Wedding Cake Flavors: How to Pick the Perfect Cake Flavor Combination

Finding the best wedding cake flavors is not an easy task. Exotic cake flavors and combinations are the latest trend and this article will guide you through how to pick the perfect cake flavor for your wedding!

Unique, bold and dramatic wedding cake idea. Navy fondant cake with metallic gold and berry colored flowers. Wedding Photographer: Sonia Bourdon Photography.

Unique, bold and dramatic wedding cake idea. Navy fondant cake with metallic gold and berry colored flowers. Wedding Photographer: Sonia Bourdon Photography.

There are enough decisions to make when it comes to planning your wedding day, amirite? Arguably the most fun part of planning your wedding is the cake testing day. Sitting around trying dozens of cake combinations, making sure the flavors perfectly compliment each other is a hard day’s work. We are available to help if needed, just saying. 😉

A Wedding Cake Flavors List: Textures and Trends

You picked the cake design but what will the cake taste like? Wedding cakes are made up of tiers or cake layers. Each tier can be a different flavor.

The variety of wedding cake flavors can be overwhelming, to say the least. Let’s start with a list of the most popular wedding cake flavors. Although if you are a trendy bride, you may want to pick one of the latest and trending wedding cake flavors.

Pumpkin squash, dulce de leche, blueberry berry, champagne, lemon, and chocolate are really hot this year. As you can see, they range from the tried-and-true classics to the more elaborate and stylish flavors.

Chiffon Cake: A very light and fluffy cake made with vegetable oil. It can be stored or frozen without drying out.

Sponge Cake: Sponge cake is firmer and good for stacking cake layers on top of one another. It can have different flavors, like vanilla, lemon or Belgian chocolate.

Cheesecake: An alternative to the traditional cake, a baked vanilla cheesecake with a crumbly biscuit base.

Carrot cake: Carrot cake usually has a soft, dense texture, and of course, carrots mixed into the batter.

Banana walnut cake: The banana walnut cake is a sweet and delicious dessert that will impress anyone!

Almond cake: Light, moist and velvety and quite typical of certain parts of Spain. Ole!

Wedding cake flavors. Take your pick from these delicious Italian cakes!

Wedding cake flavors. Take your pick from these delicious Italian cakes!

Champagne cake: A champagne infused cake with classic vanilla buttercream is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding!

Red Velvet cake: Red Velvet cake is traditionally a red or red-brown layer cake topped with white cream cheese or cooked roux icing.

Spice cake: Traditionally flavored with a mixture of spices. Predominant flavorings include spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg.

Devil’s Food Cake: Devil’s food cake is a moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake.

Three tier chocolate and vanilla edible gold wedding cake. Wedding photographer: Diana McGregor.

Three tier chocolate and vanilla edible gold wedding cake. Wedding photographer: Diana McGregor.

Let’s Talk about Frosting

There are just as many options for the frosting or icing as there are for the cake, not only in flavor but in texture and consistency. The Williams-Sonoma cookbook Cake states that “icing is generally thinner and glossier,” while its counterpart frosting is “a thick, fluffy mixture, used to coat the outside of a cake.”

Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of frosting and icing for wedding cakes:

  • Buttercream. This is the most popular frosting flavor made of butter, powdered sugar, and any flavoring you like. Definitely taste test your baker’s buttercream because there are so many variations, each buttercream type can be very different.
  • Meringue. This is a smooth, creamy frosting made with egg whites, sugar and flavorings. This is especially perfect for beach weddings, as it holds up well in the heat and will not melt.
  • Fondant. This is a paste-like icing that gives the sugar a very even finish, giving the cake a smooth texture. It is a bit chewy, so not everyone enjoys the texture when eating it but it can give a very refined look to the finished cake.
  • Ganache. This is chocolate melted with heavy cream. This will give a very shiny glaze to the cake, or it can be whipped for a more “fluffy” effect.

And the trending frosting this year is whipped cream! Yum! Of course, you can always skip the frosting and go for a naked cake or for the 2017 cake of the year, the drip cake!

Now, let’s cover the best wedding cake flavor combinations! 🙂

Fall wedding cake flavors. Gone are the light flavors of citrus and summer fruits. Autumn events favor decadently rich desserts, such as this wedding cake drizzled with salted caramel and decorated with figs.

Fall wedding cake flavors. Gone are the light flavors of citrus and summer fruits. Autumn events favor decadently rich desserts, such as this wedding cake drizzled with salted caramel and decorated with figs.

Best Wedding Cake Flavors, Fillings, and Combinations

Ok, if you are not hungry already, you are about to now. We have already discussed the cake flavor and the icing, but there is also the matter of the filling. How do you combine all three of these glorious, delicious components to create the perfect symphony of wedding cake flavors?

Here is a list of recommended combos that will hopefully wrap the perfect bow on your finalized cake decision.

