Rustic Winter Wedding Cakes

Winter berry wedding cakes by Amy Swann Cakes (left) and photo on right by Courtney Lee Photography via Pinterest

While rustic style weddings are hugely popular with summer brides, winter is the perfect season to host a rustic wedding with glowing candles, pine cones, log fires, red berries and winter foliage at your disposal to create that perfect rustic setting.

The queen of British sugar floristry, Amy Swann has created a magical winter wedding cake (above right) featuring a swirling cornucopia of winter delights – red berries, snowberries, sloes berries, silver foliage and intertwining twigs.

Above right, frosted pine cones, cream roses and red berries combine all that is beautiful about winter in a stunning seasonal wedding cake by Kelly Kakes. (Image: Courtney Lee Photography via Couture Colarado Weddings).

Pine cones and winter foliage crown two more beautiful examples below of rustic winter wedding cakes. (Images: Ruffled, below left, and Wedding Chicks, with cake by Dani Ritchie, below right).

If you are using fresh pine cones or twigs on a cake, remember to sit them on a clear circle of acetate paper for food hygiene purposes.  To make completely edible pine cones, you’ll find a tutorial here: how to make chocolate pine cones.

Chocolate Winter Wedding Cakes (images sourced from Pinterest)

Chocolate lends itself perfectly to the rustic style wedding cake and provides the perfect canvas to decorate with winter berries, pine cones and frosted foliage. (Images below from Pinterest).


Sugar dusted everygreen foliage lends  a simple winter charm to the buttercream wedding cake design (below left) from the Cakewalk Bake Shop.

On the right, The Little Cupcakery, Northern Ireland adds subtle touches of gold leaf to their textured buttercream wedding cake below with a rustic arrangement of rich red spray roses and forest foliage adding a superb seasonal flourish (image by You Them Us Photography, flowers by Scarlet & Crimson Flowers).

winter forest wedding cakes from cakewalkhome. blogspot left, right The Little Cupcakery NI, You Them Us Photography, Scarlet & Crimson Flowers

For a winter berry naked cake, a powdery dusting of icing sugar adds a simple fallen snow effect with two beautiful examples below, from French Made (right) and via Pinterest (left).

winter berry naked wedding cakes with images from Pinterest left, French Made right

For a white-on-white rustic style wedding cake, Bumble Bee Cakes UK have a beautiful pearlised snowberry winter wedding cake design, below left. Scottish cake designers, Happy Hills Cakes have also created a unique rustic, yet elegant winter twigs design (below right).

Pearlized-Snow-Berry-Winter Wedding Cake by Bumble Bee Cakes UK (left) and Winter Wedding Cake by Happy Hills Cakes (right)

If branches and twigs are a little too heavy for your winter wedding cake design, twisted hazel is a great alternative. The Pastry Studio enhance their beautiful design (below right) with delicate white sugar blossoms added to twisted hazel stems.

On left, twisted hazel paired with ivory florals makes a beautiful winter composition to set off the snowy textured tiers, created with gently waved lines of horizontal piping (image via Pinterest).

rustic winter wedding cakes by The Pastry Studio right, image left via Style Me Pretty

Advertisement: To learn how to create edible berries, leaves and winter blossoms, see US designer Maggie Austin’s brilliant Craftsy class: Maggie Austin – Sugar Berries, Leaves, and Blossoms.

Readers might also be interested in our features on Woodland Wedding Cakes, Birch Tree Wedding Cakes & Woodgrain Effects, Fruits of the ForestGumpaste Berries Tutorials, Wildlife Inspired Wedding Cakes.

For more winter wedding cake inspiration, see our features: Snowflake Wedding Cakes, Jewelled & Beaded Winter Wedding Cakes, Winter Berry Cakes, Winter Woodland Wedding Cakes, Stag’s Head & Deer Cakes, Knit Effect Cakes, Bas Relief Cake Decorating and Novelty Winter Wedding Cakes.

Readers might also be interested in our Christmas cake decorating series: Chic Christmas Cake DecoratingNovelty Christmas Cakes, How to Make a Festive Gingerbread House, Christmas Desserts & Treats  Classic Christmas Cake Decorating, Novelty Christmas Cakes for Kids, Gingerbread Houses, Christmas in Pastels and New Year’s Eve Cakes.

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