Balancing Taste for Cake

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which would you suggest?
    Non-traditional - in this instance carrot, without nuts : (22 votes)
    38 %
    Traditional - likely either vanilla or almond : (6 votes)
    10 %
    A mix of almond or vanilla and carrot : (20 votes)
    34 %
    A mix of almond and vanilla and carrot : (10 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    3588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I don’t think wedding cake has to be traditional at all.  Mine was pumpkin spice, so I say go for the carrot.

    Post # 4
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m considering getting a selection of cupcakes, but if I was going to be a cake it would definitely be chocolate. I read somewhere that white sponge cakes dry up more quickly and are less appetising by the end of the night.

    Post # 5
    757 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We’re doing carrot cake!!! it is our absolute fave! There are going to be so many other desserts, so if people don’t like it – they can have any of the bajillion desserts that will be laid out for everyone.  I say go for it! (and agree about the nuts in the almond cake!)


    Post # 6
    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Carrot cake would be lovely for a fall or winter wedding. It is one of my favorite flavors too! Although I will say, I do know a lot of people that don’t like carrot cake. You have to know your guests- what would they want to eat?

    Post # 7
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I’m kinda in the same boat, as I would like something like a lemon raspberry cak… but FI…Is about the pickiest* eater I have ever known! He is no longer picky in my eyes just a pain in the ass! Lol… He will only eat plain white cake. With plain white icing. Ugh… So I say sacrifice maybe do a little of both?

    EDIT: Sacrifice??? Lol I think I meant compromise1

    Post # 8
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    IF, and it’s a big IF, we have cake it will be Carrot with Cream Cheese Frosting – if we do cupcakes I want option 2 to be Chocolate with Key Lime Frosting.


    I hate traditional cake flavours personally.

    Post # 9
    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think the only valid concern is avoiding nuts for any guests who have nut allergies (not the fanciness). I would do 2 different flavors at least because there is no single flavor that everyone likes, even white. I would probably do carrot since you love it (and who doesn’t like carrot cake?!) and also white for anyone who doesn’t like carrot or has a nut allergy. Or you could do all 3 if it’s in your budget because almond cake is delicious! Or another option is to have your small cutting cake be carrot and then offer almond and white in sheet cakes. 


    Post # 10
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    FH could have cared less about cake flavors, other than to say none could be chocolate chocolate, he hates chocolate. Haha. Okay, that left it wide open. So I choose vanilla with strawberry filling (my favorite), red velvet (his choice actually, i’m not telling him there is cocoa powder in it), and then the top tier was left to baker’s choice. I’d say go with a mix. There are people out there who love plain cake and there are people who go gaga over trying different cakes at weddings. It makes you happy and it makes him happy!

    Post # 11
    8503 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    You should have 2 flavors!  I’m doing white with raspberry filling and coconut cake with lemon filling.  I would do vanilla and carrot if you’re worried about nut allergies.

    I love all cake (traditional and nontraditional flavors) so as long as it’s made well I won’t complain.

    Post # 12
    42157 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have made wedding cakes for friends and family and ALL of them had more than one flavor. The last one had bottom layer- almond with berry filling, middle layer- peach schnapps, and top layer- tiramisu.

    There is no such thing as a flavor of cake that is not elegant enough for a wedding. Thay all look the same when covered with fondant or frosting,


    Post # 13
    4468 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Go with 2 flavours- carrot for you and whatever DH wants- the perfect compromise!

    Post # 14
    1535 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @LadyWindheart:  I like the idea of offering different flavors, but I think you should ultimately choose what you both like best.  If that means offering one “traditional” flavor and one “non-traditional” flavor, that’s what you should do.

    We’re saving money on our cake by doing something similar to what you’re doing (small cutting cake and several sheet cakes in the back).  We haven’t decided 100% on our flavors (we’ll be offering 3 options for sure), but we tried a few different options when we did our initial tasting with our baker.  I’d say the most “traditional” option we’re going with (this one we do know for sure!) is red velvet cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting.  Everything else is much less traditional and, honestly, I think everyone will find at least one flavor they like.

    Post # 15
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @LadyWindheart:  I think it depends in large part to how involved your FI has been in planning.  My man has cared about all of three details, so I went with what he wanted.  I figure I’m getting what I want for everything else by virtue of his total apathy (yay for apathy!).  If your FI is involved in picking most elements I’d compromise.  Cut the fancy vanilla cake and serve a mix of vanilla and carrot from sheets.  And then gloat when everyone snags the carrot cake and there’s vanilla left behind, because carrot cake is awesome 😀

    Post # 16
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am a baker and I think couples should show their personalities not only through the design, but the flavor also. People have vanilla and almond cakes for birthdays or just for an any day thing! Do something wild, special….make them remember your cake for it’s beauty and bold flavor! I am doing pumpkin with cinnamon cream cheese frosting for one cake and chocolate hazelnut with nutella (or it might be pumpkin pie filling, not sure yet!) for the other 2 cakes. 🙂


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