(Closed) Cake tasting and choosing flavors?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The first place we went to had us pick the flavors we wanted to try.  Unfortunately they forgot about us so we went with what they had (we didn’t get our cake from there).  The second place had us pick up a tasting box since we didn’t live in the city we got married in.  She gave us nine of her best flavors and had us pick as many as we wanted.  They were delicious and we actually went pretty traditional with vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, and carrot cake. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our wedding cake will be made by the woman who does all the cupcakes for the restaurant catering our wedding. Before the tasting, the restaurant’s owner and chef emailed to ask about flavors but – just like your bakery – didn’t give us options, so we just assumed the sky was the limit.

We asked to taste two different cakes – one vanilla with almond filling, one chocolate with raspberry filling. Chocolate was good, but the almond cake was HEAVENLY. She tinged the homemade buttercream with a little almond flavor, and the filling had both almond paste and sliced almonds. Both flavors will be traditional and popular enough that everyone will likely enjoy one or the other.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow, I think I didn’t realize how awesome our tasting experience was! (We went with the first and only bakery we tried), Our bakery had unfrosted cupcakes of 12 different cakes, then little sides of another 10 or so frostings and fillings and a large side of their fondant, so we were able to mix and match and layer to taste what our cake would taste like with everything on/in it.

We went a little different for some of the tiers: red velvet with cream cheese (standard), pumpkin spice with pumpkin cream cheese (yay, fall!), country pear with strawberry-raspberry (sounds weird, but Fiance put it together and it was delicious), and strawberry with strawberry buttercream (amazing quality). We figured if someone actually wanted wedding cake, they would be able to find at least one flavor that they’d like to have.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would suggest thinking summery since your wedding is June, correct?  Vanilla with a fruit filling is always yummy!  Raspberry, strawberry compote, etc.  And you can’t go wrong with a delish vanilla cake. Lemon is always a popular summer choice too.  A lot of times it will be a plain cake with a flavored buttercream. Ask them if they could suggest something light and summery! 

For an example, our wedding is October and we did Pumpkin cake, cream cheese filling and caramel buttercream frosting.  YUMMO FALL!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We tried all of them, at least 12 (MAJOR sugar overload, I don’t recommend it!)… I’ll see how many I can remember…

-Chocolate w/chocolate mousse

-Chocolate w/peanut butter mousse

-Chocolate w/strawberries and whipped cream

-Strawberry shortcake (same as the one above, but w/white cake)

-Peach shortcake (same as the one above, but w/peaches)

-walnut spice cake with pumpkin mousse 

-Italian rum cake

-white w/ raspberry mousse

-walnut cake w/banana mousse

-tres leches

They also had like plain cakes with plain chocolate or white icing… One thing I found was that their cakes were waaaaaay too overly sweet.  I LOVE cake and dessert, but a lot of the ones that sounded really good on paper were sweet to the point of being almost inedible. That ruled out 3/4 of them.  We also ruled out the walnut ones, because a lot of people won’t eat nuts and the chef was unwilling to make us one without them.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@TinyTina: We actually had to rule out peanut butter mousse because it was going to be a hassle making sure everyone knew the cake contained peanuts.  We would have had to put a sign up, have the DJ make an announcement and pay for a menu placing saying the cake contained peanuts.  It’s easier to go with something that doesn’t require an epi-pen be handy 🙂

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