Oh how lucky I am, todays Ask the Experts column is all about….cake. And the expert in question is Krishanthi, she of immense baking skills (seriously people, I regard myself as something of a connoisseur of treats and her delicious creations are top of my wish list).
As with all Ask the Experts columns please feel free to ask Krishanthi anything you fancy regarding your cake-y requirements for W-day, just leave your questions in the comments box below lovelies.
Choosing Your Cake
The wedding cake is typically the centrepiece at a wedding reception and a traditional element of the day. There are a wide array of styles, plenty of delicious flavours and different budgets to consider when it comes to choosing your cake.
The style of your wedding cake will very much depend on your theme, the venue, number of guests, budget and time of the year. If it is a large wedding set in grand surroundings a tall tiered cake would be most appropriate. For smaller informal weddings, you can opt for either a smaller tiered cake or miniature cakes or cupcakes. Styles can vary from the traditional/classic and vintage varieties to modern/quirky/arty (adorned with fresh flowers, sugar flowers, hand painted, ribbons).
A wedding cake should complement the theme of your wedding, colour scheme, flowers and personalities. It does not necessarily have to be in white or ivory and just square or round.
This year we are seeing a lot more colour being introduced to wedding cakes to reflect the trend for bold brights throughout the reception. Couples want to be creative and original. Inspirations for a wedding cake can be taken from your wedding invitation, your dress/bridesmaids dresses, jewellery, interior of the venue/décor, wedding flowers…virtually anything you want to be created can be achieved with a cake.
Nowadays many couples are often opting for sponges (e.g. vanilla, lemon, red velvet, chocolate, mocha) rather than the traditional fruit cake. Although there are plenty of flavours to choose from I would recommend that you narrow it down to 2-3 flavours – think about what flavours you love as a couple and also what works with the seasons i.e. lemon is a lovely light sponge for spring and summer weddings whereas fruit cake is perfect for a Christmas wedding. Fruit cake isn’t suitable for cupcakes or miniature cakes however, you could have a fruit cake as a cutting cake, if you wish.
Another nice alternative is to add fresh seasonal fruits to sponges such as strawberries and cream for naked cakes (cakes that are not covered in icing/sugar paste), which is becoming popular although fresh cream can be difficult for a hot summer day. In the hot summer months using cream in cakes can be difficult.
Tasting Sessions – What To Look For/Flavours/Ingredients
Ensure that your cake designer offers a consultation to allow you to discuss your requirements and sample the different varieties of cake. Usually the consultation is complimentary and a selection of cakes will be available to taste. The consultation is the time to discuss the design of the cake, budget, delivery and set up options.
Your cake designer should guide you on the different flavours and fillings that are available. During the tasting, make sure that the cakes are moist and bursting with flavour. You certainly don’t want to have a cake that looks good but is dry and tastes of artificial ingredients. All of our cakes are individually baked and handmade using organic, Fairtrade and free-range ingredients – this means that the cost is a little higher but the difference in quality and taste is huge!
The Size Of The Cake
The size of the cake will very much depend on the number of wedding guests and also your budget.
It’s also possible to add some iced dummy tiers to give your cake more height and make more of a statement so it is worth discussing this with your cake designer.
The Design Process
If you are opting for a bespoke cake, the design will be discussed during the consultation. The cake designer will work with you to discuss the detail, colours, ribbons, theme and season as well as anything that is symbolic to you as a couple. Some designers will sketch the cake designs to give you a good idea of the options and allow you to visualise the cake.
The design process can range from a day to a month, depending on the style of cake created.
Over the last few years we have seen sweet tables become increasingly more popular, with couples opting for a table of cakes and sweet treats. A fun and pretty addition to your wedding, a dessert table dressed with cookies, macarons, miniature cakes, cupcakes, profiteroles and other sweets is a great way to get your guests interacting and to take home sweet little favours.
We are always looking for new products to add to our range and happily accommodate any special requests for sweet treats.
Budgets are always a huge factor in deciding the style of the wedding cake. Prices can vary enormously, depending on the size and the design. The more detailed/ornate the wedding cake the more it will cost. Bespoke designs are also more than cake designs within a cake collection due to the time taken to create the design.
Cupcakes are usually more budget friendly than tiered cakes. However, if you would prefer a tiered cake you could add fresh flowers instead of having lots of sugar flowers. Alternatively, you could opt to have one large sugar flower in order to keep the cost down.
During the consultation, make sure you discuss the delivery and set up arrangements with your cake designer. Wedding cakes can be very large and heavy so it is important to consider this when arranging delivery and set up.
For a small fee, the cake designer should be able to liaise with the venue directly and organise delivery and set up so that you can relax and enjoy the day. Alternatively, some couples prefer to collect their own cake to keep costs to a minimum.
And can I ask a question? does anyone else crave sugar the most at breakfast time? as in literally cake for breakfast….
Hope it’s not just me.
Particularly a fan of those two tier numbers……a slice right now would be nice.
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