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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Click each collage twice for a full-size version.

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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