Wedding cakes have always been part of British tradition since Medieval times. The past was very far removed from the stunning creations we see today. In fact the cake would be thrown at the bride as a sign on fertility – not something I can imagine any of our brides wanting to happen! It wasn’t until the 18th century that the traditions we are now familiar with became popular. Looking over the course of history it’s interesting to see how convention is constantly evolving. Now brides have a lot of choice when it comes to their wedding cakes, some don’t even have cakes at all. Whether brides are traditional or more adventurous we have some amazing wedding cake ideas.

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Elaborate Wedding Cake

At The Frostery in Lancashire, no cake idea is too elaborate. For this Peckforton Castle wedding, they created this amazing three-tier wedding cake. Ornate gold detailing made it a stunning centrepiece as well as a delicious evening treat!

The Frostery wedding cake

Three Tier Simplicity

This stunning three-tier cake from Champagne Cakes is simple and elegant with a rustic edge. When choosing a simple wedding cake including flowers really elevates the design. The bride had the cake dressed with Margaret Mason flowers and the table with the bridesmaid’s bouquets when they had finished using them.

three tier wedding cake at hoghton tower

Naked Cake

A baker will tell you there is nowhere to hide when it comes to a naked cake. Luckily the team at For Goodness Cake did an amazing job on this wedding cake. Who can resist light sponge adorned with summer fruits? These cakes might look less complicated but they are actually pretty difficult to create as there is no icing to cover any mistakes.

Naked wedding cake

Wedding Pie

During the 17th century, the ‘Bride Pie’ was very popular. It has seen a resurgence of a kind in recent years. Many people just don’t like sweets and would rather have something savoury for their guests. It makes a lot of practical sense too. After one too many celebratory drinks a bit of pie is just what the doctor ordered! This amazing creation is from Higginsons of Grange.

Higginson wedding pie

Doughnut Cake

Perhaps the most unique wedding cake ideas we have ever seen was this amazing tower of doughnuts! I don’t think there is anyone who would complain about having a Krispy Creme doughnut! If the couple wants to do away with tradition completely they could have a doughnut wall set up for guests to enjoy.

Krispy Creme wedding cake

Cake Table

This is a great option for the bride who wants it all! The talented team at The Dish That Ran Away With the Spoon create a cake table with a whole range of treats for guests to tuck into. Can’t choose between brownies, red velvet cake, carrot cake and cupcakes? Then don’t!

wedding cake table

Blue And Gold Cake

A lot of wedding cakes that we see are in pale and muted colours. We love when a couple chooses bold colours for their wedding cake. The gold detailing really adds a touch of glamour to this chic cake. Adding real flowers to the cake is always a nice touch.

Navy blue and gold wedding cake

Classic Elegance

You can’t get much more elegant than this gorgeous cake from Stephanie and Will’s Abbeywood Estate Wedding. Three classic pale pink tiers with a ruffle effect. Cheshire Cakes really hit the mark with this stunning wedding cake.

Simple wedding cake

Treat Table

For those who like sweet treats but don’t like traditional sponge cake, why not have a treat table? Fill the table with all your favourite treats from brownies to flapjacks. It’s a great way to cater to lots of different tastes and make sure each guest has something they will love. We love anything that encourages grazing throughout the evening, a table is a great idea and guests can keep popping over to have a little nibble.


wedding treat table

Hand Painted

This stunning cake from Pink Cocoa featured beautiful hand-painted eucalyptus leaves to match the couples wedding invitations. Hand made sugar roses decorated the top of the wedding cake. Such a beautiful cake!

Pink Cocoa wedding cake

We hope you have got some ideas for your own wedding cake design, whether you are keeping with tradition or going completely out of the box. For more wedding cake ideas take a look at our Pinterest. Each of the suppliers on this list are amazing at what they do. Discover more luxury Manchester wedding suppliers, everything from DJ’s to wedding cars.

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