Ultimate Guide To The Best Wedding Cake Flavors

December 23, 2022

Your wedding cake is one of the most important desserts you'll ever have, so choosing a flavor that you and your guests will love is important. Unfortunately, with so many options, knowing where to start can take a lot of work. Luckily, we've put together the ultimate guide to the best wedding cake flavors to ensure your cake is as delicious as it is beautiful.

From classics like vanilla and chocolate to more unique options like lavender and Earl Grey, there's something for everyone on this list. But we’re pretty sure that depending on who you ask, the list of popular wedding cake flavors may vary - because no two “sweet tooths” are the same. So, we’ve buttered up our list to give you some delectable cake flavors for weddings that are traditional, unique, and popular. 

What Are The Top 7 Wedding Cake Flavors?

In 2022 we saw many couples embracing some more unique cake flavors. Of course, traditional cake flavors, including pineapple wedding cakes, red velvet cakes, butterscotch, fruit cake, and the always the life of the party - chocolate cakes tantalized guests' tastebuds. But when it comes to the top 7 wedding cake flavors of all time, the list is pretty standard.

  1. Vanilla
  2. Chocolate
  3. Funfetti
  4. Lemon
  5. Yellow Cake
  6. Red Velvet
  7. Strawberry
Chef is cutting an Italian wedding Millefoglie Cake
Photo Credits: David Bastianoni

What Are The Best Flavors For Wedding Cakes?

Today couples are becoming a bit more adventurous with their wedding cake flavors. Couples are changing many aspects of weddings by ditching traditional things to make their nuptials more personal and unique. This includes creating more experience-based weddings that will leave their guests speechless. And you can bet this includes the culinary and cake experience.

Recently, we’ve seen the best flavors for wedding cakes become more about tantalizing guests' taste buds and longing for more. 

Here are some flavors that have been making a splash.

  • Earl Grey olive oil wedding cake with fresh figs
  • Spiced pear wedding cake with salted caramel & chai tea icing
  • Banana coconut mocha
  • Dark chocolate matcha cake with berries
  • Strawberries & pink peppercorns
  • Coffee & Cognac
  • Ginger & passionfruit

Couples are infusing more of their personalities into their weddings, turning them into events that are just as unique as their love story. Because of this, cake flavors are less traditional and more of the tastes they love. 

What Are Some Unique Cake Flavors?

Wedding cakes have advanced in the confectionary ranks to magnificent masterpieces, both inside and out. So the days of simple chocolate or vanilla are long gone. Instead, we are thrilled to see more teas, herbs, and other flavors frequently used in savory dishes now included in cake flavors. 

In modern-day weddings, cake makers are creating one-of-a-kind taste profiles and pushing customers beyond their comfort zones with a menu full of possibilities like blue cheese, coriander, earl grey tea, sesame, and feta.

If you’re looking for a unique cake flavor for your wedding, check out these ideas. 

Peanut butter cup

Layer a chocolate cake with decadent peanut butter buttercream & a chocolate & peanut butter ganache, then finish it off with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Chocolate Chai

Any cocoa enthusiasts in your group will appreciate a chocolate Bailey's cake. However, that would be overly simplistic. The chocolatey treat is brought to the heights of ultra-sophistication with the addition of a chai-spiced buttercream.

Grand Marnier

Give your wedding cake some French flair using Grand Marnier's zesty flavor. The cognac gives the straightforward cake flavors depth and a touch of je ne sais quoi. Any brandy can be used to enhance the taste of a wedding cake if you're not a fan of Grand Marnier.

Bananas Foster Wedding Cake

Although Bananas Foster originated in the French Quarter, you don't need to be in New Orleans to enjoy the famous dessert. Make your wedding dessert taste like New Orleans by combining a butter cake with a banana, caramel filling, rum, and cinnamon filling.

What Is Trending In Wedding Cakes?

Each year wedding trends change, from themes to color palettes and dress styles - every part of weddings gets a fresh new look. And this is also true for wedding cakes. So, here’s what’s trending in wedding cakes for the upcoming year.

Millefoglie Cake

If you want a traditional Italian wedding cake, the Millefoglie cake is the best! This delicious cake originated in the French Millefeuille; it combines several layers of crispy puff pastry dough that’s covered by pastry cream. Then alternating layers of the Millefoglie pastry are filled with delectable ingredients like chocolate, real fruit, lemon curd, etc.

This cake's crispiness is a defining characteristic; however, what we love most about the Millefoglie cake is that it’s made live. Your Italian chef will prepare the Millefoglie cake at your wedding right before your guests. It’s a wonderful experience that is sure to impress your guests. 

Italian Confetti

Another Italian custom is to place confetti on the wedding dessert table - but it’s not the standard confetti you may be thinking of. In Italian, the word “confetti” means sugared almonds, which can have different flavors. The most loved confetti is made from pistachio, hazelnuts, or chocolate, but in modern times, the variety of flavors is endless!

Confetti translates to "candied" in Italian. It specifically refers to sugar-coated almonds for a wedding. At a wedding, this has a unique significance. The almond represents the beginning of a new life and the bitter-sweetness of marriage.

Another unique tradition is to prettily pack these nuts into Bomboniere. The typical Bomboniere is a tiny organza or tulle sachet, but there are also considerably more ornate fabric, ceramic, metal, or even crystal containers.

wedding confetti table setup
Photo credits: Sofia Camplioni

Tropical Flavors, Unexpected & Delicious

Tropical flavors will be in wedding desserts, and we love it! Some incredible combinations balance the sugary sweetness and acidity, creating an explosion of tropical flavors.

The upcoming year will see a rise in the pairing of fruits and chocolates, such as white chocolate with mango or passion fruit, strawberries and dark fruits, vanilla with mango and peach, and chocolate with orange. Our favorite! Or how about tropical coconut guava? Sounds divine.

