Cake Flavors and Filling Ideas

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Baking a cake for a special occasion is one way to show off your baking skills, and celebrate with family and friends.

Fluffy and spongy cakes baked from scratch are moist and fresh, ready to be filled with custard, curd, Bavarian cream, and mousse.

You can even infuse cakes with syrups like cherry syrup or raspberry syrup for an added flavor to your cake.

If you know what type of cake you want to make, you can find fillings and frostings that will compliment specific cake flavors to impress your guests.

Vanilla Cake

Vanilla cake is flavored with vanilla extract, vanilla paste, or vanilla beans.

Vanilla cakes are fluffy and spongey so you can add a syrup to infuse into the cake to add flavor if desired.

You could infuse raspberry syrup, champagne syrup, or cherry syrup into your cake layers. Simply spread the syrup on top of the cake layers, then add a cream filling in the middle. You could add diplomat cream, white chocolate mousse, or vanilla pastry cream, and then add another layer of cake on top.

Vanilla cakes can be iced with fruity buttercreams like raspberry or pineapple buttercream.

Vanilla cakes are quite versatile with frostings, so you could ice the cake with a mocha buttercream, cookies and cream buttercream, or Tiramisu buttercream.

Vanilla Cake Fillings

Cake Flavors and Fillings

Lemon Cake

Lemon cake is made by adding lemon zest, lemon juice or lemon extract to a vanilla cake base to create a citrusy flavor to the cake.

Lemon cake can be filled with a curd, mousse, Bavarian cream in between the layers of cake.

You can ice a lemon cake with lemon buttercream, strawberry buttercream, or raspberry buttercream.

Adding a fruity flavored buttercream like strawberry or raspberry can add a ton of complimenting flavors to a lemon cake.

Lemon Cake Fillings

lemon Cake Flavors and Fillings

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake is made by adding melted chocolate or cocoa powder to a vanilla cake base.

Chocolate cake is a rich dessert. Many people find a chocolate cake overwhelming when it’s filled with chocolate buttercream, and iced with a chocolate ganache.

It’s better to choose a lighter filling for a chocolate cake such as mint whipped cream, caramel mousse, or raspberry compote.

You can ice chocolate cakes with sweet frostings such as toffee buttercream, mocha buttercream, or orange buttercream frosting for a complementary flavor that balances out the heavy chocolate cake.

chocolate Cake Fillings

Chocolate Cake Fillings

chocolate Cake Flavors and Fillings

Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is made by adding cocoa powder and red food coloring to a vanilla cake base. The flavoring is similar to chocolate cake.

Red velvet cake is typically filled and iced with vanilla cream cheese buttercream.

Red Velvet Cake Filling

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is made with cinnamon spice, chopped pecans, and shredded carrots to create this luscious cake.

Carrot cake is usually filled and iced with cream cheese frosting for a decadent cake to enjoy!

Carrot Cake Fillings

Pineapple Cake

Pineapple cake is made by adding crushed pineapple and its juices to a vanilla cake base.

Pineapple cake is a lighter cake that you can serve in the summertime. It’s a refreshing cake on a hot summer’s day.

You can fill pineapple cakes with classic cream cheese buttercream.

Another option is to make it with a pina colada flavoring with coconut and rum buttercream.

Pineapple Cake Fillings

Banana Cake

Banana cake is made by adding lemon juice and mashed bananas to a vanilla cake base.

Banana cake is a light cake you can fill with peanut butter Bavarian cream, banana custard, or strawberry compote.

You can ice banana cakes with sweet frostings such as chocolate buttercream, peanut butter buttercream, or cream cheese buttercream.

Banana Cake Fillings

banana Cake Flavors and Fillings

Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is made by adding espresso, or instant coffee to a vanilla cake base.

Coffee cake can be filled with coffee pastry cream or caramel pastry cream.

You can ice coffee cakes with coffee buttercream, mocha buttercream, or chocolate buttercream.

Coffee Cake Fillings

coffee cake Flavors and Fillings