Cakes and Desserts
So Many Choices
Wedding cakes are traditionally decorated with white or ivory frosting, however, fondant has become a more popular way to decorate cakes as it is seen as being much easier to use and get creative with. The most common flavors are chocolate, lemon, vanilla “white,” and carrot, and most common fillings are custards, mousselines, and ganache. Have fun and use some creativity when choosing your cake style and flavors. When planning the wedding reception menu, be unique – break the tradition of serving just cake and frosting. Cupcakes, candy buffets and ice cream sundae bars all fun and functional. End your wedding on a (sugar) high note.
Ask For References
Look for bakers who specialize in wedding cakes. Ask about their specialties (styles, flavors, and sizes), look at their portfolios, and be sure to sample cakes at their bakery. Typically, bakers have a wider range of samples available Thursdays and Fridays, because they are preparing for events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. If you are working with a large bakery, make sure the cake pictures you view are the work of the cake decorator that will be decorating your cake. Your wedding cake will be a focal point at your reception, so spend some time and choose carefully.
The Groom’s Cake
Recently, more brides are including a “groom’s cake” on their cake table. This dark cake can be any flavor (chocolate is a real favorite) and is sometimes decorated with the pastimes of the groom (golf, sailing, etc). It is not cut until after the wedding cake and without all of the attention that the wedding cake gets.
Ordering Your Cake
Order your cake at least two to five months prior to your wedding. Bakers determine the cake cost by the number of slices needed, so make sure you have an accurate guest count before placing an order. When you place your order, a deposit will be required. You will want to be sure to get a written receipt that details all of the information about your cake: Size, delivery date, color of icing, flavors, fillings, or any other special requests you have made. Make sure that your baker is handling delivery, set-up and has good directions to your reception site.
Cutting the Cake
After the bride and the groom cut and share their piece of cake, someone else usually steps in and finishes serving. If the caterer provides the cake, then he will include the cake cutting service in his fee. However, if you buy your wedding cake from a baker, the catering company will usually add a cake-cutting charge to the bill. Sometimes the cutting fee can be surprisingly high so make sure you ask before making an agreement.