Autumn Wedding Cakes – Get Ideas For Fall Wedding Cake Styles and Flavors

You may be looking for autumn wedding cakes if you are getting married anytime in the beautiful fall season. Many brides choose to match their wedding cakes and other decorations to either a central theme, a color scheme, or the season in which they are getting married.

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Since Autumn is such a gorgeous time of year, it only makes sense to bring some of that beauty into your wedding. Below you will find ideas and photos to help you design the perfect fall wedding cake for your big day.

Autumn Wedding Cakes - Using Leaves and Foliage

In the autumn the leaves change colors and as the winter approaches, they drift to the ground. The leaves change into gorgeous colors making the trees themselves a beautiful site. This is also what using leaves, flowers and foliage can do for your wedding cake. Of course, you can choose to use these elements directly on the cake itself or you can just use them to decorate the cake table.

If leaves and foliage are what you want your cake to look like, there are options. The first is to look for a wedding cake design that showcases these designs. You could choose to have the top tier decorated with a large leaf or a few of them.

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photo credit: Graceful Cake Creations Autumn Leaves Wedding Cake via photopin (license)


If you don't want to distract from the bride and groom on top, you might want to choose to have the leaves on the sides of the cake instead. You could have a white cake with colored leaves or you could just have the outlines stenciled onto the sides in different colors.

If you prefer a more minimalist cake design you could always opt to spend more of the decorating efforts on the cake table itself. You could decorate it with foliage, leaves, branches, and acorns, letting the fall theme come out without ever touching the cake design itself.

Autumn Wedding Cakes - Celebrating Halloween or Thanksgiving

How will you make your autumn wedding cakes more festive? If your wedding is occurring during October or November you may want to add some elements to the cake that celebrate the holidays during that time. Full moons, haunted houses, ghost couples, pilgrims, and pumpkins are great ways to accomplish this. Of course, you could use cake toppers or decorate the cake table a certain way as well.

The key to these types of decorations is to understand how little is not enough and how much is too much. If you want to celebrate a holiday as part of your wedding or if this holiday has become your wedding theme you will want to know how prominent you want it to be in the bakery.

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photo credit: Graceful Cake Creations Elegant Cherry Blossom Tree Wedding Cake via photopin (license)


If you are looking for a bold and daring look, cake designers can do many things with the Halloween theme and even the Thanksgiving one. You can have a cake look like a haunted house or a graveyard, or have little jack-o'lanterns on top. You could have cornucopia or other harvest items as well. Of course, if you are looking for a more subtle approach that is available as well.

There are many different things you can do, some of which could have nothing to do with the cake itself. If you are not into a holiday-themed wedding cake you could always just choose to either choose holiday-themed cake toppers or decorate the cake table itself for the holiday and get a more neutral looking cake.

Autumn Wedding Cakes - Using Neutral Tones

One way to create autumn wedding cakes is to make them fit into the season by using neutral tones such as browns, and other colors that remind you of fall, such as dark reds, yellows, and oranges. You really do not need to use any special elements when using these colors, it will be quite obvious (especially when compared to the rest of your décor) that you are using the colors of the season.

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photo credit: Jamie Anderson Sequins via photopin (license)


Sometimes less is more. If you have specific autumn wedding colors, just design the wedding cake around them. For instance, if your main color is red, choose either a red wedding cake or a more traditional color like white or cream-colored with red accents.

You can choose a solid cake design or have multiple colors and accents. If you are looking for something classic, you can just add swirls or scrollwork on the sides. Want something more feminine, having edible flowers draped down the layers of the cake.

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Autumn Wedding Cakes – Using Autumn-Inspired Flavors

You might want to consider not just the cake's style and colors, but the flavor of the frosting or the cake itself. If you are really committed to an autumn wedding cake for your big day you might want to choose a fall flavor as well!

Some flavors you may want to consider include pumpkin, apple, spice cake, cranberry, orange, hot chocolate, chocolate hazelnut, sweet potato, salted caramel, toffee, carrot cake, or chai cake. Now if you just want a touch of fall in the flavor you could opt for something in the frosting. For instance, if you want pretty basic flavors but a touch of autumn why not use the frosting to spice it up like a chocolate cinnamon frosting or vanilla chai. There are many different ways you can either go all out or just add a little something special so that everyone knows you put in the extra touches to really make your wedding scream autumn!

Autumn Wedding Cakes - Other Ideas

Autumn wedding cakes can be beautiful, stunning pieces of art. They will bring your guest's eyes to the cake table. Besides what we have already mentioned you might want to incorporate autumn wedding flowers into the cake. You could also choose to use wedding cupcakes instead of a cake. Like the idea of little treats? Have you considered mini pumpkin pies for each guest? This could replace the cake or be in addition to it! It is your wedding and your cake, have fun with it.


We do understand that photos are great motivators, they help us brainstorm far more than words. With that being said, let us leave you with some more great autumn wedding cake photos! We hope you enjoy it.

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photo credit: Jamie Anderson Lotsa orchids wedding cake via photopin (license)
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photo credit: Graceful Cake Creations Chocolate Buttercream Wedding Cake via photopin (license)
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photo credit: Graceful Cake Creations Elegant Fall Wedding Cake via photopin (license)
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photo credit: Nonpareils Boutique Bakery (aka She Takes The Cake Diana's Adirondack wedding via photopin (license)
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photo credit: clevercupcakes Fall Cupcake Wedding via photopin (license)
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photo credit: kgroovy Love and lace wedding cupcake tower via photopin (license)





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