Make your wedding cake ideas come to life with a stunning design that looks as good as it tastes. There are so many different types of cake available that it can get a bit confusing. But fear not! Here’s how to choose the perfect wedding cake for your reception…

Tiered cake

The original wedding cake design – a multi-layered cake, with each layer separated by columns, and open space between those layers. Still really popular – always elegant and stylish. Some brides choose to decorate the space between their tiers with fresh flowers, which we think looks particularly elegant.

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This design originates from Australia and is created by building up a number of same sized cakes on top of each other to look like one, tall cake, which is then decorated.


This design is extremely popular, consisting of three or more layers of cakes stacked on top of each other without the traditional columns. Suggested decorations include fresh flowers, figurines or a cake topper.


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This design has a really modern feel and as the name suggests, is created in a lopsided style. This is the perfect design if you’re planning an Alice in Wonderland theme or you want a quirkier look to your centrepiece.

Fairy cakes

A tower of fairy cakes really adds the wow factor to any reception. Miniature square cupcakes decorated with letters to spell out words like love and marriage can make a striking centrepiece for your guests to talk about. Alternatively, you can have round cakes sat on different tiers, making up a taller tower. Or if you’re planning a vintage theme, why not arrange your cupcakes on a vintage cake stand? Or for a really unique touch, you could give each cupcake its own individual favour box and place a personalised thank you note for each guest inside.

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Themed cakes

Let your imagination run wild and create a cake that is personal to you both… Maybe a cake in the shape of suitcases if you met while travelling or Cinderella’s castle if you’re having a fairytale wedding.


A glamorous alternative to a sponge cake, the croquembouche originated in France and is a tall conical or pyramid-shaped tower of profiteroles filled with cream and covered in caramel, peanut brittle and spun sugar – totally delicious and sure to be a big hit with your guests. Many couples chose to serve this as their dessert, too.


Chocolate curls are used in a variety of ways; they can be used to decorate the edges of the cake and help contain fruit or they can be the main feature of the cake.

Smooth chocolate

Usually these cakes take on the design of a stacked cake but are covered in smooth, sleek chocolate instead of icing. They look almost shiny and would work well with an autumn or winter theme because they look really rich and indulgent.


Decorating your cake with shards of milk, white or dark chocolate will give it a really intricate feel – perfect if you’re looking for a highly detailed cake to be the centrepiece of your reception.

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Shaped cakes

Round, square, heart, hexagonal, petal… the possibilities are endless. Some shapes are more complicated to ice than others and this may therefore impact on the price you pay.

Hot trends

Sumptuous chocolate cakes are very fashionable at the moment. They look divine, taste delicious and, of course, everyone loves chocolate!

Why stick to a traditional fruit cake recipe when there are so many variations to choose from? Lemon, carrot and orange are some of the hot new favourites, especially for spring or rustic, festival-style weddings.

There’s no better way of decorating your cake than with fresh flowers. They will add colour, dimension and look absolutely stunning in your pictures. Cake toppers are also a great way to add real character your wedding cake – find your favourites now at the Wedding Ideas Shop.

If you’re looking for some more great ways to create a show-stopping cake, check out our Wedding Cakes section today!