Getting married soon? You probably have so much to think of already – the dress, the venue, the food, the drinks, who to invite, who not to invite, the wedding’s theme, and the list can go on and on. Here we are to help you decide on one very important element of a wedding – the wedding cake.
Begin your search for a cake designer about three to six months before the wedding. Word of mouth is the most powerful tool to use initially. Ask recently married friends and family members for their recommendations. Another option is to search the worldwide web. In this way, you can also see the selections (some bakers have online menus) and the reviews too.
Then narrow down your search. Visit each baker personally and ask how they would define their style. Browse through their portfolios and find one that fits your preferences. Don’t forget to ask to ask for an estimated price range too.
From there, all you have to do is choose the right wedding cake. But there’s a problem. Choosing the right wedding cake can be a deceptively tricky task. There’s a whole host of things to consider in itself, including the design, the flavor(s), portion size and, of course, your budget.
Like the wedding dress, I’m sure you have a clear picture of the wedding cake design of your dreams even before being engaged. Do you want it simple with just edible white flowers and pearls? Or do you want it filled with elegant prints? Do tell your baker everything. If you’re one of the soon to be wed who has no idea what you want as a cake, then look for inspiration first. Do this again by browsing through your baker’s portfolio. Then, get your cake designer to mix it up and create something original.
This element of the wedding cake will be based solely on your preferences. Not a fan of chocolate? Is red velvet your all time favorite? Want to try apple spice? It will all depend on what you want. Should you consider your guests preferences then? Definitely not. This is YOUR wedding, right? Why don’t you try having different flavors for each tier and tell us how it goes?
Size also matters. No one’s ever heard of a wedding cupcake, right? But what size is appropriate? As a rule, portions dictate the size and it’s not the other way around. The number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. Your baker will most likely have a cake portion size guide to help you decide.
The saying “cheap cake ain’t good, good cake ain’t cheap” is true. This is a once in a lifetime event and expect a little spending especially for the wedding cake. If you want to save money, try to be flexible with your designs but if you’re going all out, then go ahead and have a 5 tier cake made specifically to your wishes. The budget is probably one of the most important factors you should tell your baker as it will dictate what materials he or she will be using, the size of the cake itself, and the uniqueness of the design.
So do know what you want first, know how many guests you are willing to invite, and know exactly how much you are willing to allot for the wedding cake alone. With all our efforts, you are sure to end up with the wedding cake of your dreams.