Naked Wedding Cakes

Long gone are the days of cakes layered in thick fondant, waiting to be scraped off by guests. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, the frosting-free look may be for you. These naked concoctions are chic, sophisticated, and beautiful—not too sweet, but just sweet enough. The exposed look of naked wedding cakes make them that much more interesting and can easily be spruced up with some fun decor! Surprisingly, there are also plenty of style options to choose from when it comes down to the display!

If you’re interested in this cake trend, keep on reading.

Cascading Blooms

By far some our favourite naked wedding cakes are the ones that include fresh flowers adorned around the cake. When arranged between tiers, blooms add the right whimsical and romantic touch!

(Photo by Mi Belle Photography)
Berry Pretty

Since naked wedding cakes expose what would normally be a mystery under thick frosting, don’t be afraid to have fun with the flavours! By having a fun component like fruit-flavoured filling with fresh berries, it enhances the overall natural-looking aesthetic of the cake and makes it that much more appealing to eat! Plus, having the filling contrast against a rich chocolate cake is berry pretty.

Naked Wedding Cakes
(Photo by Julina Marie Photography)
Squared Away

Sometimes less is more. In this case, the clean-cut and modern design of this naked wedding cake makes a bold impact without all the decorations. The coordinated colours keep it looking sophisticated and elegant!

Naked Wedding Cakes
(Photo by The Schultzes)

For a wedding cake trend that doesn’t appear to be going out of style anytime soon, naked wedding cakes are for you! While the term “naked” implies that they are plain or bare, the reality is that they are far from it. These naked beauties are guaranteed to steal the show at your wedding, asides from your dress of course 😉 . Between the endless options of frosted layers, bare sides, little to no icing, and pretty garnishing, a naked wedding cake will never be boring!

For more naked wedding cakes and inspiration visit The Knot.

Brushstroke Wedding Cakes

When it comes to your wedding cake, the designing and flavor options are endless. A popular staple for wedding cakes has been the watercolor style. We now found a new trend that is up and coming quickly – brushstroke wedding cakes.  The overall look is part impressionism and part designer’s color palette. These cakes combine smatterings of broad sweeps and dabs of saturated color. Need some inspiration? Check out some that we found below that will take your dessert to the next level.


Painterly Pinks & Blues

To capture a soft and romantic look, have the tiers painted a soft pastel shade. Pretty pinks and navy blues featured in the above image are a match made in heaven. Go for an imperfect look, so you can see where the brush stopped and started. Adding a single flower will just complete this already artful look.

Chocolate Brushstrokes

Create this striking and edgy look for you wedding cake with the help of the Moscow-based bakery Kalabasa. This Russian bakery is known for doing crazy-cool things with colorful brushstrokes made from chocolate – yum! To create this look, the cake designers melted modeling chocolate until it was soft enough to spread. Then they used a pastry brush to swipe it onto parchment paper. Once the edible brushstrokes hardened, they were carefully placed on cake tiers.

Handpainted Brushstrokes

Handpainted brushstrokes convey an artistic and playful vibe. This is perfect if you’re hosting a colorful and whimsical wedding reception.

Different Strokes

If you want to go with a bright and modern look, opt for a single tier that’s decorated in painterly brushstrokes. Pair it with vibrant wafer-paper flowers to finish off the design.


Blue & Gold

The combination of blue and metallic gold is everything! The contrast between the two colors give off a rustic vibe that is perfect for the bohemian style wedding.


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Wedding Cake Alternatives

If you’re a traditional bride, you’ll most likely go with the classic cake and desserts. For the not-so traditional bride, we have wedding cake alternatives for you that you might want to consider for the big day.


Cinnamon Buns

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These aren’t typically at weddings, which is why your guests will fawn over them all night long!  They’re a sweet and delicious alternative to a classic cake.

Ice Cream

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If you’re planning a summer wedding than this ice cream bar is the perfect addition to your menu. Keep it cool for your guests with different flavored ice cream cones.

Cookie Bar

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We don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good cookie. This cookie bar buffet is a great idea. To save money, you can feature friends and family recipes – store-bought cookies are a great option too!


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This French dessert took the world by storm. Not only are they one of the prettiest desserts, they look even better posing as a cake.


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Cupcakes are known to be one of the most popular wedding cake alternatives. Make your cupcake display stand out by adding unique decor all around it.

Candy Buffet

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Everyone has a sweet tooth, so why not put out a candy display. Gather a variety of your favorite candies that match your color scheme (this is optional of course) and invite each of your guests to fill a bag up and take it home.

We hope your inspired to try out any of these alternatives to a classic wedding cake. Even if you are a traditional bride, stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t so bad – especially when cookies and candy are involved!


4 Non-Conventional Wedding Desserts

There’s a lot to think about in preparation for your big day and dessert is definitely one of those things. It’s important to keep in mind that although wedding cakes keep to the traditional wedding conformity, they aren’t necessary by any means! Better yet, it’s best to keep your own unique tastes at the top and customize the desserts to your liking. If cheesecake is near and dear to your heart, then let cheesecake be the indulgent treat of the night.

There are some great ideas out there that we came across and wanted to share with all of you! These are 4 Non-Conventional Wedding Desserts that will have you thinking outside the box and aiming for the stars.

Keep on reading to find some wedding dessert inspiration!

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