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If you’re having a beach wedding you are probably going to need a wedding cake! Beach wedding cakes can range from a very creative, elaborate beach theme to a subtle beach design or simply a “beachy” color.

Most cakes for beach weddings usually fall in to five design styles:

Embellished with:
 . Beach Chairs
 . Shells & Starfish
 . Tropical Flowers

. Nautical Design

. Ocean Colors

Even if you aren’t having a wedding on the beach but are a couple who loves the beach, you might want to consider a beach-themed wedding cake, too!

Beach wedding cakes often include edible sand and other beach symbols to create a scene. There are several ways to create the edible sand. I’ve read about good results using crushed graham crackers, either alone or mixed with a little brown sugar and a chocolate graham cracker. For lots of recipes, just Google “edible sand”. The Wilton website has a very good tutorial on making beach-themed cakes.

A pair of beach chairs is an addition that is often seen on beach wedding cakes. This embellishment really makes it clear that this is a beach wedding! The chairs are usually the centerpiece of an entire beach scene that includes edible sand and seashells. The two chairs are a perfect symbol for representing the bride and groom.
Beach_Chairs_Wedding_Cake

With seashells and starfish, there is no mistaking that this is a beach cake. The design can be subtle as seen in the first and last photos in the collage below or more obvious as seen in the other designs.
Shells_and_Starfish_Beach_Wedding_Cake

Tropical flowers are an entirely different look from the beach chairs and shells & starfish designs. You can go from a sophisticated look with orchids or for something casual, as seen in the last three photos below.
Tropical_Flowers_Wedding_Cake

A nautical-themed cake works for a beach wedding and for any venue that has water. It also is a fun cake theme if you enjoy water sports, boating, etc. Even though all of the cakes below have a nautical theme, they are very different from each other ranging from whimsical to sophisticated.
Nautical_Wedding_Cakes

If you want a beach-themed cake but want the theme to be subtle, just go with ocean or beach-related colors and a design that simulates waves or beach symbols.
Ocean_Colors_Wedding_Cake

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Click each collage twice for a full-size version.

More Beach Wedding ideas are on our Pinterest board and over 75 cakes on our Beach Wedding Cakes Pinterest board. Some great beach wedding ideas in a prior blog post, too!

Exclusively Weddings has lots of great beach wedding accessories.

Photo Sources: Beach Chairs: [1]Designer Cakes by Deb [2]Lilo Cakes [3]Just Desserts [4]Gateaux Cakes [6]Clara’s Designer Cakes – Shells & Starfish: [1]Wedding Bee [2]Brenda’s Cakes [3]Wedding Bee/The Cake Zone [4]Sweet Cheeks Baking [5]Cake Central [6]Wedding Wire – Tropical Flowers: [1]Rock ‘n Roll Bride [2]-[3]Martha Stewart Weddings [4]Gateaux Cakes [5]Frosted Petticoat [6]Jay’s Catering Co. – Nautical: [1]Calamity Cakes/Cake Central [2]100 Layer Cake [3]Golly Gosh Cake and Cookies [4]City View Cakehouse [5]Ruffled Blog [6]Anna Vasilyeva – Ocean Colors: [1]Treasured Memories Photography [2]Bride’s [3]Learn Cake Decorating Blog [4]Martha Stewart Weddings [5]Cake Girls [6]The Pastry Studio

 

 

 

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