Mouth-watering Cake: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Booking the Perfect Wedding Cake
Choosing the right wedding cake maker is an important decision for any couple planning their wedding. Not only is the cake a focal point of the reception, but it’s also something you’re going to want to gobble right up and savour the taste. Plus there’s no doubt that your guests will look forward to tasting it.
With so many options available (from chocolate and vanilla, to multilayered masterpieces), it can be overwhelming to choose the right baker and design for your cake and to know key information such as how far in advance should you order your cake, how much do you order and how to know how many tiers to have. It’s nearly time to get cake testing … is there a better time.
In this article I’ll take you through the process of choosing, booking and finding the perfect design for your wedding cake. Whether you’re debating about being a bit more traditional and opting for white wedding cake or something more creative and unique, I’ll help to ensure your cake is not only beautiful but also delicious.
Let’s eat our way through the rest of this blog (feeling way to hungry writing about cake) –Mouth-watering Cake: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Booking the Perfect Wedding Cake
Cake or no cake?
Not a fan of fruitcake? Perhaps you are sick of vanilla sponge, and the thought of having a dessert you won’t enjoy at your wedding just isn’t for you. Don’t worry there’s some amazing alternatives to inspire you and get your and your guests taste buds tingling. From savoury wedding cake alternatives – such as towers of cheese, to pizza cakes, to something much more sweet such as macaroon towers or a brownie stack. Who says wedding cake has to be made from cake?
How much for your wedding cake?
Shopping for your wedding cake is for sure one of the most enjoyable things on your wedding planning to do list – but how much does it even all cost? The trying of so many different types of cakes – maybe not so cakes. But it needs to be right.
There can be a lot of variation depending on the kind of cake you’d like, the design and complexity of any styling and finishing and flavours too. There’s no right answer to how much to spend or reserve in your wedding budget for your wedding cake – if you’re wanting your cake to play a bigger role in your décor or overall wedding day it may be nice to allocate more of your budget for your cake.
Things that can affect the cost include:
- Size of cake
- Intricacy of your design
- Where the cake designer is based – will they need to transport your cake to your venue and set it up?
- Any special ingredients or flavours
Design details aside, the type of cake you choose will make a difference too. Will you be opting for a vanilla sponge, or do you want multiple different flavours? Fruitcake or cakes containing premium flavours such as champagne or liquors would be more expensive than a sponge style cake.
The more tiers you have and the more complex the design the more the cake is likely to cost you. Do you actually want something a little different where your cake is made up of lots of smaller cupcakes? Are you going to stay with a round shape or do you want to look at alternatives like oval or square? There are lots of things to consider when it comes to style and design. Simple and minimalistic can look clean and elegant, but bright and colourful can be fun and create a focal point at the wedding reception. Pinterest and Instagram can really help you start to collect inspiration on the kind of cake you and your partner may want to order.
Your cake should be ordered at least 6 months before the wedding, if not more. This gives the baker enough time to devote to designing and making your cake. Once you’ve decided on the style and size of your cake, it’s essential that you get everything in writing so that there are no issues afterwards.
Top Tips on things you should chat to your cake maker about your wedding cake –
- The type of cake – your order should clearly state the kind and style of wedding cake you have chosen. If you are having a shaped cake, write down the exact shape or design that you have requested.
- Cake tiers – List how many tiers the cake will have and specify what flavour each tier will be.
- Decorations – have a little description of any decorations that will be going on the cake and specifically any cake topper and who will be supplying this
- Date/Time/Location – ensure all of this key information is clearly listed on the form, including where at the reception you’d like your cake to be displayed.
- Exact cost – including any charges for pillars, delivery and set up and any additional extras that you may want. If the deposit has been paid, ensure that the remaining balance is correct.
That’s it, I’m all caked out. Time for you to get trying lots of cakes. Don’t forget lots of cake makers now cater for many different allergies and dietary requirements – from Gluten Free to Vegan.
Thank you for reading – Mouth-watering Cake: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Booking the Perfect Wedding Cake
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