Cynthia Whiteside Photography
If you like sweets, choosing the flavors for your wedding cake will definitely be the most delicious part of planning your big day. Sitting down with a professional baker at your wedding cake tasting, sampling delicious bites after a delicious bite, what could be better?
But if you and your future spouse disagree on the flavors of the wedding cake, this task could be more difficult than it seems at first glance. But do not worry! There’s a wedding cake flavor for everyone, and we’re here to help you make the tastiest decision of your life.
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Here are our top tips for choosing the flavors for your wedding cake.
First, take a light-hearted approach.
You are choosing the flavors for your wedding cake, not writing your guest list – so have fun with this task! Even if you and your partner have different ideas about the flavors that make a great cake, there will always be a solution to your problem. So enjoy this! You probably already know if your partner is a chocolate fanatic or prefers lemon cake every time, but they might have something specific in mind for their wedding day. Have a conversation and come up with a list of possibilities.
Once you have some basic ideas, call different bakeries, read reviews and get inspiration, and find a baker who will get it (and work within your price range). Then schedule some consultations and tastings, sample some wedding cake flavors you might not have chosen otherwise, and see what sticks with you in the days to come. It will be surprised!
LOVE did you make your best friend’s wedding cake? Ask him who did it!
Let’s face it: Not all wedding cakes are created equal. They can be dry, too sweet, or too dense for your taste. So if you’ve been to a wedding where you absolutely adored cake, ask the couple who made it! It’s a safe bet to assume that the bakery will do an equally good job with your sweet gift.
Know (and accept!) That it won’t please everyone.
Is your father an alcoholic and your mother prefers carrot cake? Don’t let their opinions influence your wedding cake flavor decisions. There is no possible way to please everyone at your wedding, and ultimately, you have to take the first bite! So choose wedding cake flavors that will make your mouth water, and don’t let the preferences of others drive you crazy.
Don’t forget the frosting.
There is more to the flavors of wedding cakes than cakes! Remember that your confectionery will (probably!) Be covered in some form of frosting, be it buttercream, ganache, cream cheese, fondant, or otherwise, so be sure to factor that into your decision. The taste and texture of your frosting can greatly change the overall experience – including the taste and mouthfeel – of your cake, so don’t ignore this important element.
Think about the season.
Get married in the summer? Try a strawberry shortcake-inspired wedding cake flavor. Having a fall wedding? Why not go for a pumpkin pie topped with delicious cream cheese frosting? Be inspired by the flavors of the season and be guided by them on your cake tasting adventure.
Consider the layers.
If you can’t decide (or agree!) On just one wedding cake flavor, you should know that you can include different layers of flavor in your pastry. You don’t want to match things that are too different, but talk to your baker about your preferences – these professionals can work miracles!
Make sure it tastes good.
The most important thing about your wedding cake is that it tastes good. This probably seems obvious, but after flipping through hundreds of photos of beautiful candies, sometimes the look of the cake can seem more important than its taste. Do not be put off! You want this thing to be delicious, and if that means serving a sheet cake from the grocery store (because those are always good), then so be it.
When in doubt, ask your baker for recommendations.
If you’re really in a bind (or not a dessert person) and can’t find something you like, ask your baker for recommendations on some wedding cake flavors that go well with guests in almost all cases. That will probably mean opting for a simpler flavor profile, like a white cake with frosting, but at least you know your cake will be tasty.
You can change the flavor of your wedding cake by adding interesting mixes, such as nuts, fruits, or liqueurs, so consider those as you are mapping out your wedding day dessert.
Or skip the cake!
And if wedding cake isn’t your thing, or you can’t stop thinking about cakes, cookies, or donuts, serve a different dessert. There is nothing wrong with offering a dessert bar with a wide variety of options, or even building a tall tower of donuts or muffins.