Photo: Ben Alsop
Personalize your party down to the last crumb! Highlight your hometown roots or play up the history of your destination with a wedding cake that represents more than just your dessert preferences. We tapped nine wedding cake bakers from around the country to provide us with classic local flavors. (Even if you don't want a local-inspired wedding cake, these beyond-basic flavor combinations are delicious alternatives to the standard confections.)
1. Peanut Butter Cup
Channel a taste of the Midwest for your big day with a Buckeye-inspired wedding cake. The popular confection, named for the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, is a mix of creamy peanut butter covered in rich chocolate.
Layer cake with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate and peanut butter ganache, topped with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, from $4.75 per slice; The Cake Studio
2. Key-Lime Pie
For Florida nuptials, get a little sweet and sour with a decadent cake topped with Key-lime buttercream and graham cracker crumbles to mimic a classic pie crust.
White butter cake with Key-lime buttercream and cinnamon-graham-cracker crumbles, from $6.50 per slice; The Sugar Suite
3. Guava on Guava
Hosting a Hawaiian bash? You can't go wrong with a guava cake. The colorful confection is an island classic, but would be delicious for any pair looking to add a tropical touch to their wedding.
Pink guava cake filled with fresh-guava buttercream and guava jam, from $7 per slice; Cakelava
4. Sugar and Spice
A classic spiced cake is a New Hampshire specialty. Turn the sweet-and-spicy dessert into a wedding-worthy treat for a taste of home.
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove chiffon cake with maple buttercream and walnuts, from $5 per slice; Wild Orchid Baking Co
5. Coffee and Cream
Seattle-based couples should consider a wedding cake with a kick of caffeine. Try a chocolate cake topped with coffee buttercream for a buzz-worthy dessert.
Chocolate torte with coffee-meringue buttercream, espresso-Kahlua ganache, and hazelnut mousse, from $7 per slice; The People's Cake
6. Spiked Red Velvet
Nothing says "southern" like red velvet cake. Whether you hail from south of the Mason-Dixon line or not, decadent layers of red-velvet cake and cream cheese frosting are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Red-velvet cake with cream-cheese-amaretto icing, $5.50 per slice; Magpies Bakery
7. Mellow Yellow
Golden state natives love all-things citrus. Layer tangy Meyer-lemon cake with sweet berry compote for a totally laid-back last course.
Meyer-lemon cake and buttercream with blueberry compote, $6 per slice; Studio Cake
8. Bananas Foster Redux
Bananas Foster may have been born in the French Quarter, but you don't have to be in New Orleans to enjoy the classic treat. Build these quintessential Nola flavors into your wedding dessert by combining a butter cake with a caramel-and-banana filling.
White butter cake with vanilla buttercream and caramel, rum, cinnamon, and banana filling, from $5 per slice; Pure Cake
9. Black-and-White Cookie
Jerry Seinfeld, like many New York-natives, knows the value of a good black-and-white cookie. The sponge-like treat lends itself perfectly to a classic wedding cake — so when picking your dessert, "Look to the cookie!"
Devil's food cake with vanilla buttercream, $4.50 per slice; Baked