tall white wedding cake with delicate fall leaves

Classic Leaves

It's a traditional decor detail for a reason--nothing says fall like orange and red leaves. We think this minimalist cake above is an elegant interpretation of this motif.

Caramel Everything

Forget pumpkin spice, the traditional flavor of fall is definitely caramel. Combine a naked spice cake with a generous application of ooey gooey caramel for a tasty fall treat!

naked wedding cake dripping with caramel

Rustic Finish

Cakes that fall in between naked and iced have a rustic quality that is ideal for the relaxed vibe that often accompanies autumn weddings. The cake below also incorporates pretty jewel-toned flowers to fit the season.

pretty fall wedding cake with thin layer of buttercream
small buttercream wedding cake with fall leaves and flowers

Say It With Color

Speaking of jewel tones, fall colors are sometimes the easiest representation for your autumn theme. You can keep the rest of your cake simple and add garnet and ruby colored flowers with hints of blush and coral to accent.  Now is also a great season to use the Pantone color of the year, marsala. With its rich wine hue, it blends in beautifully with many fall color palettes.

buttercream wedding cake with marsala and cream colored flowers
colorful wedding cake with marsala and gold layers

Add Some Glow

Sure, metallic accents have been big all year. But you'd be mistaken to think that you have to put away all that glimmers now that summer is over. Add a deep golden layer to give darker colors dimension (above, right) or to create a metallic masterpiece of rich texture (below).

ruffled wedding cake with white and gold layers

stack of homemade fruit pies with lattice tops

Break With Tradition

Not a cake person?  Fall is a great season to opt for a pie buffet instead.  Offer your guests a selection of your favorite flavors of the season, such as apple, pecan, and pumpkin.

rustic pie buffet at barn wedding

Or go a step further by presenting a tower of donuts alongside hot apple cider. It's an unbeatable combination that will be particularly welcome on a cool fall evening.

tower of sugared donuts with hot apple cider at fall wedding

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