06 Apr How to choose a cake
Choosing the best wedding cake depends on your own likes and dislikes, the wedding theme, and your budget. While it is ultimately up to you to choose the cake, the choice can be made a little easier by following these helpful tips.
- Plan well in advance: Unless you already have a firm idea of the kind of cake you’d like, time is needed to look around and consider all options. Be aware that cake makers who are in high demand can be booked out during the high summer season, so don’t leave your booking too late if marrying at this time. Three to six months is enough time to plan the cake.
- Choose a reputable cake maker: The best way to ensure you do this is to work from a referral. Talk to friends who recently got married or who attended a wedding and who experience the baker’s cakes first hand.
- Make sure you love the taste: If you haven’t tasted the cake maker’s cakes before, arrange for a cake tasting. Basic flavours like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla will vary depending on how the cake is made. Avoid the exotic. A good baker can make vanilla taste amazing. Exotic flavours sometimes alienate guests who don’t recognize the flavour.
- Which flavour: Can’t decide? Go for a tiered cake with a different flavour for each layer.
- Butter or fondant icing: If your cake has far to travel or if you’d like to decorate it with elaborate or non-edible decorations, fondant works best.
- Time of the year: Bear in mind the time of year you’re getting married. A chocolate mousse cake or one with lashings of ganache may not be the best idea for a wedding during the height of summer.
- Big or small: The Size of your cake will be determined by the number of guests. If on a budget, consider having a smaller traditional cake combined with one that is already sliced and plated and can be served after the official on has been cut.
- Design: Your cake should be an extension of your wedding theme and decor. Sugar craft techniques can include anything from roses to lacework to cameos of the bride and groom. Budget friendly decoration option include fresh flowers, pretty ribbons and lace or laser-cut lettering spelling the bride and groom’s initials.
- Get it delivered: While collecting your cake direct from the baker will most likely save on your budget, rather ask the cake makers to deliver the cake to the venue. This is so much easier than requiring one of your wedding party to deal with it and the responsibility for safe delivery rests with the baker that way. Also ask if the delivery cost is included in the cake or whether it’s extra; an important consideration for your budget.