Italian cakes are great choices for a wedding. The delicious yellow cakes are flavored with crushed pineapple, creamy coconut and a decadent cream cheese frosting. Italian cake recipes allow ingredient substitutions tailored to your personal palate.
The cream cheese frosting that adorns most of the wedding cakes is just as smooth and simple to decorate with as buttercream, so brides and grooms don’t have to worry about compromising presentation quality for taste. One potential concern is temperature, however. While many buttercream frostings are actually prepared with shortening to keep their structure stable, the cream cheese and butter in the Italian cake’s frosting don’t stand up well to very warm temperatures. The cream cheese frosting choice is not suitable for an outdoor summer wedding unless the cake can be refrigerated until right before dessert at the reception.
Although the cream cheese frosting is the traditional choice and pairs very well with the coconut filling and pineapple flavor in the layers, couples who prefer the more polished look of fondant can also have a decorator cover their cake in that type of icing. The inner flavors will still stand out, and the fondant covering will help keep the layers moist. Another option is Italian meringue buttercream, which is even silkier than cream cheese frosting but is also made with butter, and is subject to melting or drooping.
Keep the look of your Italian cake classic and simple by decorating it with fresh roses, lace, or a filigree pattern.
Italian Wedding Cake Recipes
If you want to try making your own wedding cake or would like to provide your cake decorator with a recipe to use, the first step is to poke around for tried-and-true classics. When you search online, pay attention to recipe reviews and user comments to note how you can get the best version of the cake possible.