The 20 Best Small Wedding Cakes for Your Big Day

look these small wedding cakes if your big day is more intimate than extravagant.

They’re just as fancy and tasty, not to mention inexpensive!

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No matter the theme, location, or time of year, these small wedding cakes will make your day even more special.

From simple vanilla and sparkling lemon-blueberry to decadent chocolate and dreamy caramel, there’s something here for everyone.

And don’t worry, this is a fondant free zone!

So try one, or try them all. Because there’s no rule about having more than one cake, right?

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I know what you’re thinking, but vanilla is truly spectacular when done right. And white is probably the safest option for a wedding.

So between the smooth vanilla cake and the silky smooth frosting, you know everyone will love it!

Of course, you can liven up this cake with ease. For example, keep the exterior white and use a dark chocolate cake for a bright contrast.

Or better yet, try an ombre look with different shades of pink, yellow, blue, whatever.

I don’t think nude pastels go out of style. They are elegant, simple and look incredibly stunning with just a few pops of color on top.

Also, I know many people who scrape excess icing off a slice of cake. And with this one, you don’t need to worry about that kind of waste.

The sponge is incredibly moist, and there’s just enough frosting between the layers to ensure every bite is melt-in-your-mouth.

Oh, and did I mention the raspberries? They are stuffed between layers of sponge for bright bursts of fruity color.

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I don’t know about you, but my heart sinks when I see fondant cakes at weddings.

They look fantastic, I’ll give them that. But they are so cloyingly sweet and often a little dry.

That’s why I prefer something simpler, like this sweet vanilla cake.

Where the bare cake above has a very thin layer of frosting on the sides, this one doesn’t. Instead, you’ll be piping the filling to give it a neat edge.

Also, remember that the cake can dry out on those edges if you don’t cover them. So grab some plastic or acetate wrap to keep it cool!

Looking for a unique wedding cake? This lemon elderflower dream is like nothing you’ve ever tried.

You get a bright hint of fresh lemons that beautifully complement the floral elderflower.

Every bite is savory, sweet, tropical and delicate. Although lemon curd is certainly deliciously tart.

If you’re planning a summer wedding, you can’t beat this pretty strawberry layer cake.

Combine a light vanilla-infused sponge with layers of fresh tart strawberries, mascarpone cream, and buttercream.

And even though it’s only three layers, it’s surprisingly tall, thanks to the use of whole strawberries.

It’s a towering three-tiered cake that is light, fruity, and very pretty and understated.

From summer through fall, this carrot cake is the ideal cold-weather dessert.

It’s packed with cinnamon and nutmeg, along with lots of buttery, crunchy nuts.

Deliciously warm yet light and airy, it will have your guests begging to take home a piece.

Cream cheese frosting is a must for carrot cake. But maybe add a caramel drizzle too!

This Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake is for the sweethearts who don’t like their cakes too sweet.

From the vibrant citrus to the colorful, fruity berries, it’s just the right amount of sweetness and tartness.

Vanilla cake is a delicious backdrop that allows the fruits to shine. Meanwhile, the creamy lemon buttercream is light and fluffy. Delicious!

My favorite thing about spiced cakes is that you can add bright, deep-colored fruits and flowers to them on top, and they look right at home.

And this mix of cinnamon sticks, purple flowers, and figs is effortlessly dazzling.

As for the cake itself, you’ll add cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, and cloves to the batter, along with chai-infused milk.

So it’s super fragrant and wonderfully spicy.

Sweet, juicy strawberries with soft, floral almonds is a match made in wedding day heaven.

And this High Altitude Strawberry Almond Cake brings bright bursts of decadent strawberry sweet almond to every slice.

It’s simple, deliciously pink, and super flavorful.

If chocolate is more to your liking, you have to try this delicious chocolate mousse cake.

You start with a fluffy, rich chocolate cake base, on top of which you’ll add chocolate mousse and white chocolate.

The layers are stunning, and the white chocolate brings a nice creamy sweetness to combat all that decadent cocoa.

Top it with chocolate ganache, fresh berries, and flowers, and you’re ready for pictures.

Where are all my coconut fans?

This coconut walnut cake gets a double dose of flavor thanks to the coconut milk in the cake and coconut simple syrup.

The syrup brings a lot of added flavor and ensures that this cake will be ultra moist and tender.

The cream cheese is great and all, but nothing beats the mild sweetness of the mascarpone.

In this cake, you’ll add vibrant raspberry jam between the layers and a decent layer of mascarpone cheese frosting, making it creamy, fruity, sweet and tart.

I love how the berries stand out in the photos. But feel free to use other jams or fillings. Mascarpone goes well with just about anything!

This Chocolate Raspberry Naked Cake is a beauty.

That decadent, dark, deep chocolate cake looks amazing with the luscious pink raspberry frosting.

And it’s so easy to recreate! A master class in piping is not required!

Do you need a gluten-free cake for your big day? Try this impossible rich and tender recipe for chocolate cake.

Combine a light and fluffy sponge cake with a dreamy chocolate buttercream filled with real dark chocolate.

This cake is so fantastic your guests won’t even know it’s gluten free!

Almonds may be sweet, but they just don’t have the stunning color that pistachios do.

Now then! She just looks at how pretty those green walnuts look with the pink petals.

It is super simple but so effective.

And yes, the cake is as tasty as it looks. There are finely chopped pistachios and cardamom right in the batter, so it has a nutty flavor and is delicately spiced.

There is nothing more romantic for a wedding than a rosewater and vanilla layer cake.

No matter what time of year your wedding is, rose and vanilla are always in season.

And while rosewater smells very floral, it tastes sweet when combined with cream and vanilla, just like Sweethearts.

It’s simple, elegant, and the perfect romantic cake for your big day.

Red velvet is a bold cake to choose for a wedding, but if you cover it entirely in white icing, it will fit in with any color scheme.

That being said, it looks quite stunning with the sides uncovered so the bright colors can shine through.

Top it with fresh flowers and fruit, or keep it simple with cake crumbs and piping.

You can’t go wrong either way.

If your wedding has a purple theme, this is the cake you’ll want to serve.

Between the blackberry buttercream and fresh blackberries and flowers on top, it’s a lavender lover’s dream.

Thanks to the lime zest, the cake has a delicious hint of citrus, and nicely complements and enhances the deep berries.

And while I think it’s pretty perfect as-is, for more flavor and color try adding blackberry jam with the frosting in between.

This caramel cake is reserved for those of us who are crazy about caramel.

The sponge is incredibly rich and moist, and the frosting is light and fluffy. But let’s be honest, you’ll want seconds for that caramel finish!

Where are all my chocolate fans? If you can’t get enough of chocolate, this Chocolate Truffle Cake is worth checking out.

Pair a devilishly buttery chocolate cake with an indulgent chocolate frosting.

It’s easy to whip up, but the finished product is quite the spectacle.

Take the presentation over the top and decorate it with chocolate chips or flakes and delicate chocolate rosettes along the edges.

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