It goes without saying that your wedding cake will be receiving a great deal of attention at the wedding. This is why it is so important to make sure that you have designed your cake to fit every parameter of the wedding theme. You will find that there are a wide variety of ways to design and decorate a cake. Your head will probably spin, when you see all the choices that you have to choose from. The important thing is to keep your cool and do not get overwhelmed. Below you will find some information and tips that will help you choose the correct decorations and designs for your wedding cake.
Choosing a Baker
The first thing you and your significant other are going to have to do is choose a baker. You will probably have several different choices to choose from or you may not have many choices, if you live is a small town. It will really depend on where you are getting married. However, you want your cake to be fabulous, so it is very important that you do some research on the baker, before you make a final decision. Never be afraid to ask for some samples of his or her work.
It might even be a great idea to consult with your friends and family. If any of your friends of family have recently gotten married, then they may be able to give you some information about the baker that they used. This might be able to save you quite a bit of time. Just remember that the choice is yours.
The Internet is also another great resource that you can take advantage of. Chances are that a reputable baker will have a website, where you can view their work or even read other customer reviews. This is something that you can do from the comfort of your own home, in a matter of minutes.
Style of Cake
The style of cake that you choose will really depend on what you want. This means that you are going to have to spend quite a bit of time browsing and thinking. Do you want something tall? Do you want an all-white cake or something with more color? You want to keep in mind that most cakes with soft fluffy frosting are usually frosted in buttercream, whereas smooth cakes are usually iced in fondant. If you want to add details like sugar flowers or lace this is going to cost you a bit more money.
It is also important to consider the environment that you are getting married in. For instance, if you are getting married in the summertime, then you might want to consider going with the fondant. The reason for this is because buttercream can melt pretty quickly in the heat.
While doing some research you may have found that some people find that fondant taste icky and advise you to never use it. This can be true, if you do not choose the correct baker. However, there are some bakers out there that use fondant that people actually love. This is something to keep in mind, when you are looking for a baker. If you want to use the fondant icing then make sure you do the proper research, beforehand. If you do not like a super sweet frosting, then you may only want to use a thin layer of fondant.
It will be imperative that you schedule a cake tasting session. Of course, this will be done after you have decided what style of cake you want and how much you can afford. Keep in mind that you never want to schedule more than one tasting on the same day. The sugar crash that you experience may make you never want to go cake tasting again. Keep in mind that a cake tasting will cost you money, but the money will go towards the cake, if you choose that specific baker. However, this fact should not make you feel like you have to choose the first baker you try.
During your cake tasting, you will probably sample around three or four different flavors of frosting, talk about your design choices, and also talk about the price of the cake. You will find that a tasting can be extremely helpful, when trying to choose the correct baker and the correct design of the cake.
You should know that cake does not have to be your only option. Due to taste and budget reasons many couples are deciding to go for other pastries, besides wedding cakes. Wedding desserts are becoming more and more popular and you always have the option of cake pops or cupcakes. You can even make things a little simpler, by going with pie, ice cream, or even donuts. The goal is to choose something that you and your fiancé both love. Never feel like cake is your only choice.
Wedding cakes can be elegant, but you can also have fun with them. Do not stress out about your wedding cake. You can have a cake that represents your favorite basketball, baseball, hockey, or football team. If you are becoming stressed out by those pricey bakers, never be afraid to check with you local grocery store baker. When it comes down to it guests are only going to remember your cake, if it is really good or really bad. The most important thing is that you cake does not tip over during your ceremonies.
With all the choices that you are going to have to decide from, it is easy to see how you might have trouble picking the perfect one. If you are looking for some inspiration, then you should choose a cake that will match your wedding dress. Many talented bakers can even match ruffles of the dress and incorporate them into the cake. It is even possible that a good designer can match specific heirloom pieces. Oval shaped cakes tend to draw a lot more attention and they also give the baker a lot more room to work with. However, round cakes are a bit more traditional.
Bringing Your Dress
If you want to design your cake to match your wedding dress, then it is a good idea to bring the dress along with you. If this is not possible, then try to at least bring a picture along with you. This will give the baker so much more to work with. If you want to incorporate jewelry or an heirloom into your cake, be sure you bring it along with you as well.
You never want to wait till the last minute to start thinking about your cake. You will end up having to rush through picking a design and more than likely you will end up with something that you and your guest do not like. Special ingredients and decorations sometimes need to be ordered in advance and sometimes they may even have to be created from scratch. Do not wait to the last minute and cause you more problems. You are already going to have enough planning on your plate.
Too Much Input
It is never a good idea to bring too many people along with you to the tastings. You will end up driving yourself crazy trying to listen to everyone’s opinions. However, this does not mean that you need to go alone. Just make sure that you keep your entourage to a minimum of at least two or three people. When it comes down to it the final choice is yours and you should choose something that feels good to you.
As you can see choosing a wedding cake is not going to be an easy task. There will be tons of choices that you have to sift through and if you do not start making decisions early you might end up making a hasty decision that will probably not end well. This whole process is going to take a lot of time and research, so get prepared for the journey ahead.