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By Louise Baltruschat Hollis

Photos by Thyme Lane Photography

Who doesn’t love cake? So it’s only natural you are wanting to have a spectacular cake design at your wedding.

Rustic wedding cakes are so on trend and it’s easy to see why. In this article, I’ll be looking at what exactly makes a cake rustic, as well as all the show-stopping rustic wedding cake ideas you’ll ever need. Yes!

Rustic Wedding Cakes Ideas Shutter Go Click Photography Photo: Shutter Go Click Photography via Berts Barrow Wedding Cake: Beth’s Kitchen


Natural & Beautiful Rustic Wedding Cake Ideas

Shall we dive into all the cake inspiration? Ohh, go on then.

1. Single Tier Beauty

Rustic cakes don’t have to be towering to be beautiful. A single-tier cake can look so very beautiful too.

Rustic Single Tier Wedding Cake Victoria Whiting Photography Photo: Victoria Whiting Photography via La Mon Hotel Spa Wedding Cake: Cakes By Pheebs


2. Gold Sponge

Add a touch of shine with a gold wedding cake design teamed with rustic buttercream.

Rustic Wedding Cake Ideas Gold Leaf Paul Fuller Kent Photography Photo: Paul Fuller Kent Photography via Ferry House Inn Wedding Cake: blossomandwilduk


3. Statement Flowers

Add pretty to a rustic bake with statement pretty blooms.

Rustic Wedding Cake Buttercream Flowers Marianne Chua Photo: Marianne Chua via Tanner Warehouse Wedding Cake: Isobel Bakes


4. Boho Beautiful

Bring a touch of boho to your wedding cake idea with dried flowers, cotton and gold leaf.

Rustic Wedding Cake Boho Cotton Wool Finn and the Fox Photography Photo: Finn and the Fox Photography via Wilderness Wedding Ideas Cake: Claire’s Sweet Temptations


5. Autumn Vibes

Bring the season to your rustic cake with autumn leaves.

Rustic Wedding Cake Autumn Leaf Grace Pham Photography Photo: Grace Pham Photography via Pylewell Park Wedding Cake: @baked__bean_


6. Rustic Icing

Rustic cakes can be colourful, simply go for a heavily textured icing style.

Rustic Wedding Cake Colourful Katherine Newman Photography Photo: Katherine Newman Photography via Ethereal Romantic Wedding Ideas Cake: The Silver Cake


7. Simple Buttercream

For a rustic wedding, sometimes simplicity is key. Just like this darling buttercream wedding cake with light-as-air icing.

Rustic Wedding Cake Buttercream Flower Decor Peter Reynolds Photography Photo: Peter Reynolds Photography via Kent Coast Wedding Cake: All Shapes & Slices


8. Semi Naked Cake

Semi-naked cakes are super popular and the perfect choice for a rustic look.

Rustic Wedding Cake Semi Naked Wyldbee Photography Photo: Wyldbee Photography via Rousham House Wedding Cake: Cakes By Em


9. Flower Power

Does it get any more pretty than an edible flower cake? The more flowers the merrier with this rustic vibe.

Rustic Wedding Cake Flowers Floral James and Kerrie Photography Photo: James and Kerrie Photography via Holbrook Manor Wedding Cake: Little Buttercup Cakery


10. Bunting Topper

Add a rustic flourish to your cake with a rustic brown paper bunting topper.

Rustic Wedding Cake Bunting Topper Daniel Lightening Photography Photo: Daniel Lightening Photography via Farmyard Wedding Cake: Victoria Jane Bakes


11. Doughnut Tower

This doughnut wedding cake has a gorgeously rustic feel thanks to the log stand and mismatched treats.

Rustic Wedding Cake Doughnut Tower Aden Priest Photography Photo: Aden Priest Photography via Offley Place Wedding Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme


12. Savoury Alternative

What’s more rustic than a homely, pastry treat such as a pork pie cake? The perfect alternative wedding cake idea!

Rustic Wedding Cake Pork Pie Maddie Farris Photography Photo: Maddie Farris Photography via West Yorkshire Hall Wedding Pork Pie: Wilsons Pies


13. Naked Cake

Naked wedding cakes are the ultimate rustic wedding style. Yes!

Rustic Wedding Cake Naked Berries Jarek Lepak Photo: Jarek Lepak via Burgundy Barn Wedding Cake: Danielle Jones


14. Floral Dream

Pile on flowers and pressed edible flowers for a super boho rustic cake effect.

