Wedding Cake Trends For 2023 & 2024
Some of you may already know this, but as well as being a photographer I’m also a qaulified Chef, Yup! So I know a thing or two about food and I’m also a big cake enthusiast. I understand how important it is to choose the perfect flavour for your special day. The wedding cake is the centrepiece of the reception and is a symbol of the couple's love and commitment. With so many flavours available, it can be overwhelming to choose just one. That's why I'm here to provide you with a guide to selecting the best wedding cake flavours for 2023 & 2024, as well as tips on how to make your cake unique and memorable and believe it or not the classics never really fail!
So lets start simple…
A traditional wedding cake is typically a fruit cake, covered in marzipan and icing, and presented in tiers. However, many couples are increasingly opting for different flavours and styles to reflect their personality and style. Here are some popular wedding cake flavours to consider:
Classic Flavours that please the majority...
Vanilla Wedding Cake
The first flavour I recommend for your wedding cake is the classic vanilla. Vanilla is a popular flavour that is versatile and can be paired with a variety of fillings and icings. You can have a simple vanilla sponge with buttercream frosting, or you can opt for a more complex vanilla bean cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese icing. Vanilla is a timeless choice that is always in style and will be loved by all. It’s not offensive and will satisfy most peoples needs and keep guest happy.
Chocolate Wedding Cake
If you're a chocolate lover, then a chocolate wedding cake is the way to go. Chocolate is a rich and decadent flavour that can be paired with a variety of fillings and icings. You can have a simple chocolate sponge with ganache frosting, or you can opt for a more complex chocolate cake with salted caramel filling and buttercream icing. Chocolate is a versatile flavour that can be adapted to fit any wedding style, from rustic to elegant.
Lemon Wedding Cake
For a refreshing and zesty flavour, a lemon wedding cake is a great choice. Lemon is a light and tangy flavour that can be paired with a variety of fillings and icings. You can have a simple lemon sponge with lemon curd filling and cream cheese icing, or you can opt for a more complex lemon cake with blueberry filling and buttercream icing. Lemon is a perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding, as it is bright and fresh. It’s also worth considering using a polenta sponge for your Lemon cake. This can add a depth of texture too the cake and make it way more luxurious!
Red Velvet Wedding Cake
If you want a cake that is both delicious and visually stunning, then a red velvet wedding cake is a great choice. Red velvet is a deep red colour and has a subtle chocolate flavour and sometimes malted chocolate flavour. It can be paired with a variety of fillings and icings, such as cream cheese or buttercream. Red velvet is a perfect choice for a winter wedding, as it is warm and comforting.
Unique and Exciting Wedding Cake Flavours
So lets get a bit unique… I’m all for making a statement, so heres some suggestions on Flavours I know work well and have your guests talking for a long while after your wedding.
Lavender and Honey: A light and floral flavour that's perfect for spring or summer weddings.
Lemon and Thyme: A refreshing and tangy flavour that's perfect for outdoor weddings.
Matcha Green Tea: A bold and earthy flavour that's perfect for couples who love green tea.
Chai Spice: A warm and spicy flavour that's perfect for fall or winter weddings.
Salted Caramel: A sweet and salty flavour that's always a crowd-pleaser.
Earl Grey: A unique and sophisticated flavour that's perfect for tea-loving couples.
Pink Champagne: A sweet and bubbly flavour that's perfect for celebrating.
Coconut and Lime: A tropical and refreshing flavour that's perfect for beach or destination weddings.
Black Forest: A rich and decadent flavour that's perfect for chocolate lovers.
Funfetti: A playful and colourful flavour that's perfect for couples who want to add a touch of whimsy to their wedding.
Remember, these are just a few ideas to get you started. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and create a flavour that's unique to you and your partner! And be sure to work with your cake maker to make sure your chosen flavour is executed perfectly.
When it comes to choosing your wedding cake, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, consider your wedding theme. Your cake should fit the overall theme of your wedding, whether it's rustic or elegant. Next, think about your personal taste. Your cake should reflect your preferences, so choose a flavour that you love and that will make you happy on your special day. It's also important to consider your guests and provide a variety of flavours to cater to everyone's taste buds so it could be that you choose to have different tiers with different flavours. Working with your cake maker is crucial to achieving your vision, so communicate your preferences and trust their expertise. Finally, don't forget to consider any dietary restrictions your guests may have, and ensure that your baker can accommodate these needs. By keeping these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to choosing the perfect wedding cake for your big day.
Once you have chosen the perfect wedding cake flavour, you can take it to the next level by making it unique and memorable. Whether you choose a classic vanilla or a bold red velvet, make sure it reflects your personal taste and fits the overall theme of your wedding. There are many ways to do this, such as adding a personal touch, incorporating your wedding colours, choosing alternative shapes, and adding unique flavours. Adding a personal touch to your cake, such as a monogram or a topper that reflects your interests or hobbies, can make it even more special. You can also incorporate your wedding colours into your cake design, such as with coloured icing or edible flowers in your colour palette. Instead of a traditional tiered cake, you can consider alternative shapes, such as a hexagon or a square, to make your cake stand out. Adding a unique flavour to your cake, such as lavender or earl grey, can also make it stand out and be memorable. By following these ideas, you can create a beautiful and unforgettable wedding cake that reflects your personality and style.