by Erin Cavey Photography by Greg Griffith
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. Wedding cakes allow guests to share the joyful moment with the new couple. Your cake will also be prominent in your wedding pictures; friends and family will look at it for years to come.
There are a few factors to remember when deciding on your wedding cake. Many couples choose wedding cake themes based on the season, but also consider the weather if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Many fruit fillings can’t last more than a few days. How many guests are attending? This question determines the size of your cake. Plan to serve at least one slice for each guest in attendance.
Decorations and cake toppers have become much more modern since the introduction of the classic bride and groom topper or old-fashioned sugar roses. Decorations include, fresh fruit, real flowers, sugar flowers, crystals, and monograms. Currently, the most popular cake topper is your monogram. In terms of icing, 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 of the delicious flavor. It is a great alternative to fondant (which doesn’t taste the best). For couples who can’t decide on one flavor, consider having each tier a different flavor so you can please the chocolate lovers with the bottom, vanilla lovers with the middle and you can be creative with the top.
Not a cake fan? There are plenty of alternatives; the most popular being cupcake tiers. Many couples have 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. 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 wedding location or nature.
At the reception, there is traditional cake etiquette. The wedding cake is displayed on a table in front of the main table with a decorated 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. This is a very symbolic gesture by the bride and groom and should be viewed by all guests. After the bride and groom serve each other a piece of cake, the cake should be 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.