A wedding cake can be the centerpiece for your friends and family to admire on your big day. Naturally, there’s pressure to get it right.
While there are plenty of things that your guests will remember about your wedding day, getting the cake wrong can leave a very sour taste in their mouths. The right cake, or the wrong one, will leave them talking about it for months.
A cake should satisfy your guests. Plus, it should be a celebration of the happy couple’s tastes and personalities. What’s more, wedding cake trends are moving fast. That’s a good thing! It means that couples have more flexibility than ever when choosing their dream wedding cake.
A good wedding cake doesn’t have to be boring. With that in mind, here are some unusual wedding cake flavors.
Pink Champagne Wedding Cake
A wedding is a time for celebration, and nothing screams celebration more than champagne!
Although the pink color of the cake might not be for everyone, breast cancer survivors, “girly” brides or couples who aren’t afraid to make a statement will be more than happy with an indulgent pink champagne cake.
For some extra oomph, ask your cake maker to add champagne to the batter, although water will also do just fine if you’d prefer to keep the champagne taste understated.
When it comes to decoration, you can add raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream to make this pink champagne cake a show stopper.
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A lavender flavored cake is a perfect summer wedding cake. For example, a lavender honey sponge cake can be a great wedding centerpiece. Lavender is a very versatile ingredient and complements a wide range of flavors, including honey, strawberries, blueberries, and lemon.
What’s more, a wedding cake with a purple hue looks very impressive. However, if you’re more of a traditionalist and would like a white wedding cake, you can still incorporate lavender into the cake by using it as a decoration. One way is through the use of lavender-flavored fondant flowers.
Salted Caramel Cake
A salted caramel wedding cake, although delicious, is likely to only appeal to those with a serious sweet tooth! A great wedding cake all-year round, you can complement the flavor of the salted caramel with cream cheese frosting or even Swiss meringue buttercream. Equally, you could have some fun with the cake’s decoration and add some salted caramel popcorn to the cake.
If you are looking at having a salted caramel wedding cake but would like a way to balance the sweetness, you could also mix and match your flavors. For example, if you have a two-tiered wedding cake, one layer could be a chocolate cake with a salted caramel filling, while the second tier could be a plain Victoria sponge cake. That way you get the best of both worlds.
It’s almost inevitable that you will have some chocoholics at your wedding, and maybe you’re one yourself! If so, give in to your sweet tooth and opt for an indulgent chocolate wedding cake. Or, better yet, chocolate and hazelnut.
You could go all-out and have a rich cake, such as a chocolate and peanut butter sponge cake, or a chocolate fudge cake. Alternatively, you could play around with classic combinations, and opt for a chocolate and mint cake.
Of course, one option that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser is a Nutella wedding cake. With its nutty chocolate flavor, you’ll be sure to have guests coming back for second helpings. If you’re looking for ways to cut through the cake’s richness, you could include a fruit element to the cake. For example, you could use raspberry or strawberry jam.
For anyone who enjoys citrus fruits, it’s hard to go wrong with a lemon cake. Perfect for a warm summer wedding, a lemon cake can be very playful and also goes well with cakes that use buttercream icing.
Some flavor combinations could be lemon with lemon curd, lemon with white chocolate, or lemon and blueberry. Alternatively, you could choose to take some royal inspiration for your wedding and opt for a lemon and elderflower cake. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had one at their recent wedding, so it’s sure to be trendy for a while!
Coffee Flavored Wedding Cake
For any caffeine addicts out there, you’ll be delighted to hear that coffee-flavored cake is a perfectly viable choice for a wedding cake. The amount of coffee in the cake can be made to taste, from a strong espresso-flavored cake to a mild coffee-infused mocha sponge.
For a more grown-up version on the cake, you can also add in liquor such as Kahlua to give the guests an extra pick-me-up. Coffee also goes exceedingly well with white or dark chocolate. It’s easy to make your wedding cake incredibly indulgent if you decide to follow a coffee theme.
Apple and Caramel Cake
If you are a fan of fruits in your wedding cake, there are plenty of flavor combinations you can work with to give your guests that wow factor.
For example, try an apple cake with a caramel buttercream for a glorious autumn wedding cake. Or, use traditional combinations such as apple, cinnamon, and raisin that guests are sure to love. Such traditional pairings tend to work very well together. Plus, you’ll have the knowledge that the flavor combinations are tried and tested, ensuring the cake will be a success.
Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of apples, you can still incorporate fruit into your wedding cake. For example, a pear and almond sponge, or even a banana and praline sponge would make a wonderful wedding cake.
If you’re looking for some cake inspiration for a winter wedding, you could opt for a ginger cake. A ginger cake is warming and is the perfect comfort food to top off a fantastic day. There are plenty of ingredients that work very well with ginger.
For example, you could have a ginger cake with maple frosting, or a ginger and walnut cake. Like this Rosella ginger pecan torte, or alternatively, if you’d like to make your ginger cake adults-only, you could have a ginger and spiced rum sponge cake. It’s a great way to highlight the ginger flavor and make it shine, all while enjoying a hint of rum.
The Choice of Wedding Cake Is up to You
Although wedding cakes are traditionally made of fruit-flavored cake or Victoria sponge, designs and flavors have branched out in recently. There are more elaborate and unique designs available than ever before.
So if you’re looking for something different for your upcoming wedding, you can find plenty of unusual cake inspirations. From ginger and coffee-flavored cakes to more sweet indulgences, such as Nutella and salted caramel, there’s a vast amount of possibilities out there.
If you can’t decide on the flavor of your wedding cake, you could choose to incorporate more than one. That is, of course, if you’re planning on a multi-tiered cake.
Remember, the flavor and the design of the cake should best reflect the bride’s and groom’s tastes and personalities. So don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors and decoration — after all, it’s your big day!
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