Did I grab your attention? I hope so! Weddings are a magical, romantic and a special time in your life. There are so many things to consider from a date, a dress, choosing groomsmen and bridesmaids, the venue, the type of ceremony, and on and on and on…right? And o
ne of the many things you have to consider is the wedding cake. I love a fun, festive wedding. And the cake should reflect the type of day you want. Here are some things to consider when choosing a wedding cake:
The number one, most important thing you MUST consider when choosing a cake: the taste! That’s right. It seems obvious, but sometimes brides can get caught up with the “look” of the cake and forget-it has to taste good! Why spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a cake that doesn’t taste good? It should be moist, flavorful and delicious.
That leads me to my second point: the baker. The person you choose is very important. Ask for referrals and recommendations from friends. Go to the baker and taste samples. Ask for pictures, a portfolio and a customer reviews.
Here’s a tip: start early! Don’t wait until a few weeks before the wedding to think about your cake. If you have the luxury of time, start checking bakers out at least 6 months in advance if possible. Usually, the busy bakers are popular because they are good, and their services are in high demand.
Make sure the person you choose to make your cake is licensed, insured and can deliver the cake on the day of your wedding. Availability and service counts!
It’s very helpful to bring photos from magazines or other media to show the cake maker what you like and what you are searching for. This gives them an idea of your taste and style.
Once you have the baker chosen and are pleased with the taste, it’s time to make other choices concerning your cake:
Type of Cake
Flavor. Do you want vanilla, chocolate, or something off the beaten path? Fruit filled? Buttercream or fondant?
What shape would you like? Square, circle, rectangular, a mish mash of all?
Color- do you want the cake to match a theme? The color of your bouquet? Match the bridesmaid dresses? Match the season?
What is your wedding theme? Is it casual? Romantic? Classic? Modern? Whimsical? The cake should reflect your overall theme.
Do you want additions to the cake? For instance, sugar flowers or bows. Will they be edible? Will you have fresh flowers on the cake? Fruit? What about the filling? Do you need to consider gluten free options?
There are literally thousands of things you could put on top of your cake. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Some couples opt for a traditional bride and groom. Perhaps a figurine, whether it’s edible or not. Others like a sugar “statement” piece on top, such as a large grouping of flowers or a special design. Others choose a monogram. Literally, you can have pretty much what you want, if you can imagine it. If you have a talented baker, he or she should be able to design a cake with your unique taste and style in mind.
Shopping around for wedding cakes should be an enjoyable experience. With time, planning and ideas, it could be one of the least stressful decisions you’ll have to make regarding your wedding day.