There are so many things you need to get done when planning for your wedding day. Getting the right person to create your wedding cake is one of those important steps.
How to get started can be confusing because there are so many designs and trends. Do you want to go with a traditional look or something that is uniquely you?
• Who do you want to design your cake?
• What flavor and color do you want?
• How many tiers should be created?
• Do you want pillars or stacked?
These are just a few questions that are possibly racing through your head! Well, take a deep breath and discover the steps you need to take in order to finally have the cake that is perfect for your big day.
What Serving Size Works Best?
Decide how many guests your cake will feed and whether the cake will be your dessert or not. If you are serving dessert, the slices should be thin and relatively small. If you are not serving dessert than the serving size can be larger. If this is the case, your baker will have to provide you with a larger cake, depending on your guest list.
What Flavours Are On The Top Of Your List?
There are so many textures and fillings to choose from, your head will spin! Your baker can provide you with different suggestions and ideas to produce a combination that is ideal for you. Working with your baker, you will be surprised how creative you are and have a cake that is uniquely your choice. If your wedding is during the warmer months of the year, lighter flavors such as lemon, orange, lime citrus fruits or passion fruits are great ideas.
During the colder months, you should choose richer flavors such as chocolate or possibly a carrot cake design. On the other hand, if you march to your own drummer talk with your baker about incorporating flavours that are not your same old same old. How about a sponge cake with filling layers of custard or goats cheese. Play around with the flavours until you get it just right.
What Design Will Match Your Theme?
Take your time and choose a design that you are going to be happy with. You want a design that years later you will look at in photos and still see the cake you fell in love with! There are so many designs from traditional and vintage to modern and retro! At this stage, look at many different ideas and designs and see what draws you in. This is the “thinking about it” stage, so play around with something new and whimsical, if that just doesn’t feel right you can always head back to something more traditional. When you choose a really good baker they will help you create a design that brings everything together and is a perfect match with your wedding theme.
If you are someone who wants something really different that is nothing like the traditional tiered cake, you’re in luck because there are many new designs for you to look into. Many people are moving away from traditional and one design that has become super popular is the cupcake tower cakes. This design was popular a few years back and is now making a big comeback.
This is a French wedding cake that is created as a tower with cream-filled and caramel dipped profiteroles. Traditionally, it’s with a vanilla pastry cream and decorated with sugared almonds but many new configurations use different creative pastry cream flavors. The Tower can then be decorated with flowers, melted chocolate, or even a sugary artwork.
Profiteroles or Choux à la crème are French pastry balls filled with ice cream, custard or whipped cream.
Not only are Croquembouche Towers beautiful to look at, they are very tasty treats that your guests literally pull apart and enjoy.
Another snacking wedding cake is the Macaron Tower that is similar to the Croquembouche. You can work with your baker to come up with the most beautiful, sumptuous treat for your guests.
If you want a vegan or gluten-free cake, choose a baker who specializes in these options. You will want to choose a strong flavour for the cake because the flour used is gluten-free and somewhat bitter in taste. Chocolate, a splash of cinnamon, a zing of lemon are all exceptional options for a great flavour. A specialized baker can offer you some other great flavours as well.
As you can see, you do not have to go traditional for your wedding cake. There are cheesecakes with so many options from a coconut macaroon base or an array of delicious fruits.
Take into consideration if you have guests who might have allergies and see if your baker can guarantee a nut-free coverage. You could have gluten-free, vegan cupcakes for those particular guests so they can enjoy safely.
When choosing the different elements for your cake, keep in mind that the more elements you add the higher the price tag will be. These elements can include edible silver or gold leaf, sugar flowers, pearl sheens, and intricate piping. Your standard tradition three tier cake with sugar flowers and piping will start off between £490-£520 depending on your location. In London, a three tier cake will start off at £600+. Because pricing can vary so much, shop around before making a final decision on the baker of your choice.
Finding The Right Baker
When looking for the right baker for your wedding cake should probably start with an online search within your area. Obviously, you want a baker who can deliver the cake to the location of the wedding.
