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20 Breathtaking Black Wedding Cakes

Last weeks post on delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake (hope you didn’t miss it, it was a corker!) got me thinking about how else today’s couples can express a little individuality and create a wow with their wedding cake. And one of the easiest ways that came to mind was colour, and in particular black! Before you scream and run away, just bear with me for a moment! You see whilst suggesting a black wedding cake might make your Nanna fall off her rocker, it really isn’t as crazy as it sounds. As well as making a real style statement, a black wedding cake is definitely something your guests won’t forget, they can also look as delicious as they taste! Don’t believe me? Just take a look – I have rounded up 20 of the most breathtaking…..

20 Breathtakingly Beautiful Black Wedding Cakes

Whilst white wedding cakes are timeless, and will never go out of fashion, couples have been making the departure away from this traditional hue for a while now. Choosing instead to go with a colour, or indeed a dessert other than a cake, that better reflects their style, tastes and love. For some reason though, it’s still considered unconventional to choose a black cake.

But Black isn’t just for Halloween, goths and ghouls! And black wedding cakes can look just as wow as their lighter counterparts. A little moodier and verging on sultry yes, but also opulent and sophisticated. So I am hoping these might convince you that black wedding cakes are a beautiful alternative to the traditional white – and will make for some seriously stunning pictures on your big day!

Black Wedding Cake

De Coeur Bake Shop, Photography ~ Mariel Hannah via Grey Likes Weddings

Black Wedding Cake

Dulce Custom Cakes, Photogrpahy ~ Megan Noonan Photography via Artfully Wed

Matt Black Wedding Cake

Dream Slice Cakes, Photography ~ Kristen Curette via 100 Layer Cake

If you’re still worried about losing the romance factor with a black wedding cake, fear not. From classic, floral-covered tiers to ruffles, metallics and creative calligraphy covered blackboards, there are just as many, if not more, decorative options with a black wedding cake as there are with a white one. Here are a few of my faves….


Create a blank canvas with some simple black icing and then decorate accordingly…..

Chalkboard Black Wedding Cake

For Goodness Cakes, Photography ~ The Willetts | Wedding Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Chalkboard Black Wedding Cake

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., Photography ~ Taylor Abeel Photography via Wedding Chicks

A meaningful quote or song lyric – and a cute cake topper will add to the charm!…..

Chalkboard Wedding Cake

Amaesing Cakes, Photography ~ Pixie Rouge Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

Simply have your names beautifully handwritten on it…..

Chalkboard Wedding Cake

Artisan Cake Company

Or how about letting some fresh flowers brighten it up….

Chalkboard Wedding Cake

Frost It Cakery, Photography ~ BETSI EWING STUDIO via SMP

Of course you don’t have to go chalkboard, you can just keep the finish matt for a chic look….

Matt Black Wedding Cake

Nutmeg Cake Design, Photography Hudson Nichols Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Matt Black Wedding Cake

Blooming Flour Bakery, Photography ~ Ashley Slater Photography via The Hunted Interior


High Shine

Or add some gloss for a slightly more modern and refined look…..

Hi Shine Black Wedding Cake

Pretty Please Bakehshop, Photography ~ Milou + Olin Photography via Burnetts Boards

I love the addition of the preppy striped ribbons on this one!

Hi Shine Black Wedding Cake

Clayton Austin via SMP



Or up the detail with some texture! How about some rough icing for a woodland wedding…..

Black Wedding Cake 10b

Artistic Bites, Photography ~ Nerinna Studios via Something Turquoise

Soften the effect with some watercolour, marbling and gilding….

Watercolour Black Wedding Cake

Buttercream Bakeshop, Photography ~ Michael and Carina Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Add lace, damask, cameos and roses for a Victorian vibe (which is so on trend this year!)

Gothic Black Wedding Cake

Sweetlake Cakes

Incredible Victorian Black Wedding Cake

Sweetlake Cakes


Or layers of romantic ruffles…..

Ruffled Black Wedding Cake

Cake Fix, Photography ~ Kate Wark via Bajan Wed


Last but not least, whether iced or fresh, florals have extra pop against the contrast of a black background. And choose the right flowers and your cake can look like a dutch masterpiece – what can be more romantic than that?

Square Black Wedding Cake

Lina Veber

Floral Black Wedding Cake

Hey there, Cupcake! via Southbound Bride

Floral Black Wedding Cake

SweeterE, Photography ~ Found in Love via WedLuxe

See what I mean by breathtaking? And I don’t think anyone could argue these cakes don’t look every bit as beautiful in black as they would do in white! I hope you’ve pinned your favourites, but if you want to pin all of them at once just click here for a special collection I created for you!

If those still haven’t convinced you that when it comes to wedding cakes black is the new white I don’t know what will! If you’re still not sure though, you will find lots more wedding cake inspiration of the traditional kind over on CVB’s Wedding Cakes Pinterest board and Wedding Dessert Tables board. Or for more ideas inspired by the seasons, take a look at wedding cakes perfect for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter right here.