The Best Wedding Cake Flavours, Where to Begin

Choosing the perfect wedding cake flavour can be a daunting task, but fear not! With so many options available in the UK, you’re sure to find the perfect flavour to suit your taste buds. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Consider your wedding venue and theme. If you’re having a rustic outdoor wedding, a classic vanilla or chocolate cake might be the perfect fit. For a more modern and sophisticated wedding, why not try a trendy flavour like salted caramel or red velvet?
  • Think about your favourite desserts and flavours. Do you love fruity desserts? Consider a tangy lemon or raspberry flavour. Are you a chocolate lover? A rich chocolate cake with a hint of hazelnut might be just what you’re looking for.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match flavours. Why settle for one flavour when you can have two or three? Consider a layered cake with different flavours for each layer, or a tiered cake with different flavours for each tier.
  • Consult with your wedding cake designer or supplier. They will have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding cake flavours. They can also offer suggestions based on your preferences and wedding theme.

What are the Classic Wedding Cake Flavour Options in the UK?

Gone are the days when fruit cake was the only option for a wedding cake. Nowadays, classic wedding cake flavours include vanilla sponge, lemon sponge, and chocolate sponge. These flavours have become popular choices for those who want a traditional wedding cake. Tiered cakes allow you to mix and match flavours, so you can have the best of both worlds. For those who want to be a little more daring, there are other options such as sticky toffee pudding, raspberry ripple, and hazelnut cake. If you’re a chocoholic, you can even choose from dark chocolate, mint chocolate, or white chocolate cake. The possibilities are endless, but remember to choose a flavour that you and your guests will enjoy.

Can I have a Custom Wedding Cake Flavour?

Of course, you can! It’s your special day, and you should have a cake that reflects your unique taste. Most wedding cake designers and makers will be thrilled to create a custom flavour for you. Whether you have a favourite flavour or a sentimental one, they can work with you to create something that you’ll love.

Customisation, however, usually comes at an additional cost. So, before you get too carried away with your flavour combinations, it’s best to ask your cake maker about any impact on the budget. This way, you can make informed decisions and avoid any surprises.

When it comes to flavour combinations, the possibilities are endless. You can take a traditional wedding cake flavour, like a vanilla sponge, and elevate it with mixed fruit berries, a splash of champagne, and a luxurious Swiss meringue buttercream.

Buttercream is also a great way to add flavour to your cake. You can choose from vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, or salted caramel buttercream, just to name a few. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try adding some savoury or sour flavours to your cake. Matcha and pistachio sponge or yuzu in lemon cakes are some of the new trends for 2024.

How to Organize a Wedding Cake Tasting in the UK

So, you’ve decided to tie the knot and now it’s time to start thinking about the cake. The first step is to find a wedding cake designer that you can trust to create the perfect cake for your special day. Once you have found a designer that you are happy with, it’s time to schedule a cake tasting.

There are a few different options when it comes to cake tastings. Some designers offer in-person meetings, while others offer virtual tastings via Zoom. You may also be able to request a sample box to be sent via post. Whichever option you choose, make sure you get to taste the cakes firsthand to experience the textures and flavours.

When you meet with your designer, discuss your ideas and don’t be afraid to ask for specific flavour pairings. Remember, this is your cake for your special day, so make sure it’s exactly what you want. You can also ask about ethical and eco-friendly practices in the cake-making process.

To find a wedding cake designer, you can look at reviews, wedding directories, or testimonials from past clients. Personal recommendations are always the best, so don’t be afraid to ask around. With a little bit of research and some delicious cake tastings, you’ll be able to find the perfect wedding cake designer for your big day.

I Have Guests with Dietary Needs, Can They Eat Wedding Cake?

So, you’re planning your wedding and you have guests with dietary needs. Don’t panic, there are plenty of options to ensure everyone can enjoy your wedding cake. Speak with your cake maker and discuss the options of cross-contamination, or the possibility of making some cupcakes gluten-free or vegan, whatever the preference is. Remember, allergens are a serious concern, so make sure to let your cake maker know if any of your guests have allergies. Wedding cake flavours can also have alcohol in them, champagnes, spirits or liqueurs. Infused wedding cake flavours can add a touch of luxury and decadence, but it’s important to let guests know in order to cater for any dietary restrictions.

How early should you pick your wedding cake flavours in the UK?

So, you’ve got the venue sorted, the dress picked out, and the guest list finalised. But what about the cake? When should you decide on the flavours for your wedding cake?

