If you’re looking to go a little unconventional with your wedding, the cake is a perfect place to do it! Traditional white wedding cakes are beautiful, but if they’re not your style consider a dark wedding cake to create a show-stopping focal point at your reception. A moody cake will look amazing no matter what season you marry in, but especially if you have a fall or winter celebration with bold décor and details.
Whether you go for a glam all-black look or choose to incorporate a few non-traditional colors, these moody cakes are sure to inspire you.
Black & White Beauties
If you want to go full drama for your dark wedding cake, a black and white cake is the way to go. Emily Grace Cakes created a small yet mighty single-tier lemon cake with lemon buttercream and lemon curd filling, then covered it in black frosting and white marbling (top left). To add some texture, they added white pearls and gold dargrees. Hala Sweets used intricate hand piping, stenciling, and palette knife techniques to design this four-tiered stunner (top right). Underneath the delicate details are a vanilla cake, chocolate fudge syrup and dairy-free vanilla frosting, and a vegan chocolate cake on the top tier.
On the bottom left, Little Cakes Cupcakery made a clean and modern all-black single-tier cake. We love how they added a springy pop by adding in large white flowers to the top and the side. Sweet Assurance also utilized bright white floral to complement their striking black and white cake (bottom right).
Dark Wedding Cakes with Flowers
Floral isn’t just for the bouquet anymore. You can add a fresh small arrangement like 651 Studio Floral with this dark pink cake (top left) or go for a striking sugar flower piece that covers almost the whole cake like Sweet Assurance (top right). Ink Sweets also used sugar flowers in this all-black multi-tier masterpiece (bottom).
Another great dark wedding cake color is a rich blue tone. Thirsty Whale Bakery began with a black canvas and incorporated a blue and gray marbling effect (left). To add a luxe feel, they also incorporated gold leaves and gold spray-painted flowers. We love the contrast Little Cakes Cupcakery created with this white and navy cake (right). They also added metallic foil and silver drip and lush deep red roses.
Ornate cakes like these are sure to make your guests stop and stare! This is a fun way to incorporate your wedding theme whether using dramatic textured layers of gold and black or unique Victorian detailing. Look closely at Ink Sweets’ towering four-tier beauty and you’ll see sparkly speckles with serious celestial vibes.
The fun part about going dark with your wedding cake is there is no one way to do it! You can go for a deep tone like Thirsty Whale (top right) or incorporate bright colors with dark details like Hala Sweets (top left). Hala Sweets used beautiful palette knife texturing, fondant, faux flowers, dried florals, and sprinkles to really provide a statement. And you can’t forget the whole point of a cake — indulging! There’s a sweet treat inside with espresso chocolate cake, vanilla cake, and edible chocolate chip cookie dough.
Another beautiful alternative wedding cake color is emerald green. This cake by Hala Sweets is bold, modern, and elegant. They used many elements to curate this detailed cake including buttercream piping, faux flowers, and copper drip. The nude, pink, and metallic elements create a unique 3D effect and make it almost too good to eat!