Calla Lily Wedding Cakes

Contributor: Amy Hoover
traditional wedding cake with calla lilies

A calla lily wedding cake is an elegant, classic, and beautiful way to celebrate a spring or summer wedding. The calla lily has a simple silhouette and sleek shape that looks fantastic on any size cake, and it's one of the easiest flowers to make of gum paste or fondant, so professionally made calla lily cakes are often cheaper than those that feature other flowers.

Real Calla Lilies

Using fresh flowers on your wedding cake is a beautiful touch and can fit very successfully with the rest of your decoration scheme and flower or bouquet choices. A spray of lilies looks great across the top of a cake or cascading down the sides of a multi-tier design or make a modern statement when placed in the top of a plain white cake tier.

Wedding cake and Calla lilies

When using fresh lilies, you'll need to be mindful of seasonal varieties and of what colors you can and cannot get at certain times of the year. Remember that there may be color variation among your lilies, and your cake will be more fragile than it would be if it were made with edible flowers.

Fondant and Gum Paste Lilies

Fondant lilies look smooth and elegant, can be created in any color, and are completely edible. Most professional cake decorators have some experience with making them and won't have an issue with creating custom lilies for your cake. Gum paste is an even more versatile frosting than fondant in that it can be rolled thinner and used to form especially intricate objects and decorations. Gum paste lilies are likely to look more realistic and vibrant than fondant lilies, although they are more time-consuming for a decorator to make and so they might be more expensive.

Colorful Calla Lily Wedding Cakes

One of the greatest advantages of a calla lily wedding cake is that the lilies can be different colors. If you want a very classic wedding with an all-white cake, white or ivory lilies will fit in beautifully, but you can also jazz up your color scheme with purple, pink, orange, maroon, or even chocolate-brown lilies. Another way to add a touch of color to your cake is to adorn the lilies with small sprays of other colorful flowers and wrap each layer of the cake in a ribbon or soft colored border.

Cake with miniature pink calla lilies

Wedding Cakes With Calla Lilies and Roses

Just because you're planning to serve a wedding cake with calla lilies doesn't mean you're limited to that flower. Instead, combine it with another of your favorite blooms, like roses. For example, the wedding cake topper might be a mixed group of roses and lilies. Or you may want to cover the entire wedding cake in roses and then top with the lilies. A square cake makes a nice contrast to the shape of the flowers. No matter your final design choice, the combination of the two flowers is a classic choice.

Cake with Calla Lilies and Roses

Calla Lily Cake Shape Options

Calla lilies seem to look stately and majestic on almost any shape of cake, from a rectangular sheet cake to a multi-tier round cake. If you're looking for something a bit unconventional, don't hesitate to think outside the box. A tall rectangular cake, a topsy-turvy cake, or even a custom-made sculpture cake could all look great with the addition of a few decorative lilies, and they're sure to grab the attention and admiration of wedding guests. A large stand with floating tiers allows you to place large lilies on the cake with some greenery.

Wedding Cake Decorated with Calla Lilies

Match Your Cake to Your Flowers

Calla lilies are one of the most popular wedding flowers and creating a calla lily wedding cake is a great way to tie in your wedding flowers with this important dessert. With different options, including real and edible frosting flowers, you can easily add callas to your cake.

Calla Lily Wedding Cakes