Do you want a traditional cake for your wedding instead of the trendier choices of cupcakes or assorted desserts like s’mores and cookies? Now, once you decide on a cake you have to choose your “wedding cake style.”
We think one the most creative and fun parts about planning your wedding reception is the selection of the dessert, or if you are reading this article…the cake! There are so many amazing cake ideas to look at and see as well as what wedding cake designers will share with you once you narrow down your decision.
The first cake idea will come from you, “The Bride” and your Groom. Take some time to look at a number of clever creations on Pinterest and other wedding showcase sites.
If you have a certain theme, such as a beach or destination wedding, sharing that location with a cake designer is important.
If you have a particular sport or hobby you share, then a themed cake with a matching cake topper might just be perfect!
Then comes the next decision…What kind of cake and frosting would you choose to match your style? The kind of cake can run the gamut of choices from the standard chocolate, vanilla, marble, lemon to more exotic flavors with fruit or cream fillings.
Do you want a tall cake, a two-layered one or a horizontal selection to showcase a design you have in mind? What ever you choose, if you are having a big wedding, order several sheet cakes of the same color and flavor to cut and serve in the kitchen, which will save you some money. A good idea is to have a modest size cake for the effect, look and tradition of cutting the cake. Then have additional sheet cakes made to cut as previously mentioned. Often times the charge of cutting the cake far exceeds the cost of the cake itself, so make a wise decision.
After the cake height comes the color decision. If you are very traditional, an all white cake might be your first choice. Cake designers are expanding their techniques today by adding metallic touches, paintings, fresh flowers, and decorations to match your theme, either with colored frosting or with edible garnishes.
Frosting…will it be buttercream, whipped cream or fondant? A buttercream or whipped cream frosting will be soft and fluffy looking where as a smooth cake is typically made out of fondant to create refined, sculpted curves and edges.
Your location and time of day as well as the food served at your wedding will dictate the type of frosting. Most often the decorator will recommend the frosting type based on those perimeters. In a hot summer environment choosing a fondant frosting will avoid having your frosting melt in front of your eyes! Certain frostings will also absorb the foods served at your venue. The flavor and essence of smoky barbeque foods will easily be absorbed by a buttercream choice.
It is wise to choose a cake designer who works with wedding cakes and knows how they will perform in different environments and venues to avoid any disasters.
The last will be the addition of details on your cake. Do you want a cake topper? These are coming back into style and could include your initials, a fun “wedding” couple or a topper to match your wedding theme.
Do you want beautiful colored sugar flowers flowing down the sides , fresh fruit or even lace?
Today’s cakes run the gamut of choices and styles for what you can dream up. However, don’t break your cake budget in the details as they all will increase the cost of a basic traditional cake!
Have fun and share a picture or two of your wedding cake. We will send a prize for the best picture!