Wedding Cakes — Flavors for Every Taste

Records date the tradition of the wedding cake as far back as Ancient Rome. To finalize the ceremony, a cake of wheat or barley was broken over the bride’s head as a symbol of good fortune. The bride and groom ate a few crumbs, and the guests gathered up leftover crumbs as tokens of good luck. In later years, the breaking a cake over the bride’s head became crumbling sweet cakes over her head. After all the cakes were used, guests received handfuls of a mixture of sweetmeats. The showering of the crumbs many years later became the custom of throwing rice, flower petals or colored paper confetti at the happy couple. In medieval England, an early form of a wedding cake was spiced buns stacked in a towering pile as high as possible. If the newly married couple were able to kiss over the tall stack, they would have a life of prosperity. The earliest British recipe noted for a wedding cake was recorded in 1685. It was a large round pie with an elaborately decorated crust that had a filling of oysters, pine kernels, cockscombs, lamb stones, sweetbreads and spices — thank goodness wedding cakes have evolved to the beautiful and delicious dessert we look forward to having at the reception.

Today, there are many flavors to choose from when planning your wedding cake. With so many tempting combinations, your guests will be wowed by the selections you chose.

If you want to stick with popular flavors, the list includes but is not limited to:

  • Vanilla or almond flavored pound cake with a choice of fillings or just iced
  • White or chocolate cake with a fruit, cookie, peanut butter or other filling
  • Red velvet, strawberry or lemon cake
  • Pistachio cake

Want something fresh and fruity, try:

  • Pear and almond sponge cake with passion fruit
  • Banana and praline cake
  • Apple and caramel cake
  • Cherries and cream cake
  • Apples, cinnamon and raisin cake

Looking for something with a tropical flair, try:

  • Coconut sponge cake with spiced rum buttercream
  • Vanilla sponge cake with mango mousse filling
  • Passion fruit and rum cake with vanilla bean buttercream
  • Piña colada cake with coconut icing
  • Pink guava cake with fresh guava buttercream and guava jam

Or, do you want totally quirky, offbeat and unexpected, such as:

  • Lavender honey sponge cake with lavender buttercream
  • Rhubarb and rose petal cake
  • Orange and butternut squash cake with orange mousse
  • Beetroot chocolate fudge cake
  • Pumpkin and peanut butter cake
  • Green tea sponge cake with green tea buttercream
  • Coffee-infused mocha cake
  • Champagne cake with red currant or blackberry jelly with Cree de cassis
  • Amaretto-soaked fruitcake

With so many choices, the only thing you’ll need is an excellent wedding cake maker!