All You Need to Know About Wedding Cake
When you are working through your wedding checklist, everything seems pretty daunting at first. After all, if you've never done it before, where do you start?
Once the big things are arranged, such as venues, licences and of course THE DRESS, its time to start thinking about your wedding cake. This part of your planning should be fun, and with a few handy tips you can sail through the process with ease, and probably with a few slices of cake to try.
You may already have in mind who you want to make your cake, but if not, its great to go to wedding fayres and have a chat with a few suppliers, or you can do a quick internet search for those who are located reasonably close to your venue. Most cake designers will be glad to have a chat on the phone, or via email to throw some ideas around, but the best option of all is to arrange a wedding cake consultation. You can then meet face to face and discuss in detail exactly what you expect for your big day, and also bring along any colour swatches or design ideas that you already have.
Your cake designer should be able to tell you how many, and what size tiers you will need for your cake, so if you can give them a rough estimate of the number of people you want to feed that helps. They should also be able to provide guidance on styles, colours and flavours.
You will generally be able to try a sample of tasters at your consultation too, if you are unsure about what flavours to go for. Don't feel that you have to have fruit cake anymore. Those days are long gone. Instead, you can have each tier as a different flavour, so you can play it safe with vanilla, or really push the boat out with red velvet or chilli chocolate. Some couples do still like to stick to tradition and have a fruit cake as the top tier, which can be kept for any future Christenings. This is absolutely fine, and as long as the tiers are stacked correctly and professionally there is no reason why a fruit cake cannot sit on top.
There is no set timescale for ordering your wedding cake, however a good point of reference would be to book your preferred supplier around 12 - 9 months in advance. A lot of cake makers will only work on one or two wedding cakes a week, and spaces do get booked up fast.
On the day itself, your cake maker should set up your cake at the venue at a time pre-arranged with yourselves. This is generally either before guests arrive for the service, or between the ceremony and the reception if the same area is being used for both.
It is entirely up to you at what point in the proceedings you would like to cut the cake. Some couples choose to use their cake as a dessert to the wedding breakfast, while others prefer the idea of cutting it later in the day, so that evening guests can feel involved in a part of the wedding also.
The most important rule of all is to find a cake maker that you can put your trust in to supply such a big part of of your wedding day, and I am happy to provide any advice.