Wedding Cake Recipes

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Recipes for a wedding cake take center stage with choices of traditional white cake, decadent chocolate, or exotic lemon mousse. Choose the recipe that you like best for a wonderful masterpiece to show off at your wedding reception.

Traditional White Wedding Cake

If you're having a traditional white wedding, make this white wedding cake to accompany it. This is a very dense cake, perfect for decorating with columns or lifts.

The recipe makes a three-tiered cake with 6-, 7- and 10-inch layers. Consider decorating it with pure white fondant.


white cake slice
  • 6 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 egg whites


  1. Sift together the cake flour and baking powder.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla extract to the butter mixture.
  4. Slowly add the cake flour to the butter mixture, beating well until fully incorporated.
  5. Beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks in a separate bowl.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, mixing gently with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into 6-, 7- and 10-inch prepared cake pans.
  8. Bake the pans at 325 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean, with only a few crumbs holding. It is easy to over bake this cake; check frequently and remove just before the toothpick pulls out completely clean.
  9. Allow to cool completely before removing from the cake pans and assembling.

Chocolate Cake Recipe

The combination of chocolate with vanilla frosting is a popular wedding cake flavor. This combination gives guests the taste of a rich devil's food, but with the appearance of a white cake. Add a burst of flavor with either a rich chocolate or berry filling.

This recipe makes two 10-inch layers.


Chocolate cake
  • 3 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon King Arthur black cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place the chocolate pieces in a large bowl and pour the hot coffee over them. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Sift together the sugar, cake flower, cocoa powders, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Beat the eggs in a medium-sized bowl until lemon colored and smooth.
  4. Slowly add the oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and chocolate mixture to the eggs and beat well.
  5. Add the sugar mixture to the egg mixture and beat thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically.
  6. Pour the batter into two prepared 10-inch cake pans and bake at 300 degrees for approximately one hour.
  7. Allow to cool completely before turning out of pans and assembling.
  8. The cake layers may be made a day ahead of time and wrapped in plastic; the chocolate taste intensifies when allowed to sit for 24 hours before eating.

Lemon Mousse Cake

Lemon is a more exotic flavor for wedding cakes that is beginning to gain in appeal. Assemble this light cake with lemon curd and lemon mousse as fillings and top with a buttercream frosting.

The recipe makes a three-tiered cake with 12-, 9- and 6-inch layers.


Lemon mousse cake
  • 11 cups sifted cake flour
  • 11 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 cups egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Combine the buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a second bowl.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the oil to the butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Combine the butter mixture with the flour mixture and beat well to combine.
  6. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar in a separate bowl until the egg whites begin to hold their peaks.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour and 25 minutes or until the centers are set.
  9. Allow to cool completely before removing from pans and assembling.

Marble Cake Recipe

Marble cake

Marble cakes are a blending of two flavors, and this compromise can symbolize marriage. Fill this rich cake with chocolate cream and top with vanilla fondant.

The recipe makes a three-tiered cake with 10-, 8- and 5-inch layers.


  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 7 cups sifted cake flour
  • 8 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/3 cups milk, room temperature
  • 1-1/3 cups heavy cream, room temperature
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 12 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cup best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 tablespoons instant espresso powder


  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine the milk and cream in a small bowl. Whisk well and set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time until well incorporated.
  5. Add in vanilla.
  6. Alternately add the flour and milk mixture to the egg mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.
  7. Combine the cocoa powder, water, and espresso powder in a separate bowl.
  8. Add three cups of batter to the cocoa mixture and stir well to combine.
  9. Spoon the vanilla and chocolate batters in a checkerboard pattern into the prepared cake pans.
  10. Swirl the batters together with a butter knife to marbleize.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until set in the centers.
  12. Allow to cool completely before removing from pans and assembling.

Create the Wedding Cake of Your Dreams

Making your own wedding cake can be a wonderful way to bring a personal touch to the reception. Try any of these decadent recipes and start your new life off sweetly.

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