Single Tier Wedding Cakes: 18 Irresistible Designs

It's true what they say - good things come in small packages!


If you’re worried about going overboard with your reception and potentially overspending on your wedding budget, then there are loads of ways you can reign in the costs – like opting for a delicious single tier wedding cake as opposed to a tower of tiers that's taller than you.

Single tier wedding cakes may be small but that doesn’t mean that they have to make any less of a statement. From rustic naked wedding cakes to unusual wedding cakes for the more quirky couples, we show you why single tier cakes rule with these 18 designs.   

Simply Beautiful

white single tier cake

Image Credit – The Kedleston Country House

We’d have a huge smile on our faces too if that cake were in our hands. This elegant single tier design has beautifully textured icing and the most exquisite floral topper. If it’s simple and beautiful you’re after in a wedding cake, this could be the design for you.

Pastel Pinks

Pastel single tier wedding cake

Image Credit – Kelly Neil

This semi-naked single tier wedding cake brings pretty pastel colours together with fresh floral décor to create a seriously beautiful design. Serving a smaller wedding cake with extra treats like doughnuts is a really nice way to accentuate your dessert table without having to pay for a five-tier cake.

READ MORE: Doughnut Wedding Ideas

Autumnal Vibes

Autumn single tier wedding cakes

Image Credit – Stradsett Hall

This single tier wedding cake is perfect for couples planning an intimate, rustic wedding. The autumnal colours and addition of fruits and seeds makes for a picture-perfect woodland finish and we just adore the rough icing finish.

READ MORE: Semi-Naked Wedding Cakes

Deliciously Dripping

Image Credit – CAKED by Carissa

Have you ever seen a single tier wedding cake look so delicious? No, neither have we! The chocolaty finish and Autumnal shades make this pudding look utterly to die for, and who doesn’t love a drip wedding cake?

READ MORE: Mouth-Watering Chocolate Wedding Cakes

Summer Fruits

Image Credit – Pablo Merchan Montes

The best thing about this single tier wedding cake is the combination of textures. The crumble, sponge and icing all offer different and delicious elements, and the vibrant colours of the edible flowers and fruit topping give the wedding cake a desirable summer feel.

READ MORE: Beautiful Buttercream Wedding Cakes

Chocolate Layers

Image Credit - Booootiful Cakes

Perfect for an intimate wedding filled with chocolate lovers, this layered cake looks like a real crowd-pleaser. 

Fruity and Fabulous

Image Credit – Dollybird Bakes

If simple colours and fruity flavours are what you’re looking for in a wedding cake, you’ll adore this design. The combination of fruit, dried leaves and dripped icing make this single tier wedding cake simply irresistible.

READ MORE: Glamorous Gold Wedding Cakes

All the Florals

Image Credit - Krista Mcphee

Couples looking for a single tier wedding cake that still packs the wow-factor should consider a beautiful floral topper just like this one. It's almost the same size as the cake itself and would look beautiful on a desert table at any wedding!

Wonderfully Winter

Image Credit – Sarah Elliott Photography

Couples planning a winter wedding should definitely consider a single tier wedding cake like this one. The ivory coloured icing and green foliage make for the perfect finishing touches, and we love the understated size. A wedding cake doesn’t have to stand three-foot-tall to look beautiful and this style proves that.

READ MORE: Wonderful Winter Wedding Cakes

Gold-Tipped Feathers

Single Tier Feather Cake

Image Credit - Little Bear Cakery

This beautifully quirky cake from Little Bear Cakery gets a thumbs up from us for its arty design. Metallic wedding cakes are also popular for weddings right now, so the gold sparkle on the feathers is right on trend, plus this adds an injection of glamour to the cake.

Simple Silver

Faye Cahill Single Tier Wedding Cake

Image Credit - Faye Cahill

Make a real statement with your single tier cake with a bold finish, like this chic metallic wedding cake with a simple flower decoration. 

READ MORE: Stunning Silver Wedding Cakes

Pastel Drip Cake

Don't Tell Charles Single Tier Wedding Cake

Image Credit - Don't Tell Charles

This cake is pretty perfection, combining a dusky pink base with cream drip icing and geometric shapes featuring a gold leaf finish.

READ MORE: The Prettiest Pastel Wedding Cakes

Textured Metallics

Caked by Clarissa Red Single Tier Cake

Image Credit - CAKED by Carissa

This stunning cake, from Caked by Carissa, is a real style statement. The textured metallic finish is super contemporary and almost industrial, which works in real contrast to the fresh flowers on top.

READ MORE: Gorgeous Rose Gold Wedding Cakes

Gold Foil Finish

Caked by Clarissa White and Gold Single Tier Cake

Image Credit - CAKED by Carissa

This is another gorgeous creation from Caked by Carissa. The pretty white textured icing with touches of gold is so simple and elegant, and the perfect canvas for the bright, floral decorations – check out the sprinkle of gold on the strawberries!

READ MORE: The Most Stunning Floral Wedding Cakes

Pastel Greens

Image Credit - Booootiful Cakes

This drip wedding cake has the most beautiful pastel green tones making it the perfect choice for a spring wedding!

READ MORE: Delicious Drip Wedding Cakes

Chocolate Wrapper

Single tier chocolate wedding cake by The Natural Cake Company

Image Credit - The Natural Cake Company

This single tier chocolate wedding cake looks just heavenly, with layer upon layer of tempting chocolate, all on a single tiered wedding cake. The rustic addition of wheat and lavender to the roses makes for a unique yet interesting topping that complements the rich, brown colour of the cake. 

READ MORE: Dreamy Chocolate Wedding Ideas

Beautiful Bows

Willow and Bloom Single Tier Cake

Image Credit - Willow and Bloom Cakes

What this cake lacks in size, it more than makes up for in romance. The intricate icing detail, pretty flower decoration and triditional bow are super pretty! 

Classic Chic 

Sophie Victoria Joy Single Tier Cake

Image Credit - Sophia Victoria Joy at Not on the High Street

Simple and beautiful, this white wedding cake is free from fuss. If your wedding theme is stripped back and really sophisticated, you have to consider having a wedding cake like this!

For more beautiful wedding cake inspo, be sure to check out our round up of sparkly wedding cakes - they're to die for... 


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