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White may be the quintessential wedding hue, but it’s certainly not the only option. More and more brides are choosing decidedly darker shades—and, yes, even black. For those looking to break with tradition, the latter can be a welcome departure from the sea of bridal ivory, ecru, and cream. From black diamond engagement rings to onyx frosted sweets, noir can be totally nuptial-worthy. Scroll on for the ultra-chic confections that will make you rethink the classic white wedding cake.

Gilded With Blooms

Sleek black fondant, gold leaf, and bold blooms (made with edible wafer paper) imbue this tri-level treat with a sense of dark garden-esque grandeur.
Planning And Design: Creative Flow Design
Florals: Tango and Fox
​Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop

Black and Metallic Luster

This onyx fondant-clad confection serves up some serious glamour. MJB Cakes used a blend of (silver, light blue, charcoal, shiny black, and navy blue) luster dust to echo the effect of sequins on a dress.

Venue: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Planning And Design: Vanessa Noel Events Florals: Stella Bloom Designs​ Cake: MJB Cakes


Petal Perfect

Who says black has to be macabre? Smooth (and scrumptious) dark chocolate is elaborately embellished with silver-dusted, bas-relief molding and sugar flowers (petite roses, anemone, and forget-me-nots).

Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard Planning And Design: Abany Bauer Cake: Maggie Austin Cake


Black With White Flowers

We can’t take our eyes off this incomparably striking sweet, featuring two black fondant-wrapped layers and a cascade of snow-white sugar flowers.

Cake: Sweet & Saucy

Masculine Yet Feminine

Inspired by the interplay of masculine and feminine, this cake is comprised of four unique layers. Thoughtful details, like marble, geometric inlays, and light pink petals, bring it all together.

Venue: Kestrel Park Planning and Design: Vanessa Noel Events Florals: Coco Rose Design Cake: Paper Cake Events


3D Accents

With its coal color, unexpected angularity, and 3D gold and white flower embellishments, this treat hits the trifecta. The result is quietly elegant and eye-catching.

Moody Garden

For this woodland wedding in Upstate New York, Nine Cakes emphasized texture with a moody color palette, sugared flowers (anemone, ranunculus, hellebore, blue thistle, jasmine, and sapphire berries), and sprigs of foliage.

Cake: Nine Cakes

Beautifully Baroque

With its exaggerated elements and rich contrasts (matte black and Marsala-hued blooms), this decadent design captures the drama of the baroque era.

Venue: Rixey Manor in Virginia Planning And Design: A Daily Something Florals: Loda Floral Design Cake: Dulce Custom Cakes


Fashionable Florals

Influenced by the runways, the second tier of this towering onyx treat flaunts a floral-printed, edible wafer paper overlay. The finishing touch? Handmade mauve and earthy green sugar flowers.


Simple yet statement-making, this contemporary cake features metallic brush strokes and a geometric gemstone topper.

Venue: The Mims House Planning And Design: Orangerie Events Flowers: Brides & Bouquets Cake: Sugar Euphoria

Art Deco

Modeled after the couple’s wedding invites, this lavish indulgence is ornamented with gold royal icing. If you look close enough, you can almost see the grandiose gatherings of the Great Gatsby era.

Charcoal Honeycomb

Okay, so this cake is technically charcoal, but with its subtle honeycomb pattern and local Santa Barbara foliage, it’s too stunning to omit.