There are so many aspects to planning the perfect wedding. For many, the wedding cake can be just as important as a venue or even a dress! On the checklist of wedding planning, choosing a wedding cake comes high up the list.
Traditional wedding cakes are still very popular with couples opting for a classic sponge, white royal icing, 3 tiers and minimal decoration. However, tradition has changed over the last few years, in fact in 2016, 1 in 5 couples chose cupcakes as their wedding cake centerpiece. The options for wedding cakes have multiplied making the choice much more in depth than just a flavour or decoration. Wedding cakes can be cheesecakes, donuts, cupcakes, iced, not iced, flowers, ribbons, fruit….even ice cream the options are lengthy and sometimes overwhelming.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding cake.
- Personal style: first and foremost a wedding cake design should reflect the couple getting married. The cake can be just as personal as an outfit or even the rings. Photographs of couples cutting the cake or posing with the cake are significant in most weddings. It is important to make sure that the cake is special and distinctive to the newlyweds.
- Seasonal considerations: if you are planning a beach wedding in the peak of summer, choosing a cake that will most likely be effected by the elements is probably not the best idea. Ornate decorations that could melt in hot weather, or beautiful embellishments that can’t be left out for a period of time, may have to be adapted or even revoked from any cake related ideas.
- Event styling: personal style is key but it is also important to consider the style of the wedding when choosing your wedding cake. Adding flowers to match the bouquet or buttonholes or choosing a ribbon that ties in with the colour scheme. The wedding cake must fit the style of the event whether it is formal, relaxed or anything in between.
- Timings: If the wedding is a particularly long affair it is important to consider how long the cake may be sitting out. Choosing decorations that can withstand being on display for sometime is important.
- Flavour combinations: choosing flavours that compliment each other is key. If you are unsure which flavours work, Anna Baker is an experienced wedding cake maker and can offer plenty of suggestions and tasting opportunities! The couple could be undecided on which flavour they would prefer and Anna can offer advice and options.
- Structure: wedding cake makers are often cake architects, particularly if the design is extravagant. Couples could ask for several tiers and it is important that cakes are stacked correctly and securely. There are certain types of wedding cakes that stack better than others, although there are many options with cake stands to ensure that design aspirations are never compromised regardless of the size of the cake.
Wedding cakes, much like weddings have evolved over time and continue to be a very personal experience for all involved. Selecting a wedding cake can be a difficult process with so many aspects to consider. Anna Baker has made many wedding cakes and worked with many couples to make the experience as simple as possible whilst keeping to the aesthetic and requests of her clients.
The most important thing with a wedding cake, as with all aspects of your special day is to make sure it is what you want, and that it is perfect. Get in touch with Anna Baker cakes today to discuss your wedding cake ideas and she will work with you to make sure that your wedding cake is not only delicious and spectacular, but that it is exactly what you want.
“Anna made a beautiful 3 tier semi-naked wedding cake for my tipi – rustic themed summer wedding. A chocolate cake with a salted caramel buttercream was sandwiched in between a victoria sponge with vanilla Buttercream and raspberry jam. It was perfectly baked and beautifully presented.”