Engaged? Yes. Venue booked? Check. Now for the cake. Know what you want? Probably not, hence why you’re reading this article.
Modern wedding cakes are no longer based around the traditional style. There are so many choices available to get away from the norm.
There are some things that never change though, such as weighing up prices to make sure you are getting the best value for money (or just making sure you don’t go overboard) and what it looks like to onlooking guests.
Basic Things To Keep In Mind
The wedding cake is one of the iconic pieces of the entire wedding so getting it right can be a tough decision.
Above all, the cake should reflect your personality. If you have bubbly character, then go for something a bit more out there.
The cake should also match the theme of the entire wedding. If you end up hiring out a glamourous manor then perhaps the traditional cake will end up being the best choice after all.
The more guests you have, the bigger the cake will need to be. Likewise, the less guests you have, the smaller the cake should be. You won’t want to be eating cake every day for the next month just to get your money’s worth.
But don’t take this too literally. If you plan on having the most extravagant wedding ever with 500+ guests, that is A LOT of cake.
So, with all these things in mind, here are some of the main things to keep in mind when choosing the perfect wedding cake for your special day.
Like we have already mentioned, the cake needs to match to the venue. The venue should be secured a long time in advance of the big day so as soon as you have this booked, you can start to think about what the cake should be.
If you planned to get married outside, especially in the summer season, there is always a danger that the cake could get affected by the heat. Things can melt are go runny which will ruin it so something to think about.
Once the location has been set, it’s time to go ahead and find someone to bake the masterpiece for you. The venue themselves may have a baker to recommend, so get their opinion. If they’ve hosted a wedding before, they will have picked up a thing or two, so their views can be trusted.
The best bakers will be able to give their own unique designs, so give the baker the complete description. The cake will be original based on your wedding’s theme.
Have a thorough browse through social media to give you some ideas if you’re struggling for a creative spark.
You should try to get your order in as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to be rushing around near the date and end up seeing the finished product feeling disappointed.
When choosing your baker, try and get a place that will be close to your wedding venue. Remember, they will have to deliver the cake from their store to the venue. You will want as little disruption as possible.
Now this is an exciting part. The cake may look amazing, but it would be a real shame if it didn’t taste as well as it appears.
But let’s stop for a brief second. How many of you have eaten a wedding cake before and it’s been a fruit cake? Hmm, we imagine that it’s most of you. For traditional cakes, this is the norm, but you don’t have to limited to that choice.
There are so many wedding cake flavours to choose from that will make the cake more exciting, taste delicious and will please everyone. If you like chocolate cake, push the boundaries and go for something a bit more exotic like a praline or caramel?
But why limit yourselves? If your perfect cake has multiple tiers, you can have each tier a different flavour. This works especially well if you and your partner have different favourites so why not have both?
And that’s just the cake. We haven’t even covered the icing yet.
Plenty of people don’t even eat it. If you’re one of those, why bother with getting yours covered with a fondant layer?
You can swap it with buttercream-based decorations to bring the cake alive if it fits in with the overall theme of the wedding.
But it’s all up to you so choose flavours that you love. You don’t have to be bound by tradition if you don’t want to.
Bakers will offer taster sessions, so take advantage of these to make sure what may sound like a good idea, delivers. These will cost you a bit of extra money but when you choose them to bake your cake, they will deduct it from the final price.
Is The Price Right?
This is, without doubt, going to be the most expensive cake you are ever going to buy. A lot of time, thought and effort will go into making this cake meet your high standards.
However, you should be honest about how much you are able to budget for the cake. The bakers can then base their work around this.
The more complex the cake ends up being, the more expensive it will be. As it will all be handmade, the fiddlier details will end up taking a lot of time to create, so will keep the costs ticking over.
This may all seem a bit daunting but remember, all wedding cake bakers will want your custom, so you can use this to your advantage. Without you, they won’t be in business, so they will make sure you get the most bang for your buck.