CAKE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT OCCASION
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
By: Jill Cicero
ORIGIN OF THE TRADITION
One of the most traditional components of any occasion would be the cake. Celebrating with cake is a custom we have originally adopted from Ancient Greece, as they were the first to implore the use of cake and candles as a way to honor the birth days of their gods, the candles symbolizing the “glow of the moon”, which marked the first instance in history of such celebration. The modern birthday celebration in America most closely mirrors the early “Kinderfest” celebrations beginning in 15th century Germany, which began to celebrate the birthdays of children and incorporate a song and a wish.
Choosing a cake is such an important part of your celebration. You want to choose a cake that will be symbolic and memorable. Today, there are so many styles, options and themes to choose from. One if the most enjoyable parts of wedding and party planning is the cake tasting.
LET’S EXPLORE SOME UNIQUE FLAVOR PROFILES TO INSPIRE YOUR TASTE BUDS AND WOW YOUR GUESTS:
Elegant: Fig being a main component, with its sweet subdued flavor it can be paired in so many ways. A beautiful “naked “cake done with an olive oil cake and honey, or perhaps combined with mascarpone frosting and berries or pomegranate. Either way it’s a unique way to bring elegance to the table.
Savory: Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream cheese frosting will grab your palate in a new way. Any chai tea latte lovers out there, this is your cake.
Floral: Lavender Vanilla is a great way to incorporate a new layer of interest into traditional vanilla. The floral element is smooth and subtle enough to keep your guests guessing as to why they enjoyed this version more than any other.
Citrus: A popular summer choice, adding a bold refreshing option to your menu. Some unique combinations include Ginger Grapefruit and Lemon Marshmallow.
Indulgent: We can still please the chocolate lovers with White Chocolate Coconut or with a “Black Forest” version blending chocolate and cherry covered in buttercream or ganache your choice.
Candy: If a whimsical element appeals to you, a cotton candy cake may just be the flavor profile you are looking for as it is still an elegant flavor that will bring your guests to a magical place. There are so many variations your baker can do, using just a hint of the ingredient or showcasing it.