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Wedding cake recipes are a huge part of the success of the dessert at your nuptials. Statistics show that 25% of guests do not eat wedding cake! While some of it may be due to dietary constraints, the rest may be because people just don’t like it. Why? A lot of it just doesn't taste that good. Too dry, to greasy, too sugary, etc. Good wedding cake recipes with the best ingredients will surely break this chain.
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Best Cake Recipes

Wedding cake that tastes heavenly will have your guests asking for a 2nd piece, even if they are on a diet. At a recent event we attended, the confection was 3 layers – each with a different type, filling and icing. I was hesitant to even have a piece, because it's not my favorite and I usually pass. The first piece was decadent. Dare I try another? But of course. The 2nd piece even better! A 3rd? There was plenty, why not? This kind of damage requires an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill…but boy, was it worth it. Wouldn’t you want all of your guests to have the same experience on your special day?

The key to good tasting wedding cake recipes is top quality ingredients, i.e. real butter and cream. The trick is creating a dessert that looks fabulous AND tastes fabulous. We talk about tasting sessions in the hiring a baker section of our site. Most professional bakers offer wedding cakes in a variety of delicious fillings and flavors. They can also have different layers with different flavors - whether lemon with lemon mousse filling, chocolate with hazelnut cream filling or white chocolate with a filling of fresh strawberries and whipped cream…pick your favs! And if you're a DIY, we've got our favorite wedding cake recipes listed below, and make sure to check out our "best picks" on cake baking supplies

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The elements that factor in how they wedding cake recipes taste are: the cake, the filling and the icing. For all you DIY's out there, we cover some of our favorite recipes below and invite all of our readers to share pictures, experiences, recipes, and more!

Cake Filling
Cake filling is a crucial part to a cake's success. The filling should always complement the flavor of the cake. Some of the most common used are purees, custards, ganache, fresh fruit, jams, flavored butter cream and cream cheese. We've listed some of our favorite recipes below.

Homemade Red Velvet Cake Recipe

The cool thing about this one, is that it's made with beets! What most people don't know is that beets have a high sugar content, like carrots. We all like carrot cake right?

Chocolate Wedding Cakes
Who doesn’t like rich, moist, chocolate wedding cakes? This dessert was popularized at the end of the 19th Century and is popular internationally. It may be the most commonly served dessert at birthday parties and nuptials.

Chiffon Cake
A chiffon cake is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings. Chiffon cakes, like angel cakes and other foam cakes, get their fluffy texture by beating egg whites until stiff, and folding them into the cake batter before baking.

Red Velvet Cake Recipes
Red Velvet Cake Recipes are everywhere you look. So what’s that secret ingredient that makes them so appealing? It’s pretty simple. Beets or red food coloring. Yup, that’s it. It’s a rich, moist, and sweet with a reddish or even brownish color – usually topped with a creamy white icing, cream cheese or buttercream.

Butter Cake
The main ingredient of a butter cake is…yup you guessed it! These yummy desserts are considered one of the quintessential desserts in American baking. They are derived from the English poundcake, with a bit of added baking powder for leavening, producing a much lighter and fluffier version.

Pound Cake Recipes
Pound cake recipes consist of equal parts of flour, butter, eggs and sugar. Traditionally, they were made with a pound of each of the four ingredients, hence the name. There are many different types, some using vanilla or almond extract, or dried fruit. Some wedding cake recipes have added baking soda for a less dense cake. This type is most often used on topsy turvy cakes because of its density.

Genoise
A gĂ©noise cake is an Italian sponge cake (named after Genoa, Italy) that uses air suspended in the batter during mixing for its volume. The batter is often baked to form a thin sheet, as used in Tiramisu. Or the thin sheets are coated with a thin layer of jam or chocolate spread and rolled. I made one of these in Italy on a hot August day with my relatives…it was my one and only cooking experience in Italy. The batter can also be piped to create strips, which form ladyfingers, or poured into molds to make treats such as madelines. It's one of the most common wedding cake recipes in Italy.

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Fruit Cakes
The wow factor for fruit cakes is, hands down, the alcohol! The typical American versions are rich in florescent looking fruit and nuts, but very dry and alcohol free…we’re convinced this is why here in America, its loathed and the brunt of holiday jokes. It usually gets thrown in the trash right? Traditional recipes are saturated with wine, rum, brandy or other liquors and covered in powdered sugar. The longer they soak (we're talking weeks), the more rich, moist and flavorful they become. Now THAT sounds deelish. Wedding cake recipes for fruit cake are very common in Europe.

