You might think that choosing a wedding cake will be one of the easier decisions you’ll make in the run up to your big day, but it can be deceptively tricky. You’ll need to take into account the design, the flavour, the portion size and of course, the price.
The design of your cake should be compatible with the style of the venue, the décor, the season, your dress or flowers. If your reception is in a grand room with high ceilings, you might want to consider increasing the height of your cake with columns between the tiers, rather than opting for a “stacked” cake where the layers sit directly on top of one another. If budget is a problem with multiple tiers, consider adding some fake ones. If you already have a design in your head, try searching for it on the internet to see if you can find something that resembles your vision. And if you would like some colour, it’s a good idea to give some fabric samples to your cake designer.
Bespoke wedding cakes with intricate designs take time and hard work to create and will have a price tag that reflects this. Be up front about how much you have to spend so that your designer can work on realistic ideas that will fit within your budget. At the end of the day, you tend to get what you pay for, so if funds are tight, try to be flexible with your design.
The number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. As a general rule of thumb, three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests. It’s worth commissioning a small cake that’s decorated to perfection but can only feed a handful and topping it up with several cakes of the same flavour to actually feed the guests.
Last, but by no means least, make sure you taste it! Find out when your preferred baker is next offering a tasting session so that you can secure your invitation into the bakery. This is an excellent opportunity to meet bakers and fully understand the range of their abilities as well as sample cakes, ask questions and review portfolios.