A wedding cake spectacular: 14 contemporary cake ideas

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Photo credit: McAvoy Photography. Cakes by Beth

Good morning! Who likes cake? And have you chosen your wedding cake yet? I’ve picked some of my favourite wedding cakes from all the real weddings on English Wedding blog over the last few months, and thought it would be a great way to get a little wedding cake gallery going!

Click on the images to see the full wedding and please – if you’re the wedding cake designer and would like a credit, get in touch. (All of these pictures are taken from my real weddings, submitted by wedding photographers)

My top 14 contemporary wedding cake ideas

Tiered wedding cake ideas

These tiered wedding cakes are a contemporary take on the classic shape (and I’m a poet and I don’t even know it 😉

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Butterfly and white chocolate tiered wedding cake. Photo credit: Norsworthy Photography

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London tiered wedding cake idea Photo credit: Vickerstaff Photography

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Choccywoccydoodah tiered wedding cake Photo credit: Tino & Pip

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Bright lego and buttons wedding cake Photo credit: Lucy West Images

Cheese wedding cakes

Not in the least bit cheesy (geddit?!) cheese wedding cakes always look artistic, creative… little sculptures almost! The textured rinds and wrappers with bright flowers get me every time. Look at these beauties!

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tiered cheese wedding cake idea Photo credit: Neil Redfern

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Cheese wedding cake from Kew Gardens Photo credit Martin Beddall

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Cheese wedding cake idea Photo credit James P Lester

Wedding cupcake ideas

Wedding cupcakes can look stunning: there’s an art to creating each individual dinky cake, and also to arranging them beautifully! Here are a few of my favourite wedding cupcake ideas:

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Striking tiers of purple encased wedding cupcakes Photo credit: Chris Hanley Photography

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Flamingo themed wedding cupcakes for Wendy Bell's Kensington Roof Gardens wedding Photo credit: Green Olive

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Assorted wedding cupcake ideas Photo credit Pippa Mackenzie

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Wedding cupcakes for a country garden theme Photo credit Pippa Mackenzie

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Oh so glamorous wedding cupcakes Photo credit: ARJ Photography Cheshire

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Purple wedding cupcake idea - Photo credit Eliza Claire

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Pure white wedding cupcakes Photo credit Pete Barnes

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Spots and stripes wedding cupcakes Photo credit McAvoy Photography

I can see why choosing a wedding cake is such a big decision! I love all of these… I’d be torn, I think, between the pure white cupcakes, the cheese wedding cakes and of course that fabulous Choccywoccydoodah tiered wedding cake.

Which is your favourite? Are you a wedding cake designer? You can continue the blog post by adding your own wedding cake images using the comments form below. Just upload a picture, 600 pixels wide please (bigger pics can break my blog a little bit!) to showcase your wares!

Claire xx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • jenny McAvoy
    8 years ago

    I love cakes and think cake designers are amazingly talented. The choice is endless-the only limit your imagination! had a gorgeous Easter heart shaped cake recently and really had to resist pinching the mini eggs 🙂

  • Charlotte
    8 years ago

    A gorgeous selection of wedding cakes!

  • Liz Chatfield
    8 years ago

    Great to see so many lovely different designs, always inspirational for new ideas!

  • Nice post, great minds and all that! See link below!

  • Zucchero
    8 years ago

    Gorgeous pictures. Love the cupcakes – so pretty.

    Check out a picture of a croquembouche that we designed. It’s a tower of delicious profiteroles covered in spun sugar. Something a little different?

  • Claire
    8 years ago

    Ooooh… more beautiful, delicious-looking cakeyness – I love it!
    Jenny I remember seeing the mini egg cake, it’s gorgeous! Charlotte, yours is so pretty – and Zucchero: a fabulous croquembouche. (I’ve never tried one… would love to)
    Thanks for all your lovely comments – Liz too (just off for a peek at your site now)
    Claire xx

  • Loulabelle
    8 years ago

    The butterfly cake is magical and the London scene is superb. But I love the Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake one… The colours are fab and it has a retro vibe… Lovely xxx

  • Hi there,

    I was just showing these cakes to my girlfriend and she absolutely loves them. You’ve given her aspirations for our wedding, I’m not quite sure if she intends on making them herself though.

    Do you have any links for the makers of the cakes?

    Kind regards,

    Matthew from desire disco.

    • Claire Gould
      8 years ago

      Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for your comment. To answer your question if you click on the images of the cakes you like they’ll take you to the original blog post. If I was given the cake designer’s information at the time, then that’s where it will be.

      Hope that helps!

      Claire x

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