A guide to the Best Wedding Cake Flavours

Dec 4, 2018

Image credit: Sophie Lake Photography

It’s got to be one of the best bits of planning your wedding, right? If you don’t do a cake tasting for your wedding cake, then when?!

It can be tough making the decision of what flavours to go for when there is so much choice out there. Gone are the days when flavours were limited and tradition states that certain flavours are a must. Move over fruit cake! Fun and interesting spongecakes are here to stay!

Things to consider


If you have a cake flavour in mind already, there might be some other factors to think about too:

Are you having a dessert after the wedding breakfast? Make sure the cake flavour doesn’t conflict. If you’re opting for a chocolate brownie for pud, maybe steer clear of a chocolate flavour for your wedding cake. Equally, if something citrusy or fruity is the pudding choice, then choose something different for your cake flavour.

What season will the wedding be in? You might be doing your cake tasting in the height of summer, but your wedding guests will have a different feeling in December. 

Our seasonal flavour guide might be helpful…

Slice of raspberry ripple cake- Malarkey cakes best wedding cake flavours

Retro, nostalgic Raspberry Ripple is a best-seller. Take a trip back to your childhood!

Summer favourites


Lemon and Blueberry

A light lemon sponge with real blueberry pieces coated with a layer of lemon drizzle for crunch and classic lemon buttercream filling

Raspberry ripple

A retro favourite: Marbled pink raspberry and white vanilla sponges with raspberry jam and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream

Seville Orange

A light, moist orange cake filled with marmalade; and simply sweet swiss meringue buttercream

Anna Pavlova

Fancy a bit of crunch to your cake filling? This is a ‘safe choice’ with a twist; Light vanilla sponge with raspberry jam, light vanilla buttercream and meringue pieces.

Neapolitan cake slice- Malarkey cakes best wedding cake flavours

Neapolitan cake, reminiscent of the ice cream flavour is one to wow your guests.

Autumn and winter treats


Malarkey’s Chocolate Orange

A super moist and indulgent dark chocolate sponge flavoured with orange zest with dark chocolate ganache.

Miss Scarlet’s Red Velvet

A more chocolatey than sweet version of red velvet; super squidgy and perfectly paired with a simple vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. A great Autumnal colour choice when cut open and served.

Sticky Toffee pudding

An indulgent cake made with caramel, treacle and dates makes for a wintery filling cake. Served with real caramel and vanilla custard swiss meringue buttercream.


And an all year round-er…


Classic chocolaholic

Such an adaptable flavour as it takes to so many fillings; add a raspberry liquor, chocolate ganache and raspberry preserve form something more wintery and festive, or make it into a summery black forest gateau style cake with cherry filling and a light cream. The possibilities are endless!

All the cake flavours I make are completely adaptable too. Extra fruit can be added to fillings, alternative fillings can be added to change up a flavour according to your tastes.

Slice of chocokate cake with pink raspberry buttercream,- Malarkey Cakes best wedding cake flavours

Classic chocoholic, pictured here with a pink raspberry buttercream filling

Want to choose a crowd-pleaser?

I’d recommend going with at least two flavours your guests can choose from. You could choose your favourite and then an alternative.

When picking your flavours, I’d also suggest going with contrasting options; one fruit, such as raspberry ripple, one citrus, like lemon and blueberry and one sweet, possibly chocolate.

Afraid of being to ‘out there’ with your flavours? Bear in mind that your guests will have already eaten Victoria Sponge and know what it should taste like. Why not take the leap of faith and trust your cake maker with a couple of fun flavours to wow your guests and make your wedding cake more memorable than the last?! Go for it!

You can check out the fun and unusual flavours I offer here, and if you’d like to book in for a tasting session, pop me an email and tell me all about your wedding cake ideas. Can’t wait to hear from you!


All photos by Sophie Lake Photography

About the writer and cake enthusiast…

Hi! I’m Katie and I have been fully cake obsessed since, forever…

Malarkey Cakes is built on a mixture of all my passions. My work is inspired by my background in art and design and I’m honoured to make wedding cakes for couples in love in London and the South East.

I’m passionate about blogging to share my knowledge and give guidance on the ins and out of ordering a wedding cake, making the most of it and making sure it gets the attention it deserves. I also share my tips on wedding planning and team up with fellow suppliers I am lucky enough to work with and who I highly recommend.

When I’m not designing, making or eating cake, you’ll find me trying out new food in London’s amazing restaurants, drinking great coffee, taking in stunning architecture, on long walks, smashing a decent weights workout or exploring the world.

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