Still searching on the forum to see if this has been answered in the past, but I'll get it out there incase it can help others, like i'm hoping it'll help me!! There are SOOO many recipes out there for different cakes/cupcakes..different fillings..frostings...AHH its so overwhelming. How many flavors/frostings/fillings etc is a good amount to offer for your standards? Any info will be great! Thanks
I cover the basics... chocolate, vanilla, lemon, spice, carrot, red velvet and such... I have many other options, but I can't list them all out... it would be way too long. For fillings I list what is popular. I always tell people to take a look at my flavors page and if they don't see what they want just name it and I can make it into cake.
When you have a million options it makes it hard for people to choose. I list out popular combos and then we can go from there to hone into what they want.
Agreed that offering popular combinations is a good way to go, since customers may have no idea which flavors complement each other.
We have a number of combinations broken out by type of cake flavor here:
I do pay attention to magazines etc to see new flavor combinations, but I'm shocked how often people want the "same-old, same-old" for their cakes. I offer different fillings, but most people want the basics, with a few adventurous palates here and there.
But, if someone brings me something new and I do it special for their cake, I will see others ordering it as well. It's like they don't want to order it for their own cake, but they taste it somewhere else and then decide they want it too!!
I did one coffee flavored cake with chocolate filling for a wedding and then I saw quite a few orders for that combo after that.
You should do a search for Macs Mom's flavor combinations on this forum. Talk about overwhelming to see all the variations she has developed. She bases all her recipes on the WASC, but I like it just because she starts the enormous thread with all her different cake and filling combs. You could spend days reading this thread, but it will give you lots of ideas and send you off into your own world of experimentation.
basics for cake flavors and get a little more creative with fillings. Its really up too you.
I do strictly cupcakes and my standard menu doesn't offer filling. It has the assortment of cupcake flavors and icings to choose from. I then have a specialty menu which are filled and specialty cupcakes (like Pina Colada) and to contact us to discuss/get pricing for custom flavors.
Thank you so much for all your info! This helped alot.!!!