Wedding Cake Tips
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 can lend themselves to a more natural and organic style of cake and therefore the semi naked and buttercream designs work perfectly decorated with fresh flowers or fruit. Your cake supplier should be able to work very closely with you to incorporate colour’s 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 after your big day. Servings are generally quoted on a 2” x 1” portion size and your venue will serve the cake at your choice of time during your day.
Choosing your cake designer – Really get to know your cake supplier’s 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 is modern and contemporary which you should be able to derive from my portfolio of work so take a look at their websites and social media pages.
Flavours – Request tasters before you book and bear in mind the time of year. Fruity, fresh flavour’s such as strawberry, lemon and coconut are great in the summer whereas ginger and chocolate are perfect for winter weddings. However, I always say to my couples ‘it’s your wedding so make sure your favourite flavour’s are in there!’ Also, push the boundaries during your taster sessions and try something different. You can of course have a different flavour for each tier!
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 designer 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.
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. Don’t forget to think about your cake table when you’re decorating each of your dining tables too, especially if it’s taking centre stage. Again, your cake supplier should be able to advise you on options.
Whichever cake supplier you choose it’s important for you to trust them to create your special cake. Reading reviews and looking at their past work can help give that comfort but sometimes a simple phone call can go a long way in ensuring you get the best fit for your big day.