We love a good cake but here’s some tips and hints for when it is time to plan your wedding cake.
If you want a large cake (multi-tiered) but don’t have enough guests to justify it – just add fake tiers!
Waste not, want not
If you are having an amazing cake at your wedding, either negotiate with your caterers to not have desert and you can serve your wedding cake instead. Otherwise, make sure you have cake bags/boxes for your guests to take home your cake. Too many times there is so much cake left behind!
Wedding Cake Etiquette
These days, anything goes. Traditionally, fruit cake was used (at least for the top tier). Fruit cake can last for many years (thanks to candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and as an option, soaked in spirits) couples would often keep the top tier for their first wedding anniversary or to use for their first child’s Christening cake.
Mostly, we get couples who choose their own cake flavours, chocolate and vanilla sponge, as well as marble mudcake being amongst the most popular! For people with allergies, you have a range of options available to you.
If you want cupcakes as your wedding cake, be sure to get a top tier for you to cut. I usually get this tier packed up in a box and sent with the couple to their bridal suite or sent home with the bride or grooms family.
If adding fresh flowers to your cake either as a cake topper or as decoration on your cake or at the base, make sure your cake is delivered before your florist delivers your flowers. We always prefer the florist to place the flower topper on the cake, once the cake is set up.
Cutting the cake
Our clients usually want to cut the cake after the speeches, and just before the bridal waltz (first dance). We prefer this format as well – it gets all the formalities out of the way and the rest of the day/evening is for the music and dancing. It also means that the cake can be cut and served with tea, coffee and mints, during the dancing.