Rustic macrame wedding cake
Dezaree A. Photography

Deciding on a rustic wedding cake design is no easy feat. With so many options available it can be super hard to pick just one. If you’re stuck, we suggest using your wedding theme, season and/or venue to inspire your design. These wedding cake ideas are perfect whether you’re having a forest wedding in the great outdoors or just want a dessert with some real rustic-chic flair that’s a bit more unique than a traditional buttercream-frosted cake.

Here are a few rustic wedding cake designs we’re totally obsessed with.

Semi-naked

Let’s kick things off with a classic. The semi-naked wedding cake style is an old and faithful that will never go out of style for a rustic or woodland wedding. It looks awesome without any bells and whistles and piled high with berries, greenery and more, so go with whatever suits your style.

Semi-naked rustic wedding cake
Isle + Oak Photography

Pampas grass

Sugar flowers paired with a few plumes of pampas grass make the perfect pairing for a rustic chic wedding cake. Bonus: here are 18 Creative Ways to Use Pampas Grass in Your Wedding Decor.

Wedding cake with pampas grass decoration
Corina V. PhotographyTruffle Cake & Pastry

Ultra-rustic

If you’re head-over-heels for all things rustic, go for a folksy, homestyle naked wedding cake that looks like it came from your grandma’s kitchen. Really pinching those pennies? You could even ask your grandma (or another gifted baker in your family) to craft it for you in lieu of a wedding gift.

Ultra-rustic wedding cake
Julia Garcia-Prat Photographie

Classic faux bois

Faux bois cakes are modelled after tree trunks (hence their name), so they’re perfect for a forest wedding cake. If you want to amp yours up a bit, ask your wedding cake baker to carve your and your partner’s initials into the fondant like love birds would into the bark of a real tree.

Faux bois rustic wedding cake
Jennifer Newberry Photography

Faux bois meets metallic

Give your faux bois wedding cake a modern update by adding in a metallic tier. This is perfect for those who love the classic, woodsy design but want to make it a touch trendier.

Faux bois rustic wedding cake
Whippt Kitchen

Faux bois fence effect

Here’s another take on the classic faux bois. Instead of looking like slices of tree trunk, this rustic wedding cake design features slabs of wood made of fondant placed vertically around the tiers creating a rustic fence effect.

Faux bois rustic wedding cake
Joconde Patisserie

Painted scene

Want to give your rustic winter wedding cake a bit of Bob Ross flair? Ask your baker to paint a woodland scene right onto the fondant. Top it off with a bit of greenery and some cute flowers and it’ll be good to go.

Winter rustic wedding cake
Chinook Photography

Woodland toppers

Make your wedding cake topper the star of the show! Instead of mini figurines of yourselves, use woodland critters like bunnies, deer or birds.

Painted rustic wedding cake
Breathless Moments

Pressed wildflowers

If you’re looking for a unique way to incorporate wildflowers into a rustic style wedding cake, forget about toppers and etched designs - ask your baker to use pressed (edible) flowers to decorate your dessert from top to bottom.

Pressed wildflowers rustic wedding cake
Marvellous Cakes

Macrame

A macrame-inspired rustic wedding cake design is a perfect pick for a boho couple tying the knot under the trees. You totally get bonus points if you work knotted textiles into your altar, centerpieces and other decor.

Macrame rustic wedding cake
Cakelaine

Sprigs and berries

Make your buttercream rustic wedding cake design look like a mini woodland wonderland by topping it with fresh or faux sprigs and berries.

Sprid=gs and berries rustic wedding cake
Heather Nolan Photography

Foraged goods

Fruit is a topper that never goes out of style. Pile seasonal goodies, like berries, peaches and more onto your wedding cake. If your favourites are out of season, you can always ask your baker to craft them out of marzipan, fondant or sugar.

Rustic wedding cake
Fox Photography

Sweet and simple

Sometimes simple is best! A rustic-chic wedding cake topped with bits of greenery not only looks amazing but tends to be on the less expensive side, too (a win-win). Heck, you may even be able to DIY it, if you’ve got the time.

Small rustic wedding cake

 

Fresh flowers

Take inspiration from your wedding flowers and decorate a simple white wedding cake with a stunning assortment of flora and fauna.

Rustic wedding cake with fresh flowers
Melanie's Cakes

Cascading greenery

This wedding cake with cement-style icing and just a couple sprigs of greenery reminds us of a garden wall with cascading vines.

Rustic wedding cake with greenery
The Cocoa Cakery

Colourful confection

Borrow some bold colours from mother nature for a colourful wedding cake that will really stand out at your reception, especially at an outdoor wedding venue.

Colourful rustic wedding cake
Cake by Sarah Jane

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