Rustic Wedding Cake Pressed Flowers Emily & Steve Photography Photo: Emily & Steve Photography via Floral Barn Wedding Cake: The Boho Bakery


15. Pearl

Pretty pearls can look rustic with imperfect icing and wooden accessories.

Rustic Wedding Cake Pearl Matt Horan Photography Photo: Matt Horan Photography via Willow Marsh Farm Wedding

16. Log Style

Think of a rustic wedding and thoughts turn to woodland and trees. So what better way to bring the outdoors in than with a log stump cake?

Rustic Wedding Cake Log Effect Mini and Me Photography Photo: Mini and Me Photography via Christmas Wedding Ideas Cake: The Cake Witch 


17. Cheese Tower

If a sweet sponge isn’t your thing. How about a gorgeous and natural look cheese wedding cake?

Rustic Wedding Cake Cheese Tower Lola Rose Photography Photo: Lola Rose Photography via Bonfires Autumn Wedding Ideas Cake: The Cheese Plate


18. Woodland Flower

Use dainty flowers and log slices to bring a woodland feel to your rustic wedding cake design.

Rustic Wedding Cake Woodland Kerry Diamond Photography Photo: Kerry Diamond Photography via Woodland Boho Wedding Cake: Everydays A Cupcake


19. Drip Heaven

Drip cakes really add a scrumptious feel as you can almost taste how good they’re going to be, before the first bite. Yum.

Rustic Wedding Cakes Idea Drip Kate Gray Photography Photo: Kate Gray Photography via Autumn Gaynes Park Wedding Cake: The Cake Doll


20. Sweet Treats

Whether you are planning a wedding sweet table or not. Why not add sweets to your cake as decor and for flavour?

Rustic Wedding Cake Sweet Treats Holly Collings Photography Photo: Holly Collings Photography via Coombe Lodge Wedding Cake: M&S


21. Botanical

This botanical cake design is ever so clever. With a pressed leaf and flower pattern that will suit any wedding theme.

Rustic Wedding Cake Idea Botanical Oilvejoy PhotographyPhoto: Oilvejoy Photography via Elopement Wedding Ideas Cake: The Beachside Bakery


22. Feathers & Wicker

Other great natural elements to incorporate into a rustic design are feathers and wicker!

Rustic Wedding Cake Idea Feather Helen Rose PhotographyPhoto: Helen Rose Photography via Dusky Pink Taupe Wedding Cake: Urban Cakehouse


23. Ombre

Ombre cakes can be made into a rustic design with flowers and gold leaf touches.

Rustic Wedding Cake Orange Ombre Photos By Hash Photo: Photos By Hash via Beer Garden Wedding Cake: Vics Vegan Bakes


24. Rainbow

This retro textured buttercream cake with rainbow sponges is actually my own wedding cake. The buttercream pattern really works at a rustic wedding.

Rustic Buttercream Wedding Cake Rainbow Alexa Loy Photo: Alexa Loy via Our Wedding Reception Cake: Minkiemoo Bakery


25. Concrete

Concrete isn’t a natural material, but its texture lends itself well to rustic affairs.

Rustic Wedding Cake Idea Concrete Agrestal Visuals Photo: Agrestal Visuals via Waterside Country Barn Wedding Cake: Cake Design By Holly Miller 


26. Terracotta

Terracotta wedding colours have been huge at weddings recently. This two-tier wedding cake is bringing a rustic feel with its texture and log stump stand.

Rustic Wedding Cake Terracotta Sam Sparks Photo Photo: Sam Sparks Photo via White Syke Fields Wedding Cake: Elizabeth Anna Cake Design 


27. Dried Flower Hoop

Keep icing rustic and add a simple embellishment such as a dried flower hoop.

Rustic Wedding Cake Hoop Flowers Holly Rose Stones Photo: Holly Rose Stones via Naked Tipi Wedding Ideas Cake: Cherry Blossom Cakes


28. Greenery

Natural, beautiful greenery will add all the rustic style you’ll ever need to a cake. Be sure to check it’s safe for guests to eat after removing from your cake though.

Rustic Wedding Cake Greenery Steven Haddock Photo: Steven Haddock via The Faversham Wedding Leeds Cake: Amber’s Little Cakery 


29. Chocolate Sponge

Naked cakes don’t have to be plain, add in different flavour layers such as chocolate.

Rustic Wedding Cake Naked Chocolate Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via Rustic Relaxed Farm Wedding


30. Flower Tier

Swirling icing teamed with a flower middle tier looks almost too good to eat.

