15 Unique Wedding Cake Flavors that Go Far Beyond Vanilla

From pink champagne to peanut butter cup

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Make dessert unforgettable with a wedding cake unlike any other. We've got 15 of the best wedding cake flavors that are truly one-of-a-kind, with tips from top dessert chefs and confectioners. Disclaimer: Your mouth will start watering.

1. Pink Champagne

Celebrate your big day with a pink champagne flavored cake topped with raspberry mousse and vanilla buttercream. “Girly brides—and husbands who don't mind a bright pink cake—love this. Instead of adding water to the batter, I use champagne,” says TLC's Next Great Baker winner Marissa Lopez.

2. Luscious Lemon

For brides who love all things citrus, consider layering a tangy Meyer lemon cake with sweet berry compote for a totally laid-back last course. "I suggest this for summer weddings—it's refreshing, and you can easily add fruit, like fresh blueberries, to the filling,” says Lopez.

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3. Grand Marnier

Ceci Cela Patisserie ace Sandra Dupal recommends a French wedding cake enlivened with the citrusy flavor of Grand Marnier. The cognac provides dimension to simple cake flavors and adds what Dupal dubs a "holiday feel." Ellen Baumwoll of Betty Bakery in Brooklyn seconds the suggestion, adding that brandy can also be used to amplify the flavor of a wedding cake.

4. Hazelnut Almond

Baumwoll also loves full-flavored cakes, saying, "I would recommend a rich flavorful cake like a hazelnut almond cake filled with dark chocolate ganache, mocha buttercream, and raspberry preserves."

5. Ginger Spice

For couples that think spice is nice, Patti Paige of Baked Ideas in New York City recommends ginger spice cake. She loves serving "gingery spice cake with real maple frosting and vanilla bean icing along with a little cup of strong hot chocolate."

Top off the frosting with walnuts for an added crunch.

6. Spiked Red Velvet

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. Take your icing to the next level by lacing the cream cheese with decadent amaretto. "This is a good in-between option—more adventurous than basic vanilla or chocolate but still a hit with the guests," says Lopez.

7. Coffee and Cream

Try a chocolate cake topped with coffee buttercream for a buzzworthy dessert. Incorporate a coffee meringue buttercream, espresso Kahlua ganache, and hazelnut mousse all atop a chocolate torte.

8. Bananas Foster

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, plus rum and cinnamon.

9. Caramelized Vanilla

Dessert doyen Kate Sullivan of New York City's Cake Power loves a caramelized vanilla cake with salted caramel buttercream and whipped dark chocolate ganache. Sullivan's creations range in design from multi-tiered cakes with intricate, gilded brocade patterns to confections adorned with woodland flora and fauna.

10. Peanut Butter Cup

Layer a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate and peanut butter ganache, then top it all off with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

11. Key Lime

Get a little sweet and sour with a decadent cake topped with key lime buttercream and cinnamon graham cracker crumble to mimic a classic pie crust.

12. Chocolate Dream

Pair Devil's Food Cake with chocolate ganache for a dark, rich wedding cake. "It's the ultimate chocolate cake—I'd want to eat this cake at my own wedding," says Lopez.

13. Caramel Apple

Top apple spice cake with caramel buttercream frost and brown sugar mousse. "This is my take on the caramel apple," says Lopez. "I can see these flavors working for an autumn wedding in a rustic venue, like a barn."

14. Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl

Get the best of both worlds with chocolate and vanilla cakes layered with chocolate buttercream, plus mocha mousse. "The mocha mousse gives it a grownup twist," says Lopez.

15. Tropical Guava

If you want to add a tropical touch to your wedding, you can't go wrong with a guava cake. The colorful confection is an island classic. Top a pink guava cake with fresh guava buttercream and guava jam.

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