22 wedding cakes that don’t look like wedding cakes

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I like doing cake round-ups if you haven't noticed. I've done groom's cakes, cupcake displays and geeky wedding cakes so far. But sometimes some offbeat wedding cakes defy categorization. Here is a round-up of some wedding cakes and don't actually fit the “wedding cake” mold…

The Wheat-Full Wedding Cake
Flickr member redowa submitted this pic to or Flickr pool and explained the story behind it, “We had no idea what we wanted in or on the cake. As we were talking with our baker, we started to get excited and wanted to draw… so she found us paper and some Crayola markers. We ended up drawing a perfect day from a kid's sketchbook. The baker dutifully reproduced our ridiculous sketch in fondant.”

Tiki-themed cake
Thanks to Velma for submitting this Tiki wedding cake! “Tiki-themed cake, complete with hula bride-and-groom, thatched hut, waterfall, palm trees, and villagers. What more could a girl want?”

steampunked wedding cake
You may recal Liz and Austin's infamous steampunked wedding cake, well here's another one from the Artisan Cake Company. The octopus cake topper just kills me.

Brownie Cake & Crochet Bird Toppers
I just love Offbeat Bride Katie's brownie cake, not to mention those little crocheted cake toppers!

Cake!. Shaun and Clare 09/10/09
Check out this pretty bird cage shaped cake. Apparently the birds were taken from the motif on their invitation.

Making the Cut by The Voice of Eye.
Remember the cake-scape from Dan Das Mann and Karen's wedding in Sonoma?

Our cake!
Oh man, I will NEVER forget this cake from Melissa & Phil's Day of the Dead, heavy metal Mexipalooza wedding, there's nothing freaking like it.

Way back in 2008 Ariel shared an OM NOM NOM-Y good shot from Rachel and Ali's wedding, but what she failed to show you was their awesome domed wedding cake.

the wedding cakes
This was my first encounter with an offbeat wedding cake. The oversized popcorn and root beer float are actually the cakes from Ragani and Will's wedding.

I am in awe of this cake. And even though it does look like a wedding cake, it still is absolutely incredible. The cake was made by one of the bridesmaids! And it featured white chocolate koi fish, along with celtic knot work.

Beautiful and Delish
Flickr member juicyasana added this photo of their cake by Adrienne's. She explains, “The design on the cake and the colors were taken from our invites. There is also an andinkra symbol (the moon and star) in a couple places on the cake. The flavors were lemon, peanut butter chocolate and carrot!”

Look at this cake!!
The cake is a drum! (From Dannette and Nicholas' musically inspired wedding.)

Our Big Chocolate Wedding CakeFlickr member neoshoegal described this as “Our Big Chocolate Wedding Cake” I… have no words for this. Wait — is it spitting fire too!? Wow.

Speaking of fire, this cake from Elena & Flo's French castle wedding was a total surprise, thought up on the fly by the whole staff. This chocolate volcano-looking cake has cookies plastered all over it, with little flares going off. It kind of looks like a Dalek to me.

Look at the tree cake! Now look at the cute the little nest cake topper! Thanks to flickr member pocky_pepper for submitting this to the Flickr pool.

My wedding
I love these wedding cakes from hellishcheeky. I love that this looks like a birthday cake! I also love that it's topped with Han and Leia figurines.

RubyRedRing uploaded this cake to our Flickr pool and explained that it's a “double happiness takeout box (vegan chocolate) and red velvet underneath with frog closures that matched the ones on my dress.” It's pretty stunning.

I love that this cake looks like it's getting hugged by that black ribbon.

Cutting our giant Peep cake
And who can forget the giant Peep cake from Emily & Wil's eccentric, candy-coated wedding!

Viking long boat cake
Check out Rhiannon's super unique wedding cake. She explains, “Keeping in with our theme, my amazing mother made this Viking long boat out of fruit cake! It was so unbelievable!”

Offbeat Bride Tribe member Wohlbedacht shared her awesome nut and bolt wedding cake with us.

Wedding Cake
Uh ma gahd. I SO wish I could have added this to my geeky wedding cake round-up! OBT member Catnippe was lucky enough to have this Mario wedding cake with Peach and Mario on top.

We always love us some more food porn, so if you want to show off your offbeat wedding cake make sure to upload them to the Offbeat Bride Flickr pool or tell us what you did in the comments.

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Comments on 22 wedding cakes that don’t look like wedding cakes

  1. Totally awesome and wondermous cakes! Wonderful post! One tiny nerdy point of contention: those action figure cake toppers are Leia and Han, not Leia and Luke…

  2. I LOOOOOVE the koi cake! Seriously, it looks so art deco (my theme). And the Mario/Peach one with Mario standing on the box to kiss Princess Peach. Gah! I am in total geek awe! ALL of the cakes are a huge helping of awesomesauce!

    PS Thankfully it’s not Luke & Leia 😉 haha

  3. And on the Dalek cake, they’re macarons, not just any cookies. 😀 (delicious, btw)

  4. I am in total awe of all these cakes, but that koi one, WOW, the fact that it was made by a bridesmaid?? WOW!!! That cake would have made me cry like a baby, I’m choked up just looking at it, and it’s not even mine! lmao! LOVE IT!

    • That girl needs to go into business if she isn’t already. The koi cake is beautiful.

  5. I hate fondant, so my cake is not going to look anything like any of these! In fact, I think I will have a collection of old-fashioned cakes like lemon pound cake, lazy daisy cake, oatmeal cake, gingerbread cake, blueberry crumb cake, apple spice cake, yellow cake with white frosting (the FH’s favorite) etc. Served with big pitchers of heavy cream and whipped cream. *drool*

    And yes, I will probably bake them all myself! The nice thing about old-fashioned cakes like that is that they often get better with age. 🙂

    I do appreciate amazing theme cakes (my friend Minda is a whiz at them!), but I’ve got simpler tastes, myself.

  6. Seriously I want a whole Mario themed wedding now.. That cake is sooo cute!

  7. The Viking cake… It speaks to me… It’s telling me that I need to convince my fiance to display our love & appreciation for those who wrote the book on getting drunk & fucking shit up.

  8. This post inspired me in a big way. We’re having a TRAIN CAKE! It’s from the cover of a kids birthday cake book that was super big when we were kids, I’m so excited 🙂

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