Best Wedding Cake Flavors, Innovation and Ideas for Different Seasons


Your cake will be the center of your reception atmosphere. Not only should it look amazing, it needs to taste amazing. When choosing the best wedding cake flavors, keep your wedding theme in mind and the mood you want to create. This is why wedding cake professionals have you in for a tasting. Go through all the flavors and find the ones you like. It is perfectly fine to bend away from traditional flavors and get creative. A three tiered cake can have three different flavors and you can add inventive fillings too. This article explores a few of the more exotic flavors and great ideas for incorporating them into your cake.

20 of the Best Wedding Cake Flavors

Your wedding cake should taste as amazing as your wedding looks and reflect the love and excitement of the occasion. The guests expect the cake to taste as good as it looks. You can always choose a classic yellow cake with light fluffy buttercream frosting, but incorporating newer exotic flavors will put your cake over the top!

Here are some examples of the best flavors for wedding cake for 2017:

Cake Flavors

Cake Fillings

Cake Frostings

Coconut Cake

Key Lime

White Buttercream Fluff

Chocolate Almond Cake

Raspberry Mousse

Chocolate Ganache

Red Velvet Cake

Chocolate Mousse

Vanilla Buttercream

Hazelnut-Almond Cake

Chocolate Ganache

Mocha Buttercream

White Cake with Raspberry

Lemon Curd

White Chocolate Ganache

Nutella Cake

Hazelnut Buttercream

Chocolate Ganache

Yellow Butter Cake

Chocolate Banana

Banana Buttercream

Lemon Cake

Vanilla Mousse

Lemon Buttercream

Carrot Cake

Grand Marnier Cream Cheese

Lavender Buttercream

Orange Thymed Cake

Citrus Curd

Orange Buttercream

Graham Spice Cake

Marshmallow Fluff

Torched Meringue

Vanilla Lime Cake

Passionfruit Curd

Lime Buttercream

Cinnamon Vanilla Cake

Chili Infused Chocolate Buttercream

Vanilla Fondant

Vanilla Butter Cake

Caramel Buttercream

Torched Meringue

Orange Galliano Infused Cake

Orange Curd

Galliano Infused Buttercream

Pink Champagne

Rum Infused Custard

Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Coconut Caramel Fluff

Chocolate Coconut Buttercream

Strawberry Cake

Strawberries and Cream

Chocolate Buttercream

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Pie Filling

Cream Cheese Buttercream

Crème de Menthe Cake

Chocolate Fudge Ganache

Crème de Menthe Infused Whipped Cream

Don’t be afraid to go for bold and daring! Mix and match the above cake flavors, with different fillings and frostings. You can pick from anywhere on the chart.

Wedding Cake Flavors by Season

You may want to coordinate your wedding cake flavor with the season when your wedding will take place. This is very easily done, so here are a few of the best wedding cake flavors by season:

Wedding Cake Flavors for Winter

  • Caramel Spice

  • Orange Chocolate

  • White Cake with Cranberries

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Wedding Cake Flavors for Spring

  • Cherry Vanilla

  • Violet Infused Cake

  • Rose Water Vanilla

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Wedding Cake Flavors for Summer

  • Vanilla Lime Passionfruit

  • Angel Food Fruit Torte

  • Pink Cotton Candy

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Wedding Cake Flavors for Fall

  • Apple and Spice

  • Pumpkin Caramel

  • Maple Spice

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New Ideas of Wedding Cake Flavors

Now go ahead and put this together and dream up some amazing combinations using the best wedding cake flavors. Here are a few new ideas using the flavor combinations from the chart above:

Cheesecake Wedding Cake

See if your baker will combine a yellow or white cake mix with cream cheese for an extra rich cake. The filling would consist of a layer of cream cheese buttercream sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. Finish with a sour cream or white buttercream frosting.


Chocolate Bourbon Craze

Infuse dark chocolate tiers with espresso and bourbon. Fill with bourbon mascarpone. The finished cake can either be covered in fondant or frosted with toasted meringue. This cake even looks beautiful as a naked cake.


Pie Wedding Cake

If you are having trouble choosing your wedding cake flavors, why not try pie? You can stack tiers of pies on a tier rack. Just use different sizes of pie plates: larger on the bottom up to a small personal pie on the top. Try pie fillings that are seasonal and use a nice lattice finish for the top crust.


S’more’s Delight

Layer tiers of graham spice cake with marshmallow fluff filling and chocolate ganache. Frost the cake with toasted meringue for a fluffy finish. You can ice the bottoms with chocolate ganache or sprinkle chocolate curls onto the toasted meringue.


Nutella Love

Form tiers of chocolate hazelnut cake and hazelnut buttercream icing. Finish with chocolate ganache frosting and sprinkle with crushed hazelnuts.


Naked Cakes

For 2017, the latest craze is a “naked cake.” Stack tiers of different cake flavors in different colors. For example: tier one - strawberry, tier two - chocolate, tier three - key lime, and a yellow cake topper. Alternate coordinating fillings between each and dust sides with powdered sugar. Absolutely no frosting - just beautiful cake and fillings.

For a simpler version, stack layers of angel food cake with whipped cream and fresh fruit pieces for the filling using kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.


The Neapolitan

Stack layers of strawberry cake, vanilla cake, and chocolate cake. Fill with vanilla buttercream or chocolate ganache. You can even use fresh strawberries over the strawberry cake and layers of fudge filling over the chocolate with vanilla mousse for the vanilla cake.



Square vanilla cake tiers are infused with espresso and rum. The cake is filled with mascarpone cheese, infused with rum. Top it with whipped cream and sprinkled with espresso powder.


Funfetti Wedding Cake

Who says funfetti is just for birthdays? Well, this year it’s not. Funfetti is becoming a popular cake flavor for wedding cakes. You can use any color frosting or fondant to match your wedding theme, and even cover your cake in multi-colored sprinkles.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Create a tower of strawberry cake tiers layered with chocolate ganache filling and strawberry puree. Cover in white buttercream frosting and finish with chocolate curls.