How to choose your perfect wedding cake
You’ve got the ring, the perfect partner and have a venue booked for your dream wedding. It’s a whirlwind of excitement, perhaps with a measure of anxiety thrown in – but that’s all part of the fun, right?
Planning a wedding can be a minefield and it’s important to get the details right so you can relax and enjoy the big day, along with the memories and photos that follow.
Our advice is to take it one step at a time. And when it comes to choosing the right cake, we’ve got your back!
With weddings on the horizon again, here are our top tips for choosing the perfect wedding cake:
Think about the style of your venue
This may sound obvious but your wedding cake will probably feature in a lot of your wedding photos. The appearance of the cake is one of the most important things to get right so make sure you’re happy with it.
If you don’t know where to start then you could take a picture of the venue to your baker and see if they have any ideas to make the cake work with your chosen decor. The more you can give them – flowers, colour scheme, style – the better.
Choose a baker whose style you like
Each baker will have their signature style. While they can offer a range of options, most won’t just replicate any old cake you find on Pinterest or in a bridal magazine. And who wants to just copy someone else anyway? Check photos on their website and social media channels to ensure their style works with your other arrangements.
Of course, it can never hurt to ask for other pictures or ideas if you don’t see what you want straight away. Ask for your baker’s suggestions on how they interpret your ideas – you may be surprised!
Think about the season
If you’re getting married in summer then you may wish to check where the cake will be displayed throughout your day, before choosing a cake covered in whipped cream. Thankfully in England, you shouldn’t have too many issues choosing a cream-based cake but it is something to consider.
Ask us if you have any concerns during the booking process and we’ll be happy to offer advice.
It’s all in the flavour
Does anyone really want to eat a fruit cake? It might be a traditional choice but straying away from the obvious can open up a world of possibilities. Try a few varieties and pick your favourites. Change the flavour from tier to tier or even try some new combinations within each layer.
We personally love a wedding croquembouche! But there are so many alternatives for people who have a sweet tooth but don’t love traditional cake, or prefer a savoury option (although if you don’t love cake, who are you?) There’s also cupcakes or small, bitesize patisserie options. Delicious AND they remove the hassle of cutting a cake to serve upwards of 100 guests.
To ice or not to ice?
Most wedding parties have a strong opinion on traditional fondant icing – it’s the marmite of wedding cakes. On the one hand, it can look elegant and makes it easy to add different decoration to a cake; on the other hand, many people find it too sweet and end up peeling it off, leaving sad-looking icing scattered on plates.
The choice is entirely yours but one thing we would say is most wedding cakes are cut so that guests don’t get served a wide edge of the cake – if you like how icing looks, don’t let it worry you and go for it.
Know how big your guest list is
Knowing how many people you need to cater for will help determine the size of your wedding cake. This is why we always recommend having your venue booked first.
The size of your cake will depend on the number of guests, whether you have other dessert options or whether you are offering sweet and savoury choices. Your baker can help with this if you have the numbers and will make suggestions for the number of slices, tiers, profiteroles.. you name it.
Know your budget
Know how much you are prepared to spend on your wedding cake. The cost of a wedding cake can vary wildly from baker to baker, taking into account size, number of tiers and how ornately decorated it should be. Most bakers can offer you a ballpark on enquiry but it is a bespoke service and is different for every cake.
And finally, don’t try to please everyone
Cake is supposed to be fun! Don’t let choosing the right cake stress you out. You will never please everyone so pick something personal to you.
And remember, if your guests are drinking at your wedding, chances are they won’t care which flavour buttercream you opted for.
On that note, if you are planning a wedding and are ready to get the ball rolling then we would love to hear from you. Get in touch to organise your wedding cake.