Best of 2020: Wedding Cakes

Words by Lucy Wright
January 3, 2021

While most couples had to pare back their wedding to some degree in 2020, many still found space for a beautiful cake. Cakes were even a highlight of some lockdown weddings, with couples sending boxed-up treats to guests to enjoy while they dialled in to their on-screen celebration. 2020 was definitely the year of the pivot!

Compared with the lavish trends of previous years, we saw a return to simpler, more classic styles in the year that was. There was an emphasis on skilled technique – clean lines, detailed textures and perfectly painted elements. Fresh florals were of course still a big hit, often architecturally placed for maximum impact.

Continuing our Best of 2020 series, here are the cake designs you loved the most from the last 12 months! If you’re on the hunt for a talented caker to craft your dream creation, be sure to check out Cakes & Sweets on the Nouba Directory.

Perfect in pink

Artfully dressed with fresh blooms by Signature Floral Design, this two-tier beauty by Cakes by Desiree is the perfect balance of classic and ‘wow’. One of many stand-out elements from Steph and Eli’s Perth wedding – catch it in full here.

Concrete and copper

concrete and copper wedding cake

Image by Sandie Bertrand.

The brief was ‘industrial luxe’ and Bridal Select Cakes nailed it. The Perth caker created this concrete and copper masterpiece for this indie shoot.

Lined with gold

Perfect lines and a glam gold trim set this stunner by Sweet Stylin apart. A fitting addition to Josh and Tiarne’s glam Margaret River wedding – see it here.

Greenery and gold

modern marble wedding cake with gold fleck

Image by Woodvine and Co.

The dessert table at Zoe and Lachlan’s wedding was nothing short of epic, and this marble and gold-flecked beauty by Stephanie’s Cakes stood proudly at its centre. Check out the full spread here.

Fit for a cake queen

When the bride is chief caker at Hansel and Gretel Cakes, the pressure is on to create something epic! But with a small wedding of only 30, Megan opted for something classic and delicious. Three tiers smothered in pink buttercream and finished with edible flowers and passionfruit grown from her own garden. See Megan and Matt’s backyard wedding here.

The donut wall is not dead

mixed donut wall

Image by Kelly Harwood.

Another entry by Dunsborough cakers, Sweet Stylin! Proof if proof be needed that the donut wall is still as awesome as ever. I reckon Gemma and Garry’s guests would have been pretty darn excited to see this, don’t you? Catch more from their day here.

Stylish with succulents

Surrounded by succulents and florals by Petal Decor, this stylish three tier cake by The Blue Room Bondi was the perfect showpiece for JP and Kayne’s modern wedding. See it in full here.

Artful florals

With artful florals by Hollingsworth, this beauty by Torte by Mirjana was an absolute hit with Tash and Christian’s guests, and the newlyweds even got to enjoy a mini ‘love cake’ version especially made by Mirjana for the following day! It’s the little details. See Tash and Christian’s day in full here.

Modern simplicity

modern and minimal wedding cake with colourful fresh flowers

Images by Carina Sze.

Sometimes it’s the simplest designs that have the most impact, and this beauty by Fig and Salt is a perfect example. With vibrant blooms by Hollingsworth, it was a gorgeous centrepiece for Nina and Abi’s Sri Lankan wedding. See it here.

Cubic Quartz

square quartz wedding cake

Images by Greta Wolzak.

Taking cues from the stone elements featured throughout this solstice-inspired shoot, Verlena Cakes created this structured, textural cake with quartz fissures.


Header image Sayher Heffernan |

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