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Marriage is filled with opportunities to compromise, but no couple wants to begin their union by conceding on a less-than-satisfying wedding cake flavor. So what is a couple to do when the groom has a hankering for vanilla and the bride craves chocolate? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to score a mouthwatering wedding cake that pleases both the bride and groom's tastebuds.
If compromising on the flavor of your wedding cake is the largest obstacle to your big-day plans, you're in luck. Instead of opting for a simple multi-tiered Tahitian vanilla cake with fondant frosting, many couples choose cakes with a different flavor in each tier. Why settle for one flavor when you could have two or three? If the flavors you and your groom each fancy are complementary, simply ask your baker if it would be possible to execute a multi-flavored cake — or find a patisserie that specializes in custom confections. During your foray into new flavors, you may even find one that suits both of your tastes.
If a custom cake is out of the question, you might consider serving a smaller bride's cake in your chosen flavor and a groom's cake in your fiancé's favorite flavor. Guests will enjoy the variety of flavors, and neither you nor your groom will have sacrificed your personal preferences in the pursuit of a perfect cake. If you allow yourself to stray from the traditional, single-flavor, three-tiered wedding cake, there are a myriad of ways to celebrate both yours and your groom's tastes.