During the planning of a wedding, few decisions are as delightful as choosing your wedding cake. What could be better than sampling slice after slice of delicious cake? The more informed you are, the better the decisions you will make. Here are some useful tips.
Select your wedding cake style
Begin your search for your cake designer about six months before the wedding, even sooner if you want an in-demand pro. Some bakers' schedules start filling up about a year in advance.
It's best to start considering what you would like soon after you've chosen your reception site and the style of your wedding.
It may help to look at photographs in magazines and books or online for inspiration. Think about the flavour and the style you desire to help narrow your focus. The ideas you find may help you come up with creative ways to incorporate your favourites so they fit your wedding.
Try to see samples of the kind of decorations you want, such as gum-paste flowers or marzipan fruits. The right baker will be able to not only carry out your wishes, but tell you if your vision for your cake is realistic.
Choose a cake that's compatible with the style of the venue, the season, your gown, the flower arrangements, or the menu. If you want colourful accents you can give your baker fabric swatches.
Ask recently married friends and family members for their recommendations. Many caterers, reception sites, photographers and florists have favourite bakers.
Taste your wedding cake
As you start setting up appointments, ask for each baker's tasting.
At tastings, clients are invited into the bakery to sample exemplary cakes, ask questions, and review photos.
As for the flavour of the cake, you can see the different colours. Often the layers are white or yellow cake, but there's no reason they can't be chocolate, lemon, carrot, or hazelnut. The fillings are another way to bring in more flavour. In addition to traditional creams, you can select jam, lemon curd, fruit purees or chocolate fudge to complement the cake.
Anyway remember! The flavour of the cake should be as good as any dessert you'd serve to guests. Do not compromise taste for the look of the cake.
Size It Up
Generally, three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests; you'll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more. If the reception is in a grand room with high ceilings, consider increasing the cake's stature with columns between the tiers.
Many bakers agree that the idea of a mini cake. Not only does each cake require its own decoration. They look amazing being passed around by waiters on sleek silver trays. You can forgot a single cake altogether and opt for a trio of smaller cakes or even cupcakes, doughnuts, or pastries displayed on tiered cake stands for an impressive effect.
Price It Out
Wedding cake often is priced by the slice. The more complicated the cake the higher the price tag. Fondant icing is more expensive than buttercream, and if you want elaborate shapes, vibrant colours, or handmade sugar-flower detailing, you'll pay for the cake designer's labor.
Ways to Save
One way to save money is to order a smaller cake for displaying at the reception and a sheet cake or two that can be cut and placed on plates in the kitchen; the sheet cakes don't need to be as elaborately decorated, and the dessert can be served more quickly, since the caterers can slice it as you are cutting the wedding cake. Garnish with seasonal flowers and fruit for an elegant but cheaper effect.
Put it in Writing
To ensure you get exactly what you want, check that all the details, the style and flavours of the cake, the place and the date of the wedding.
Encourage Cake Collaboration
If you want to garnish your cake with fresh flowers, find out if the cake designer will work with your florist. If you'd like the cake to be decorated with fresh flowers, the baker should be able to tell you what blooms are edible. Or he can arrange to order nontoxic flowers, which haven't been sprayed with pesticides but aren't edible and should be removed before serving.
Consider the Weather
If you're having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue, and buttercream: They melt. Ask your baker for all informations.
Get It On Display
Your cake will likely be on display before it's cut and consumed. Make sure there is a designated cake table that allows the most elegant presentation possible. A round table is perfect for round cakes, but a linear cake design may call for a rectangular table. Once you have a dessert table, have fun dressing it up.
Top It Off
There are many beautiful and unique ways to top off your cake, so you can avoid plastic newlyweds figurines. You can choose a modern plexiglass top or a wooden figurine for a rustic look.
Alternatives: flowers and fruits, ribbons, monogram, photos, cookies.
Colour is a great way to convey the season, along with sugar icicles, pine cones, flowers and fruit. Cakes are being covered in stones, crystals, pearls, even embroidery, all made of sugar.
Monograms are very much in vogue. Monogrammed tiles made of sugar can be applied to the top or sides of the cake.Adding elements from nature is always beautiful; look to the centerpiece flowers or the environment surrounding the reception. For a wedding on the beach, you could adorn the cake with seashells.