Fall wedding cake flavors have more of a spiced, chocolate, heavier, and creamy flavor than summer wedding cake flavors. Fall wedding cake flavors lack the fruity, and airy type of wedding cakes you would see in early spring and summer.
Fall wedding cake flavors come many different shapes, sizes, and have different components than just a regular cake. Some of them have puff pastry for layers instead of cake. Many of them have caramel and chocolate as base flavors, than the typical vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.
How to pick a fall wedding cake flavor
Pick a day to go to see your wedding cake baker. They will arrange for you to taste test usually 3 different types of cakes. Some of the wedding cake bakers even let you try their cake fillings, so you can mix and match your cake bases and fillings to make it completely your own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. 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.
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.
13. 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.
16. 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.
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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
21. 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.
What to put on top of a fall wedding cake
- eucalyptus clippings
- white roses
- maple leaves
- cinnamon sticks
- berries dipped in sugar
Picking your fall wedding cake flavor is a difficult decision, and you won’t be able to please everyone. Try to taste test at least 2-4 flavors of wedding cakes before deciding. Fall weddings have a special rustic, golden glow about them. They’re a special time to get married, and your fall wedding cake will finish off the night to your perfect big day!