Trend Report: Fall Wedding Cakes

October 26

From pretty confections accented with berries and fall foliage to seasonal fall flavors, fall wedding cakes are some of our favorites. We sat down with Courtney Rich, self-taught baker and cake maker of Cake by Courtney, who shared some of her favorite fall wedding cakes, as well as tips for brides choosing a wedding cake. From a decadent apple pie cake to a rich, sweet potato cake with mouth-watering marshmallow filling and brown sugar frosting, these fall wedding cakes have us relishing the autumn season. See some of Courtney’s favorite fall wedding cakes, and read her tips, below! For more cake inspiration and recipes, click here!

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Apple Pie Cake

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Sweet Potato with Marshmallow Filling and Brown Sugar Frosting

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Gingerbread Latte with Caramel Drizzle

Q: What is your favorite current cake trend?

A: “I’m loving the naked cake trend, but even more than that, I’m a huge fan of buttercream wedding cakes. Buttercream frosted cakes can be rustic looking with texture and imperfections or classic looking with clean, smooth lines. Either way, you’re getting a cake smothered in flavorful buttercream and there’s no fondant to get in the way. And for me, it’s all about the taste!”

Q: How did you get started decorating cakes? How did you decide to start a blog?

A: “I made my first homemade cake for my son’s 1st birthday, almost six years ago. It was a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Pretty basic, but it tasted so much better than a boxed mix and I loved sharing something so delicious with friends and family. I then started following cake bloggers and trying new recipes. With each new cake, I was blown away at how insanely delicious cakes could be. I love to find new and exciting cake flavors, as well as the best of the best classic flavors too. It’s really been in the last three years that my love of cake making has turned into a true passion. And I started my blog, Cake by Courtney, to share the recipes I find, as well as my tips and tricks to give anyone the confidence in making a drool-worthy cake.”

Q: What is your all-time favorite flavor combination?

A: “Oh, wow! That’s a hard question to answer. There are so many combinations I like, but my all time favorite would have to be chocolate with salted caramel. I love the combination of bittersweet chocolate and a hint of salt from the sweet caramel. The salt even helps to highlight the richness of the chocolate. It’s at the top of my list. Right behind chocolate and salted caramel would have to be honey pear or gingerbread latte.”

Q: Where do you find your inspiration?

A: “I have a couple cake blogs that are my go-to for cake recipes and flavor inspiration: Sweetapolita.com and TheCakeBlog.com. These cake makers are masters at creating the best tasting cakes around, in my opinion. Their flavor combinations are interesting, creative and so scrumptious. Of course they look beautiful too, but I’ve never made a bad tasting cake from these blogs, and to me, a good tasting cake is more important than how it looks.  I also get inspiration to try my own cake creations from my mom and sister. The three of us share a major sweet tooth and love to bake. My mom or sister will call me randomly with a new cake idea based on some of our favorite desserts or something new they’re making. I should also add that they’ve been a huge inspiration to this entire cake venture of mine!”

Q: What are your tips on picking out flavors? What’s the key to successfully blending flavors?

A: “If you’re new at making cakes, start with flavors you know well or have tasted together in other cakes or other desserts. As you get to know individual flavors better, you can start combining them with other, more unique flavors, like chocolate rosewater, lavender buttermilk, pear honey, chocolate churro, or gingerbread latte. Have fun experimenting with flavors. It’s all about trial and error. You won’t know if it’s good if you don’t try it.”

Q: What advice do you have for brides on choosing a cake for their wedding day?

A: “I think the most important part of the cake is how it tastes, so I always tell my brides to try each of the cake elements separately and together. Taste the cake without the filling or frosting. You want a cake that is moist and flavorful without the help of the filling and frosting. For the frosting, I think it’s important to look for one that is light and fluffy, but not airy. It needs to be flavorful just as much as the cake does. If you want the smooth, clean look of fondant, just make sure to put some buttercream underneath it. And if you add a filling to the cake, go with something that has a different texture and consistency than the frosting. At the end of the day, though, walk away with something you love (not what you think everyone else will want) and don’t be afraid to go with unique or seasonal flavors.”