Krispy Kreme Wedding Cakes

Photo of classic Krispy Kreme donuts

Krispy Kreme donuts are a sugary phenomenon, and a Krispy Kreme wedding cake is a fun alternative to traditional cake designs for couples interested in a crazy cake sure to please their guests and their budget.

Why a Krispy Kreme Cake?

Krispy Kreme donuts are a definite crowd pleaser: from hot, fresh glazed donuts to iced chocolate cake donuts or a rainbow of colorful sprinkles, there are Krispy Kreme donuts to please everyone. With other alternative wedding cakes, such as cupcake wedding cakes, growing in popularity because of their uniqueness and the convenience of individual servings, Krispy Kreme wedding cakes are a natural and delicious choice for any donut-loving couple.

Krispy Kreme cakes are a great option for:

  • A couple whose courtship included tasty trips to a local Krispy Kreme.
  • A morning wedding or one that will feature a brunch reception.
  • A fun-loving couple interested in a more unique type of cake design.
  • Couples who don't care for sponge cake or traditional cake flavors.
  • A groom's cake with a unique but fun design.

At first, it may seem that using donuts would severely limit the style of a wedding cake, but in fact, Krispy Kreme cakes can be as unique and beautiful as any classic design.

Krispy Kreme Cake Designs

There are several ways to personalize a Krispy Kreme cake, from the choice of donuts and how they are arranged to the accents that turn a stack of donuts into an elegant wedding cake design.


Krispy Kreme offers more than a dozen donut flavors, and couples can choose any variety for their wedding cake. Thicker cake donuts are the best choice for lower layers of the cake because they are more durable and will hold their shape when stacked. Filled donuts may add more specialized flavor, but they may leak if stacked too tightly. Original glazed donuts are recommended for the top layers of the cake because they are more lightweight, and many couples opt to use original donuts for the entire cake.


Donuts stacked with alternating icings

The uniform shape of Krispy Kreme donuts makes them easy to stack in a number of fun arrangements. A classic pyramid stack is the easiest and more popular option, and many couples create several stacks in different diameters and heights. Using a variety of wedding cake stands can add flair to different layers while ensuring they do not weigh enough to crush the lower level donuts.Different types of donuts, such as rippled crullers or donut holes, add even more flair to a Krispy Kreme wedding cake when the different donuts are arranged in symmetrical patterns.

For more personalization, couples may angle the outer layer of donuts so the holes face away from the cake, which makes them perfect for adding accents. Another option is to stand the top layer of donuts upright on the cake to add more texture and visual interest. Alternating the types of donuts and the colors of their icing (if applicable) also creates a unique and stunning cake.


A plain stack of donuts does not make a very attractive wedding cake, but couples can decorate a Krispy Kreme cake just as intimately as a traditional layer cake. First, the donuts themselves can be chosen for flair and decoration - sprinkles can even be coordinated with the bridal party dresses or other wedding reception decorations. Once the donuts are stacked in the cake configuration, they can be elaborately embellished with floral accents, beading, ribbon, berries, lace, or other details to create an elegant wedding confection. The uniform holes in the donuts are a ready-made holder for different accents, while the glaze acts as a mild glue to help hold the details together.

Krispy Kreme wedding cakes can also accommodate wedding cake toppers, though if the topper will be placed on the cake itself, a lightweight style is recommended. Alternatively, the topper could be placed on its own platform, surrounded with donut holes or coordinating accents if desired. Many couples also opt to have the topper displayed next to the cake rather than directly on the donuts.

Donut Costs

Krispy Kreme store.

One of the best benefits of a Krispy Kreme wedding cake is the price. The average cost of a donut is a mere 80 cents (depending on the store location and specific donut variety), which is far more affordable than standard wedding cake prices - original glazed donuts are even cheaper. At the same time, however, a couple needs to realize that buying the donuts is only the first expense in creating a stacked donut cake. Krispy Kreme stores do not arrange the cake, so couples will need to find a cake designer willing to work with the unusual arrangement. Decorative accents must be purchased separately as well. A couple can save some money, however, by avoiding cake slicing fees - guests can simply help themselves to a tasty treat from the cake, no knives or forks required.

More Krispy Kreme Tips

To make a Krispy Kreme cake truly worthy of a wedding celebration, a couple should take a few precautions to be sure it is suitable.

  • Make a test cake or pyramid prior to the wedding to test its appearance. With practice, the couple may be able to arrange the cake themselves and save the costs of hiring a cake designer.
  • Notify the store with the special order at least two weeks in advance and again a day or two before the donuts will be picked up to be sure there are enough available.
  • To keep the cake from collapsing under its own weight, it is best to stack only cold donuts.

Since the first Krispy Kreme store opened in North Carolina in 1937, these delicious donuts have spread their popularity around the globe. Today, a Krispy Kreme wedding cake is a delicious and unique alternative to traditional cakes, and one that will be sweet for every guest.

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Krispy Kreme Wedding Cakes