15 Rustic Wedding Cakes That Will Make You Want a Barn Wedding

Throwing a rustic bash? Chances are you’re subbing in a crafty cake for a fondant covered 3-tier ensemble. The best thing about a rustic wedding cake is that it is so imperfectly, perfect. Nothing is truly symmetrical, nothing perfectly placed, everything simply seems as if it’s been handmade just for your wedding. And while, don’t get us wrong, we adore the elaborate sugar flowers and grandeur of a traditional wedding cake, we also can’t help but be smitten by the charming designs of a great rustic cake. From naked wedding cakes to fresh garden flowers and whimsical designs, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite rustic wedding cakes we’ve seen in the gallery above!

So, What is a Rustic Wedding Cake?

A rustic wedding cake is usually a naked or semi-naked cake. These cakes have only frosting between the layers (a true naked cake) or a light, sheer layer of frosting on the outside, letting the cake layers show through (the more popular semi-naked cake). However, it can also be fully covered, with fresh fruits, lace, burlap, flowers, leaves, or other wood-inspired elements taking center stage. 

The cake does not have to be elaborate, either. In fact, the opposite is true. For example, you could buy a very simple, store bought frosted cake. Next, adorn it with figs and baby’s breath. Place it on a wooden cake stand and voila! You’ve got your rustic wedding cake. The beauty is that they’re inexpensive and easy to create. What’s not to love?

Consider Making Your Own

It might sound crazy, but if you’re having a small wedding or elopement, it’s easier than you think to make your own wedding cake.

This tutorial might be from a pro baker, but it shows you how in a few easy steps you can create a rustic cake for your wedding. 

Take it from us. We are NOT bakers at all, but in the past year we’ve made several semi-naked (and semi-healthy) cakes from this cookbook. And since no fancy frosting work is needed, it turns out looking fantastic every time. 

Don’t Forget the Accessories

When it comes to your rustic wedding cake, accessories are key. You’ll not only want to consider a cute wedding cake topper, but consider adding elements found in nature to really bring out the rustic, earthy nature of your cake, like these!

Fresh fruit: Choose ones that have a nice weight and size (you want them to make an impact). We love strawberries, figs, pears, kumquats, and blackberries.

Flowers: Roses, daisies, dahlias, proteas, and baby’s breath are always good choices.

Greenery: Rosemary, olive branches, succulents, and ferns are an inexpensive yet effective way to decorate your cake.

Rustic Cake Stands: While wood always works, you can also use other natural materials like marble or glass. Check out Etsy for a great selection of cake stands that will add that finishing touch.

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