There are so many decisions to be made when it comes to weddings that sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by the choices in front of us. Selecting a wedding cake used to be a relatively easy affair as there was generally only a few choices of design, flavor and filling – all that has changed as wedding cakes have become a refined business. Today the choices in flavor and filling are enormous and require lots of taste testing to finally come up with what suits you best. Here are descriptions of some of the most common wedding fillings:
Buttercream is a creamy, light and tasty frosting made with eggs, sugar and butter. The classic buttercream is made with egg yolks while a meringue version is made with the egg whites. Both versions are very tasty and a perennial wedding cake favorite.
Custard and pastry cream is a filling made with milk and eggs. This delicious filling is a good choice for winter weddings or marriages held in a temperature controlled reception hall as warm temperatures will cause the filling to melt.
Ganache is a truly sumptuous filling made from heavy cream and rich, dark chocolate. It can be used either as a filling or an icing.
Mousses or Mousselines generally used as an alternative to buttercream. Easily flavored with fruits or liqueurs, this dreamy filling must be served chilled for the best effect.
Fresh Fruit is an easy and delicious way to complement any flavor or wedding cake. Not only can fruit be used in between the layers but it can also be used to decorate the cake.
The best filling choice will depend on several things including location, flavor of the cake, style and the kind of decoration you want on it. If you want a simple cake then almost any filling or frosting will do. However, if you want an elaborately decorated cake then you might not have a choice but to choose a buttercream or fondant icing.