Wedding cake is the perfect finisher for the perfect event, so naturally we left our Best of 2016: Wedding Cakes for very last. Obviously the “last but not least” rule applies here, folks! From the most epic cakes to the loveliest, and the most striking backdrops and cake tables you’ll see in this corner of the internet, here are the top picks in no particular order. Don’t forget to check out our other Best of 2016 posts (fashion, ceremonies, bouquets, receptions, and DIYs), and here’s to a promising 2017!

dripping wedding cake - photo by Petra Veikkola Photography
Dripping wedding cake. Photo by Petra Veikkola Photography, cake by Gaggui from this shoot.

chalkboard wedding cake - photo by Gideon Photography
Chalkboard wedding cake. Photo by Gideon Photography, cake by Sweet Cakes by Karen, event design by Forevermore Events from this shoot.

geometric marbled wedding cake - photo by Laura Kelly Photography
Marbled geometric cake. Photo by Laura Kelly Photography, cake by The Cake Whisperer from this shoot.

donut covered wedding cake - photo by Summer Taylor Photography
Wedding cake topped with donuts. Photo by Summer Taylor Photography, wedding cake by The Pear Blossom, donuts by Art City Donuts from this shoot.

abstract art wedding cake - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography
Abstract art wedding cake. Photo by Jessica Cooper Photography, cake by Nutmeg Cake Design from this shoot.

wedding cake topped with cherry blossoms - photo by Elisabeth Van Lent Photography
Wedding cake topped with cherry blossoms. Photo by Elisabeth Van Lent Photography, cake by Sweet Appetite from this shoot.

painted wedding cake - photo by Ivy Road Photography
Pink paint drip wedding cake. Photo by Ivy Road Photography, cake by The Cake that Ate Paris from this shoot.

naked wedding cake - photo by Cara Robbins Studio
Naked wedding cake dusted with powdered sugar. Photo by Cara Robbins Studio, cake by Fruzsina McGuiness from this wedding.

black and gold wedding cake - photo by Tyler Rye Photography
Black and gold wedding cake. Photo by Tyler Rye Photography, cake by Sweet Cakes by Karen from this wedding.

wedding cake with burgundy and copper - photo by Marisa Belle Photography
Wedding cake accented with burgundy and copper. Photo by Marisa Belle Photography, cake by Heart Sweet Cakes from this shoot.