While you should plan to hire a cake baker and schedule your cake tasing about seven months before the big day, it's never too early to start thinking about your wedding cake—we can agree that dessert is one of the best parts about getting married, right? If you're saying 'I do' in September, October, or November, you have a lot of options when it comes to fall wedding cakes and finding a design that you love. From simple buttercream confections decorated with greenery, to elaborate marble cakes and trendy drip icing, we're sharing some of our favorite autumnal cakes to give you some ideas.
Here are 23 mouthwatering fall wedding cakes for every style.
Cake by Lowcountry Flour Girls
White buttercream cake
A white buttercream cake is a wedding staple. You can make this classic dessert totally your own by personalizing it with flowers, greenery or a decorative cake topper and cake stand. Dark red mums, blush rosed, and olive branches are a gorgeous combination for a fall wedding.
Cake by Loft22Cakes
Black frosting cake
Black frosting will instantly give your fall wedding cake an unexpected, edgy look. This style is ideal for a modern wedding (or even a Halloween wedding!). Add drip icing, succulents, and white buttercream to balance out the daring black details.
Cake by Cake Bueno
The semi-naked cake trend isn't going away anytime soon. For your fall wedding, pair a semi-naked cake with caramel drip icing, gold-dipped fruits, lush roses, and mini cakes to create a decadent dessert spread.
Gold leaf cake
Metallic details are't just for your wedding decor—you can use edible metallic paints and foils to add a bit of shimmer to your wedding cake, too. Take a simple two-tier cake to the next level by adding a contrasting layer of gold leaf, then complete the look with fresh flowers in muted tones (like the orange ranunculus and blue thistle on this cake).
Cake by Colleens Cakes
Romantic piped rosettes
If you're having a fall wedding cake with three or more tiers, it's a great opportunity to incorporate a variety of patterns and textures. Ask your wedding cake baker to decorate each tier differently for a unique effect. Elegant pink frosting rosettes are made even prettier when you add fresh flowers, like these roses and peonies.
Cakes by Fairy Cakes Virginia
Abstract orange cake
If you haven't already heard, orange is one of the trending wedding colors of the moment. Even better, it's a spot-on color choice for fall weddings! Incorporate a pop of this bold color into your reception decor by opting for an orange wedding cake—and if that's too much, a gradient frosting effect like the one seen here will immediately tone down the vibrancy. Add fall foliage and voilà.
Succulents are a no-brainer for a bohemian or outdoor fall wedding. These plants are beautiful enough on your own, so all you need to showcase them is a simple white buttercream cake!
Moody moon phases cake
If you're thinking about going goth for your wedding day, you'll love this moody one-tier cake decorated with moon phase decals, gold drip icing, and a topper that says it all: 'til death.
Fresh fruit is another yummy way to decorate your fall wedding cake. If you're getting married at a vineyard or a winery, grapes are a must-have detail—use bunches of grapes to separate the tiers of your cake or let them cascade down the side like a waterfall.
Red and gold is one of the best color combinations for fall weddings. GIve a miniature two-tier wedding cake some major personality by using red fondant, edible gold leaf, and fresh figs as garnish.
Cake by DeClare Cakes
Calling all chocolate lovers: you can have your wedding cake and your favorite candy all in one place. If flowers and greenery aren't your thing, a cluster of unwrapped candy bars, cookies, and chocolates looks just as enticing on top of your wedding cake.
Cake by Bakehouse
Decorate your fall wedding cake in marbled fondant to really wow your guests. This swirly print is ethereal, modern, and totally one-of-a-kind—no two marble patterns are exactly alike! Add a few touches of metallic gold leaf, then top off the cake with fresh flowers and greenery.
Cake by Amaranth Creative Co.
Drip icing started out as a trend a few years ago, but it's safe to say that this technique has since become a staple in the wedding cake industry. The great part about it is the versatility—you can use essentially any type of icing or syrup to create the dripping effect, whether you choose a rich chocolate sauce, zesty lemon drizzle, or a berry glaze.
Apples go hand-in-hand with fall wedding season, and that doesn't have to strictly mean serving apple pie or apple cider during your reception. You can use apples in your wedding decor and even to accent your wedding cake—miniature apples look so cute sitting on each tier of a fondant wedding cake.
Cake by Park Ave Cakes
Wedding cakes with elongated tiers—tiers that are taller than they are wide—are perfect for creating a contemporary, statuesque look. This pumpkin orange wedding cake, which was inspired by high-fashion design, looks like a museum-worthy masterpiece.
Enhance an all-white wedding cake with greenery and a hand-piped macramé design for a free-spirited, retro '70s vibe.
Cake by Acuna's Custom Cakes
Monochromatic color palette
This rosy-hued wedding cake is almost all one color, but the different textures and combination of tonal shades keep it from feeling boring. Pick a main color for your wedding cake and then experiment with flowers, colored foils, and even table linens that are all in the same color family to complete the display.
Cake by Electric City Bakehouse
Pink and red hues
Decorate a red velvet cake with buttercream frosting, drip icing, pink flowers, and a rose gold topper for a majorly romantic confection.
Instead of fresh flowers, decorate your fall wedding cake with artistic hand-painted flowers. The great thing about this idea is that the flowers can be as abstract or as realistic as you'd like—your wedding cake baker can provide a variety of options when it comes to different edible paints (called lustre dust), piping techniques, and floral designs.
Blue and burgundy
A blue wedding cake is completely unexpected, and that's exactly why we love it (not to mention that blue is currently the color of the year). For a fall wedding, decorate a light blue cake with rich burgundy flowers, like dahlias, scabiosa, ranunculus, or carnations.
Cake by Nona's Sweets
Can't choose between a traditional wedding cake or cupcakes? You can have both! A small one-tier cake is perfect if you want the photo of you and your spouse cutting the cake, but cupcakes will be easier for your guests to enjoy on-the-go, since they don't require flatware or plates. A wooden display tower is on par with a rustic fall wedding theme.
Modern black and white
A sleek white fondant cake is ideal if you're having a modern or minimalist wedding theme. Abstract black details and paper flowers on the front of the cake give it an edgy-cool vibe.
Use a cascade of fresh flowers as a simple way to decorate any fall wedding cake, whether you choose buttercream or fondant frosting.