QB’s Flavour Guide To Wedding Cakes

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As self-confessed cake lovers, the QB team knows a thing or two about the tastiest wedding cakes around. Check out our glossary, plus a few of our favourite flavour combos as some lead-in ideas to discuss with your cake designer. [Feature image: Caked Cakes]

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  • Ganache: A sweet, rich chocolate made with cream, somewhere between mousse and fudge
  • Fondant: A sweet, elastic icing made of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, giving it a smooth finish.
  • Confiture: Preserved or candied fruit, like jam. Praline: A smooth, sweet filling made by boiling nuts in sugar and grinding the mix.
  • Pastry cream: A delicate milk and egg-based filling.
  • Marzipan: A paste made of almonds, sugar and egg white, mainly used to make edible flowers.
  • Champagne Cake: A light, frothy cake filled with Bavarian cream and flavoured with bubbly.
  • American buttercream: A combination of butter, icing sugar, vanilla, and milk – your standard icing.
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream: A meringue-based icing with butter whipped through, prepped over a bain-marie.
  • Naked cake: A pared-down design with no buttercream or fondant to hide those inner layers.
Braeside Gin House Creek Estate owners, Samantha and Darren, enjoyed this delicious creation from Hello Little Crumb. Photo: Lovers + Legends

Cake Combos:

A few of our favourite wedding cake combos.

Cake: Orange and poppy seed
Filling: White chocolate ganache
Finish: Naked – the poppy seeds are all the decoration you need!

Cake: Coffee and walnut
Filling & Finish: Dark chocolate ganache

Cake: Lemon and lime white chocolate mud
Filling: White chocolate ganache
Finish: Fondant

Cake: Hazelnut Truffle
Filling: Milk chocolate and Frangelico ganache
Finish: White chocolate ganache

Cake: Vanilla bean almond
Filling: Raspberry Confiture and white chocolate ganache
Finish: White chocolate and cream cheese icing

Cake: Chocolate almond truffle
Filling: Raspberry Confiture
Finish: Dark chocolate ganache with raspberry confiture, covered in dark chocolate ganache

Cake: Dark Chocolate, Amaretto and almond fudge
Filling: Salted caramel ganache
Finish: Dark chocolate ganache under fondant

Cake: Gluten-free vanilla and sour cherry
Filling & Finish: Vanilla Italian Meringue Buttercream

Cake: Cherry Ripe
Filling: Praline Buttercream
Finish: Swiss meringue buttercream

Cake: Brown sugar fig meringue
Filling: Toblerone ganache
Finish: American frosting

Cake: Red Velvet
Filling & Finish: Cream cheese frosting

Cake: Champagne
Filling: Strawberry Buttercream
Finish: Champagne Buttercream

Sia & Savva went all out at their Greek Club Wedding with this incredible piece of cake art by Marina Machado Cakes – almost too good-looking to eat (almost)!

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