Cake Flavors to Enhance Any Cake Recipe

Cake flavors can enhance and elevate any cake recipe. From classic vanilla to fruity preserves, there are endless options for creating a one-of-a-kind confection.


Vanilla may have a reputation for being boring, but it’s a timeless flavor that goes well with a variety of fillings and frostings. Try it with a sweet raspberry filling or a rich and creamy buttercream.

Nut-Infused Cakes

A favorite among many bakers, nut cakes can be made from almost any basic cake mix or scratch recipe. Usually, a cup or so of nuts is sufficient to make the cake unique. The nuts may be toasted before using in the batter, adding flavor and texture as well as some crunch. They can also be added as a topping to the finished product, or used to add a decorative trim along the sides of the frosted cake.

When making a nut-infused cake, it’s best to use fresh and high-quality ingredients, including unsalted butter. A quality butter will not only provide an excellent taste, but it will also emulsify better than cheaper varieties of butter. It’s also important to use a high-quality sugar to ensure the cake turns out light and fluffy.

You can even infuse your nut cake with a hint of alcohol for an extra special touch. Rum is a popular choice, but you can also try using brandy, coffee or orange juice. Alternatively, you can plump dried fruit in a bit of rum before using in the batter to enhance the cake’s flavor and moistness. The result is a tasty, unique cake that is perfect for cozy afternoons with a glass of your fave beverage.

Spiced Cakes

Fall spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are the star of this delightfully moist dessert. Its tender crumb is complemented by a satiny-smooth cream cheese frosting for an irresistible treat everyone will love. It’s the perfect dessert for cozy autumn events like bonfires, Halloween parties, or neighborhood shindigs. You can even add toasted walnuts or almonds to the batter for a crunchy twist.

For this recipe you will need cake flour, baking powder, salt, melted butter, vegetable oil, brown sugar, applesauce, sour milk, and eggs. Be sure to sift the flour before adding it to the other ingredients; this helps remove any lumps. Also, it’s important not to overmix the cake batter; if you do, the gluten in the flour will develop and cause the cake to be tough and dense.

The frosting for this delicious spice cake is easy to make and tastes great! For best results, be sure to use full-fat cream cheese and softened butter. It’s also best to beat the icing on low speed; otherwise, it can become too airy. Lastly, use a little bit of powdered sugar to sweeten the tangy frosting and salt to enhance its flavor. You can garnish the finished cake with a sprinkling of freshly ground nutmeg or a sprinkle of coarse sugar for added sweetness.

Fruit-Infused Cakes

The classic sponge cake and angel food cake are perfect for adding fresh fruits. Ripe cherries, strawberries and blueberries are a natural complement to the light texture of these cakes.

A popular variation of the traditional fruit cake is made with candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices, often soaked in spirits like brandy or rum. This type of cake is typically associated with holidays, such as Christmas. It can be made ahead of time and stored in a cool place, making it ideal for gifts.

Unlike a traditional fruit cake, which is heavy and often overly laden with nuts, a modern fruity cake uses more subtle flavors. For example, this fruit-infused cake is made with a light chiffon cake and a raspberry-jam filling.

When adding fruit to any kind of cake, it is important to prepare and treat the ingredients properly so that the dessert bakes evenly with a smooth texture. This includes chopping the fruit so that it is uniform in size. It is also helpful to hydrate the fruit so that it doesn’t dry out and weep during baking.

Adding a thin coating of warm fruit preserves over the fruit can help it keep its moisture and sheen when placed on top of the cake. This technique works well for yellow and red fruits, such as apricot or berry preserves.

Customizable Cakes

Custom cakes are an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation or retirement party, there is nothing quite like a personalized cake to make the event stand out. Customizable cakes are also great for catering to the dietary needs of your guests. For instance, you can ask your local baker to omit dairy or egg ingredients from the cake to accommodate a vegan diet.

In addition to selecting your favorite icing and filling, you can also choose from an array of designs. Whether you want cartoon characters for your child’s next birthday party or intricate lettering for your wedding day, a custom design is the best way to add a personal touch to any celebration.

Creating your own custom cake is simple at most bakeries. Start by choosing your size (which includes info on how many servings each cake will serve). Then, select a flavor from the options available. Once you’ve picked your desired cake flavor, click the “Add To Cart” button to complete your order.

If you have any questions, contact a Bakery team member in your nearest Whole Foods Market store to learn more about cake options, customization and how to place an order. For added convenience, most stores offer a selection of ready-made desserts that can be ordered ahead online for pickup in store.