A cake is the ultimate centerpiece at any wedding reception, baby shower, bridal shower or birthday bash. Guests feast their eyes upon it long before they sink their teeth into it, and if you’ve hired a photographer, he or she will be sure to capture the cake in all of its delectable glory. So, what sort of design should you go with? Jaw-droppingly gorgeous and all-around amazing, ombre cakes add a trendy and modern twist to any event. Check out these 21 beauties, and have fun dreaming up the ombre confection that’s just right for you.

1. Bursting Blooms: Bursting blooms in white, peach and orange help elevate this cake from sweet and simple to all-around spectacular. (via Ruffled)

2. Modern Stripes: Colorful stripes and a creative design make for an ultra-modern dessert that’s truly wow-worthy. (via Weddbook)

3. Tangerine Ruffles: Tangerine-tinged ruffles are perfect for adding a fittingly warm look to any outdoor soiree this summer. (via Craftsy)

4. Rustic Ruffles: Give a rustic reception some modern flair by displaying a romantically ruffled ombre cake. (via Southern Weddings)

5. Pretty Pastels: A gradient of soft pastels offers a look that’s trendy yet sweet. (via Project Wedding)

6. Delightful Dots: Still searching for your something blue? Look no further than this modern cake featuring an artful array of decorative dots. (via The Knot)

7. Naked Tiers: Skip the frosting and go naked with graduated tiers in a variety of yummy flavors. (via Wedding Wire)

8. Orange and Yellow Petals: Here comes the sun! Cheery orange and yellow petals brighten up any garden party. (via Colin Cowie Weddings)

9. Scalloped Pinwheels: A classic white cake gets a gorgeous ombre update with the addition of turquoise scalloped pinwheels. You know how much we love scalloped designs… (via Brides)

10. Pretty in Pink: Seeking a vibe that’s simultaneously vintage and modern? Get the best of both worlds by displaying a hot pink ombre cake atop a stylish, antique dresser. (via Project Wedding)

11. Mint Swirl: Trendy mint looks ultra-modern on an ombre cake featuring simple but stunning swirls. (via Brides)

12. Whimsical Watercolor: A watercolor-inspired design helps transform your cake into some legit edible art. (via Colin Cowie Weddings)

13. Bright and Bold: Soft pastels are pretty, but this bright and bold cake in vibrant purple, blue and green promises the ultimate color explosion at your event. (via Colin Cowie Weddings)

14. Blush Layers: An ombre cake featuring beautiful blush layers is just as lovely inside as it is out. (via Lovella Bridal)

15. Radiant Purple and Yellow: When subdued shades just won’t cut it, punch things up with a purple and yellow cake featuring amazing faux anemones. (via Cake Central)

16. Peach Perfection: Classic brides seeking a more subtle take on the trend are sure to love this beautifully understated white and peach color scheme. (via Wedding Chicks)

17. Single Tier: Whoever said a single-tier cake can’t be show-stopping, clearly hadn’t seen this bad boy. A colorful ombre design, plus a too-cute miniature banner, lends vibrant flair to an otherwise simple confection. (via A Modern Proposal)

18. Aqua Polka Dots: When your bestie’s expecting a boy, ditch basic baby blue in favor of artsy aqua polka dots. (via 160 Degrees and Rising)

19. Taste the Rainbow: Whether you’re planning a kid’s birthday blowout or just want to channel your own inner child, this rainbow-frosted confection is a guaranteed hit. (via Loverly)

20. Hidden Layers: Don’t let this cake’s plain white exterior fool you. Inside every slice, you’ll discover a beautiful array of color-transitioning layers perfect for a baby girl’s gender reveal party or a bestie’s birthday. (via Love It So Much)

21. Romantic Roses: Everything’s coming up roses when you display this original ombre cake at your wedding reception. (via Loverly)

Which of these ombre cakes would you love to make your own? Tell us below or on Facebook.