Dahlia Cakes & Tutorial

dahlia wedding cakes Maggie Austin left, Better OffWed via Etsy right

The old-fashioned dahlia flower, a staple of every English cottage garden, is the surprise sugar flower of the year, featuring in both vintage and contemporary wedding cake designs, with beautiful examples of both styles above from Maggie Austin Cake (left) and Better Off Wed via Etsy (right).

There are many different varieties of dahlia including the honeycomb and waterlily varieties above (left and right respectively), as well as the pretty feathered style of the cactus dahlia below by Leslea Matsis Cakes, New Zealand.

dahlia cupcakes by Leslea Matsis

You’ll find our quickest ever dahlia tutorial here to help you create your own beautiful dahlia cake:

Below, Erica O’Brien Cake Design incorporates an elegant waterlily style dahlia in her chic mint wedding cake design. (Don’t miss Erica’s brand new Craftsy class just released: A Cake for Every Season (w/ Erica O’Brien)).

gumpaste dahlia instructions Erica O'Brien

A beautiful cottage garden style wedding cake display featuring a splendid dahlia centrepiece below by Cakes by Krishanthi (image by Meg McKay Photography for Wedding Magazine).

dahlia wedding cake, Cakes by Krishanthi, Photo by Meg McKay for Wedding Magazine

Sweet and Saucy showcase magnificent feathered “cactus” dahlias in their exquisite rustic chic wedding cake table display below for a beautiful outdoor wedding.

dahlia wedding cakes by Sweet and Saucy

Signe Sugar Flowers have created a pretty floral crown of dahlias for a stylish, yet relaxed wedding design (below left). On the right, an over-sized dahlia flower head makes a simple and pretty floral cake topper (image right by Rachelle Derouin Photography via Wedding Chicks).

dahlia cake by Signe Sugar Flowers left, image right by Rachelle Derouin Photography via Wedding Chicks

A single statement dahlia in soft pink crowns this wonderful, piped wedding cake design by Leslea Matsis Cakes, New Zealand.

dahlia wedding cake by Leslea Matsis

A showy feathered dahlia is complemented with a pretty peony bud and mini dahlia corsage in a rustic style buttercream wedding cake design below by The Cake Diva. On the right, we have a fabulous sugar flower decorated cake by the Sugar & Stripes Company on Etsy featuring gumpaste dahlias, hydrangeas and purple flower buds.

dahlia wedding cake by The Cake Diva, gumpaste dahlia by Sugar & Stripes Co. on Etsy

Fantasy Frostings have blended vintage styling with a contemporary floral motif in this beautiful lilac dahlia cake design below left (image by Cakes & Kisses Wedding Photography). On a right, a spectacular show of colour in rich purple shades with vintage dahlias and roses by Lulu’s Sweet Secrets.

dahlia cakes by Fantasy Frostings left, photo by Cakes & Kisses, right by Lulu's Sweet Secrets

More of Luciana Borges’ fabulous gumpaste dahlias and sugar flowers below from Lulu’s Sweet Secrets.

gumpaste dahlias by Luciana Borges of Lulu's Sweet Secrets

Below, Nana & Nana Cakes, Italy’s wonderful honeycomb dahlia cake.

gumpaste dahlia by e Nana Nana, Italy

A fabulous “petal cascade” cake design with a stylish waterlily dahlia as the centrepiece by Ana Parzych Cakes (below left) and on the right, a honeycomb dahlia in dusky pink works wonderfully with a smart quatrefoil pattern in the cake design below left by Zoe Smith of Bluebird Cakes, UK.

dahlia cakes by Ana Parzych Cakes left, Zoe Smith Bluebird Cakes right

Below left, an elegant taupe cake design with a gold dusted vintage dahlia corsage by Global Sugar Art, finished with a pearl band border. You’ll find the full tutorial for this cake design right here: dahlia cake tutorial.

On the right, a beautiful white-on-white dahlia weddding cake in an elegant, understated wedding cake design by Fleur Cakes.

dahlia cakes by Global Sugar Art left, Fleur Cakes right


Several different variety of succulents, plus three different styles of ranuncula and three dahlias (the classic dahlia, the pompom dahlia and the spider dahlia) are covered in Nicholas Lodge’s, Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers class from Craftsy. In-depth advice is also given on pricing your sugar flowers. You’ll find more information on this class plus a 40% OFF discount here: Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers with Nicholas Lodge.

ranuncula tutorials, dahlia tutorials and succulent tutorials by Nicholas Lodge on Craftsy

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