Because just about anyone can start up a bakery business, you need to ask pertinent questions. Are they insured, registered, and have a certificate of hygiene? Not all bakers do so these are important questions to have answered before choosing. Most wedding cake bakers will be listed on a number of wedding directories, blogs, and exhibit at local and national wedding shows. In your search be sure to include your region and specifically look for “wedding cake bakers”.
While perusing through the list, read their reviews and customer testimonials. Look at their price range and the photos they have uploaded of the cake designs. You could also send them photos of something you have in mind and ask them for a quote. Once you have narrowed it down to a few, set up an appointment to stop by their bakery, get a cake tasting, and ask questions. You should sit down with them and let them walk you through the process of setting up and securing your wedding cake order. Enjoy yourself and try some of their wonderful samples!
Questions You Should Ask
Make sure you ask as many questions as you can before signing up with a baker and placing down your deposit.
Can you get a cake tasting?
Ask the bakery if they will arrange a cake tasting before you commit yourself to paying for a wedding cake. If they do, find out if the price will be included in the cost of the cake. There are so many different flavours to choose from, so try and pick only a few of your favorite flavours. Being able to sample from different selections will give you the chance to see if they taste as good as they look.How many weddings do they cater in a day?
If they cater to more than one wedding a day, do they have the experience to cater all of them successfully. Obviously, you want your wedding cake delivery and catering to go off without a hitch.
What cake flavours and fillings do they offer?
If you already have your mind set on a particular flavour, make sure they carry it and whether that flavour will cost more.
Do they have the experience to make custom wedding cakes?
If they rarely do custom orders, it might be difficult for them to make the cake you have your heart set on.
When will your cake be made?
You should know when they will actually make your wedding cake. Most cakes are made a week before the event but you don’t want it too far back as the cake will no longer be fresh. In turn, you don’t want the cake made at the last minute in case there are mistakes that need to be corrected.
How much experience do they have making wedding cakes?
How many cakes they have made and how much experience they have can be important. Keep in mind, the more experience they have will probably cost you more to use their services. You might have to find a middle ground between your budget and the complexity of the cake you want. Ask to see their portfolio and if they made all the cakes in it. It’s a plus if you see a large variety of wedding cakes in many different settings. This is a sign that they have a great deal of experience.
Will they deliver the cake to the event and set it up?
If yes, that’s great! If no, you will have to get someone to go pick it up and then bring it to the wedding event and set it up. If that’s the case, get with your wedding coordinator to make sure everything will be ready.
If the baker will be delivering and catering, ask if they will provide the cake stand and knife. Some cake makers include the stand and knife within the overall cost, some do not. So make sure you know ahead of time. If they are supplying these items ask if they will pick them up and when. Will it be the next day or do you have to schedule the pickup?
Also, find out if there are any additional charges that are not included in your price. Be sure and find out if they need a deposit put down on the stand, cake toppers and/or pillars. More than likely, if they provide these items they want them returned in the same condition they were before hand. Chances are there will be a deposit involved.
Does the price include VAT?
Some bakers might quote a price that does not cover VAT (value added tax). So if you are not sure, ask before you put down your deposit. Ask them what the last date is for making any changes to the cake.
If you are someone who changes your mind quite often, you need to know the last date that you can make changes and keep it in mind. Finally, find out when you need to make your final payment. You need to get this information and jot it down so you won’t forget.
Your wedding cake is just as important as your floral arrangements, your invitations, and your wedding gown. Start looking for the ideal baker that will create the exact cake you are looking for. Doing research online, stopping by and asking questions will help you narrow down your search. Be sure and know what various bakers charge for their confectioneries and whether they will be delivering and setting it up. Once you have decided on your baker and know what you want for a cake, you will be on your way to addressing other wedding needs to guarantee a perfect wedding day.
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Jack Robertson is a writer and enthusiast of all things to do with weddings and planning to tie the knot. Born in the North of England he became fascinated with the ritual of marriage after planning his own wedding in 2011. He now works as a professional writer and loves promoting Le Petite Chateau, a rather good wedding venue in Northumberland, North East UK. LPC is a different magical venue and has won awards for it’s unique splendor.