Well, it’s important to keep in mind the other sweet treats that will be served at your wedding. You don’t want your guests to be overwhelmed with too many rich chocolate desserts. Instead, you want your wedding cake flavours to complement the other sweet items on the menu.

To ensure that your wedding cake maker has enough time to prepare, it’s best to decide on your cake flavours at least 1-2 months in advance. This will give them enough time to source the necessary ingredients and make any necessary preparations.

Where Can You Find Inspiration for Unique Wedding Cake Flavours?

When deciding on the perfect wedding cake flavour, there are endless possibilities. From classic flavours to new and trendy options, there is something for everyone. Here are some ideas to help you find inspiration for unique wedding cake flavours that will impress your guests.

Unique Wedding Cake Flavours

If you want your wedding cake to stand out, consider opting for a unique flavour that reflects your personality and tastes. Infused Earl Grey and lavender sponge, rich coffee and walnut sponge, banana caramel sponge, and Neapolitan-inspired sponge are just a few examples of bespoke flavour ideas that can make your cake memorable.

New Trendy Wedding Cake Flavours

If you’re looking for something more contemporary, new and trendy wedding cake flavours are the way to go. Coconut and lime sponge, pink champagne and popping candy sponge, lemon and thyme sponge, lavender and honey sponge, raspberry, matcha and pistachio sponge, and chocolate Guinness sponge are some of the latest flavour combinations that can add a touch of sophistication and fun to your wedding cake.

Seasonal Wedding Cake Flavours

Seasonal wedding cake flavours are perfect for adding a touch of seasonal flair to your wedding cake. During the summer months, champagne and strawberry sponge with Madagascan vanilla buttercream, carrot and white chocolate with orange blossom syrup, lemon raspberry ripple with raspberry jam, and lemon zest buttercream can be refreshing and light. For autumnal weddings, a spiced apple cake with a cinnamon buttercream or a toffee sauce, or a chocolate orange sponge with buttercream and chocolate can be perfect. For winter weddings, a red velvet sponge with cranberries or winter berries with buttercream, or an apple, cinnamon, and raisin sponge can add a warm and cosy touch.

What flavours will delight your taste buds for your wedding cake?

 Firstly, decide whether you want to go for popular, traditional flavours or something unique and quirky. Do you want to stick to classic flavours like vanilla or chocolate, or are you feeling more adventurous with flavours like salted caramel or lemon sponge with raspberry buttercream?

Next, make sure to have a cake tasting beforehand. This is the perfect opportunity to try out different flavours and combinations to find the perfect match for you and your partner. Don’t forget to consider any dietary restrictions or allergies that your guests may have.

It’s also important to consider seasonal flavours that complement your dessert and wedding theme. For example, if you’re having a summer wedding, you might want to consider lighter, fruitier flavours like lemon or strawberry.

Need some inspiration? Look no further! Here are some trendy wedding cake flavours that are sure to wow your guests:

  • Salted Caramel with caramel buttercream and caramel sauce
  • Chilli chocolate with vanilla buttercream and chilli jam
  • Funfetti sponge with lemon and lime buttercream
  • Chocolate orange with orange buttercream and chocolate ganache
  • Chocolate sponge with peanut butter buttercream and peanut butter cups
  • Lemon sponge with lemon zest, lemon curd, and raspberry buttercream
  • Blueberry burst sponge with blueberry jam and blueberry buttercream

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3 Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the number one cake flavour for UK weddings?

Well, it seems that good old-fashioned vanilla is still the reigning champion when it comes to wedding cake flavours. It’s a classic choice that never goes out of style and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s boring – with the right baker, vanilla can be transformed into a delicious work of art.

Which cake flavours are making a splash for summer weddings?

Summer weddings call for light and refreshing flavours that won’t weigh you down in the heat. Think citrusy lemon, tangy raspberry, or tropical coconut. These flavours are perfect for outdoor weddings and are sure to leave your guests feeling refreshed and satisfied. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Why not try some cocktail-inspired summer flavour combinations?

What’s the flavour that has guests queuing up for seconds?

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! It seems that no matter the occasion, people just can’t get enough of this decadent flavour. Whether it’s a rich dark chocolate cake or a creamy chocolate fudge cake with ganache, chocolate is always a crowd-pleaser.

Joanna Evans

About Joanna

Joanna Evans is a multi-award-winning cake designer, based in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

With over a decade of experience within the wedding industry, Joanna has established her position in creating exquisite & bespoke wedding cakes in the Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, and Warwickshire areas, elevating each event with a touch of elegance and sophistication.

Her meticulous attention to detail and commitment to perfection ensures that every cake tells a unique story, reflecting the individuality and style of each couple.