you need for intimate nuptials. If you are expecting a larger crowd, use heart-shaped pans of varying sizes and stack the tiers to create a romantic tower.
Black Forest Torte
This combination of chocolate sponge cake, cherries and whipped cream may be a familiar one but in place of the often-dry chocolate Genoise sponge, a chocolate chiffon cake base offers the same airiness, but it is also moist and rich.
Chocolate Pumpkin Piecaken
Buck tradition with this spectacular dessert that allows you to have both your cake (and pie) and eat them too. This double-duo dessert is a tasty way to satisfy a couple that can’t decide between cake or pie.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Piecaken
Luscious Lemon Coconut Cake
This may be Anna’s go-to birthday cake, but its delicate combination of lemon and coconut is wonderful for a special occasion like a wedding. It has a sweet and tangy filling, a rich sabayon buttercream, and a flurry of shredded coconut.
Earl Grey Chiffon Cake with Maple Meringue
The unmistakable flavour of Earl Grey tea infuses this fluffy cake, frosted with snow-white maple-flavoured meringue.
This intricate cake of Hungarian origin is made up of eight (yes, eight!) thin layers of sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel fan.
Elegant Raspberry Lemon Torte
Fun, fresh and colourful, this fruity torte is the perfect seasonal dessert.
Mont Blanc Torte
This cake is meant to replicate snowcapped Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, which borders France and Italy and makes a grand statement for dessert.
Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake
Drooling yet? This impressive torte tastes heavenly, but has a dark side in the form of devilishly rich melted chocolate. Chocolate-covered mousse with just a tiny bit of super-moist chocolate cake (yes, more chocolate!), this really is the perfect cake for chocolate lovers.
Hawaiian Lei Cake
A tropical pastry masterpiece! Each layer of this towering beauty is brushed with delectable coconut rum syrup before it’s stacked and iced with passion fruit buttercream. Decorate with gum paste or fondant flowers for a stunning summer wedding cake.
Banana Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
A soft and flavourful banana buttermilk cake is just as delicious as the sweet maple, meringue and cream cheese icing.
Blackberry & White Chocolate Charlotte
Pistachio lady fingers encase this awe-inspiring cake that’s filled with layers of blackberry Bavarian cream and a white chocolate mousse. Arrange fresh blackberries around the edges of the cake, and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
Almond Cake with Key Lime Buttercream and Raspberry Compote
This white chocolate almond cake boasts a delightful mix of tart and sweet thanks to the limes and raspberries used throughout.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Layer Cake
Shake up tradition with this slightly spicy and sweet confection. Cocoa powder, cinnamon and chili powder combine for a flavourful cake that’s unique and addictive. Cool cream cheese frosting is the perfect contrast to this rich, spiced cake.