I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like cake and in a wedding world where people are leaving more and more traditions behind, the wedding cake is still going strong. In fact, wedding cakes are getting bigger, bolder and more extravagant than ever. Whether you ask family and friends to contribute to a ‘Bake Off’ table or commission a fabulously creative baker to create the cake of your dreams – serving people cake on the wedding day is a tradition that isn’t going anywhere.
If you are having your cake made by a pro, we recommend having a look at our Love Lust List, a directory of wedding suppliers hand picked by team RMW, for their creativity, artistic flair and affinity for a cake covered in flowers. Oh and they bake things that taste good too.
Because only on your wedding day can you have your cake and eat it too 😉
Read on for lots of gorgeous cake inspiration from the best bakers in the business, and apologies in advance for how hungry this feature will make you…
Cakes covered in icing seemed to fall out of favour in recent years and have been classed as a more traditional option. Well, our Love Lust List members are showing you that traditional definitely does not mean boring and have reinvented the iced cake with hand illustrated florals, embellishments in sugar work, ruffled icing and a multitude of colours. The best thing about iced cakes too is that they are easier to transport and can survive better in extreme weather conditions (and yes I mean British summertime).
We know the love for a naked cake is strong – our most liked Instagram pictures of all time are of cakes, and pretty much always those of the naked variety! For those of you who are new to the wedding world, a naked cake is simply a cake without icing to cover the sides – so those fluffy layers of sponge, oozing berry red jam and decadent buttermilk yellow cream are on show for everyone to salivate over. Generally, a sprinkling of icing sugar and some fresh blooms and fruit to adorn it are enough to make the layers of sponge look wedding-worthy. For a more dressed up version of the naked cake, opt for the ‘semi-naked’ cake. A thin layer of buttercream is added for a sheer, frosted look. Perfect if you’re a big fan of the traditional Victoria sponge taste, but want your cake to look a little less rustic.
Yes, I know a buttercream is a form of icing, but this one warrants it’s own gallery as generally people prefer the taste of buttercream icing to royal or sugar paste icing. It’s a little more high maintenance in terms of storage and transport as we’re talking keeping butter out of the fridge, but unless you’re getting married in the middle of a field during a heatwave, with no access to a refrigerated area on the morning of your wedding – you should be fine.
Cake Tastings, Transport & Storage
At RMW we are really lucky that our lovely account manager Lottie, also happens to be one of our LLL recommended bakers (Buttercream & Dreams) so here are her top tips for ordering your cake, transporting it and keeping it as fresh as possible…
– All good bakers will offer you a tasting, sometimes this will be charged for, sometimes not, but if you place an order this will usually be taken off the full price of your cake.
– Would having your cake frozen be an issue for you? Some bakers will freeze their sponges, others don’t – it’s a personal preference for suppliers and for couples, so make sure you ask how far in advance your cake will be baked and whether it will be frozen or not. Lottie bakes her sponge cakes a few days before a wedding, and sponges for a naked cake the day before a wedding to ensure optimum freshness and taste.
– In most cases, the baker is happy to transport the cake to your venue, but make sure you check their mileage requirements and factor this into your budget. Often they will need time to assemble the cake at the venue, so make sure to ask the venue to allow them early access if required.
– Transporting a tiered cake can be a nightmare – the bakers are accustomed to it and know the best way to do it. If you are at all concerned, ask them how they will be transporting the cake and what time it will be delivered. As mentioned above, multi-tiered cakes and heavily detailed cakes will usually be assembled at the venue, perhaps assign an usher or a bridesmaid to greet the baker and make sure the cake is looking fab.
– Flavour combinations that Lottie loves are white chocolate and raspberry, a zingy citrus layer and a salted caramel layer. If you are having lots of layers, do opt for a variety so that guests can choose their favourite. Chocolate can be very rich, so bear in mind that if your guests have just eaten a huge meal, they may not want a heavy piece of chocolate cake immediately.
Portions & Tiers
I think the biggest cake we’ve ever featured on RMW was this epic ten tier creation by. Below is a graphic for you to explain just how much cake you’ll need to keep your guests happy. In our humble opinions there is no such thing as too much cake and if you order your cake from one of our recommended suppliers, I can guarantee that there won’t be any leftovers anyway!
More Cake Inspiration
And if you’re still in the mood for cake, there’s a fab article here from Bee at Bee’s Bakery on using edible flowers on cakes and also our favourite ever dessert/cake table displays from real weddings.
- Cake Suppliers The Love Lust List