Sugar Succulents

succulents wedding cake via Inspired by This, Braedon Flynn Photography left, by Butter End Bakery right, Leila Brewster Photography

Love them or hate them, succulents are a big trend in wedding florals this year for rustic style wedding receptions. We have two pretty examples above, with a watercolour effect cake above left (via Inspired by This, Braedon Flynn Photography) and to the right, a rustic style beauty softened with blush pink blooms from The Butter End Cakery (image by Leila Brewster Photography).

You’ll find tutorials for a selection of sugarcrafted succulents here:

One of the most beautiful succulent wedding cakes we’ve come across is the fabulous “silvered jade” succulent cake below left by Cakes by Krishanthi. To the right is another example of beautiful silvery foliage in a mixed floral arrangment in this pretty cake by Nine Cakes (not succulents, but we couldn’t resist!)

succulent wedding cake by Cakes by Krishanthi left and silvery foliage and pink floral cake by Nine Cakes right

Cake Ink, Australia have combined contemporary sugar succulents with beautiful white blooms and smart stripes in this beautiful mint and white wedding cake below.

sugar succulents wedding cake by Cake Ink

Succulents alone, while popular, can be quite stark against a white iced cake but blended with soft pinks and pristine whites softens the contemporary edge for a more bridal style, with a pretty example below left via  The Knot. To the right, the effect of the succulents is softened with sprigs of herbs and foliage for a dainty, woodland effect (image below right via Pinterest).

succulents wedding cake viaThe Knot left and via Pinterest right

Textured buttercream paired with corkscrew hazel, succulents and snowberries makes a wonderful winter woodland themed wedding cake below from Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes.

botanical wedding cake with succulents by Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes

Succulents of course come in a huge variety of shapes and shades from bright spring green to mint tinged shades and purple hued plants.  The acclaimed Royal Bakery in California make great use of the varied colours of the different variety succulent plants in their design below contrasting smooth and textured buttercream tiers as well as pristine white blooms with rustic succulents (with inspiration also from the Sweet and Saucy Shop).

succulents wedding cake by Royal Bakery inspired by Sweet and Saucy

While it’s one of the less obvious pairings, Sugar Couture Cupcakes & Cakes have very imaginatively blended lace appliques with pale green, almost white, succulents in their design below for a very contemporary style wedding cake.

sugar succulents cake by Sugar Couture, Costa Rica


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 here: Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers with Nicholas Lodge.

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

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