By Lindsay Cohn

Published on August 29, 2017

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Photography by LUCY MUNOZ PHOTOGRAPHY

The hottest wedding dessert trend? According to Pinterest’s 2017 Wedding Report, “drip cakes are the new naked cakes” with searches up a whopping 437 percent in the last year. And it’s easy to see why.

“Drip cakes have such a wide appeal because they tap into our visceral senses,” says Andrea Boudewijn, chef and owner at Superfine Bakery. “Like seeing someone hot you want to date for the first time…visually they look sweet and accessible, but not so neat and clean that it’s inaccessible—like you’d be afraid to cut into it.”

The best part? There’s a drip cake for every wedding theme. Read on to discover the fanciful confections that are (almost) too pretty to eat.

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Photography by CUPCAKED AND COUNTING

Painterly Pink and Gold

This tri-level treat flaunts two watercolor-painted tiers atop a metallic gold base, decorated with vanilla-infused white chocolate painted with edible gold, sugar flowers—echoing the hues of the bride’s bouquet—and white chocolate-filled, gold-dusted vanilla macarons.

Photography: Cupcakes and Counting  Cake: Cupcakes and Counting

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Photography by ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Very Berry

Cakes can be sexy, right? This naked dessert from Superfine Bakery seduces with alternating layers of dark chocolate and white champagne cake, house-made Fleur de Sel caramel buttercream, a warm Fleur de Sel caramel drip, and juicy berries.

Photography: onelove photography Planning and Design: Michelle Dixon Cake: Superfine Bakery 

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Photography by JULIE SHUFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Pretty in Purple

Who says you need tons of tiers to make a statement? Color and flavor are the co-stars of this monochromatic, blackberry ganache-drizzled cake from Mwokaji Cakery. It’s truly a work of art.

Photography: Julie Shuford Photography  Planning And Design: Winston & Main Cake: Mwokaji Cakery

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Photography by PETERSON DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Tropical Treat

Tying the knot somewhere tropical? This exotic treasure is bursting with lively citrusy hues. A white chocolate ganache drip—colored hot pink for the top and bottom tiers and rose gold for the middle—plus vibrant blooms and real lemon wedges amplify the equatorial allure.

Photography: Peterson Design and Photography  Planning And Design: Erin Hansen Design and Events Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes

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Photography by ANNA DELORES PHOTOGRAPHY

Gold

Dusted

Inspired by fairies and natural psychedelia, this dreamy dessert by Lori Stern casts a spell with its fanciful charm. Rose custard-filled pistachio cake is frosted with vanilla buttercream, drizzled with salty white chocolate ganache, and dusted with edible gold, silver, and iridescent luster.

Photography: Anna Delores Photography Planning And Design: Wild Heart Events Cake: Lori Stern

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Photography by CARI COURTRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Contemporary Cool

A cake fit for an ice queen, or a beach bride. Cool hues, silver glaze, and abstract marbled petals epitomize contemporary elegance.

Photography: Cari Courtright Photography Cake: Honeycomb Dessert & Design

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Photography by TENNILLE FINK PHOTOGRAPHY

Gold is Good

Modern opulence at its best. This gilded cake is dripping with a white chocolate glaze and dotted with bright blossoms.

Photography: Tennille Fink Photography Planning And Design: Him and Her Events Cake: Hansel and Gretel Cakes

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Photography by KOMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Cacti Topped

Planning a desert-inspired soiree? This cute confection is dripping with a metallic sunset-inspired glaze and adorned with caci.

Photography: Koman Photography Planning And Design: Ilana Ashley Events Cake: Frost It Cakery Florals: La Petite Gardenia

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Photography by STEPHANIE ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Boho Bride

Who wouldn’t fall in love with this towering treat? Perfect for the bride who wants a boho twist on a classic white wedding cake. Three towering tiers of naked cake, drizzled with vanilla ganache, and garnished with magenta flowers and succulents.

Photography: Stephanie Rose Photography Florals: R. Love Florals Cake: Jar Cakery

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Photography by CASEY BRODLEY

Liquid Gold

We’re head over heels for this simply elegant sweet. White chocolate painted with edible metallic is a dead-ringer for liquid gold. And if the exterior wasn’t tempting enough, inside is vanilla cake with a trio of fillings: Oreo, hazelnut crunch, and vanilla bean.

Photography: Casey Brodley Planning And Design: Art and Soul Events Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes

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Photography by FELICITY COOK

Turquoise-tastic

Proof you don’t need fondant to create something truly sublime. We love the marriage of semi-nakedness, a vibrant turquoise drip, and fresh strawberries and blooms.

Photography: Felicity Cook  Cake: Felicity Cook

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Photography by MEREDITH LORD

Love’s Arrow

This chocolate caramel cake has a smooth semi-naked finish, giving it that natural organic feel. A caramel drip lends decadence. While a dusting of freeze dried blueberry powder gives it that oh-so-subtle pale lilac color. The finishing touch? An arrow topper.

Photography: Meredith Lord Cake: Pretty Little Details Florals: Magdalen Hill

More cake inspo:

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