CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING CAKE
Whether you choose a traditional white tiered cake with handmade sugar flowers, natural flowers or a more contemporary design in a bright color, what is certain is that after the Bride, your cake will be the focus of attention at your Wedding Reception.
Choosing your wedding cake can seem like a daunting task. I hope you find these words of wisdom helpful in finding your perfect wedding cake.
CHOOSING A CAKE DESIGNER
When choosing a cake designer, ask to see examples of their cakes. Not only will this inspire you, but it will showcase their skill and expertise. A talented cake designer can replicate any picture you bring them. Have a tasting before ordering your cake. Many cake designers will have a range of exquisite flavors, different fillings, and are often able to design a cake that incorporates more than one flavor.
ORDERING YOUR CAKE
When you meet with your cake designer, take along any pictures, inspiration or swatches of material you have for your dress, color schemes, flowers, venue, etc. This will inspire them and make sure they make your cake so it matches the design and feel of your Reception.
The best cake designers can get booked up to one year in advance of your wedding date. If you have your heart set on a particular designer, make sure you contact them in plenty of time. For most cake designers, though, order you cake around 6 to 7 months in advance. Once you have booked your baker, you will be asked to confirm the date of delivery and pay a deposit. You will need to have secured your venue, have a idea of the budget for your wedding cake, and discuss the delivery time of your cake with your Wedding Planner at Dream Wedding and Event Planners.
When thinking about the size of cake you need, consider the number of guests who will be attending and whether you will be serving the cake as dessert or part of a dessert table. This will affect the number of slices you will be serving.
Confirm with your baker whether you will be providing any flowers for decoration or if you would prefer edible sugar flowers. Also, make sure you advise your designer if they need to make allowances for guests with nut or other allergies.
Of course, don’t forget the cake stand. Some bakers will have stands for you to rent, or your Planner at Dream Wedding and Event Planners can locate a rental for you.
CUTTING YOUR CAKE
Believe it or not, wedding cakes are a long and ancient tradition dating back to the Roman Empire. In those days, the Groom would break a loaf of bread over the head of his new Bride as a symbol of dominance. Thankfully, times have changed and the meaning behind the cutting of the cake has evolved in a joyful celebration representing the start of the couple’s life together.
You cake can be cut after your Grand Announcement into the Ballroom and served as dessert, or after dinner, at which time the cake slices can be served later in the evening with coffee, summer fruits or ice cream.
The bottom line is this: Select the designer of your cake that reflects you as a couple, the formality of your wedding reception, and taste. If a wedding cake does not taste as good as it looks, it is a waste of money. I’m sure you want your Guests to enjoy every aspect of your Wedding Dinner and Reception, and everyone looks forward to a delicious slice of the Wedding Cake!
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