I love cake… cake, cake cake!!! Down to my belly… Wait…??? Often seen as the crown jewel of the wedding, the cake is the centerpiece of the show! Jen of Jen’s Cakes has her hands in every aspect of the creation of her cakes. She loves to create totally stunning, fun and crazy unique designs for her clients.
Sweet Info on the Wedding Cake
Choosing a wedding cake can be tricky. You’ve got to consider the design, the flavors, portion sizes, and your budget. Wedding cakes can be surprisingly costly, considering the amount of time and detail each one takes, much like a piece of art.
1. Portions dictate size It’s not the other way around, the number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. An intimate wedding should have an intimate cake in fitting with the theme of your wedding. You can have “dummy tiers” for your cake to increase the size, but it will increase the cost of your cake, and might look a little strange for a small affair. If you are on a tight budget but you need a larger cake, have a small formal cake and have your caterer serve the majority of your guest from sheet cakes in the kitchen. You can still have the same flavors, and this is a much less expensive option.
2. Matching your style with your baker
Cake designers have styles too! The age of the cookie-cutter tiered white wedding cake with a plastic figurine at the top is long gone. If you want a more daring and modern cake, you might want to steer away from a traditional baker who uses pillars and stairways. The same goes for buttercream vs fondant, some designers are happy to work with both, but you’re much better off finding someone who works with the medium you want for your cake. If you have a specific design in mind, try looking through Pintrest to see if anyone else has something similar, and you can show your cake designer for ideas. Feel free to draw or sketch what you are thinking about in the theme of your wedding, and your designer can use that for inspiration too!
Many brides bring their color scheme (wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses) into the shop for color coordination. Others are coordinating the jewels they wear on their special day with cake adornments — pearls, diamonds and rubies, for example. Often a baker can replicate the look on a cake. Try matching your dress or jewels with the cake to bring it all together.
Themed weddings need a themed cake. From outdoor spring weddings to religious ceremonies, any type of wedding can be accommodated with a custom cake.
3. Have Good Taste
Always have a cake tasting appointment in advance so you know exactly what flavors you are choosing & be sure to check reviews of the baker you are considering on line to be sure they are reputable. You don’t need to go crazy on the flavor, a good baker can make simple vanilla taste amazing.
Finally, give yourself enough time to order — at least three months in advance, to give enough time for planning and for any special ingredients the baker might need.
4. Don’t forget the Groom’s cake!
A groom’s cake can be a super fun surprise gift! This is a great way to add a twist to your wedding cake theme — something that uniquely represents your groom, or perhaps you as a couple. Get creative and share with your baker about some ideas you have to surprise your groom as well as your guests!