10 Wedding Cake Trends of 2018 You'll See All Over Instagram

Mar 9, 2018 at 1:08 p.m. ET
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Whether you're a bride, groom or guest, everyone knows the best part of a wedding is the cake. From elaborate multitiered confections to more rustic bakes made with love by a family member, sharing something sweet with everyone in attendance is a delightful way to kick off a marriage.

This year, wedding cakes will run the gamut: Not only will we see dramatic black cakes for the goth brides among us, but sparkling geode cakes are also still going strong. Let's take a look at the biggest wedding cake trends of 2018 — and for you brides- and grooms-to-be, maybe this list will help you decide which wedding cake trend is right for your special day.

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Geode cakes


Geode cakes with plenty of crystal detail will still be a favorite in 2018.

Succulent cakes


Beautiful cakes adorned with succulents give a green-thumb touch to any wedding.

Marble cakes


Elegant marble swirls are a subtle but elegant choice.

Black cakes


Make a statement at your wedding with a dramatic black cake.

Watercolor cakes


Pastel watercolor-style cakes work well for spring and summer weddings.

Super-realistic flower cakes


For an entirely edible cake, consider decorating with super-realistic buttercream flowers.

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Hand-painted cakes


The attention to detail in a hand-painted cake can't be beat.

Wedding dress cakes


Instead of wedding toppers, look for cakes decorated with the couple or with bridal dresses ending in 3-D frosting.



Gold fondant and edible gold flakes will add some shine to wedding cakes this year.



Geometric details add some fun whimsy to your cake.

A version of this article was originally published in January 2018.