cake with pink drip icing and fresh flowers on top
Salted Sweets

Two-tier cakes are like the goldilocks of the wedding dessert world: they're not too big, not too small, but just right. Depending on the width of the tiers and the portion size, a two-tier wedding cake can serve several dozen people, which makes it a good option if you're having a medium-sized wedding. Choosing a two-tier cake might also mean you'll spend less than you would on a larger cake—according to a recent WeddingWire study, the average cost of a wedding cake is $500. Your cake baker will ultimately be the judge when it comes to deciding exactly how much cake you need based on your budget and guest count, but it always helps to prep yourself with the basics.   

Use these two-tier cakes to start brainstorming ideas for your own wedding dessert table.    

white fondant cake with caramel drip icing, pink flowers, and pink macarons
Kiss from Fleur

Drip icing

This yummy cake trend isn't going away anytime soon. Drip icing instantly turns your cake into a photo-worthy confection, especially when you add other unexpected accents, such as macarons and gold-dipped berries. From raspberry to dark chocolate and caramel, you can use almost any type of icing or glaze to create the drizzle effect on your two-tier cake. 

white buttercream cake with red and white flowers
Bakerture Photo & Video

Cake by South Street Under

Flower clusters

We love wedding cakes with flowers, simply because they're so pretty to look at. Work with your florist and baker to design a cake that incorporates the same types of flowers you're using in your wedding bouquets or centerpieces. 

white fondant cake decorated with metallic gold foil and dark red peonies
Merari Photography

Gold leaf

You can create contrast between the two tiers by covering the base tier entirely with edible gold (or silver) leaf. Add a few abstract pieces of gold leaf to the top tier, along with fresh flowers to make the design really stand out. 

white fondant cake with dried sea oat branch
Pavlo Melnyk/Shutterstock

Contemporary minimalist 

If you prefer a less-is-more aesthetic, you'll love this chic two-tier cake. Thanks to the smooth white fondant and barely-there dried grass accents, this cake is perfect for a minimalistic wedding theme

two-tier cake with orange bottom tier and orange flowers decorating the side
Katherine Elizabeth Photography

Cake by Whipped Cakes and Confections

Orange accents

This bold color is everywhere right now, and your wedding cake is a great way to get on board with the orange wedding trend. The copper details, fresh dahlias, and hints of burgundy make this cake ideal for late summer or fall.

white wedding cake decorated with white three-dimensional flowers made from sugar
Lark Cake Shop

3D flowers

A white-on-white color palette creates an elegant, timeless look. Use sugar flowers to add a playful springtime vibe to a two-tier wedding cake. 

black wedding cake decorated with halved figs, white roses, and blue thistle
The 101

Moody colors

Feeling bold? Decorate your wedding cake with black fondant or buttercream, then add flowers, figs, and a gold geometric topper to create an edgy, moody aesthetic

light blue wedding cake decorated with sugar flowers and fresh orange ranunculus
Grapefruit & Thyme Cake Design

Cascading appliqués

Here's another example of a monochrome wedding cake. A sky blue, two-tier cake is classic-with-a-twist when you add orange ranunculus and a band of sugar flowers. 

red velvet cake decorated with partial buttercream and glossy red glaze on top
Hoste EventsAnna Delores Photography

Mirror glaze

The glossy effect on this two-tier cake is called a mirror glaze, and it can be done in almost any color (even marbled patterns that resemble tie-dye!). Ask your baker how you can incorporate it into your own cake—we're obsessed with how this red mirror glaze matches the red velvet cake peeking through the buttercream icing. 

wedding cake displayed on a table surrounded by tall candles and flower arrangements
Pavlo Melnyk/Shutterstock

Bohemian neutrals  

A cinnamon-colored rose and a dried grass stem is all it took to transform this two-tier buttercream cake into a bohemian-themed dessert. Display your cake on a table with ivory taper candles, a beige gauze runner, and a simple flower arrangement to complete the look. 

blue swirled wedding cake decorated with metallic gold foil and magenta flower
Him & Her Photography

Cake by Lowcountry Flour Girls

Marbled pattern

Give your wedding cake a modern design by adding a marbled fondant tier to the bottom. Finish with edible gold leaf pieces and flowers that match your wedding colors.  

wedding cake decorated with large white roses and greenery vines
CakeWorks

Greenery vines

Lush garden roses and greenery vines will instantly make a buttercream cake look beautiful, no matter your wedding season. Gold cake topper optional but encouraged! 

a wedding cake displayed on a cake stand, decorated with red flowers
Love Me Do Photography

Dramatic pops of red

If you're having a winter wedding, this romantic red, gold, and white cake is a gorgeous option, especially around the holidays. Combine different types of red flowers, such as ranunculus, tulips, and dahlias on each tier of the cake. 

plain white wedding cake decorated with fresh blackberries, halved figs, and grape bundles
J.J. Au'Clair

Fresh fruits

You can use almost any type of fruit to decorate your two-tier wedding cake, it just depends on the look you want. Citrus fruits, like lemon and orange slices, are perfect for summer weddings and tropical themes. Berries, grapes, and figs are most often used to decorate fall and winter wedding cakes because of their darker, richer colors. 

wedding cake decorated with colorful brushstrokes and flowers
MeewMeew Studios

Cake by Cake Fanatics Maui

Whimsical brushstrokes

For a casual wedding theme, your baker can decorate your cake with artistic brushstrokes using edible paint. This is an easy way to add color to white fondant, and it's especially whimsical when you add bright flowers. 

white buttercream wedding cake decorated with greenery vines and white flowers
Pavlo Melnyk/Shutterstock

Textured buttercream

Buttercream icing isn't meant to be perfectly smooth (that's what fondant is for), so if you're opting for a buttercream wedding cake, why not embrace the texture? A 'grooved' effect gives your cake a unique look and creates the perfect base for adding flowers, greenery, or a custom topper

oversized cookies layered with frosting and stacked to look like a cake
Tim & Kylee Photography

Stacked cookie cake

Looking for alternative two-tier wedding cake ideas? Try a cookie cake! This option works with practically any type of cookie, so choose your favorite (we vote for chocolate chip) and get excited. 

light pink wedding cake decorated with white stripes and dark red flowers
Jamerlyn Brown Photography

Cake by Kim's Cottage Confections

Pink stripes

It's not every day that we see a striped wedding cake, but this cute pink confection is selling us on the concept. A striped cake decorated with piped rosettes would be a sweet addition to a vintage or shabby chic theme

wedding cake decorated with unique woven pattern on the front
McLain's BakeryAlyssa Barletter Photography

Woven details

Turn your wedding cake into a true statement piece by decorating it with a unique woven accent. There are a couple of ways your cake baker can do this: either by using real ribbon strands, or by rolling out long fondant pieces to resemble ribbons (ones that you can ultimately eat when the time comes!).