One of the most enjoyable parts of planning a wedding is the cake tasting! No two cakes taste quite the same and deciding on which flavor you are going to choose can be quite a stressful situation for many brides and grooms.
This decision can be even harder if you want to layer the cake with different flavored tiers. How do you know which flavors work best together? How do you know what flavors to ask for when you go for your cake tasting session?
Most couples want a cake that will wow their guests but will also taste good, but with so many choices, it can be hard to choose which kind of wedding cake would best suit your needs.
In this article, we will explain the different flavors that you can get your wedding cake in as well as tips on how to choose a cake style and decorate your wedding cake. We will also take a look at some of the most popular and trending wedding cakes of 2021.
Tips On Choosing the Style and Flavor Of Your Wedding Cake
If you have never had to choose or help a friend decide on a flavor for a wedding cake before then you will more than likely not know where to start.
The following tips will remind you to consider a list of factors that can contribute to your final decision when you decide on the flavor and type of wedding cake that you are going to choose for your special day.
# 1 Chose the Style and Flavor That YOU Want!
You can never please everyone. Your guests will all have their favorite flavors and preferences when it comes to cake flavors. The trick is to not let any of your family or friends influence your choice in cake flavors. Your wedding is supposed to be your day and you as a couple should choose the cake flavor that you like.
# 2 Layers of Flavor
Some couples simply cannot decide on what flavor they prefer. In this instance, you can choose to go for two or even three different flavors for each layer of your cake.
It is important not to pair two flavors that are not going to fit together very well so speak to your baker and ask them for some advice.
# 3 Tis The Season
Different seasons can inspire different types of flavors for your wedding cake. Say for example you are having a Summer wedding, a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries can fit in very well with the weather.
Let’s say you have decided to get married in one of the Winter months. In this instance a rich chocolate cake brushed in Kalua frosted with dark chocolate and praline can be the perfect choice of cake for your winter wedding.
# 4 Frosted or Bare Wedding Cakes
You can choose to have frosting on your cake or go for a bare cake without frosting. Bare or naked wedding cakes have become quite popular these days and are baked and then stacked and filled with a thick layer of filling and served without frosting.
# 5 Your Cake Should Taste as Good as It Looks
Your wedding cake should not only look stunning but should taste just as good as it looks. Don’t compromise on taste even if the look of the cake appeals to you. Ask your baker for a tasting session before you give them the go-ahead.
Popular Wedding Cake Flavors
Here is a breakdown of popular wedding cake flavors:
Traditional Vanilla Flavor
Vanilla is always guaranteed to be a hit and is the best option for the bride and groom that wants to make sure that their cake will work well with nearly any type of frosting or filling. A very common combination is vanilla with buttercream. Always a classic and always tasty!
For all those chocoholics this type of cake is quite a bit richer than the usual vanilla cake option. Chocolate cake is a popular choice at many weddings and works well with buttercream, caramel, or strawberry and raspberry mousse filling. You can also pick your poison and go for normal, dark, or white chocolate.
Almonds are versatile and renowned for their sweet flavor. This kind of cake always works well with caramel buttercream or salted caramel. You can even use a lemon filling or change it up a bit by opting for an almond pear cake.
A tangy cake with a bit of a twist. These zesty lemon wedding cakes are commonly chosen for Summer weddings because they are both tasty and refreshing. These cakes pair very well with lemon frosting or vanilla buttercream. You can also opt for a raspberry or strawberry filling.
Rich and Spicy Flavored Winter Wedding Cakes
If you are looking for the perfect Winter wedding cake, then you should opt for a hearty and heavy cake that is filled with a bold flavor. Popular Winter wedding cake options are:
- Hazelnut cake with salted caramel and dark chocolate
- A rich red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
- A cinnamon spice cake with maple buttercream
- Rich chocolate cake with a dark chocolate frosting
This is not to say that you have to choose a flavor from this specific list. If you want to have an orange-flavored cake with chocolate frosting that is your prerogative. Just make sure to check with a professional baker if your idea is going to work.
Which Wedding Cake Flavor Combinations Should I Choose?
Once you have chosen the cake with the right flavor you need to consider what flavor buttercream or frosting will work well with the flavor that you have decided on. If you are not too sure then ask the person or bakery that is making your cake for their advice.
The Red Velvet Wedding Cake
This is a really elegant and classic option. This cake can be described as a red cake with cream cheese filling.
The Chocolate Cappuccino Torte Wedding Cake
This combination consists of a rich chocolate cake that is covered with cappuccino mousse.
The Almond and Salted Caramel Wedding Cake
A roasted almond cake that is lightly brushed with Amaretto and then filled with caramel buttercream, as well as a layer of salted caramel.
The Cookies and Cream Wedding Cake
A favorite amongst both kids and adults! This is a rich chocolate cake that is made together with crushed chocolate cookies. These are then covered with vanilla buttercream.
