Cake might seem like one of the simplest decisions when it comes to a wedding, but in reality, there is more to picking a cake than you’d expect. So, before you go to the consult where you’ll select the cake that will be intensely photographed, a focal of your décor, and the center of one of the oldest wedding traditions (no pressure), here are a few tips to help you prepare for this big decision.
§ The basics: Before you get to the fun stuff, you have to figure out the base. Firstly, do you want a tiered cake, or do you want separate tiers on different stands? Do you want a square cake? Circle? Heart shaped?
§ Flavors: I think most brides are surprised at the wide range of options that are available to them in terms of flavor. For example, our cake artist at The Canterbury Place can offer Chocolate Fudge, Mocha, Carrot, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Orange, Red Velvet, Amaretto, and more! You are also going to have a ton of choices for the fillings between the layers. And you can even make your layers different! So, before you go to your consult, know you and your fiancé’s favorite flavors. If you know feeding the cake to each other might turn into World War III, keep in mind that darker flavors (i.e. red velvet) may stain!
§ Flowers: Fresh flowers are a beautiful way to decorate your cake. It’s good to know, before your consult, whether or not you want florals on the cake, as this will probably heavily affect the rest of the design. Think about where exactly you would want the flowers. Do you want just a floral topper? Do you want bunches of flowers randomly placed? Do you want flowers fully covering the base of each layer? Do you just want rose petals around the base?
§ Style: Anyone who looks at cakes knows that truly amazing things can be done with fondant! The sky is the limit as far as design goes. So decide if you like plain cakes with smooth, undefiled fondant or if you like detailing and design. Do you want a white on white design, or do you want to bring color into the design? Do you want each layer to have a different pattern? If you can dream it, a good vendor can probably do it…they’re called cake artists for a reason! Another good thing to consider is the stand the cake is on. There are many options and each cake artist will carry different choices. Some common choices are a pedestal vs. a stand in all different finishes such as silver, wood, black, and white. Also consider what linen you will have on the cake table- something that matches the rest of the decor or a great accent color always look nice.
§ Groom's Cakes: A fun way to add your groom's personality to the wedding is to have a groom's cake. Feature his favorite hobby, sport's team, or food in cake form to make your groom feel extra special!
If you’re reading through these tips and feeling a little overwhelmed because you’re not quite sure what you like, don’t worry! Go online and look at pictures of wedding cakes. (For our vendors, you can visit http://www.layers-cake.com/ and http://www.ambrosiaweddingcakes.com/) Write down the details that jump out at you as well as the aspects that you don’t care for. This will help you zero in on your taste. And, of course, the cake artist and your wedding planner are always there to help you! By the end of the consult, you can walk away knowing that on your wedding day, you will have the cake of your dreams.