So, you have got a date for your wedding and have booked your venue, now the fun begins in finding your dream Wedding Cake.
Nowadays, Wedding Cakes don’t tend to be simple or traditional, we are now seeing from the trendy barn like Naked or Rustic cakes adorned with fresh summer berries or fresh flowers to the theme, personalised or even wacky Wedding Cakes.
You have probably already been searching Google and Pinterest for ideas, so let me help guide you to find your Dream Wedding Cake
Find your Dream Wedding Cake Maker
A good Wedding Cake Designer usually gets booked up early so it is recommended to start looking at least 12 months prior to your Wedding date. It’s not always advisable to only approach companies that rank highly on search engines as some companies pay for the ranking. Ask your married friends if they would recommend their wedding cake supplier, look at their reviews on the website and social media pages. Sometimes Wedding venues have recommended/trusted suppliers, it may be worth talking to them too.
Most Wedding Cake makers offer a consultation where you can go along and meet them at their place of business. Here you can talk through your ideas as well as sample different cake flavours. If you are struggling with your cake design, have lots of ideas but can’t visualise them, this is where an experienced cake maker can help create your dream cake. If you don’t know what you really want, having this meeting will help the process of designing your Wedding Cake. The most important thing is ‘do you feel comfortable with the cake maker and the advice that was given during the consultation’
Choosing the flavours
Nowadays fruit cake is no longer the main cake choice as most couples tend to choose sponge cake. You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to Wedding Cake flavours these days. New flavours for example Lemon and Elderflower, Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Baileys as well as the firm favourites Carrot and Raspberry sponges will tempt your palate. This is why it is important to have cake samples at the consultation. Ask what flavours are available and wether they cater for any dietary needs.
Wedding Cake Design
It is worth looking through the cake makers portfolio on their website or social media pages to see if there is anything similar to your dream cake, as some cake designers don’t make certain styles.
Some ideas for inspiration
Simple and Elegant Wedding Cake
Normally White or Ivory iced cake with a small amount of detail finished off with a beautiful ruffle heart topper
Themed Wedding Cake
Themed wedding cakes are usually something that the couple love, for example a hobby, favourite films or interests. Wedding cake designers can literally create most things out of sugar.
Personalised Wedding Cake
These are often when the couple choose to have sugar models of them selves and family members (often including their much loved pets) as the cake topper or want have a design that their guests will completely not expect and will be the talking point of the wedding.
Bespoke wedding Cake
These are where the couple choose to have something that is quite bespoke and unique, incorporating many techniques and creativity.
The cost of your Wedding Cake will be determined by a number of factors.
Portion requirements, complexity of the design and flavours.
Sugar flowers, textures and models (characters) are time consuming and can be more costly.
Fresh or silk flowers can also determine the cost
Delivery – generally the price for delivery depends on the distance to the venue, this can be discussed during the consultation. I would always recommend the delivery is made by the cake maker as they have lots of experience in transporting Wedding cakes to the venues.
Number of tiers – some couples opt to have a dummy cake as one of the tiers as they want a 5 tier look but only require 4 tiers of real cake.