Single Tier Wedding Cakes

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Single tier cakes can be lovely wedding cakes.

Wedding cakes that have a single tier can be very elegant. This cost saving option is ideal for couples wanting a decadent dessert to celebrate their nuptials without having a large multi-tiered cake.

Why Just One Tier?

One delicious tier can be the perfect size for a couple's wedding cake for many reasons. A small, casual wedding with a small guest list will not require a gargantuan dessert, or a couple may choose a single tier cake to share after they've eloped. Several single tier wedding cakes could be used to offer guests a wider range of flavors, or a single tier cake may be the perfect size for a couple who wants to cut a wedding cake for the nostalgic photographs but who doesn't really like cake. Many couples also choose single tier cakes to celebrate their anniversaries, often choosing the same flavors and designs they tasted on their wedding day.

Whatever the reason, there are many beautiful single tier cakes that can bring an extra taste of sweetness to a wedding celebration.

Options for Larger Single Tier Wedding Cakes

A single tier cake can be just as elegant and decadent as a larger confection. In fact, because smaller cakes are generally less expensive, couples may be able to choose more elaborate decorations or more customized favors without drastically inflating the wedding cake price. Additional options for single tier cakes include:

Classic Single Tier
  • Augmenting the cake with wedding cupcakes in different flavors to offer additional treats and serve a greater number of guests.
  • Design faux cake layers to serve as base tiers and give the small cake an illusion of greater size.
  • Using an elevated wedding cake stand to lift the cake above the table and make it seem larger than it really is.
  • Adding additional desserts such as wedding truffles, mini tarts, gourmet cookies, or other treats to create a dessert buffet.
  • Coordinating a single tier cake with the groom's cake as his-and-hers desserts.
  • Choosing several single tier cakes of different designs and flavors to suit a variety of taste preferences.

Single Tiers and Cake Toppers

Elaborate Single Tier

One of the biggest concerns with a small wedding cake is what to do with the wedding cake top. Many couples cherish their toppers as mementos of their special day, but a larger topper can easily overwhelm a single tier cake. To prevent an unbalanced appearance, couples can opt for smaller toppers or choose to put the topper next to the cake as part of a lovely table decoration instead of setting it on the cake itself. Flowers, the guest book, framed photos, a wishing well, or other accents can also be a part of the cake table and will help keep a smaller cake from looking out of place on a large table.

Pros and Cons of Single Tier Cakes

Single tier cakes may be delicious and delightful, but they are not appropriate for every celebration. Before choosing a small cake, couples should carefully consider the pros and cons of single tier cakes.

Beach Wedding Cake

Pros

The benefits of a single tier cake include:

  • Simple, elegant design rather than lavish extravagance
  • Less expensive price depending on design and flavors
  • Less wasted cake from guests who don't want any or a smaller guest list
  • Easier to use for more unusual wedding locations, such as beach weddings

Cons

Potential problems with single tier cakes include:

  • Limited number of slices can only feed a small number of guests
  • No opportunity to use different tiers for different flavors unless multiple cakes are ordered
  • No leftover cake to freeze for the first anniversary
  • Less readily visible and dramatic for multiple photographs
  • Minimum sizes may be required from bakeries

Finding Small Wedding Cakes

Chocolate Single Tier Cake

If a couple does choose a small, single tier cake to serve as their wedding confection, finding one should not pose a great challenge, particularly if they are interested in simple designs and classic flavors. Most bakers will be able to create smaller cakes, though if a couple wants an unusual flavor or one-of-a-kind wedding cake the bakery may have minimum size and price requirements to compensate for their efforts. As an alternative, couples could negotiate to order a bridal shower cake, groom's cake, or rehearsal cake as part of the whole wedding cake package.

Single tier cakes can also be easy for couples to make themselves. A talented family member or wedding guest may be able to create a small, elegant cake for the festivities, often at a fraction of the price compared to bakery designs. Some guests even offer to bake the couple's cake as their wedding gift, adding a unique touch to the couple's celebration and simultaneously helping them save money.


Single tier wedding cakes can be lovely options for small celebrations, multi-dessert events, or just for couples who prefer a more understated pastry as their first taste of married life. With just as many options as larger cakes, small wedding cakes are big on taste, romance, and nostalgia.

Single Tier Wedding Cakes