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!
Shall we dive into all the cake inspiration? Ohh, go on then.
Rustic cakes don’t have to be towering to be beautiful. A single-tier cake can look so very beautiful too.
Add a touch of shine with a gold wedding cake design teamed with rustic buttercream.
Add pretty to a rustic bake with statement pretty blooms.
Bring a touch of boho to your wedding cake idea with dried flowers, cotton and gold leaf.
Bring the season to your rustic cake with autumn leaves.
Rustic cakes can be colourful, simply go for a heavily textured icing style.
For a rustic wedding, sometimes simplicity is key. Just like this darling buttercream wedding cake with light-as-air icing.
Semi-naked cakes are super popular and the perfect choice for a rustic look.
Does it get any more pretty than an edible flower cake? The more flowers the merrier with this rustic vibe.
Add a rustic flourish to your cake with a rustic brown paper bunting topper.
This doughnut wedding cake has a gorgeously rustic feel thanks to the log stand and mismatched treats.
What’s more rustic than a homely, pastry treat such as a pork pie cake? The perfect alternative wedding cake idea!
Naked wedding cakes are the ultimate rustic wedding style. Yes!
Pile on flowers and pressed edible flowers for a super boho rustic cake effect.
Pretty pearls can look rustic with imperfect icing and wooden accessories.
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?
If a sweet sponge isn’t your thing. How about a gorgeous and natural look cheese wedding cake?
Use dainty flowers and log slices to bring a woodland feel to your rustic wedding cake design.
Photo: Kerry Diamond Photography via Woodland Boho Wedding Cake: Everydays A Cupcake
Drip cakes really add a scrumptious feel as you can almost taste how good they’re going to be, before the first bite. Yum.
Whether you are planning a wedding sweet table or not. Why not add sweets to your cake as decor and for flavour?
This botanical cake design is ever so clever. With a pressed leaf and flower pattern that will suit any wedding theme.
Other great natural elements to incorporate into a rustic design are feathers and wicker!
Ombre cakes can be made into a rustic design with flowers and gold leaf touches.
This retro textured buttercream cake with rainbow sponges is actually my own wedding cake. The buttercream pattern really works at a rustic wedding.
Concrete isn’t a natural material, but its texture lends itself well to rustic affairs.
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.
Keep icing rustic and add a simple embellishment such as a dried flower hoop.
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.
Naked cakes don’t have to be plain, add in different flavour layers such as chocolate.
Swirling icing teamed with a flower middle tier looks almost too good to eat.
Take your wedding theme and add it to your cake design, such as this mountain look.
Pine cones are easy to find for free and add the perfect rustic finish.
Rustic leaves made from icing can look beautifully natural.
This cake is ideal for winter weddings. With its natural foraged decor, the actual cake design can be kept really simple.
An autumn wedding cake of dreams complete with pumpkins and trees. It’s a smashing design.
Yes, you can bring rustic style to a Christmas wedding! Voila.
Rustic style doesn’t mean you can’t play with colour!
Use dried flowers to add a rustic touch to your cake design like this orange and pink delight.
Take a simple sponge and adorn it with fruits for a picture-perfect effect.
Does a cake get any more rustic than a naked fruit sponge?
Rough icing creates a perfectly imperfect style ideal for a rustic vibe.
Taking inspiration from natural materials such as stone can have surprisingly beautiful results.
Decorate your wedding cake table with a rustic wedding backdrop to tie together your wedding decor.
Create a real feast for your guests with a whole table of rustic treats.
A marble cake can look ever so rustic with rough icing and flowers.
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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