Wedding cake flavor pairing suggestions

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK


I’ve not heard of having a different cake for the wedding party and immediate family, is that a normal thing? We have been invited to a wedding next year, for which my partner is an usher. He has been told that the wedding party and immediate family (ie, the top table) will be served a different (nicer, fancier) meal at the reception 😐 It’s really got people’s backs up.

Sorry, went off on a tangent. I think lemon would complement carrot cake nicely.

Post # 4
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

How about canolli, spice/apple spice cake, or something almond? Vanilla is a safe choice, as boring as it is. 

Post # 5
4799 posts
Honey bee

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bboyschica :  Generally when they do that, it’s at least the same flavor and quality (you shouldn’t be offering something to your wedding party that’s different than the rest of the guests).  So as long as the cupcakes will be equivalent that’s fine.  Usually it’s a cost saving measure (i.e. a small decorated cake for pictures and a sheet cake in back to be cut for serving guests).  It just shouldn’t be you and the wedding party get fancy cake A from a bakery and everyone else gets greasy generic vanilla cake B from the budget grocery.  So I would at least be offering some of the cupcakes as carrot cake.  I think you’d be surprised how many people like carrot cake.

As for flavors that go with it, lemon would go.  I would make sure your baker is using dowels for support though as carrot cake is generally more dense than the type of cake you would use for lemon.  It’s not too different than carrot, but a spice cake with a cinnamon cream cheese filling or apple filling would go nicely.  Otherwise something like a vanilla, banana, or almond cake with a salted caramel filling.

Post # 6
2125 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Why don’t you find out what your cake baker does best flavor wise and go from there?

Post # 9
6304 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I can tell you what I typically see as a wedding photographer…

When my couples do cupcakes or small dessert bar w/ a cutting cake, the rest of the cake is sliced and placed on the table with other desserts for people to help themselves. 

I would find it very very odd, and boarderline rude, if a special cake was served to the family and bridal party. Just cut your cake and make sure the staff gives you slices of carrot cake. The rest of it can be sliced and available to whomever wishes to eat it.

Post # 10
7553 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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bboyschica :  We are having Lemon sponge and Pina Colada frosting and I have honestly never been so excited about cake. Sweet and zingy, just perfect. 

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