The arrival of spring brings forth a whole new flavor palette for food lovers. And this isn’t just restricted to restaurants, who are incorporating new dishes to their menu. Bakeries also take advantage of the seasonal produce.
Simple, earthy, fresh and subtle are the adjectives that best represent spring. Therefore, when selecting scrumptious cakes for parties, birthdays, weddings or any other special occasions taking place in spring, your menu should flaunt flavors that best represent the season.
When finalizing your cake, you can either use one or two of these flavors as the hero of the dessert, or you can use them in a combination. Either way, be sure not to overly complicate your cake with lots of flavors, so the freshness can shine through.
Let’s have a look at the flavors that best suit a spring cake, and their possible executions.
If you want a cake with strawberries as the hero, you can go for options like a strawberry shortcake, a strawberry cheesecake, a cream cheese pound cake with strawberry coulis, strawberry poke cake, or a strawberry ice cream cake.
Lemon cakes are supposed to showcase a certain amount of freshness, acidity and zest perfectly blended with sweetness, for example, a lemon cake with lemon filling and lemon buttercream frosting, a lemon cake with lemon curd and vanilla whipped cream topped with toasted coconut, or a lemon custard pudding cake.
Mint is a tricky flavor to use in cakes; it has an acquired taste which might not sit well with many. Therefore you should be 100% certain that you actually want a mint cake, especially if you didn’t have a tasting. The best option for this is a mint chocolate chip cake.
Orange cakes have a sweet yet citrus flavor as can clearly be seen in an orange chiffon cake, or an orange syrup cake with candied oranges.
While carrot cakes are most preferred by health nuts, a classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, or a Swiss carrot cake with mascarpone icing is something others will enjoy too.
Vanilla is a simple and earthy flavor that works well with many other flavors. Some great vanilla cakes include a vanilla coconut cake, a vanilla cake with strawberry jam, or a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.
Green tea is another cake flavor that could go horribly wrong; thus it’s best to experiment less with this flavor and opt for cakes that are tried and tested like a simple green tea layer cake, a matcha tiramisu, a matcha green tea Swiss roll cake with strawberry mousse, or a white chocolate matcha cake.
Other great flavors to use in spring-themed cakes are peaches, coconut, watermelon, ginger, and rhubarb.