How to Select Your Wedding Cake Fillings

Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning. Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well! - Dallas, Texas - The Springs Denton - Rustic Wedding Cake - Bride and Groom cutting cake - Wedding cake - Wedding Planner - Each & Every Detail

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Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning.  Because, really, how can you go wrong?  Cake!  Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well!

 

Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning. Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well! - Dallas, Texas - The Pearl at Sabine Creek - Modern, Detailed Wedding Cake - Purple and gold - Wedding cake - Wedding Planner - Each & Every Detail

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Wedding cake is a pretty serious topic for wedding planners.  You have your cake connoisseurs, who can speak intelligently about texture and air bubbles and density.  And then there’s the people like me, who grab the frosting and go to town.  Don’t get me wrong, cake is an excellent frosting delivery mechanism.  It’s just I prefer the intense sugar rush of a great cake filling or frosting.  As such, I get pretty excited about the idea of choosing a filling.  Here are a few of my favorites, and the cake flavors they marry with well!

 

Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning. Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well! - Dallas, Texas - Groom's Wedding Cake - Groom and Groom cutting cake - Wedding cake - Wedding Planner - Each & Every Detail

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Cake Fillings and Cakes

Every bakery is going to have their own spin on cake fillings and cake flavors.  But here are a few tried and true options!

The Basics
  • Vanilla buttercream – classic, simple, goes with everything
  • Cream cheese – a little more rich, tends to go well with big flavors like red velvet, spice, strawberry, or chocolate
  • Swiss meringue – a very buttery version of buttercream, not as sweet as your typical frosting or filling
  • Chocolate buttercream – a good choice for a medium level of chocolate
  • Chocolate ganache – professional chocoholics will hug you
The Fruits

Fruit fillings might be a fruity buttercream or they might be more akin to a jelly.  The more fruit you can see, the deeper the taste!

  • Raspberry – love this with a lemon cake in the summer! Also very popular with your white cakes (vanilla, almond, grand marnier, etc.).
  • Lemon – tart and fresh, especially if you go British and get a lemon curd
  • Strawberry – fresh, but not as intense as raspberry. Goes great with a champagne cake.

 

Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning. Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well! - McKinney, Texas - The Sanctuary - Bride and Groom cutting cake - Wedding cake - Wedding Planner - Each & Every Detail

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The Sugars

Bring on all the sweetness, baby!

  • Salted caramel – perfect for a chocolate cake without the chocolate overload
  • Cookies and cream – my personal favorite!

 

The Milds
  • Peanut butter – goes great with chocolate for you Reese’s fans, or you can mix it up and put it with an unexpected flavor like stout or spice cake!
  • Cappuccino – surprisingly versatile
  • Lavender (or other floral) – great with lightly flavored cakes

 

Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning. Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well! - McKinney, Texas - Stone Crest Venue - Tall Wedding Cake - Muted flowers lavender and pink - Wedding cake - Wedding Planner - Each & Every Detail

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Level Up

Make everyone at your wedding jealous of your cake prowess by doing multiple cake fillings in one piece of cake.  That’s right.  Multiple cake fillings.  “But Brooke,” I hear you saying, “that’s just crazy talk!”  It’s not, actually.  Most bakers tort their cakes when making a large wedding cake.  Torting is when you have multiple layers of cake and filling in the same slice, like so.

 

Cake tastings are one of the most popular parts of wedding planning. Lots of cake!  But there’s an art to selecting the right cake and cake fillings that will give your guests options without going overboard.  If you have more than 100 guests, I usually like to do 3 flavors of cake – one vanilla/plain(ish), one more chocolatey, and one more seasonal (fruit or spice, for example).  Of course, you should get whatever cake and cake fillings you like, but this seems to be a blend that works universally well! - McKinney, Texas - The Grand Ivory - Bride and groom - Ivory and gold cake - Wedding cake - Wedding Planner - Each & Every Detail

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If you’ve got multiple layers of filling then you can do… oh, so many things. 

 

The Basic Combos
  • Reese’s: Chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream, and peanut butter buttercream
  • Oreo: Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and cookies and cream buttercream

 

The Expert Combos
  • Sacher Torte: Chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberry preserves filling
  • Strawberry Lemonade: Strawberry cake with lemon buttercream and lemon curd (or vice versa!)
  • Flat White: White almond cake, cappuccino buttercream, and salted caramel buttercream
  • Autumn Extravaganza: Spice cake with cream cheese filling and pumpkin buttercream

 

Have you done your cake tasting yet – we can help with that! Email us. Tell us your favorite cake filling, or post a photo of your cake below! For more information and history on wedding cakes click HERE.

Brooke is a former Senior Lead Planner at Each & Every Detail. She is a Certified Wedding Planner with the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and has been an instructor in their training courses since 2016.


 

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