Easily the most important decoration at your reception, your wedding cake will be a main attraction. With more options available than ever before, designing a spectacular wedding cake is fun and the flavors available will leave your guests begging for more. From simple to ornate, today’s wedding cakes are made with rich and colorful fondants and adorned with beautiful fresh flowers and greenery, personalized toppers and more. Couples are choosing cakes that directly reflect their unique style and are serving their guests a true work of art. Before you order your wedding cake, learn about your options…both inside and out.
The best way to ensure you’ll have the wedding cake of your dreams is to work with a reputable and trusted baker. You’ll want to schedule an appointment with your cake professional at least six to eight months before your wedding date. In the meantime, make a list of ideas to discuss with your baker and start collecting magazine clippings of cakes you love and even ones you don’t. This will give your baker the opportunity to learn about you and your style ensuring they create the ultimate wedding cake specific to your personality.
The most popular wedding cake flavors are lemon, vanilla, chocolate, yellow, spice and carrot. With so much to choose from, you’ll want to decide if you prefer a lighter texture and filling or more of a pudding-type pastry cream. Selections may include jam, cream, frosting, icing, chocolate, mousse, fruit, buttercream, ganache, curd, cream cheese marscapone and more. Talk with your baker about your options and take the time to taste them. If you and your mate have varying tastes, opt to go with a combination of flavors and alternate the layers for a multi-tiered cake.
The most personal design of your wedding cake is what you choose to top it with. You’ll want to select something that fits the design of your cake as well as your personality. Does your wedding have a certain theme? From fresh flowers to glass ornaments to monogrammed letters, your cake topper should be fun, elegant and most importantly, all about YOU!
Once you’ve decided on your cake, you will want to have a written agreement with your baker. Have all the important details spelled out on paper so that you and your baker are on the exact same page about all your needs and desires. Your agreement should include how many guests you plan to have, the date and time of your wedding, any details specific to your reception location and of course, the total price of your cake. Be sure to discuss any extra charges, such as delivery and set-up fees. Tip: Check with your reception location about cake cutting fees to add to your overall budget as well. Communication with your baker is key and is the best way to guarantee your wedding cake is everything you’ve dreamed of.