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Wedding Cake Tips

Choosing a wedding cake is not as simple as calling a bakery and ordering the cake. If you want to do this right, you will need to plan four to six weeks before your wedding and start by collecting photographs of the style you like. Then, you will need to interview several cake designers, taste cakes, ask many questions, and so on. This important decision shows your appreciation to your guests for sharing in your special day. To have a successful experience with your wedding cake, consider some of these tips.

Again, well before you start talking to cake designers, look through bridal and cake magazines, cutting out photographs of the types of cakes you like. Keep all of these in a binder or photo album so when you do meet with the designer,he or she has a head start on creating your cake. You will probably notice that you lean toward a specific style so once you have all the photographs together to present, the cake designer can then provide you with some suggestions on how you can take that particular style and expand on it.

The fun part of ordering a wedding cake is the taste testing. If you talk to a designer that does not offer a tasting, then move on. Usually, you will be presented with three flavors to taste based on information gathered during your discussion. However, if you are not sure what you want, the designer should be willing to offer you more selections. As you bite into each cake, think about how the cake makes you feel. Is it far too sweet or not have enough flavors for your preference. Additionally, in addition to the traditional wedding cake base, do not overlook the possibilities of spice cake, carrot cake, cheesecake, angel cake, and even Baked Alaska.

The color of the cake is also important. Therefore, be sure you take swatches of the bridal dresses with you and if possible, photographs of the flowers you have chosen. This way, the cake designer can take an ordinary white cake and decorate it with flowers, fresh fruit, colorful icing, or use colored frosting such as brown, yellow, orange, pink, or whatever color you like. Just imagine offering your guests a lemon cake with yellow icing, accented with fresh fruit and chocolate mousse!

The next consideration is the shape of the cake. We all know the traditional tiered cake, which is still a very popular choice but there is always the decision of how many tiers. If your wedding is more informal, you can choose something more simplistic or for a grand wedding, multiple tiers with stairways and a champagne fountain.

After choosing the flavor, color, size, and shape of your wedding cake, you need to determine what level of involvement the cake designer will have. For example, for some receptions where the wedding cake is the only dessert served, you might consider having them serve the guests. On the other hand, if you will be having multiple desserts and are on a budget, then you could ask a close friend or family member to help serve the guests. Regardless, just be sure you have all the details for the designers role in the written contract.

Now, the budget is obviously important in that weddings can be very expensive. You need to determine what you can afford based on the wedding cake costing from $3 to $6 per serving. Take that cost or whatever cost quoted for your area and times it by the number of expected guests. Remember that the actual number of people showing up is never an exact number so to ensure everyone has cake; you should add 10 to 20 onto your expected number.


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