I know this is a stupid question. Lol. But I have never put a filling in between layers of cake. I have never even thought of doing it (amateur). But I'm skeptical of trying flavors. I'm not fond of raspberry, I'll eat it, but it's not preferred. But it sounds really good with cake and buttercream icing. And I want to try it.
However, if I go with filling I will be using this cake for my daughter's first birthday party. So I would like to have a filling that everybody can agree on.
What could I use that is pretty tame? And if I do use filling. What do you use? Do you get like pie filling or is there actually a cake filling that you can buy?
I prefer to make my own just because I know what is going in it, but I can understand a filling could be difficult. Does anybody have any easy homemade recipes? Homemade is not a necessity though! I just would like advice of which way to go. I would love to try it one day.
What flavor cake are you baking? What flavor buttercream are you making?
I like fresh strawberry filling, I use some strawberry glaze with it. Bavarian filling is good too, but I like it with chocolate cake.I wish I would have recipe, I think you can find it on cc.
What frosting and/or filling to use is usually based on what cake flavor you've chosen.
(But that's not always the case, as there is NO wrong "favorite flavors" combination. So if you really like peanut butter cake with pink lemonade buttercream frosting and cherry custard filling that's fine.)
The WASC cake is very popular with either an almond or vanilla buttercream paired with a strawberry or raspberry sleeved pastry filling.
Here's a thread that has all the info you need to make, decorate and assemble tiered/stacked/layer cakes:
The above thread also has popular CC recipes for crusting American buttercreams, several types of fondant and doctored cake mix (WASC and other flavor variations) and so much more! (There's also a link to sleeved pastry fillings.)
Link to CC recipes section filling recipes:
Link to LadyCakes recipes:
I'm sure you'll find a lot of great ideas in the threads listed above, but I thought I'd share my personal favorites.
You can't go wrong with a sleeved raspberry filling. Goes great with many flavors of cake.
My personal favorite is a custard filling with fresh bananas. You can make your own custard, or can use a sleeved filling. In a pinch I've even used snack pack vanilla pudding cups with the bananas (I know, scratch bakers' skin is probably crawling LOL). I don't do this with complicated/tiered cakes, since the bananas will only stay fresh for about a day before browning, but it's so yummy.
Good luck and have fun
If you don't want a straight fruit filling, my favorite is a mousse filling with berries, or oreos, chocolate,chopped candy bars, it could go on and on. Look in the recipe section, you will find many recipes. I usually use sweetened whipped cream with a instant pudding, or cream cheese, and whatever else you want to add. It makes the whipped cream a thicker consistancy. I like this combination because it cuts the sweetness of buttercream.
Not lame...don't be afraid to play with something you might like...I've made things like almond (hit or miss for most people) and people who typically don't like almond like it...so you never know!
Here's a link to a list that was put out a while back of hundred of different variations for filling. Just be sure to choose something that doesn't require refrigeration if you can't put the cake in the fridge.
If you can, any mousse is a great filling...use whipping cream and a box of jello pudding mix. That's how I started making fillings way back when...and it was a great place to start. Good luck!
Thank you everybody for your ideas. I'm making a three tier cake probably just vanilla flavored cake and regular buttercream. So I would imagine any flavor filling would be good. I mean they all sound great. I haven't just exactly made up my mind of what I'm going to do exactly. I might just change everything up. I don't know yet. There is just so many things that can be done to a cake!
Vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream, you say?
You could use:
Crème Bouquet Buttercream
Crème Royal Buttercream
Brown Sugar Buttercream
Cream Cheese Icing
Dulce de Leche
Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Mint-Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Orange-Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Dulce de Leche Buttercream
Lemon Buttercream with Lemon Zest
Orange Buttercream with Orange Zest
Coffee (Espresso) Buttercream
Peanut Butter Buttercream
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Peppermint Stick Buttercream
Vanilla Bean Buttercream
White Chocolate Buttercream
Dried Fruit and Almond Melange (apricot, date, fig, prune)
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Milk Chocolate Ganache
Dark Chocolate Ganache
White Chocolate Ganache (perhaps with liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Frangelico?)
Mandarin Orange Bavarian
Pineapple-Mandarin Orange Bavarian
Cookies n Cream Bavarian
Peanut Butter Bavarian
White Chocolate Mousse
Milk Chocolate Mousse
Dark Chocolate Mousse (perhaps w/ liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Frangelico?)
Spumoni Fruit Cream
Chocolate Chip-Toasted Almond-Maraschino Cherry Bavarian
To answer the question as posted in the title...
Anything. Anything at all.
If you are just using a basic buttercream, then asking what goes with buttercream is just like asking what goes with vanilla. There's almost no wrong answer.
That's a lot of flavors! Lol. Yea I mean I know the possibilities are endless. So I'm pretty excited to test around and see what I like. Thanks everybody.
Prterrell: Ha, ha, ha - I'm rollin' on the floor with laughter! Have a "few" flavors! Yep - just about anything you could think of will work, however just discovered another delightful filling at Sams. Dark Cherry/Raspberry/Blood Orange Jam/Preserves - not too sweet and absolutely delicious!
Actually, I just copied and pasted my fillings list from my pricing sheet.
I decided to do strawberry cake. With a buttercream cream cheese frosting. The other day I made just a basic buttercream frosting and added half a block of cream cheese and it was so good! No filling this time for this cake.