Rustic Wedding Cake Flower Tier Sam Gibson Photography Photo: Sam Gibson Photography via Medieval Barn Wedding Cake: Vanilla Pod Bakery 


31. Theme

Take your wedding theme and add it to your cake design, such as this mountain look.

Rustic Wedding Cake Mountain Kate Hensley Phillips Photography Photo: Kate Hensley Phillips Photography via Cenita Vineyards Wedding Cake: C&N Cakes 


32. Pine Cones

Pine cones are easy to find for free and add the perfect rustic finish.

Rustic Wedding Cake Pinecones Tiree Dawson Photo: Tiree Dawson via Alpine Christmas Wedding Cake: The Cake Lady


33. Leaves

Rustic leaves made from icing can look beautifully natural.

Rustic Wedding Cake Leaf Design Maree Frances Photography Photo: Maree Frances Photography via Hazel Gap Wedding Cake: April Delights 


34. Winter Rustic

This cake is ideal for winter weddings. With its natural foraged decor, the actual cake design can be kept really simple.

Rustic Wedding Cake Christmas Winter Victoria Phipps Photo: Victoria Phipps via Rustic Christmas Wedding Inspiration Cake: Cake Chester


35. Autumn Dreams

An autumn wedding cake of dreams complete with pumpkins and trees. It’s a smashing design.

Rustic Wedding Cake Autumn Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via Ox Pasture Hall Wedding Cake: Birdgate Chocolatiers


36. Rustic Christmas

Yes, you can bring rustic style to a Christmas wedding! Voila.

Rustic Wedding Cake Red Green Barbara Markiewicz Photography Photo: Barbara Markiewicz Photography via Christmas Tree Farm Wedding Ideas Cake: Natalie Cake Studio


37. Green & Gold

Rustic style doesn’t mean you can’t play with colour!

Rustic Wedding Cakes Green Marble Thyme Lane Photography Photo: Thyme Lane Photography via Milton Keynes Wedding Cake: Nicole’s Celebration Cakes


38. Dried Flowers

Use dried flowers to add a rustic touch to your cake design like this orange and pink delight.

Rustic Wedding Cake Pink Orange Laura Williams Photography Photo: Laura Williams Photography via Burnt Orange Wedding Ideas Cake: Beth Haxby Cakes


39. Fruit & Berries

Take a simple sponge and adorn it with fruits for a picture-perfect effect.

Rustic Wedding Cake Fruits Belle Art Photography Photo: Belle Art Photography via Northside Farm Wedding Cake: Jill Agnew


40. Fruit Cake

Does a cake get any more rustic than a naked fruit sponge?

Rustic Wedding Cake Naked Fruit Karen Flower Photography Photo: Karen Flower Photography via Woodland Autumnal Boho Wedding Ideas Cake: Blueberry Hill Cakes


41. Rough Icing

Rough icing creates a perfectly imperfect style ideal for a rustic vibe.

Rustic Wedding Cake Rough Icing Thyme Lane Photography Photo: Thyme Lane Photography via Northamptonshire Barn Wedding Cake: The Iced Vegan


42. Stone

Taking inspiration from natural materials such as stone can have surprisingly beautiful results.

Rustic Wedding Cake Idea Stone Tara Florence Photo: Tara Florence via Game of Thrones Wedding Ideas Cake: Lilibet Bakes 


43. Hoop Backdrop

Decorate your wedding cake table with a rustic wedding backdrop to tie together your wedding decor.

Rustic Wedding Cake Hoop Backdrop Daniel Ackerley Photography Photo: Daniel Ackerley Photography via Chippenham Park Wedding Cake: Honeyshed Bakery


44. Autumn Feast

Create a real feast for your guests with a whole table of rustic treats.

Rustic Wedding Cake Autumn Flowers Kirsty Mackenzie Photography Photo: Kirsty Mackenzie Photography via Outdoorsy Woodland Wedding Ideas Cake: Kensington Lane Cakes


45. Marble

A marble cake can look ever so rustic with rough icing and flowers.

Rustic Wedding Cake Idea Marble Opperhill Photography Photo: Opperhill Photography via Terracotta Wedding Ideas Cake: The Sugared Rose


What Does Rustic Cake Actually Mean?

When it comes to a rustic cake aesthetic it can be one or a combination of elements. First things first, a rustic wedding cake has an undone quality about it. It’s a little rough around the edges and is perfectly imperfect. A rustic cake could look homemade and less polished.

To make a cake look more rustic try adding one of these elements:


And so there we have it, all the rustic wedding cakes you'll ever need to inspire your own cake look. Hooray!

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