Tips to Assist You in Selecting the Ideal Wedding Cake
For many couples, their wedding cakes are one of the most critical components of their wedding days. It could appear in their wedding pictures, and may very well be a focal point for their guests as they arrive into the reception area.
As you decide on a cake for your big day, it’s important to remember that it is what will pull together the colors and theme of your wedding. What’s more, your wedding cake could be as individual as you are! So, take the time to shop around by yourself, or with your wedding planner, and decide on a bakery, the cake, style, and decorations.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while you cake shop:
First off, create a checklist of things you will need when deciding on a cake:
- Cake budget
- Number of guests
When your wedding will take place.
The date and location of your wedding will affect the type of cake you choose. If your wedding is taking place in the summer and outside, mousse or ice cream cake may not be a good choice. Discuss with your baker the types of cake that will be in season.
Choose a reliable and well-reviewed bakery.
You can begin your research online. This will allow you to obtain customer feedback, and view images of the bakery’s work. Make sure to select a bakery that provides a wide range of cake styles. Once you have chosen a bakery, visit the location and meet with the staff. This is your opportunity to provide sketches, ideas, and samples of your colors to leave with the pastry chef. Lastly, make sure to get everything in writing.
Give yourself time to pick your wedding cake.
If you have already chosen a color scheme and the wedding venue, then it’s a good time to get your cake ordered! 6-8 weeks in advance is ideal!
Make sure you do a cake testing.
This is one of the most important steps before finalizing your cake. If the cake will consist of multiple flavors, taste all of them. Flavors like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla will vary depending on how the cake is made, its formulation, frosting, and more.
Cake size, icing, decorations.
Wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes—the options are limitless. When deciding on the size of your cake, keep in mind the number of guests attending. The type of icing you choose can be a simple sugar and flour recipe, or even a rich cream cheese icing. Today, many couples are choosing to match their icing color with the overall theme of the wedding. You can decorate your cake based on the décor and theme of your wedding, go with crazy and outrageous decorations or decide on lace, embroidery appliqué or elegant drapes or swag. The decision is all up to you so have fun with it!