Cheese Cake Recipe
Hands down, the BEST Cheese Cake Recipe EVER, is my grandma’s recipe. Nothing I have ever tasted comes remotely close. I never met my grandma, but somehow I think we would’ve gotten along in the kitchen divinely. Are they commonly used for wedding cake recipes? Not on a beach in the Bahamas! Due to their ingredients, they should be refrigerated, which limits them from weddings in warm environments or at certain times a year.

Carrot Cake Recipes
Ah…the classic Carrot Cake Recipes. This is the most delicious wedding cake recipes by far. This densely rich and moist spice dessert, full of brightly orange colored vegetables and toasted nuts, is delicious. Really? Vegetables in a dessert? No worries. The grated vegetables have a high sugar content, they soften after baking, and enhance the texture, flavor and color. This spice dessert is almost always topped with cream cheese icing – which is the perfect complement to its flavor, and looks divine.

Sponge Cake Recipe
We love any sponge cake recipe because they don't contain any fat! Really, they are dietary friendly, with variations of them suitable for lactose-intolerant, low cholesterol and even vegan diets. So if you have many guests with special dietary restrictions, this may be the option for you.

Dirt Cake Recipe
For those "out of the ordinary" or "off the beaten path" weddings, you may be in need of the one and only dirt cake recipe!

Italian Rum Cake Recipes
I grew up on Italian Rum Cake Recipes. It didn’t matter what occasion it was: Easter, Christmas, someone’s wedding, etc. Italian Rum Cake was on the menu.

Lemon Cake Recipes

Light and airy lemon cake recipes are sure to wow your wedding guests. There are so many different types and variations of lemon cakes, you're bound to find the perfect one to fit your tastes.

Sugar Free Cake Recipe
You may want to opt for a sugar free cake recipe for your wedding, if you or any of your special guests have dietary restrictions that you would like to accommodate. These aren’t necessarily the trendiest or decadent tasting options, but if it’s important to exclude the sugar, there are some great recipes out there.

Yellow Cake Recipe
The yellow cake recipe may be the most common recipe that you’ve seen. They’re often used for wedding cakes and are loved throughout the world. Make sure to sift your flour and use all of your cold ingredients (butter, eggs and buttermilk) at room temperature. This is the easiest of them all for they DIY!

Tiramisu Cake Recipe
Any tiramisu cake recipe requires a lot of work. It also contains some alcohol and caffeine. At an event years ago, my dear friend watched in horror as a relative of hers fed her 5 month old some Tiramisu covered with espresso powder. Oops!

Gluten Free Cake Recipes
Why would you need to know about gluten free cake recipes? Celiac disease is an inherited, autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.

Pumpkin Cake Recipe
This pumpkin cake recipe with cream cheese frosting is a favorite for many of my brides have fall weddings. It goes well with other layers that are cheesecake, or carrot cake. If if your wedding is not in autumn, and you're a pumpkin lover, just for for it!

Spice Cake Recipe
This is a great spice cake recipe with brown sugar frosting. This is also fabulous with a cream cheese frosting. It goes well at any fall or winter wedding, and pairs nicely with other layers of pumpkin or carrot cake, which are both in the "spice" cake family.

White Pound Cake Recipe
White chocolate pound cake may be in order for that perfect topsy turvy cake you've been dreaming of. Most bakers prefer to use pound cake in their topsy turvy designs because of its sturdiness. If you're not a fan of a basic pound cake, then try this one! It's yummy.

Vanilla Cake Recipe
A vanilla cake recipe is probably the most simpliest one to follow! It's also one of the most common wedding cake recipes. It's basic, it's easy, and it tastes great. If you're looking for a simple DIY recipe that you just can't get wrong, this is the one.

Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe
Check out a quick and easy chocolate spong cake recipe submitted by one of our readers in the wedding cake recipes section of our site. If you're looking to kick your sponge cake up a notch, this recipe will do the job.


Cake Baking Supplies
If you're new to the the world of cake baking supplies, or just need to expand on your collection, we've listed some of our favorites in this section. We always tell our clients to purchase the best bake ware you can afford.

That's it for wedding cake recipes! Don't forget to check out our wedding cake gallery and cake decorating supplies sections.

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