  • Chocolate-gasm: There is no shame in making every single wedding guest love chocolate as much as you do. Set chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream and the guests will be dancing, if not from happiness then from the sugar rush.
  • Vanilla Raspberry-licious: Vanilla sponge cake with raspberry jam filling and a marzipan frosting. Do we need to say more? The tartness of the raspberry will perfectly offset the sweetness of the vanilla and marzipan. And it’s fruit so you can pretend it’s healthy too.
  • Carrot Cream Cheese Craze: We all know (and most of us love) carrot cake. It can be a bit of a divisive topic but if you don’t like carrot cake, we can all agree on one thing, the cream cheese frosting makes it all worth it. And this is a vegetable, so it’s definitely healthy!
  • Need We Say S’More: A traditional bonfire treat meets a classy day in delicious s’mores flavored wedding cake. Accomplish this by having a graham cracker cake set with chocolate ganache, marshmallows, and vanilla buttercream. You can even toast the outside marzipan for full effect.
  • Raspberry Dacquoise Cake. Almond-and-hazelnut meringue joins vanilla buttercream laced with raspberries and crème framboise in this divine standout, complete with sage-green fondant and piped golden raspberries.
  • Lemon meringue buttercream-y: Fresh and summery lemon cake with raspberry mousse and Swiss meringue buttercream filling.
Pick a non-traditional cake for your wedding like a crepe wedding cake. We love alternative wedding cake flavors!

Pick a non-traditional cake for your wedding like a crepe wedding cake. We love alternative wedding cake flavors!

Pick your favorite wedding cake flavors. Strawberry cheese wedding cake with chunks of chocolate.

Pick your favorite wedding cake flavors. Strawberry cheese wedding cake with chunks of chocolate.

How to Pick Your Perfect Cake Flavor: A Final Word

As you can tell from the lists above, there are an overwhelming number of options to choose from when selecting the perfect wedding cake flavor. So how do you decide? How do you come to the conclusions of what cake will be perfect for your big day?

Here are a few tips:

  • Choose your favorite flavors or wedding cake flavors that have a special meaning to you. Don’t worry about pleasing everyone or making a ‘safe’ choice. After all, this is your cake and your wedding day.
  • Be Mindful of Your Wedding Season or Your Dinner Menu. Are you getting married in the summer? Then a coconut, lime-flavored cake might fit perfectly. Are you having an Italian inspired wedding menu? Then you might want to incorporate some cannoli filling to your cake.
  • Research. Look into what cake flavors are emerging in popularity. Meet with different bakeries and schedule consultations where you can taste the flavors, so you know exactly what you are getting.
  • If you really can’t decide, choose multiple flavors. Who says your cake has to be one flavor? Who says you have to only have one cake, for that matter? There are endless rules of creativity when it comes to weddings these days. If you want multiple cake flavors, order multiple and the guests will surely be delighted to have a choice.

We are happy to report that we have thousands more ideas for wedding cake flavors and combinations to help you choose yours. Check out the photos below!

A Photo Gallery of Wedding Cake Flavors and Ideas

A rustic wedding deserves a multi-flavor open layer naked wedding cake by 2tarts Bakery. Take a look and happy pinning!

A rustic wedding deserves a multi-flavor open layer naked wedding cake by 2tarts Bakery. Take a look and happy pinning!

Chocolate and red roses wedding cake for the chocoholic couple by Monica Liguori.

Chocolate and red roses wedding cake for the chocoholic couple by Monica Liguori.

Cover your cake with textures of love. Baster bakers: ArchiCAKEture.

Cover your cake with textures of love. Baster bakers: ArchiCAKEture.

Marble cakes have got us all starry-eyed.

Marble cakes have got us all starry-eyed.

Naked cake with whipped cream layers yum!

Naked cake with whipped cream layers yum!

Perfect for a spring wedding. Rosalind Miller Sugar Flower Wedding Cake.

Perfect for a spring wedding. Rosalind Miller Sugar Flower Wedding Cake.

Forget the frosting or the icing and go for something unique. Olga Noskova creates cakes with a special glaze that makes confectionery surfaces appear flawlessly smooth and glossy. Cake decorating technique "Mirror Glaze"

Forget the frosting or the icing and go for something unique. Olga Noskova creates cakes with a special glaze that makes confectionery surfaces appear flawlessly smooth and glossy. Cake decorating technique “Mirror Glaze”

Wedding cake flavor for an alternative cake: Cheesecake! Wedding photography: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.

Wedding cake flavor for an alternative cake: Cheesecake! Wedding photography: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.

Whether you call them semi-naked, barely-frosted, half-dressed just keep the buttercream to a minimum. Scantily-clad succulent wedding cake by Wilton Cake Decorating.

Whether you call them semi-naked, barely-frosted, half-dressed just keep the buttercream to a minimum. Scantily-clad succulent wedding cake by Wilton Cake Decorating.

Majestic wedding cake. Discover how to pick the perfect cake flavor.

Majestic wedding cake. Discover how to pick the perfect cake flavor.

Don't forget the wedding cake topper! This custom monogram A vintage in ivory with pearls, lace & ostrich feather with gold jewelry is ideal for a Gatsby wedding cake.

Don’t forget the wedding cake topper! This custom monogram A vintage in ivory with pearls, lace & ostrich feather with gold jewelry is ideal for a Gatsby wedding cake. Get it here!.

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