Sweet Summer Cakes

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The centrepiece of any dessert table, the wedding cake is a traditional element of a wedding day. Summer weddings give you the chance to have fun with your cake – here are our favourite summertime cake styles to make sure your cake doesn’t get lost in the heat!

Semi naked

Semi named cakes are on trend right now. Just a hint of what lies beneath peeking through and decorated with gorgeous blooms – a simple and sweet cake

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Semi naked – natural beauty! image: Matt Mcelligott


Drip cakes are all the rage. Go simple with a one-tiered cake and vamp it up with a summer vibe! Ombre, drip and an Eton-mess style flavour, we would definitely be first in line to taste this one!

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Eton mess – reimagined! image: Hint of Vanilla Blog

Big Blooms

Forego the tiny, delicate flower decorations in favour of big blooms. We love these decadent decorations against a clean and simple white cake.

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Luxury blooms and a simple cake for a bold statement. Image: Pen Carlson

Elegant Embellishment

A gorgeously elegant white cake is simply stunning with a summery embellishment. Use the palette of your wedding and add in a metallic for sophistication. We love the succulent and blush theme – perfect for a summer garden wedding.

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Pile it high and decorate with elegant sugar work. Image: Ben Bonnici Photography


Naked cakes are super summery – simple and easy, they are the epitome of a carefree summer celebration. This cute little creation is so sweet – piled with simple white roses it’s a delight for the eyes as well as tastebuds!

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Cute and simple – but so effective! Image: Megan Welker Photography

Bold Colour Pop

We love the clean lines of this cake. And the vibrant burst of summer sorbet palette makes this a fabulous centrepiece. There’s no risk of this one blending into the background!

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Mix vibrant colours with clean lines and pure white. Image: Lyndal Carmichael Photography

Strawberries and cream

Need we say more?! What an effective way of incorporating the most summery fruit into your cake. Another semi naked one – and we love the way the strawberries run right through the frosting… mmmm…

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Strawberries and cream – the perfect combination for any dessert! Image: madebymaryblogg

Cute Trio

Perfect for an outdoor wedding, having a number of smaller cakes works perfectly for a dessert table or in this case, trolley! A simple decoration is so effective against a natural backdrop, the white cakes need nothing more.

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A cute cake trolley makes a perfect focal point for your outdoor wedding. Image: exquisitrie.com

If the idea of a big wedding cake in the middle of summer is too much, why not go for something a bit different?

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches are a cute alternative – piled high like tiers of a cake, they make such a cute picture. Just make sure you eat them quick!

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Perfectly light and summery – but be quick! Image: Alicia Thurston Photography


A croquembouche is the epitome of French luxury – and a lighter option to a traditional cake. Individual profiteroles can be filled with any number of delicious fillings. And cut it with a sword for added drama! This French dessert table is filled with pastries lighter than air – a fabulous option for a hot summer wedding!

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Grand and delicious, the croquembouche is the king of desserts! Image: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

If you’re after more cake inspiration, head over to our luxury cake page to find out more.