The Charlotte Cake Returns

The traditional Charlotte cake, which we haven't seen in a while, is back and more well-liked than ever. This cake, which has a circle of champagne cookies around it, is topped with red fruits, decorated with a bow, and filled with strawberry mousse.

It is dazzling and incredibly tasty. This cake is hard to resist and will surely be a hit with everyone!

Red Velvet Cake (Millennials love it!)

The millennial generation's favorite dessert is red velvet cake, bar none. So more and more couples are choosing it for their big day.

A Cake Of Cheeses

Did you know that cheeses are considered a dessert in France? Yes, this is a fantastic concept for a couple who wants to innovate and surprise guests. So why not make a cake out of cheese? Cakes of cheese are simple to prepare since you may layer your favorite cheeses in a large tower.

All will admire your salty cake if you place it on the cheese table. Everything tastes better with cheese!

Can Wedding Cakes Be Any Flavor?

Well, if we’re being honest sure! You could probably make a wedding cake in any flavor that you like. But if it’s too out there, it may not be well received by your guests. We’ve even heard of a baker that made a Sake wine cake with nori flakes, wasabi buttercream, and black sesame paste.

Suffice it to say; the guests had a love, hate relationship with this cake. So, it’s best to work with a professional baker to discuss which flavors will work well together and create a fantastic dessert experience for your guests. 

Best Seasonal Wedding Cake Flavors

Winter Wedding Cake Flavors 

Spiked Red Velvet

Rich layers of spiked red velvet cake and delicious cream cheese frosting are crowd-pleasers. Adding luscious amaretto to the cream cheese can elevate your frosting taste. This is a terrific approach to subtly push the flavor profile envelope when entertaining a large group of picky eaters. Or, to up the visual ante, choose a white velvet cake by skipping the customary red coloring.

Ginger Spice 

A zesty ginger spice cake is perfect for any autumnal celebrations if you enjoy ginger, spice, and everything lovely. For a festively indulgent finish, combine with seasonal flavors like maple frosting and vanilla bean icing. Just imagining it makes us feel warm and cozy.

Wedding Cake Flavors For Fall

Maple Pumpkin

For the fall couple, nothing is better than a maple pumpkin wedding cake. Add maple syrup to the icing to tantalize everyone's taste buds. Expect no leftovers when you combine sweet and savory flavors.

Caramel Apple

Did that lead you down a tasty rabbit hole of autumnal daydreams? We advise you to take note of the following if your wedding is planned for the autumn and all of its delectable splendor: an apple spice cake with roasted apples, brown sugar mousse, and caramel buttercream.

Wedding Cake Flavors For Summer

Blueberry Burst

Think of it as a tribute to New England summers. The flavor of freshly foraged ingredients virtually explodes from a blueberry-buttermilk wedding cake with blueberry jam filling. Each bite is infused with richness thanks to a delectable maple buttercream.

Strawberry Champagne

These flavor profiles stick to the sensual side of wedding cake flavors and will brighten anyone's day. For example, the flavors of a dark chocolate raspberry cake are genuinely dazzling. You may add a layer of strawberry champagne cake to create the most exquisite dessert in town.

Spring Wedding Cake Flavors

Honey Lavender

Everything sounds more airy and lovely when combined with honey and lavender. While most spring and summer flavors work nicely with the combination, our favorite is a lemon-blueberry cake with a honey-lavender buttercream filling. Swoon.

Earl Grey Tea Cake 

Earl grey tea cake is one of the most inventive spring wedding cakes you'll likely come across. If you have ever tried earl grey tea, you can imagine this cake's rich and bitter flavor – balanced with sweet, heavy cream or mascarpone.

The cake recipe may also call for smooth dark chocolate, honey, lemon or orange zest, brown sugar and vanilla, and earl grey tea and cream.

Christmas Wedding Cake Ideas

White Chocolate and Raspberry

This delicious cake taste is for you, raspberry lovers. Add some raspberry filling (or bits of raspberry) incorporated into each layer of frosting for a whimsical cake with a twist. The white chocolate will also give your icing a chocolatey flavor.

Campfire S’mores

All the memories of ghost stories and campfire s'mores are combined in this crescendo of wedding cake flavors. You can make a stack that rivals even the most expert s'mores by layering chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, and graham cracker cake, then adding marshmallows and vanilla buttercream on top.

Italian chef making Millefoglie wedding cake
Photo Credits: David Bastianoni

Christmas Wedding Cake Ideas

When planning a wedding around the holidays, you may need inspiration for Christmas wedding cake ideas. And boy, do we have some incredible ideas for you.

White Chocolate Buttercream With Spiced Carrot

Bring the traditional spices and flavors of carrot cake to the table, but with a white chocolate wintery twist! This flavor evokes thoughts of ginger cookies, cinnamon, nutmeg, and just a hint of heat from a secret cayenne pepper component. 

It is the ideal blend of a cozy and "holiday" atmosphere. If you add white chocolate buttercream between the layers, your wedding guests will beg for more.

White Butter Cake with Spiced Buttercream and Eggnog Custard

Buttercream wedding cakes are timeless, but you can add eggnog and baking spices to give them a festive Christmas twist. People gravitate to hearty comfort foods in the winter. In addition, we frequently associate nostalgic flavors or from the holidays with our families, making this a wonderful cake flavor for a Christmas wedding. 

Gingerbread with Pear Compote and Vanilla Buttercream

We love cakes rich in flavor but not overly dense and heavy for winter weddings. And we absolutely love this Christmas cake idea. Combine luscious winter pears, a rich vanilla buttercream, and a cake with a strong spice flavor. 

A fluffy and spicy gingerbread cake paired with sweet pear compote screams comfy and cozy.

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