So you might have attended a few wedding fairs and done a heap of Google searches to be left feeling flummoxed by the wealth of wedding cake options for your big day. Well.. here are some top ten tips to enable your wedding cake to be on theme, on budget and tantalising those taste-buds!
1. Set the budget - The most important factor. Go over and you could end up begrudging the temporary nature of the cake and may not enjoy it, go under and you could end up with something low quality. If budget is a little tight, you could always enlist a family or friend baker and not worry (potentially) too much about appearance. Think realistically how much you would pay for a good quality piece of your favourite, homemade cake and use that as a benchmark per head. If you want to have a cake cutting photo opportunity, an attractive and sturdy cake will be important.
2. Keep to the theme - Perhaps you are going with an vintage or rustic theme? Try incorporating the cake into it. It could be something simple like decorating the cake with a key flower from a bouquet or be a colour that matches the bridesmaid dresses. Whatever it is - including your cake in your theme, really seals the scene you wanted to create (as cutting the cake is typically one of the last main photo sequences of the day).
3. Keep it your style but thoughtful - Perhaps you are both a lover of cheese and want to go for a cheese tier wedding cake, but if you have invited a big group will they all like cheese - over cake? Its just something to contemplate, as some guests are quite traditional would you be disappointed if a large amount went to waste for example? A good way of getting round varying tastes, is to offer a mix of flavoured cupcakes. 4. Find the supplier - Perhaps your friend had a great wedding cake supplier? Anyone who has good reviews under Google Maps and Facebook pages are a good bet too.
5. How to get a quote - Be clear: where the venue is, do you want the cake provider to drop-off only, or set-up? Will they need storage space in a fridge if using fresh ingredients? With your quote its always reasonable to ask for a sample piece of cake, to really help make your mind up. I would recommend getting 3 quotes.
6. Consider extras - Perhaps you are set on using your best friends wedding cake supplier? Yet, if they are from a different county to you/your venue you could end up paying extra for delivery. Are cake toppers, cake stand, cake knife included in the costs?
7. What about allergies - Many people are diabetic/coeliac/wheat intolerant nowadays - would you like to consider a small selection of cakes for them?
8. Think how the photos will work - If you want a "cutting the cake photo" is there room for this in your venue, would you like to do the cramming cake in each others mouths photo (cream cakes or buttercream cakes work best for this).
9. Keeping with tradition - Do you like the idea of watching back your wedding film with a slice of your wedding cake and champers in hand on your first anniversary? If so - it will have to be a fruit, iced number you go for. Fruit cakes with marzipan/icing keep well up to a year if in an airtight container or up to two years if freezed (you will need to re-ice it though).
10. When do you want to serve it - If you've served up a lavish 3 course meal, you could wait until teatime to serve? Or to save some costs, could use it as the desert after the meal?
I hope these top tips prove helpful, enjoy the tasting sessions! Love Cupcakermaker