Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wedding Cake 101

Having a wedding cake tasting might very well be the sweetest part of planning your wedding (literally)! Here we break down the different types of cakes and possibilities – with our handy guide, take the guesswork out of cake tasting and let your tastebuds do the rest! If you need help locating a fabulous cake vendor in the DFW area, contact As you wish… we can help you find someone who is just right for you!

Cake Glossary
1. White Butter
The traditional option, and with good reason: it tastes great with any filling or frosting. For a fresh take, pair it with passion fruit or vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream.
2. Moist Yellow
Just a little bit richer than white butter, it's the second most popular choice of brides. When it comes to fillings and frosting, the sky's the limit.
3. Almond Dacquoise
Unexpected and nutty, this meringue is a nice complement to basic cake layers like white butter. It's delicious with chocolate, praline, or even white-chocolate buttercream frosting and filling.
4. Lemon Poppy Seed
This refreshing cake tastes best with citrus and vanilla flavors. Go with lemon curd and lemon buttercream or white-chocolate buttercream frosting.
5. Carrot
Spicy, sweet, and sometimes nutty, it's often coupled with cream cheese icing. Experts like to serve it with caramel-cream cheese or white-chocolate filling, or vanilla buttercream.
6. Red Velvet
It relies on cocoa for its chocolaty taste and a splash of red food dye for its dramatic color. Try it with cream cheese frosting, or chocolate-hazelnut, chocolate, or caramel buttercream.
7. Marble
Not only does it look pretty, but it goes with just about everything. It's great with fruit fillings, especially raspberry preserves.
8. Chocolate Butter
After white butter and moist yellow, this cake is third most popular. White or chocolate frosting is a typical pairing, but apricot, pistachio, coffee, or rich caramel flavors work too.

Frostings and Fillings

1. Caramel Sauce
2. Caramel-Cream Cheese Filling
3. Chocolate Ganache
4. Lemon Curd
5. Swiss Meringue Buttercream
6. Chocolate Buttercream
7. Apricot Jam
8. Pistachio Buttercream
9. Cream Cheese Frosting
10. Raspberry Preserves

images via Martha Stewart

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