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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Planning And Design: Orangerie Events
Flowers: Brides & Bouquets
Cake: Sugar Euphoria
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.
Okay, so this cake is technically charcoal, but with its subtle honeycomb pattern and local Santa Barbara foliage, it’s too stunning to omit.