The Caramel Apple Wedding Cake
This vanilla cake is covered in freshly spiced caramel apples and then covered with caramel mousse.
The Lemon Summer Berry Wedding Cake
Do you want something with a fresh zing? Try this vanilla cake covered in lemon mousse and then accent it with fresh strawberries.
The Hazelnut Praline Wedding Cake
Frangelico and hazelnut praline buttercream cover this vanilla cake with a thin layer of chocolate ganache in between the layers of the cake.
The Chocolate Orange Wedding Cake
Are you on the hunt for something very different? This chocolate cake is paired with dark chocolate ganache as well as orange marmalade!
The Tuxedo Torte Wedding Cake
A popular option amongst many brides and grooms. This is a rich chocolate cake that is filled with a vanilla mousse.
The Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Wedding Cake
This rich and decadent chocolate cake is filled with dark chocolate ganache and strawberry preserves.
The Strawberries and Cream Wedding Cake
A light and simple vanilla cake covered with fresh strawberries. Simple yet elegant at the same time! Perfect for Summer and Spring weddings.
The Chocolate Decadence Wedding Cake
A combination of dark chocolate cake served with a chocolate buttercream frosting, Amaretto, and dark chocolate ganache.
The Cafe Latte Wedding Cake
Here we have layered chocolate and roasted almond cake that is lightly brushed with Kahlua and filled with a chocolate espresso buttercream.
The Traditional Carrot Wedding Cake
Made from fresh carrots to keep the cake moist, this cake is covered with cream cheese frosting. Always a popular choice!
The Pumpkin Spice Wedding Cake
This wedding cake is made with cinnamon and nutmeg and covered with a cream cheese frosting. Perfect for an Autumn wedding.
The Confetti Wedding Cake
For the fun bride and groom. This cake is covered in rainbow sprinkles and is full of color and vibrance. Perfect for a less formal wedding.
The Chocolate Mint Wedding Cake
Perfect for a snowy Christmas wedding. This decadent chocolate cake is covered in a dark chocolate mint frosting that can warm you up even on the coldest of days.
The Caramel Banana Wedding Cake
If you are a fan of banana bread you will simply love this cake. Made with fresh bananas and covered with a rich caramel frosting.
Other Wedding Cake Flavor Combinations That Work Well Together
- Banana cake with Nutella buttercream
- Apple flavored cake with a salted caramel frosting
- Almond cake with a white chocolate buttercream
- Vanilla cake with strawberry mousse and chocolate buttercream frosting
The Most Trending Wedding Cakes of 2021
Every year comes with new wedding cake trends and 2021 is no different. If you are looking at following the latest trend when it comes to wedding cakes here is a list of the most trending cakes in 2021.
The Back-to-Basics Buttercream and Fondant Cakes
Buttercream and fondant wedding cakes have started to gain popularity in the wedding industry and many couples are choosing to go for a simple white textured buttercream cake.
Although it may sound boring and bland to some it doesn’t have to be. These wedding cakes are elegant and can be personalized to fit the bride and grooms’ theme by using fresh flowers, sugar flowers, colorful decorations, edible foils, or textured frosting.
When choosing a buttercream cake you are also able to combine fun textures, stenciling, and other creative ways in which to add beauty and sophistication to your wedding cake.
The Multi-Tiered Wedding Cake
This is a smaller cake with more tiers and is the perfect way to give your event an authentic wedding feel if you are only inviting a few guests. These multi-tiered wedding cakes can range from two to four tiers or more. You are also able to choose a different flavor for each tier of the cake.
The Single-Tier Wedding Cake
A beautifully decorated single-tier cake is perfect for smaller weddings. Unfortunately in 2021 a lot of couples have had to scale down their guest list due to the pandemic so a single-tiered cake is a perfect choice. This cake will be enough to feed your guests without there being any wastage.
The Individual Mini Wedding Cake
In 2021 seated weddings are becoming quite the norm. Guest are served plated meals and for dessert, individually plated mini wedding cakes. This is largely due to Covid-19 and the bride and groom wanting to keep their guest’s safety paramount without running the risk of any type of contamination.
The Watercolor Design Wedding Cake
This trendy wedding cake is a perfect fit for those couples who have a love for art or simply want to do something different. These cakes can be painted with watercolors or palettes using buttercream resulting in beautiful painted designs all over the wedding cake.
The Sugar Flower Wedding Cake
Edible sugar wedding flowers have always been popular but in 2021 there seems to be a rising trend of couples opting for a dream wedding cake that is covered in edible wedding flowers. Sugar flowers can also be kept as a keepsake from your wedding day.
The sugar flower wedding cake can be quite the showstopper. So much so that you may not even want to cut the wedding cake up and eat it!
The Simply Decorated Wedding Cake
These naked and semi-naked cakes have been the trend for a few years and are still trending in 2021. These cakes are rustic and filled with a buttercream filling. Thereafter they are decorated with fresh flowers.
Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories – Buddy Valastro