Wedding cakes are one of the most important components of a wedding and can be a difficult task to plan if you don't have a clear idea of what you are after. Don't worry though, with the right tips and tricks, you can make sure your wedding cake becomes "Best Supporting Actress", behind you as you take the winning "Lead Duo award" (I think my metaphor is a little off there, but you know what I mean!).
From flavours, decorations, and budgeting, check out this full blog post below that walks you through all the steps for how to choose your wedding cake, and make sure you follow for more wedding tips on how to make sure you get the perfect wedding cake for your special day!
First thing you need to bottom out as a couple, before reaching out to any prospective bakers is how much you are willing to invest in your cake - either as a monetary value, or as a proportion of your wedding budget total. It is so much easier going into conversations about what you are looking for with a limit you have set together. That way, when the quotes start rolling in, you will know what is sitting comfortably with you, and what is out of your price range. Going in blind and doing it the other way around will just end up with the potential for you falling for a cake that is way out of your budget and no one wants that to happen
How many people are you feeding?
Is the cake going to be served as a plated dessert? In which case you need a portion per person, plus a few in hand just to be on the safe side.
Is the cake being cut and served as evening food? In which case, I always advise to roll back on portions. Not everyone will eat cake in the evening and you will be left with lots of leftovers if you cater for everyone on top of savoury food too.
Typically, most caterers will cut you a 1" by 1" or 1" by 2" cake portion. This is much smaller than your regular celebration cake portion so you won't need as much cake as you *think* you do so really think about how many portions you want to have and whether, if it isn't all eaten on the day, are you happy taking some home with you.
Wedding Cake Size
After you have your portion total sorted, now is the opportunity to think outside the box:
Do you really want 3 tiers? If so, but you don't need the total portions that this creates... What about a "faux" to add height and interest but not the extra portions?
How about a few 1 tier cakes in complimenting designs?
Or extra tall (deep) cake tiers to create a modern twist on the expected 3 tier cake tower.
Once you untangle the need from the want the sky is your limit and your chosen cake maker can work with you to make it all come together
Wedding Cake Look & Feel
Now, here is where it starts to get really vague. Sorry! Stick with me though. Personal preference is huge... your budget and portion totals and general wedding vibe will already have started taking you down a design path for your overall look and feel for your wedding cake but this is where your chosen cake maker can really help you create a totally personalised wedding cake for you both. Make sure you have any Pinterest boards ready to share (you can check out mine here if you need a start) or imagery you love that you have collected along the way. Most cake makers won't create an exact duplicate of others work, but, they will be able to design a bespoke cake for your special day with these in mind and use them and inspiration.
Wedding Cake Flavours
This has come last on my list but not because it is least important. Typically, I find with my couples that this is actually the easiest part. You know what you like, your cake maker will know what crowd pleasers are going well that year/season so as long as there is a balance across the two... you should be all set!
How to choose your wedding cake
What do you think? Are you feeling a little more prepared to create your dream wedding cake with your chosen supplier? I hope so. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I can help.