The wedding cake tasting is hands down one of the highlights of planning a wedding! Who doesn't love the chance to get to sample all of those delicious confections all in the name of planning the perfect reception? This guide will give you an overview of wedding cake flavors, and help you determine which ones would be the best for your cake.
Naturally the best flavor for your wedding cake is your favorite one. At the same time, it is helpful to keep the style of the wedding in mind and to try to select a dessert which complements it. The most traditional flavor is the classic white buttercream cake. If you are a fan of traditional wedding elements like roses, lace, and pearl earrings, this would be an ideal cake for your reception. Of course, even classics can be given a dash of surprise; just as you might add a blue crystal to your pearl bridal earrings, you can always think about adding a layer of jam or cream to your white cake. Flavored buttercream, such as raspberry or mocha, will be delicious yet subtle. A jam or fresh fruit filling (lemon curd, anyone?) will be bolder in taste.
Chocolate is another top flavor for wedding cakes. Rich dark chocolate is definitely a top choice when the groom has a vote, and many brides like it as well. It is particularly good for a fall or winter cake, as the sweet ending to a rich meal. Frost it with chocolate icing for a doubly good taste. In the summer, an all chocolate confection can seem a bit heavy; if that is your flavor of choice, use a lighter white frosting to tone down the richness a bit. Not that anyone is going to complain about a chocolate cake, no matter what the season!
Fruit flavors can be light and refreshing for warm weather receptions. Try a lemon-infused confection for a July wedding. Or choose a tart and lively key lime flavor, which would be especially great for a Florida event. To infuse your cake with a tropical flair, choose a coconut frosting over key lime - you can bet that everyone will be coming back for seconds! Shaved coconut will look great as the main cake decoration. Add a line of small seashells around the base of each tier for a marvelous tropical wedding cake.