12 hand-painted wedding cakes

Hand-painted wedding cakes are popping up all over and we just can’t get enough- count us in on that bandwagon! Many take on a stained glass effect, others a spackled impressionist vibe, and still others seem to be wrapped in a veneer of wallpaper or fabric. I’m not saying that gum paste lace overlays on cakes are out, mind you- but it’s so refreshing to see an innovative and painterly take on wedding cakes.

Hand-painting cakes seems to be an art within an already refined and unbelievable art form, whether bakers are using fondant or buttercream, bold color or just the brush of gold leaf. I think fondant works the best visually for a really sleek foundation or canvas, if you will. Take a piece of Anna Weatherly china, a snippet of Scalamandré fabric, or even your favorite Klimt or Monet and show it to your cake baker for inspiration- the possibilities are endless.

hand painted aztec cake

Talk about de rigeur- this Aztec-ish gold brushed cake is Art Decor + also very now. Gateaux Inc via The Cake Blog.

hand-painted strawberry wedding cakeI have a thang for strawberries and berries in design for general.This whimsical Nadia & Co painted cake totally nails it with the mini portraiture of itself, the Marie-Antoinette-picnic-ishness of it all. via 100 Layer Cake

delft chinoiserie hand-painted wedding cake

This Hey There Cupcake lasercut-and-hand-painted cake just kills me. Forget that it’s perfectly styled against the loveliest paper- that doesn’t hurt.

hand-painted flower wedding cake

This architectural cake is over-the-top gorgeous with its hand-painted flowers and textural sugar flowers. I wish they didn’t have the hideous glassine board (pet peeve!!) but beggars can’t be choosers. I love that the bottom two bases have a deeper background tone than the rest, lending it an extra garden-inspired effect. via WedLuxe

malachite hand-painted wedding cake

I think I fell outta my chair over this one from Ruze Cake House . . . malachite-meets-marble with copper leaf edging? Yes please- any day.

impressionist hand-painted wedding cake

Well when does Maggie Austin Cakes ever miss? Her crêpe-layered be-ruffled cakes have spawned thousands of memes, so it’ll be fun to watch cake artists everywhere try their hand at this wizardry.

painted flower wedding cake

This little beauty from Aussies Cake Ink is the perfect painted cake for an intimate wedding cake, and the sugar flower work is insane. via Polka Dot Bride

painterly hand-painted wedding cake

I think I’ve had this The Cake Blog cake on my radar for forever. Love me a stripe, and the watercolor paint washed base is just too beautiful to eat. via Intimate Weddings

watercolor floral painted cake

Coco Paloma deploys a soft + feminine watercolor floral painted effect on this sweet cake. via The Cake Blog

cocoa lane love painted cake

Cocoa Lane Sweeterie layered hand-spackled texture with a perfect matte fondant middle tier for their lovely gold leaf “Love” lettering and painted blooms. via The Cake Blog

gold brushed painted cake

Back-brushing gold leaf bands takes this painted Baked wedding cake from simple to striking. via Style Unveiled

hand-painted floral wedding cake

Nevie-Pie Cakes nearly steals the show with this hand-painted + sugar flower cake. via Brides

What do you think- too “out there”? Too au courant but meant to fade? I think if it’s inspired by your grandmother’s heirloom Limoges teacup, you’ll till be proud you went this route in 30 years.





  1. Doris Ann Reavis

    Do we really want to cut and eat these masterpieces? Glad I am not the one cutting and serving them! Gorgeous works of art they are.

  2. Calder Clark

    Now DA, you know I’d never sneak a bite unless FORCED- ahem. Wedding planner diet = cake + champagne!

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