A Cake Selection with Flavor and Flair
by Erin Cavey
You’re engaged and planning a perfect wedding. Don’t overlook the importance of your wedding cake. This confectionery delight symbolizes your commitment to each other and willingness to take care of one another. The wedding cake also allows guests to share your joy-filled moment as a new couple and will be prominent in the wedding pictures you enjoy for years to come.
With that in mind, there are a few key things to remember when deciding on your wedding cake.
Choose a theme:
Many couples choose wedding cake themes based on the season. But consider the weather if you’re having an outdoor wedding; many fruit fillings can’t last more than a few days.
Decorations and cake toppers:
These have evolved to more modern styles since their introduction with the classic bride and groom topper or old-fashioned sugar roses. Contemporary decorations include, fresh fruit, real flowers, sugar flowers, crystals, and monograms. The most popular cake topper is a monogram these days.
Bring photos, color palettes, invitations and any other form of inspiration you want for your wedding cake when consulting with your baker. Most cake inspiration comes from the wedding location or nature.
Try incorporating your wedding color palette into the cake. It is an amazing way to tie your wedding theme and colors together. Recently cakes have shown up as classic white or bold colors.
Butter cream icing is the choice for most couples because it just tastes delicious. It is a taste alternative to fondant, which doesn’t have the same luxurious creaminess.
If you’re one of those couples who cannot decide on one flavor, consider having each tier different. For example, you can please the chocolate lovers on the bottom tier, vanilla lovers in the middle and be creative with the top.
Number of guests:
This determines the size of your cake. Plan to serve at least one slice for each guest in attendance.
Not a cake fan?
There are plenty of alternatives to cake; a popular trend is cupcake tiers. But many couples have also been requesting cookies, tarts, mini-cakes, and pastries, even donuts! Candy buffets consisting of jars of color-coordinated candies and to go bags are also available.
When ordering a cake, allow at least a few months lead-time.
At the reception, there is traditional cake etiquette. The wedding cake is displayed on a table in front of the main table with a decorative knife. Remember the cake ties in your wedding theme and colors, so it is one of the main focuses of the reception. The cutting of the cake is announced ahead of time, and is cut after the reception meal is served.
Cutting the cake is a symbolic gesture by the bride and groom and is viewed by all guests. After the bride and groom serve each other a piece of cake, the cake is traditionally taken out of sight and sliced for guests. Many couples store the top tier of the cake for their first wedding anniversary.
The most important thing to remember when ordering a wedding cake is the tradition and celebration it symbolizes. Make your cake one that defines you as a couple and delights your guests in celebration.