You’ve got the date and venue set; now for the finer details. A wedding cake is no longer automatically tiers of fruit cake each covered in royal icing with piped decorations and a model of the happy couple on top – but when the world is your oyster, how do you decide what style and flavour(s) of cake to have?
Here at Mama Cakes, we have some ideas and advice to help, and we hope to meet you soon for your cake tasting!
Spread the cake out
If you don’t know already, you are about to learn that every cake chef is as individual as – well, as you are. Some are best at producing divinely light melt-in-the-mouth sponges; others excel at rich, moist cakes. The lemon cake of one will have a delicate hint of lemon; another’s a tangy and exciting citrus kick.
In order to check out the various flavours to best effect, there are two golden rules. One is to have had a meal first: if you’re starving almost anything will taste good. The second golden rule is only to go to one or two cake tastings in a day. Each baker will probably produce at least four flavours of cake and four flavours of topping for you to try, and too much in one day would be confusing to say the least and give a huge sugar rush at worst. Don’t be afraid to take a notebook to jot down your thoughts about each flavour.
It’s more than eating cake
This is your opportunity not only to decide on the flavour(s) of your cake, but also to discuss design details and size. If you can go prepared with your wedding style theme, the approximate number of guests, the venue and the date, and any ideas for cake design which you particularly like or want, it will make the cake tasting that much more productive. You may want a tropically flavoured cake for a summer beach wedding; a nature-themed one for a wedding in the Lake District fells; or sprays of flowers for a spring wedding…
Another top tip? Check each wedding cake chef’s portion size. Large portions mean more cake is needed for the same number of guests as a smaller cake cut into smaller portions. Related to this is whether your cake is part of the dessert for the wedding breakfast, or something to be served separately.
Wedding cake flavours
Here at Mama Cakes we suggest testing four flavours of cake and four of buttercream or ganache. Some of the most popular toppings include chocolate ganache, lemon curd, strawberry jam, salted caramel and vanilla and our cake flavourings are as varied. But if you have a something special in mind you want to try, just let us know.
For more inspiration
You can also check our blog:
Wedding Cake Tips
For fab. photos which will get your mouth watering (we challenge you to limit your choice of flavours to 4):
50 fabulous and fun wedding cake flavours