Don't get us wrong, we love an elaborate wedding cake, but there's also something so chic and stylish about a simple wedding cake. After all, with relaxed celebrations and minimalistic décor rising up the ranks in wedding popularity, a fuss-free dessert might be what you're looking for.
Simple wedding cakes tend to stick to classic designs, but that doesn't mean they have to be dull. In fact, they can sometimes have more of an impact than a big, bold bake. You can scatter delicate dried flowers on a single-tiered cake, add a touch of glitter to a buttercream base, or even make a statement with a clean, all-white creation.
However you choose to have your wedding cake, we've kept things subtle and sweet with this round-up of 41 simple wedding cakes that prove basic is anything but boring.
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1. Simple Wedding Cake with Greenery
If you're opting for an extravagant wedding cake stand, you'll want to keep the cake itself simple. A few elegant fronds of greenery will complement a white buttercream wonderfully and look seriously stylish.
2. Textured Buttercream Simple Wedding Cake with Baby's-Breath
Textured buttercream is an easy way to add interest to a simple wedding cake. It looks so effortless and would be a great option if you were thinking of making your own wedding cake! Better yet, finish the ensemble off with a dreamy and delicate Baby's-breath base.
3. Simple Wedding Cake with Single Pink Flower
A pop of pink from a bright bloom will look really effective on a plain white wedding cake. You can match it to your wedding bouquet and décor or go for something completely different!
4. Simple Wedding Cake with Playful Pup
We couldn't resist adding this playful pup to our round-up - he's had a sneaky taste of the cake before anyone else. Trust us when we say this wedding cake will be a huge hit with guests (and make a great Insta shot too!). Wanna base it on your own pooch? You can buy a whole array of different dog cake toppers at The Hitched Shop.
5. Naked Simple Wedding Cake with Citrus
A destination wedding wouldn't be complete without this zesty naked wedding cake topped with citrus fruit. Sipping on an Aperol Spritz in the South of France with a slice of this beauty? Don't mind if we do.
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6. Abstract Simple Wedding Cake
Cool couples will adore this contemporary, abstract and simple wedding cake. It would look amazing in a warehouse wedding venue and the design is so unusual we bet you won't have seen it before.
7. Cactus Simple Wedding Cake
Green and white is a fail-safe wedding colour scheme and what better way to incorporate it into your cake than with white textured buttercream adorned with cacti. We think it will be lovely for a wedding in the warmer months.
8. Winter Wonderland Simple Wedding Cake
There are a few clever cake tricks that can be used to take a simple wedding cake to the next level, one being icing sugar. A simple smattering over the top of a winter-themed design will look like a snowy wonderland. We also adore how rosemary sprigs give the illusion of mini pine trees.
9. Wrapped Icing Simple Wedding Cake
Chic, elegant and sophisticated are three words that come to mind with this simple wedding cake. The fondant has been cleverly wrapped around and brushed with delicate metallic gold strokes for a fabulous finish.
10. Simple Wedding Cake with Metallic Leaves
This gorgeous wedding cake is giving us Grecian vibes and would look wonderful if you're opting for an ethereal wedding day. You could even recreate this cake yourself by painting a branch with gold spray paint - just make sure it's edible!
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11. Dried Rose Petal Simple Wedding Cake
A simple scattering of dried rose petals on your wedding cake is a brilliant idea if you want to add a touch of colour to a simple design without it being too much. They've included green icing here too for the leaves, but we think chopped pistachios would be a great alternative.
12. Heart Simple Wedding Cake
Feeling the love? You will be if you opt for this heart dotted single tier wedding cake. It's really simple yet so effective and will look adorable while you and your partner cut the cake.
13. Naked Simple Wedding Cake with Lavender
A naked wedding cake is a trendy choice, and this one carries a relaxed vibe thanks to its rustic finish. Fresh lavender and a dusting of icing sugar bring a romantic feel and tie it in with the countryside surroundings.
14. Simple Wedding Cake with Peonies
English peonies are in season during the warmer months, so if you're getting hitched in summer what better way to pay homage to this glorious flower than adorning your wedding cake with them? It might be simple but it'll look spectacular.
15. Raspberry Simple Wedding Cake
Raspberries not only look pretty placed onto a wedding cake, they taste great too! Pair with white chocolate buttercream and a jam-filled sponge, and everyone will be asking to take a slice home.
16. Dried Wildflower Simple Wedding Cake
Set a simple white wedding cake off by decorating it with dried wildflowers. If you're having a whimsical woodland reception, this could be the cake for you.
17. Textured Simple Wedding Cake with Pinecones
You can certainly stick with a traditional two-tiered, all white wedding cake if you're opting for something simple, but consider taking it up a notch with a few beautiful pinecones. They look lovely as they are but could also be painted with gold for even more elegance.
18. Ombre Simple Wedding Cake with Pink Roses
This vanilla cake is a fail-safe option for all wedding tastes. The subtle blush ombre icing is romantic and looks really pretty with pink roses.
19. Simple Wedding Cake with Daisies
The couple who had this simple wedding cake got married at a barn yard venue. The dainty daisies matched perfectly with the rustic flower filled meadows where they said 'I do'.
20. Eucalyptus Simple Wedding Cake
Eucalyptus is a popular choice when it comes to wedding cake décor and this stunning cake proves why. It's an evergreen plant so can be used no matter season you're getting married in, plus with over 300 species available it won't be hard to get hold of!
