Top Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Cake
Choosing a wedding cake can be a daunting task with so many choices on offer and millions of photographs to wade through on the internet. However, with a few of my top tips you can break it down into some of the more important things to consider, ensuring that you get the perfect cake for your special day.
Design – Choose a design of cake that’s compatible with your wedding. e.g. informal barn type weddings lend themselves to a more natural and organic style of cake and so the naked and semi naked designs work perfectly decorated with fresh flowers or fruit. Alternatively, iced cakes decorated in a range of varying textures and handmade sugar flowers are perfectly matched to a manor house, abbey or castle venue for instance. Your cake supplier should be able to work very closely with you to incorporate colours and styles and be able to design something perfect for your requirements.
Servings – Go for a cake that serves the right amount of guests. You may not need your cake to serve all of your guests if you’re choosing to have other sweet treats, equally you may want to make sure you have some to take away with you. Servings are generally quoted on a 2” x 1” portion size and your venue will serve the cake at your choice of time on the day. Dessert tables are a nice alternative to having all of your servings in just one cake, for instance you can have one main cake and then top up with mini cakes, cupcakes or cookies to make the display extra special.
Choosing your cake designer – Really get to know your cake suppliers style and niche and make sure it ties in with your vision. There are many cake companies offering different styles from modern and contemporary to more theatrical and even allergy focussed. Take a look at their website and portfolios. My design style for instance is modern with my ethos being that ‘simplicity is the perfect form of sophistication’ and so I would always lend myself to creating these style of cakes.
Flavours – Request tasters before you book and bear in mind the time of year. Fruity, fresh flavours such as strawberry, lemon and coconut are great in the summer whereas ginger and chocolate lend themselves to winter weddings. However, I always say ‘it’s your wedding so make sure your favourites are in there!’ You can of course have a different flavour for each tier too!
Budget – Generally, the more intricate and elaborate the cake design the higher the price. Remember it’s the cake designers time that you’re paying for so a cake with lots of handcrafted sugar flowers, intricate piping and ruffle effects will take many hours and will therefore need a bigger budget. Often wedding cakes are bespoke and therefore difficult to price, however your cake maker should be able to provide you with a ‘starting from’ price. A more detailed quote can then be provided once a consultation has taken place.
Vision & Display – I always urge my couples to think about how to stage their cake and I can’t emphasise enough how important this is. A beautiful cake can look completely ordinary if it’s not displayed correctly, for instance on the wrong style of stand or in a cluttered corner of the room. Talk to your venue about stand options, many cake suppliers, including The Bake Pod, hire out pretty stands. Also make sure you think about where in the room you’d like your cake to be placed and how you would like the table to be decorated. Unless the table is a focal point it should always be covered in neat linen and can be enhanced with fresh flowers or matching decorative items.