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The wedding cake is the quintessential centerpiece of the reception, with a specific timeslot carved out on the schedule for cutting and serving the cake. Over the years, the details and designs of wedding cakes have become more and more elaborate with fondant and sugar roses, intricate patterns and a seemingly infinite number of colors to choose from. But no matter how beautiful or aesthetically pleasing a wedding cake may be, what matters most is how it tastes. These are the top eight most popular wedding cake flavors for 2014.
1. Red Velvet
Appropriately named for its deep red color, red velvet cake is the perfect hue to represent love and romance on your wedding day. Its flavor is not quite chocolaty yet not quite vanilla either. It is rich and smooth and is frequently paired with cream cheese frosting.
Marie of Genuine Cakes states that although “Red Velvet is a relatively recent newcomer, its popularity is soaring” and that “in 2014 [their] most popularly requested wedding cake flavours are Red Velvet, Chocolate and Vanilla.”
Tarek of The Hummingbird Bakery said, “It seems to be that brides and grooms are increasingly opting for creative wedding cake flavours that offer a break from tradition. At our bakeries… we’re probably best known for our Red Velvet cake. The deep red colour of the sponge against the cream cheese frosting really makes for a special moment when cutting the cake. Couples are also choosing to offer a variety of cake flavours at their reception, whether that’s a tiered cake comprised of different flavours or a cupcake tower with assorted cupcake flavours.”
With so many different levels of richness and options for flavor pairings, chocolate remains to be one of the most popular wedding cake flavors of the year. What typically is a childhood favorite can be elevated to a sophisticated level when mixed with flavor accents such as mint, orange and strawberry. Indulge in richness with chocolate fudge, or lighten the flavor by choosing a German chocolate cake.
3. White Chocolate with Raspberry
Combining the sweet richness of white chocolate with the tart fruitiness of raspberry is a winning combination that is soaring in popularity in 2014. Whether it’s a raspberry jam, raspberry cream or fresh raspberry filling, this delicious pairing is a refreshing take on the traditional chocolate flavored cakes.
Paul of Darwen Deli Cakes says that “although we’ve done mental flavours for wedding cakes… [one of] the most popular flavours at the moment for us is White Chocolate and Raspberry.”
Light and tangy, lemon cakes are one of the most popular flavor trends of the year. This citrus flavor is perfect for a spring wedding and is a great choice for couples who don’t want a cake that is too heavy and rich. Pair with raspberries or strawberries and whipped cream for a tasty fruity blend, or stick to lemon buttercream frosting to complete the cake.
Tarek of The Hummingbird Bakery states that “Lemon Raspberry Ripple is proving popular as a wedding cake flavour in 2014.”
You can’t go wrong with plain vanilla, and many couples are choosing to go with tradition with a vanilla wedding cake in 2014. This is one of the most basic cakes and can be kept simple with vanilla frosting, or it can be dressed up any way you like with essentially any frosting, filling or fruit. It’s an excellent base for more exotic and fun flavors, so if you’re thinking about trying something out that may not necessarily be a crowd pleaser, using a vanilla cake as a base is a good compromise.
6. Coconut and Lime
Channel the tropics with this tasty flavor combo that is reminiscent of an island vacation. Rich and creamy coconut cake combined with tangy and tart lime filling or frosting is a match made in heaven. Perfect for those wanting a sweet and rich cake without having to choose from the chocolate flavor family. Marie of Genuine Cakes says that coconut and lime is a “always popular” choice for their shop. Tarek of The Hummingbird Bakery also states that “coconut is proving popular as a wedding cake flavor in 2014” for their shop.
7. Pink Champagne
Pink champagne wedding cakes are unique in that instead of using water in the batter, champagne is used. The pink color is achieved with food coloring dye. What better way to celebrate than with some bubbly in your cake? Common fillings and toppings for a champagne cake include rum flavored custard, dyed pink white chocolate shavings and Bavarian whipped cream.
The ideal cake flavor for couples who want to go the non-traditional route, carrot cake is a popular choice for 2014. This soft, dense cake is moist and has a lovely consistency due to grated carrots and nuts being main components of the batter. It is typically deliciously paired with a cream cheese frosting. Carrot cake is a great alternative to the more common flavors such as chocolate and vanilla.