HOW TO PICK YOUR WEDDING CAKE
Deciding what kind of cake to have for your wedding seems like it would be a simple task; but there is so much more to consider than you would think! It definitely helps to be prepared so here are a few tips to get you started:
Have Your Date Chosen Before Going To The Bakery
Wedding season gets hectic very fast, so to ensure your cake will be done in time it's best to place your order about 3-6 months in advance. Knowing your wedding date helps the bakers plan ahead and make sure they have the capacity to take you that weekend.
Have An Estimated Number of Guests
For a smaller wedding you can usually keep it to one or two layers but for a wedding with 200 guests or more the cake will have to be 5 layers. The cake is generally priced by the slice, it can range from $1 to $15 per slice. So knowing how many guests you have when you place the cake order is beneficial so you have an idea on the cost and how big you need it to be.
Consider Your Budget
There are plenty of ways to cut costs and stay on or even under budget. You can always get a small cake for just family or you and your partner and then order a sheet cake for the rest of your guests. Multiple tiers adds up too so try to keep it to one or two tiers and stick with simpler designs. Flowers and other elements are surprisingly expensive!
Go in For a Cake Tasting
While this isn’t totally mandatory it is highly recommended! This is a great opportunity to get to know your bakers and form a relationship with them so they know exactly what you want. It’s also fun to try different flavors and see what combination of cake and frosting you like best.
Know Your Frosting
There are 3 main types of outside frosting for your cake and different weather conditions that cooperate with each of them:
Fondant - Lots of people have very different opinions on fondant because it doesn’t have the smooth, creamy texture of regular frosting; but it is the easiest frosting to design, style and add other elements to. It also holds up a lot better in the heat, you won’t have to worry about it at all in different weather conditions.
American Buttercream - This is the most popular because it’s what you tend to find on birthday cakes. It’s much sweeter than the other options but also much thicker which can make it difficult to apply but after some work you’ll still get the smooth finish you’re looking for. If you’re planning on having your wedding on a hot day or letting your cake sit outside this may not be the best option as it will melt in the heat.
Italian Meringue Buttercream - It’s a tad less sweet than American buttercream and it’s a bit lighter which makes it easier to work with but at the end of the day it’s very similar in taste and texture. The only negative is that it would melt even quicker than American buttercream in the sun so make sure to store it in the fridge or save it for a cooler day!
Choose What You and Your Partner Want
At the end of the day, it’s your wedding! It’s impossible to please every single one of your guests so don’t stress over it. Choose the cake you and your fiancé want, not what everyone else wants!
Remember to save and freeze part of the cake to share with your partner on your one year anniversary! Picking your wedding cake is one of the most fun (and delicious!) parts of planning a wedding, so remember to the enjoy it!