Elegant Wedding Cakes

The cake is the crown jewel of any wedding reception. Browse this collection of confections that are sure to amaze and inspire.

  • Amaretto Cream Wedding Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: Beth Dreiling

    Amaretto Cream Wedding Cake

    Inspired by ribbons and lace and reminiscent of fine china, this cake will be the focal point of your wedding reception. The cake layers are classic and generously coated with a sumptuous apricot glaze that complements the amaretto batter and the buttercream frosting.

  • Tiered Poppy Seed Wedding Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: William Dickey / Styling: Cari South

    Tiered Poppy Seed Wedding Cake

    If you're planning a small wedding or an at-home reception, stack two layers to serve 25 guests. Stylist Cari South incorporated an upside-down candy dish as the support between the layers. You can use an heirloom from your family or purchase a new one as a keepsake.

  • Dogwood Blossom Wedding Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: Tina Cornett / Styling: Mary Lyn H. Jenkins

    Dogwood Blossom Wedding Cake

    Our Dogwood Blossom Cake is a melt-in-your mouth white cake with a smooth blackberry filling. From the fondant dogwood blossoms to the white satin frosting, this cake is clearly an elegant centerpiece for springtime receptions.

  • Pansy Wedding Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: Tina Cornett / Styling: Mary Lyn H. Jenkins

    Pansy Wedding Cake

    Peach lovers will want to check out this colorful cake, which features peach filling sandwiched between yellow cake layers and topped with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting and Crystallized Pansies. Though the recipe calls for orange, yellow, and white pansies, you could choose other colors that coordinate better with your wedding.

  • Chocolate Velvet Groom's Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: Tina Cornett / Styling: Mary Lyn H. Jenkins

    Chocolate Velvet Groom's Cake

    Although groom's cakes are not traditionally served in all regions of the country, guests often appreciate having an alternative to the traditional bride's cake. This version features a nutty pecan filling that guests are sure to love.

  • Bridesmaid Baby Cakes
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: William Dickey / Styling: Cari South

    Bridesmaid Baby Cakes

    Bridesmaid Baby Cakes can be personalized with each attendant's initials. The batter is the same one used in the larger wedding cake, but Jan baked the Poppy Seed Cake in a jellyroll pan and cut it into flower shapes. For a formal affair, use white-on-white frosting or monochromatic hues. Experiment with contrasting colors for a casual look.

  • Peaches-and-Cream Wedding Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn H. Jenkins

    Peaches-and-Cream Wedding Cake

    Feeding the first slice of cake symbolizes the bride and groom's commitment to each other. At that memorable moment, why not have a cake that looks beautiful AND tastes delicious? Fondant Peach Blossoms with a blush add a breath of beauty and elegance to this Peaches-and-Cream Wedding Cake.

  • Small Tiered Cluster Cakes
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: William Dickey / Styling: Cari South

    Small Tiered Cluster Cakes

    These small, tiered treats with 3-inch-round bases lend elegance to an intimate engagement party, tea, or dinner. The cake was cut into three graduated circles with cutters. Jan then stacked the layers on a wire rack and coated them with Poured Fondant to make about one dozen cakes.

  • Garden Bridal Cake
    Southern Living Foods Editors, Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn H. Jenkins

    Garden Bridal Cake

    The Garden Bridal Cake is a wonderful option for smaller, less formal wedding ceremonies. A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and blue ribbon reflects its summery garden theme.

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