There is a lot more that goes into designing a wedding cake than simply choosing its flavor and whether it should be round or square. Over time, wedding cakes have become more and more elaborate and beautiful works of art. I grew up in the kitchen, baking alongside my grandmother, and I’m a firm believer that a wedding cake should look good but more importantly, taste better than it looks. When choosing your wedding cake, here are a few things to consider.
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Many bakers will provide tasting samples in the flavor combinations that they suggest, but it never hurts to ask if it’s possible, during the cake tasting, to taste each cake flavor and filling separately. This allows you to taste the flavors together, as well as individually, and create your own layers whenever possible.
Test for moistness. The first thing you should do is mash the cake with a fork. If the cake sticks to the fork, it’s moist. Otherwise, the cake is dry. A good rule of thumb; if the cake is dry during your tasting, there’s a good chance that it will be during on your wedding day.
If selecting multiple flavored tiers, choose flavors that you like but remember to keep your guests in mind. If your favorite flavor of cake is strawberry, know that some of your guests may be allergic to strawberriesIf selecting multiple flavored tiers, choose flavors that you like but remember to keep your guests in mind. If your favorite flavor of cake is strawberry, know that some of your guests may be allergic to strawberries.
Be conscious of the season. If you love buttercream icing and you’re having an outdoor wedding in the summer, the buttercream icing won’t hold up to the heat. You’ll need to cover the buttercream with fondant, modeling chocolate, or other protective covering for cakes.
The size of your cake matters for two reasons. One, you want to make sure that you have enough cake to serve all of your guests dessert. The second reason is the room size. If you’re having your reception in a massive ballroom or similar space, your cake needs to stand just as tall. You don’t want your wedding cake to look as if its been swallowed up by the room. If you have a small guest list and your wedding cake may end up getting swallowed up by the room, I suggest adding a few dummy layers to give the cake the added height that it needs.
Just because you have a favorite baker, don’t be afraid to get more than one quote or solicit the expertise of another. One baker may be great at sugar flowers while one may be great at sculpting cakes. Depending on what it is you’re looking for, you may have to go with who’s better for the job instead of who you like the best.
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Choosing your wedding cake should be fun. Enjoy the process. Happy planning!
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