The wedding cake is a symbol of a couples fertility and wishes for a happy marriage. Traditionally, it’ll be a white cake with white butter cream frosting. However, things have changed since my parents were married.
These days you’ll see simple cakes to elaborate wedding cakes, in all shapes, sizes and colors. The days of butter cream are not as common as they used to be. Fondant is very popular as it can give you a beautiful, smooth finish. Or fondant flowers, that look so real you’ll think they are real.
And for flavors, you simply need to think of a flavor for it to become a reality. But when you’re choosing your flavor(s) for your wedding cake, remember, there are alot of guests who may not like an exotic flavor. In that case, you can choose to have different flavors for different layers of your cake. You make you and your guests happy. It’s the best of both worlds!
And don’t forget your cake topper. It can be real flowers in a beautiful design, a crystal initial for the married couple or something silly and fun to express you as a couple. What ever you choose, it should reflect you and your style. Looking for an elegant look and feel for your cake topper, then crystal initial for your last name is perfect for your cake. Are you a quirky couple who love the outdoors? There’s a cake topper for you, whether you fish, golf or hunt, there’s fun and special toppers to meet your every need. Are you more traditional and are looking for that simple bride and groom topper? Not to worry, as they are a staple for wedding cakes and always available for that traditional couple.
You should pick your bakery and baker about 4 to 6 months out from your big day. Once you’ve done that, schedule a cake tasting. Now the guys love this part of the planning. They get to taste different flavors of cake and frosting. What’s not to like? You baker will guide you as to the most popular flavors, colors and themes in the world of wedding cake designs and should be able to accommodate all your needs and wishes. Just remember, the more elaborate the cake, the most it will cost.
If you’re looking for a cost effective way to have your cake and eat it too, order a smaller 3 tier cake with all the bells and whistles and have your bakery make a sheet cake to be cut up and served to your guests. They will enjoy the cake and never realize it’s part of a sheet cake. Remember the cake is ultimately cut by the staff at your venue and no one ever sees the sheet cake.
Whether your choice is a traditional white wedding cake, a beautiful array of flowers cascading down your cake or just something fun, like a topsy turvy cake, make it your own. After all, you’re making the first cut into this beautiful cake you’ve planned for.
Mary Homer-Fairy Tale Weddings & Events