Choosing a cake flavor can be difficult depending on the occasion you need it for.
Here’s a few of our favorite cake flavor ideas for you to try out for your next get together.
We’ve complied a list of cakes flavor ideas that have everything from ombre cakes to champagne cakes to help with your selection of which cake flavor to choose.
Mille Feuille cake is made by baking puff pastry into sheets. The sheets are stacked in layers. In between the layers are vanilla pastry cream. The vanilla pastry is made by adding vanilla beans, and infusing the pod into the pastry cream. Mille Feuille cake is topped with royal icing and melted bittersweet dark chocolate. Mille Feuille has specific lines of chocolate that are made with a sharp knife, creating beautiful lines on the top of the cake.
Lemon raspberry cake is made by infusing lemon juice and lemon zest into a cake recipe, and then adding a few frozen raspberries. The cake has the raspberries throughout, giving it a beautiful look of yellow and red. The colors are vibrant when you cut the cake. Lemon raspberry cake is coated in lemon infused cream cheese icing. Lemon raspberry cake is satisfying and light.
Cookies and cream cake is made by adding cocoa powder and coffee to cake. The cake is made with buttermilk, making it extra creamy. The cookies and cream cake is iced with a cookie Italian buttercream frosting.
Caramel chocolate cake is made by creating a chocolate cake using cocoa powder. The caramel chocolate cake is iced using a salted caramel infused icing with a touch of chocolate using cocoa powder. The layers are assembled by adding salted caramel sauce, and salted caramel chocolate icing in between the chocolate cake.
Black forest cake is made by baking a cake with cocoa powder and coffee infused into it. The cake layers are then soaked in a cherry syrup. In between the cherry soaked chocolate layers of cake, are whipped cream and cherries. The cake is covered in whipped cream on its exterior, and chocolate shavings are added to the sides of the cake.
Vanilla buttercream cake is made by baking a vanilla cake with buttermilk. In between the layers are vanilla buttercream icing. Alternatively, you could ice the cake with vanilla buttercream, and in between the layers you could make vanilla custard.
Cookie dough cake is made by baking a cake using vanilla and Greek yogurt at its base. The cookie dough is made using a recipe that does not have eggs in it. The cookie dough is made with mini chocolate chips, as to not be too overwhelming in the cake. The cookies are shaped, chilled, and gently placed into the cake, and then the cake is baked. The rest of the cookie dough is shaped again so it’s flat and chilled. This will act as the top of the cake and will be crumbled to look like mini bits of cookie dough. In between the layers of cookie dough cake, is cookie dough frosting. Cookie dough frosting is made by adding a little bit of flour, brown sugar and mini chocolate chips. The brown sugar gives the look of cookie dough by turning it a golden brown color. Covering the cake on the top is chocolate ganache with the bits of cookie dough crumbled on top.
White chocolate raspberry cake is made by adding chopped white chocolate to a vanilla based cake. In between the layers is a thin smear of raspberry jam and white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream.
Chocolate Kahlua cake is made by making a cake with cocoa powder, espresso powder and Kahlua infused into it. The strawberry buttercream is made by combining whipped cream, buttercream, and diced strawberries, giving the icing a beautiful pink color. The strawberry buttercream fills the layers in between the cake. The cake has dripped chocolate ganache to give the cake a little bit more of a chocolate hint to it.
10. Chocolate cake
Chocolate cake is made with cocoa powder and espresso powder. The cake is iced using chocolate buttercream which is made with cocoa powder and espresso powder infused into it. Chocolate cake is a very rich and heavy dessert.
Hazelnut chocolate cake is made with cocoa powder and it uses hazelnut flour at its base. In between the layers of cake is hazelnut spread and cocoa powder infused icing. The hazelnut buttercream icing is coated around the cake, with the option of adding hazelnut meringues to the top as well.
Lemon poppy seed cake is made by lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppy seeds to a vanilla cake base. The cake is iced with a lemon cream cheese frosting.
Vanilla chai cake is made by adding chai spice to a vanilla cake base. Chai spice includes cinnamon. ginger, cardamom, allspice, and cloves. Vanilla chai cake is iced with vanilla and chai spiced buttercream icing.
16. S’more cake
S’more cake is made by adding allspice, cinnamon, and brown sugar to a vanilla cake base. In between the layers of S’more cake is chocolate buttercream and homemade marshmallows. The chocolate buttercream is made by adding melted chocolate to buttercream frosting. On top of the two fillings is a mixture of spices and crumbled graham crackers. The cake is topped with more homemade marshmallows and torched to give it a “fired” look to it.
Peanut butter cake is made by adding peanut butter and chopped peanut butter cups to complete the cake base. The peanut butter icing is made by adding whipped cream and peanut butter to buttercream. Peanut butter cake has the icing covering the entire cake and topping with a few peanut butter cups.
Lemon and elderflower cake is made by adding lemon juice and elderflower cordial to a vanilla cake base. The cake is filled with lemon curd in between the layers. The cake is iced topped to bottom with elderflower buttercream frosting.
Orange and cream cake is made by adding orange zest to a buttermilk cake base. The cake is filled with cream cheese and whipped cream filling, infused with orange juice and orange zest. The cake is covered with orange zest flavored whipped cream.
Lavender cake is made by adding culinary lavender to a vanilla buttermilk cake base. Lemon curd fills the layers of the cake. The white chocolate buttercream is made by adding melted vanilla chocolate to a buttercream base. This frosting covers the lavender lemon cake, making it very flavorful and light.
