Christmas Wedding Cakes

Amy Hoover
Contributor: Amy Finley
Christmas cake for a wedding

For brides getting married during the magical holiday season, Christmas wedding cakes are the perfect touch for a holiday or winter wedding reception. The spirit of Christmas lends tremendous inspiration for beautiful cakes.

Christmas Wedding Cake Design Ideas

When planning your Christmas wedding, you'll want a cake design to match your overall theme. Whether you're going for a rustic country Christmas wedding or a more elegant extravaganza, these designs are a great place to start.

Rustic Christmas Wedding Cake

A naked cake is one where the cake itself shows through the frosting. A naked cake looks like a dusting of snow on the ground. Use powdered sugar to help complete the feel. Top with rosemary sprigs, herbs, chocolate curls, and cinnamon sticks to complete the rustic winter look.

bride holding a craft cake

Elegant Red Holiday Cake

Nothing quite says Christmas like a bright red wedding cake. This is a two-tier wedding cake covered in a cheery holiday red fondant. The white flower stands out against the red cake cover. While many cakes incorporate color in flowers and designs, having the entire cake in a Christmas color makes it pop.

Wedding cake couple

Winter Snowflake Wedding Cake

Silver, white, and blue combine to create a gorgeous winter wonderland wedding cake for the Christmas season. Glittery snowflakes top each tier that is supported by icy pillars. The top of the cake finishes in a whirlwind of blue and silver. The snowflake wedding cake sides are covered in white buttercream flourishes and swags.

Snowflake Wedding Cake

Country Lace Christmas Cake

Lace is a classic wedding fabric that can be used any time of the year. This holiday cake evokes a hint of a country wedding feel with the beige lace fondant wrapped around the bottom of each tier. White roses, red berries, and greenery create the rest of the Christmas feel for the holiday wedding cake.

Country lace christmas cake

Christmas Sleigh Cake Display

If you want a traditional cake with Christmas flair, consider making the wedding cake table decorations Christmas themed rather than the cake itself. Set up large reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh which just happens to be transporting the stunning wedding cake. White reindeer and white and gold linens make the table elegant while allowing your cake to have a classy, not Christmasy, design.

Reindeer pulling wedding cake

Holiday Toppers

Couples who want to infuse a little holiday into their cake can also go with a Christmas wedding cake topper instead of making the entire cake themed to fit the season. Poinsettias, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and even ornaments with monograms all work as toppers for the cake.

Colors for Holiday Wedding Cakes

Christmas abounds with gorgeous color combinations ideal for an aesthetically pleasing wedding cake. Although you can certainly use any colors you want for a winter wedding cake, some selections seem especially appropriate this time of year.

Color Schemes With Winter White

White cakes come alive with accents (in the form of flowers, frosting, or other ornamentations) in the following Christmas colors:

  • Greens like emerald or pine
  • Shades of purple, such as plum and eggplant
  • Deep or royal blue
  • Chocolate, mocha, and beige brown hues
  • Off white, such as ecru, ivory, and champagne
  • Metallic options like gold, rose gold, and silver
  • Reds from cherry to burgundy
Wedding cake at Christmas wedding

Go Beyond White

Colored cakes are also an option such as a colorful stack of presents, or an airbrushed design from a wrapping paper pattern or Christmas quilt you love. A black and white cake design provides a crisp, elegant look for a winter wedding cake. Alternatively, go with other winter hues and a more Christmas-like design, like shades of blue and purple with a sparkling tree and white floral topper.

blue cake

Holiday Wedding Cake Inspiration

If you're getting married near the Christmas holiday, use it as your inspiration for the wedding cake. Even if you aren't planning a Christmas themed wedding, you can still incorporate a little holiday cheer into your cake.

Christmas Wedding Cakes