10 Sweet Single-Tier Wedding Cakes

Who needs an oversized cake when one tier is just as sweet?

While most couples opt for traditional tiers, we love how chic these small cakes can be. Whether part of a larger dessert bar or made for a just-the-two-of-you elopement, single tiers still feel special.

1. You don’t need three layers to work the ombré trend.

 Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, 914.722.8300;


2. Book-lovers (and Harry Potter fans) will love this chocolate-draped caked with a whimsical topper.

Chantilly Patisserie, Bronxville, 914.771.9400;


3. Naked layers show off flecks of carrot in this cake topped with creamy frosting.

Maxine’s Catering & Bittersweet Bakers, Accord;


Photo by Christian Oth Studio

4. For a Blue Hill at Stone Barns wedding, the bride and groom opted for passed desserts with this fresh-flower-topped, diminutive cake just for cutting.


Photo by Casey Fatchett

5. Topped with a sprig of lavender, this tiny textured cake was part of a larger cookies-and-milk-themed dessert bar at Red Maple Vineyard.


6. And you’re not limited to just one cake. Two separate tiers means you don’t have to choose between the requisite bride-and-groom topper and a pile of gorgeous fall leaves.

Maxine’s Catering & Bittersweet Bakers, Accord;


7. Feel like even two tiers aren’t enough? Try a whole table of deconstructed layers, like these vanilla buttercream ones from famed Magnolia Bakery.

Magnolia Bakery, Central Valley, 855.622.5379;


Photo by Sara Wight Photography

8. The groom’s mother made this almond chiffon naked cake with lemon filling and raspberry-mint sauce.


9. Watercolors and carefully placed flowers give this small cake big artistic impact.

 Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale, 914.722.8300;


10. Simple dots make for a traditional exterior on this gluten-free, dairy-free, certified-kosher cake from By the Way Bakery.

By the Way Bakery, Hastings-on-Hudson, 914.478.0555;

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