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A white wedding cake is one of the most traditional desserts you can serve at your reception, but that doesn't mean yours has to be boring. Your wedding cake should be a reflection of not only your wedding theme but also your personality, from the flavors inside the cake to how you decorate the tiers. Whether you choose fondant or buttercream frosting, white serves as a blank slate for so many different designs—we've picked 20 stylish cakes you can use as inspiration when searching for your cake baker or attending your first cake tasting.

Check out all the ways you can decorate a white wedding cake for any season or style. 

Alexandra Wallace Photography
Alexandra Wallace Photography

Cake by Crushcakes Cafe

Geometric stripes

Your cake baker can use fondant strips to create a chevron pattern on your wedding cake. The geometric element looks ultra chic when you use a monochromatic, white-on-white color scheme. Finish with fresh flowers on top to add soft contrast to the hard lines. 

Amanda Eloise Photography
Amanda Eloise Photography

Cake by Just You & Me Cakes

Climbing florals

Adorn a basic white buttercream cake with colorful flowers climbing up one side, like this assortment of orchids and tulips. This idea looks even cooler with an elongated cake—stack multiple tiers of the same size together and finish with frosting. 

Cakebee
Cakebee

Ruffled layers

This definitely isn't your traditional white wedding cake. The ruffled layers, which can be created using either fondant, wafer paper, or piped buttercream, are whimsical and artistic if you're looking for something totally unique. A tonal color palette of white, ivory, and barely-there pink will give this type of cake the right amount of color without being over-the-top. 

Ella Farrell Weddings
Ella Farrell Weddings

Cake by Gorham Village Baking Co. 

Coastal details

If you're getting married at the beach or having a tropical wedding theme, consider decorating your cake with ocean-inspired details. Seashells (whether real or sugar) and edible pearls, called dragées, will immediately turn a white wedding cake into a mermaid-worthy confection

Lark Cake Shop
Lark Cake Shop

Personal cake topper

Spice up an otherwise basic white cake by adding your personality with a custom topper. This couple chose miniature figurines of themselves, but you could also showcase your favorite love quote, your pet, or your wedding date. 

Pinnel Photography
Pinnel Photography

Cake by MJB Cakes

Deckled edges

Deckled edges are a more subtle take on the ruffled layer effect, and they're one of our favorite wedding cake trends of the moment. The word deckled refers to an intentionally uneven edge, as pictured on this cake—you can add a hint of color to the edges to enhance the texture even more.

Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Lace appliqués

Lace-inspired details are a sophisticated way to decorate your cake for a classic or formal theme. Add in delicate Swiss dots for a timeless design. 

Foreman Event Co.
Foreman Event Co.

Monochromatic blooms

Flowers are one of the easiest ways to decorate a cake, no matter what time of year you're getting married. Work with your cake baker and wedding florist to choose three or four types of white flowers you can use to finish your wedding cake. 

Caitlin Paige Photography
Caitlin Paige Photography

Cake by Cakebee

Stone effect

You've seen marble cakes, but what about stone cakes? Concrete may not sound like the most appetizing way to describe your wedding cake, but we can't deny that this stone effect is totally unique. It's an unexpected option if you're looking for something your guests have never seen before! 

MCG Photography
MCG Photography

Cake by Ashley Bakery

Textured buttercream

Sometimes, simple is best! If you're not into overly embellished cakes, a few well-placed roses and a gold topper will give your white wedding cake an elegant, no-fuss look. 

Mary Alice Hall
Mary Alice Hall

Cake by Lux Sucre Cakes

Fall foliage

Look to your wedding season for ideas on how to decorate your cake. For fall weddings, your florist can set aside some colorful foliage in yellow, burgundy, and green hues, which will pop against white fondant or buttercream. 

Riverland Studios
Riverland Studios

Cake by Swank Desserts

Cake trio

Why have one wedding cake when you can have three? Instead of a single three-tier cake, split it into three different cakes to make more of an impact. A trio of white wedding cakes with buttercream frosting will work for any season or venue. 

Brian Barney/Shutterstock
Brian Barney/Shutterstock

Handmade sugar flowers

Real flowers are always pretty, but sugar flowers will turn your wedding cake into a work of art—your guests will be blown away at the level of detail. We love the softness of this pale yellow, blush, ivory, and green color palette. 

Liz Fogarty
Liz Fogarty

Cake by Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Gold leaf accents

If you're incorporating metallic accents into your decor, add a bit of shimmer to your wedding cake too. Decorate a white fondant cake with edible gold leaf and display it on a table with votive candles and a satin tablecloth for a romantic, glamorous look. 

Cassi Claire Photography
Cassi Claire Photography

Cake by Palermo's Custom Cakes & Bakery

Pastel posies

Pale blue and pink flowers are a popular way to decorate a white wedding cake for springtime events. Personalize yours by adding a special cake topper or even a hand-piped monogram. 

Frost It Cakery
Frost It Cakery

Greenery vine

If you're going for a minimalistic wedding theme, keep your cake super simple—think one or two greenery vines and swirled buttercream frosting to add texture. 

Makenzie Photography
Makenzie Photography

Cake by Lilac Patisserie

Gold rings

Trim each tier of your white wedding cake with metallic gold piping or edible paint. Finish the design with clusters of white flowers, like roses, ranunculus, and phalaenopsis orchids, to create a glamorous, luxurious dessert. 

byPensa
byPensa

Abstract stems

Use long-stem flowers to decorate your wedding cake in a unique, whimsical way. This elongated two-tier cake is perfect for a spring or summer wedding thanks to the sweet peas, delphinium, and greenery stems. 

Morgan Hunter Desserts
Morgan Hunter Desserts

Ombré frosting

Use ombré frosting to add a hint of color to your white wedding cake. Finish the design with coordinating flowers, like these blush pink roses. 

Studio Adele
Studio Adele

Cake by Swank Desserts

Mini meringues

Here's an idea we love for anyone with a big sweet tooth (guilty!). Instead of using a cake topper or fresh flowers to decorate your cake, cover the top with miniature meringues for a French pâtisserie-inspired vibe.