21. Coffee cake
Coffee cake is made by adding instant coffee to a buttermilk cake base. In between the layers of cake is apricot jam. The coffee layer cake is covered in coffee buttercream icing, which is made by adding instant coffee to buttercream icing.
Carrot cake is made by adding shavings of carrots, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to a vanilla cake base. Carrot cake is also made with applesauce and brown sugar, giving it a caramelized carrot flavor. Carrot cake is covered in cream cheese icing from top to bottom.
Chocolate cake is made by adding instant coffee and cocoa powder to a buttermilk cake base. The next layer is the chocolate mousse, which is made by adding gelatin to warm heavy cream and chocolate. The gelatin helps to stabilize the chocolate mousse for using it in a cake. The chocolate mousse cake is topped with chocolate ganache to give it a rich chocolatey flavor.
24. Red velvet cake
Red velvet cake is made by adding cocoa powder and red food coloring to a vanilla cake base. The cake is covered in cream cheese icing for a fluffy and rich cake flavoring.
Mint chocolate chip cake is made by adding cocoa powder to a vanilla cake base. The cake is covered in mint buttercream icing which is made by adding mint extract, and dark chocolate chips to Italian buttercream icing. The cake is topped with a thin layer of chocolate ganache to finish it off with a rich chocolate and mint flavor for the cake.
White chocolate raspberry cake is made by baking a vanilla cake base. The cake is filled with raspberry and lemon sugar sauce. The cake is covered in white chocolate buttercream which is made by adding melted white chocolate to buttercream icing.
Lemon velvet cake is made by adding lemon zest and lemon extract to a buttermilk vanilla cake base. Lemon velvet cake is iced using lemon extract and lemon zest infused buttercream icing.
Almond amaretto cake is made by adding almond extract and amaretto to a vanilla cake base. The cake is covered top to bottom is amaretto infused buttercream frosting. To add a bit of decoration, you can add some sliced toasted almonds on the top of the cake.
29. Chantilly cake
Chantilly cake is made by first baking a vanilla cake base. A Chantilly cake has a unique frosting that is made by combining whipped cream, mascarpone cheese and cream cheese together to a buttercream frosting base. The layers of cake are made by creating a berry syrup, such as raspberry syrup, and then placing the unique cream frosting on top of the syrup. Fresh berries are place into the cream frosting, making this beautiful and colorful layered cake. Some of the berries that are too large, like strawberries, are cut in half to have an even layered cake. When the Chantilly cake is sliced, you can see the colorful red and blue berries throughout the layered cake. The Chantilly cake is covered in the cream frosting all over the sides and top of the cake. Chantilly cake is usually topped with a few fresh berries, giving it an eye catching look to it.
30. Irish cream cake
Irish cream cake is made by adding Irish cream and cocoa powder to a buttermilk vanilla cake base. In between the layers of cake is Irish cream infused whipped cream. The cake is covered in Irish cream flavored buttercream icing. Using the drip method, chocolate ganache is dripped from the top of the cake down the sides of the Irish cream cake.
Mocha cake is made by adding coffee and cocoa powder to a vanilla cake base. Toasted pecans and toffee bits are added to the cake to be baked into the cake only on the top of the batter. The cake is covered in mocha buttercream icing, which is made by adding coffee and cocoa powder to a vanilla buttercream icing. The cake is topped with a few more toasted pecans and toffee bits for added decoration and flavor.
32. Ombre cake
An ombre cake can be a combination of icing colors or cake colored layers going from dark to light. An ombre cake is eye catching and unique. The colors are made by adding more or less food coloring to change the colors of the cake or icing.
Dulce de leche cake is made by adding caramel sauce to a vanilla cake base. The cake slices are soaked with a combination of condensed milk and whipping cream, making the cake extra sweet. The layers of the cake are filled with caramel flavored whipped cream. Toasted hazelnuts are added on top of the whip cream layers to give the cake an added crunch. The cake is covered in dulce de leche whipped cream.
Champagne cake is made by adding champagne, strawberry extract, and chopped strawberries to a vanilla cake base. The cake layers have a thin layer of champagne infused syrup. The cake has small holes poked in it to have the champagne syrup seep into the cake, making it a little sweeter with more champagne flavor. The cake is filled with layers of cream cheese icing, made with whipped cream, strawberry extract and strawberry purée. The cake is covered top to bottom in champagne buttercream frosting, with added strawberry extract and strawberry purée. The cake has a light pink color to the frosting from the strawberries. When the cake is cut, it has the chopped strawberries popping with color throughout the layered pink cake.
Coconut cream cake is made by adding coconut emulsion and coconut milk to a vanilla cake base. Coconut cream cake is filled and covered with coconut buttercream frosting. The coconut buttercream icing is made by adding cream of coconut and coconut emulsion to buttercream icing.
Banana cream cake is made by adding bananas to a vanilla cake base. Banana cream cake is filled with vanilla pastry cream. Banana cream cake is frosted with banana buttercream icing. Banana buttercream icing is made with banana extract to buttercream frosting. You could add food coloring to the icing if you wanted it to have a hint of yellow in it. The sides of the cake have crushed graham crackers, and the top of the cake has banana chips for added decoration.
Strawberry shortcake is made by baking biscuits or vanilla cake. In between the layers of cake or biscuits are vanilla bean and sugar coated strawberries and whipped cream. The whipped cream helps hold the strawberries in place, and acts as an filler instead of icing or custard.