21. White Floral Simple Wedding Cake
This cake by Cutter & Squidge is simple and elegant from the outside but bursting with flavour on the inside. Choose from carrot, Eton mess, lemon, raspberry, double chocolate salted caramel and hazelnut chocolate.
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22. Dried Fruit Simple Wedding Cake
A simple wedding cake doesn't have to be plain white - we love the subtle sunset hue of this bake paired with vibrant dried orange slices. It's a real showstopper and will stand out in the best way.
23. Simple Wedding Cake with Gold Foil Trim
Gold foil detailing on wedding cakes is the height of elegance. Pair with a distressed white buttercream and you have yourself a simple yet elegant masterpiece. It'll also look stunning in photographs when the foiling catches the light.
24. Contrasting Textures Simple Wedding Cake
Forget cake decorations, you can create a spectacular wedding cake just by playing with buttercream textures. We love how this cake has contrasted the smooth tier with a vertical stripe pattern on the lower tier.
25. Tropical Leaf Simple Wedding Cake
If you're getting married in paradise climes, or perhaps in a sub-tropical greenhouse, this tower of elegant confectionary is an excellent choice. The cheese plant and fern leaves will give a nod to your surroundings and make a big impact.
26. Dried Flower Simple Wedding Cake
You've probably seen neutral-themed, boho weddings all over your Instagram and Pinterest feed as they're a favourable choice for a wedding day theme. If you're looking to create something similar, a great place to start is with a cake like this natural dried flower number.
27. Victoria Sponge Simple Wedding Cake
It doesn't get much more simple than a good old fashioned Vicky sponge. A guaranteed crowd pleaser, it would be a lovely idea to add a personal touch to your wedding day by whipping one up yourself or having a family or friend bake one - Mary Berry's recipe is so easy!
28. Celestial Simple Wedding Cake
If you're dreaming of a celestial-themed wedding day, you'll be over the moon with this astrological cake. Putting your star sign on one tier and your partner's on another would be a seriously sweet idea.
29. Kintsugi Wedding Cake
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of glueing broken pottery pieces back together with gold, built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections you create something more unique and beautiful. This cake is a gorgeous representation of cherishing your partner for better and worse.
30. Blackberry Simple Wedding Cake
If you're having a black tie wedding day, this blackberry chocolate cake will look stunning. With semi-naked buttercream and plenty of rich fruits, this sweet is certainly reception ready.
31. Romantic Simple Wedding Cake
Want a timeless design that will never date? Opt for a classic, three-tiered cake adorned with white roses and you can't go wrong. Not only will it look gorgeous, it ensures you won't look back on your wedding photos in years to come with regret!
31. Lemon Meringue-Style Simple Wedding Cake
A beautiful wedding cake topper can take a simple design up a notch and we love this bronze heart decoration. It matches perfectly with the lemon meringue icing which makes the bake look like it has come fresh from the oven.
32. Black & White Simple Wedding Cake
Don't be afraid to make a statement with a black wedding cake contrasted with white florals. Your guests will be seriously wowed!
33. Clean Simple Wedding Cake
Equally, a plain white cake can make just as much of a statement as an out there design. You could even add a playful touch by filling the cake with sweets that spill out when cut!
34. Simple Wedding Cake with Daffodil
Calling all couples getting hitched in spring! The Daffodil vegan cake from Confection by Rosalind Miller is iced in gold speckled duck egg blue buttercream and topped with a handmade sugar daffodil. Available in chocolate coconut, lemon blueberry and vanilla raspberry, we're drooling at the thought.
35. Simple Wedding Cake with Iced Flowers
This cake brings together two hot trends - the semi-naked sponge and the DIY look. How adorable are these hand iced flowers that create a laidback yet pretty effect?!
36. White Petals Simple Wedding Cake
This cake is a prime example of how simplicity can be stunning! If you prefer a laid-back style, choose a wedding cake with a sleek silhouette and elegant, minimal decorations like this four-tiered fondant beauty.
37. Polka Dot Simple Wedding Cake
The polka-dot icing here feels so chic, and we love the nostalgic nod to traditional weddings this cake is giving us. It's a style that wouldn't look out of place at a contemporary country house celebration or a rustic garden party.
38. Doughnut Simple Wedding Cake
There are no rules to say you can't have a simple yet mouthwatering mountain of delicious doughnuts on your dessert table. You can buy 24 Krispy Kreme doughnuts for under £17.
39. Mini Victoria Sponge Simple Wedding Cake
Individual cakes are a great way of serving dessert at an intimate celebration. They look so sweet and mean you won't have a whole cake that might not get eaten if you don't have a large guest list.
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40. Retro Simple Wedding Cake
Kitsch and retro cakes are all the rage and we're obsessed with taking this trend into the wedding world. The lavishly piped retro icing on this cake is gorgeous and can be done in pink, blue and lilac too.
41. Simple Cheese Wedding Cake
Three delicious wheels of exquisite cheese may look simple but will certainly stand out on your wedding day. Consider incorporating cheese options from countries you and your partner have travelled to together for a personal touch.
If you're having a simple wedding cake, you might want to go all out on the rest of the dessert table. Check out these amazing wedding dessert table ideas for inspiration.