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20 Unforgettable Real Wedding Cakes

  |   By Bailey Spagat

If you love the more traditional aspects of weddings, you're probably looking for a show-stopping wedding cake to serve as the centrepiece of your sweet table. Whether you're having a rustic affair in the country or an over-the-top party complete with champagne and sparklers, the cake brings everyone together. Gather inspiration from these real-life wedding cakes; don't be afraid to go all-out. From whimsical to elegant, these tiered confections are all about personalizing tradition to fit your style.

Cascade of purple calla lilies

Photography by Joel Ross Photography.

Looking for an updated take on the traditional white cake? This is it! This stunning creation perfectly combines whimsy and sophistication and is topped with gorgeous purple calla lilies. With flawless sheets separated by glass and a marvellous white and royal purple aesthetic, this wedding cake is one for the books.

Cake by Chocolate Zen in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Candle-lit classic

Photography by Definition Photography.

Surrounded by pretty votive candles, this cake adorned with cascading flowers was almost too lovely to eat. It looks like it was taken straight out of a fairytale, and we're loving the look (and the taste, of course).

Cake by Flour Studio in Toronto, Ontario.

Say it with sweetness

Photography by Eyes of Le Stage Photography.

We adore this cake because of the unique sentiments encircling its tiers -- words that embody everything the bride and groom hope to convey. It's a statement of their love spelled out in icing, and there's nothing quite so romantic.

Cake by Cake Creations in Canmore, Alberta.

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Sultry satin ribbon

Photography by Figgie Photography.

Pretty embellishments added an extra wow factor to this elegant dessert. Luxe satin elevates the look, and with candles and rings as decor, we're in heaven.

Cake by Never Enough Thyme in Elmira, Ontario.

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Bejewelled traditional white

Photography by Ilo Photography.

You can't get more glamorous than this round-tiered cake belted with ribbon and rhinestone buckles, and we love that the couple served this gorgeous creation atop a vintage-inspired mirrored platter. It's a triple-take on traditional at the highest level.

Cake by Sweet Dreams Catering in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Pops of purple

Photography by Cecilia Flaming Photography.

This picture-perfect cake graced the table at an elegant beachside wedding. We love the addition of fresh blooms, making this dessert eye-catching. With violet blossoms and satin ribbon to match, it epitomizes romance.

Cake by Sweet Thea Cakes in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Quintessential quilting

Photography by Vasia Wedding Photography

The bride wanted her celebration to convey timeless elegance, and we think this dessert fits that bill perfectly with stunning quilted fondant and pearl accents. The cream and brown colour scheme brings the timeless aspect to life.

Cake by Yan Bakery in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Dainty dots and a bouquet of roses

Photography by 5ive15ifteen Photography

This floral-adorned creation added to the dreamy appeal of this luxurious Toronto wedding. With bold blossoms covering every layer, glamorous ribbon, and stunning floral displays, this take on the traditional cake kept us captivated.

Cake by Grodzinski Bakery in Toronto and Thornhill, Ontario.

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All the right ruffles

Photography by Lyndsay London Photography.

This ruffled cake is on trend, and sweet pale green pearls add to this dessert's vintage appeal. An excellent way to incorporate retro-inspired elements into your reception, it's dainty, delicate, and elegant all at once.

Cake by Inno Bakery in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.

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Bubbles for the big day

Photography by Bloom Photography.

This gorgeous bubble-inspired cake, complete with custom toppers, gets bonus points for originality. Bubbles scream celebration, but this one literally takes the cake for true-to-life magic. Adorable toppers of the bride and groom add a cute, quirky element to this momentous occasion.

Cake by I Do Wedding Cakes in Toronto, Ontario.

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Fresh flowers and amazing appliques

Photography by Rowell Photography.

Part gorgeous floral centrepiece, part confection -- this eye-catching cake was ideal for the elegant celebration it appeared at. If vibrant blooms and intricate details don't catch your attention, we're not sure what will.

Cake by Phipps Desserts in Toronto, Ontario.

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Precious and pearly

Photography by Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures.

With its delicate floral and pearl accents, this understated confection made the perfect subtle statement. It's simple yet oh-so-romantic.

Cake by Vineyard Sweets in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.

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For the jet-setting just-married

Photography by Daydream Weddings.

This suitcase cake (complete with souvenir stickers) graced the table at a travel-themed wedding. We adore the realistic details worked into this one-of-a-kind dessert, and we look forward to watching them collect additional stamps in their passports.

Cake by Terminal City Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Lovely lace details

Photography by Jamie Delaine Photography.

Adorned with lacy detailing and topped with two lovebirds, this cake was the ideal fit for a classic vintage celebration. Lush florals adorning the table add a sophisticated touch.

Cake by Sweet Thea Cakes in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Golden accents and applique adornments

Photography by Tyler James Photography.

Subtle gold embellishments and a custom cake topper made this floral-inspired dessert a real stunner. They were aiming for understated elegance, and they nailed it. From pearls to florals and rhinestones, love is built into every layer.

Cake by Vineyard Sweets in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.

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Pretty perfect in pink

Photography by Kreative Edge Photography.

This bride opted for alternating rows of roses and cake -- perfect for her sparkling pink princess-inspired affair. When you're wild about roses, what better occasion to show it?

Cake by Iris Segal Cakes in Oakville, Ontario.

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She sells seashells seaside cake

Photography by Rachel Peters Photography.

With icing that emulated the movement of the ocean, anchor and shell detailing, and a lighthouse topper, this cake was the ultimate seaside wedding dessert. It fits the affair so perfectly, in fact, that we feel like we've been swept away by the waves.

Cake by Mindy Sheehan in Souris, Prince Edward Island.

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Old-fashioned ornaments

Photography by Rachel Peters Photography.

With lace-inspired accents and a beautiful brooch centrepiece, this cake is the perfect choice for a vintage celebration. The topper alone will get people talking, and we can certainly see why.

Cake by City View Bakehouse in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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Sand dollars for the sea-faring couple

Photography by Rachel Peters Photography.

Complete with rope and sand dollar detailing, this nautical creation is truly original. Unique details like these honour your relationship, so what's a better way to spend your special day?

Cake by City View Bakehouse in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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A magical masquerade

Photography by Jim Yeung Photography.

This elaborate, one-of-a-kind cake couldn't have been more fitting for the circus-themed wedding at which it appeared. We love a good theme, and this one-of-a-kind creation appears like something straight out of Mardi Gras. The mask! Those stripes! The purple metallics! We simply can't get enough.

Cake by The Caketress in Toronto, Ontario.

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This article was originally published on Feb 27, 2012
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