By Elly Leavitt

Published on August 4, 2017

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Photography by ELIZABETH MESSINA

There’s nothing wrong with a little tradition, but when you’re looking to add a little flair to your big day, a standard wedding cake just won’t cut it. An unconventional wedding requires an unconventional cake, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite creative confections that make a memorable finale.

 
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Photography by ANNA HARDY

Elegant Naked Berry and Flower Cake

This berry and flower cake is almost too pretty to eat (almost!). Created by Welsh bakery Petal-à-Pot, it perfectly blends floral and fruit for the ultimate showstopping dessert.  

Photography by @annahardyphoto on Instagram

 
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Photography by MERCEDITAS BAKERY

Heart of Chocolate Primaveral Cake

Merceditas Bakery’s chocolate cake is springtime perfection. As an added bonus, it’s surprisingly healthy: The cake itself doesn’t have butter, milk, or eggs.  

Photography by Merceditas Bakery

 
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Photography by ELIZABETH MESSINA

Vanilla Naked Layer Cake

There’s something rustic-looking about a “naked” cake, and the addition of chamomile and blackberries lend a perfectly deconstructed feel to this layer cake made by Annie Campbell.  

Photography by @elizabethmessina on Instagram

 
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Photography by PAULA O’HARA

One Layer Pastel Cake

Who says wedding cakes have to be massive, extravagant affairs? This one-layer cake created by Gift Cakes features a simple buttercream and is topped with romantic florals designed by Bella Botanica.  

Photography by Paula O’Hara

 
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Photography by PETRA VEIKKOLA

Layered Dripping Chocolate Cake

While the theme of this wedding was simple and minimal to reflect traditional Finnish design, the layered cake created by Gaggui Kaffela with dripping chocolate was anything but. The mix of fruit such as figs and blackberries with floral (we love the blend of flowers with sprigs of green!) made for a striking dessert.  

Photography by Petra Veikkola

 
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Photography by MATTHEW O’BRIEN

Red velvet and Honeycomb Cake Dripping with Salted Caramel & Pistachio Toffee

The topping alone on this stunning cake merits celebration, but the combination of flavors is what really makes it stand out: Layered with red velvet, vanilla bean, and honeycomb, Alita O’Brien’s creation is finished off with salted caramel and pistachio toffee for a truly unique flavor.  

Photography by Matthew O’Brien via @tome____ on Instagram

 
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Black Forest Pavlova With Chocolate Mousse

This dessert is proof that a wedding cake doesn’t actually need to consist of, well, cake. Katelyn Williams’ black forest pavlova includes dark chocolate mousse sandwiched between layers of chocolate-swirled meringue.  

Photography by The Kate Tin

 
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Photography by JENA CARLIN CREATIVE OF LITTLE RUSTED LADLE

Wild Berry Pound Cake with Mascarpone Yogurt Cream

This dark and dramatic-looking cake is every bit as decadent as it looks. The Rusted Ladle’s wild berry pound cake is a bolder take on regular pound cake, and uses mascarpone yogurt creme as a great alternative to frosting.   

Photography by Jena Carlin Creative of Little Rusted Ladle 

 
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Chocolate Brushstroke Cake

This is not so much a cake as it is a veritable work of art. Moscow bakery Kalabasa melted chocolate and used a pastry brush to create edible brushstrokes that adorn the sides of this cake.  

Photography by Kalabasa bakery 

Related reading:

13 Show-Stopping Wedding Cake Alternatives
14 Non-Traditional Wedding Bouquets That Wow
50 Refreshing Ideas For The Unconventional Bride   

 

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