So, you’re engaged… once you’ve sorted out a venue and decided on a theme (if you want a theme), then it’s time to start thinking about details like the cake.
Taste the cake
Because suppliers get booked up well in advance, it’s worth deciding who you want to bake your cake even if you haven’t yet decided on what style you want. Visit some wedding fairs, and – importantly – make sure you taste a selection of flavours of cake and of buttercream that you think you might want. You can also pick up price lists and start thinking about style, design details and cost.
Once you’ve decided on your dress style, reception décor and any overall theme, it’s then time to think about flowers and cake. You want a cake that complements the rest of the wedding, not something which sticks out like a sore thumb. You can give your baker fabric swatches if you want matching details on the cake; and if your florist is willing and has the time, then fresh flowers to match bridal bouquets add a lovely finishing touch to the cake. Mama Cakes has worked with Vandella Flowers on several occasions where they have added decoration to our cakes or to the display surrounding the cake.
The Details of the cake
It’s the finishing details which can give a cake its unique character. Firstly consider the weather – a chocolate cake is going to melt if you get married in the middle of a heatwave. Then the icing: buttercream or fondant? If you want sheer perfection then buttercream with a layer of fondant over the top will look and taste divine. Do you want cake toppers? How about spun sugar figurines; marzipan figures; a carved sugar block; gingerbread cookies; or a bouquet of sugar flowers? Or do you have an heirloom or antique you could use?
Size and price
Obviously the size of the cake relates directly to the price, as does the complexity of the decoration. If you want elaborate moulded shapes or handmade sugar-flower detailing, you’ll pay for the cake designer’s labour. Decorating the cake with fresh fruit or flowers can be elegant and less expensive than hundreds of hand-made icing sugar petals – but bear in mind that they may wilt if the cake is left to stand in a room for long. And if you’re having a dessert table or other cakes, then you’ll need a smaller main wedding cake to feed all your guests. Mama Cakes can advise you about price as we discuss details with you.
We’re not sexist!
Just in case one cake isn’t enough, what about two? In the southern United States a popular custom is having a darker, richer cake for the groom. We like this idea: you could serve guests contrasting slices of a heavenly white ‘bride’s’ cake alongside a rich, gooey chocolate ‘groom’s’ cake…
You want every aspect of your day to reflect you, starting with a meaningful ceremony and ending with a handpicked playlist of your favourite tunes. So when it comes to the cake, select one which says something about you, or at the very least is something you’ll actually look forward to eating.