Thursday, 27 September 2012

10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Cake

1. Choose a Style

The cake should be part of your wedding, so choose a cake that's compatible with the style of the venue, your wedding dress, the flowers, or the decor. If you want colourful accents (like sugar flowers, ribbons, etc.), give your cake designer fabric swatches, so they can match the colours.

2. Size

Always specify how many guests you need the cake to serve. A 3 tier cake would normally serve about 50 guests, whereas a 5 tier will serve 120+ guests.

3. Price

Wedding cakes are usually individually priced, based on the style, size, flavour and decorations required. The more complicated the cake is (based on elaborate designs or specialised fillings), the higher the price. Fondant icing is more expensive than buttercream, and if you want elaborate fondant shapes, vibrant colours, or handmade sugar flower detailing, you'll pay for the cake designer's labour.

4. Budget, Budget, Budget

Find a cake that’s in your budget. The best way to do this is to tell your cake designer what your budget is and give them an idea of what style you are looking for. They will supply you with a few ideas that will suit your budget and style.

5. Consider the Weather

If you’re getting married outdoors in a hot climate (or indoors without air-conditioning) stay away from whipped cream, buttercream and chocolate frostings, as they will melt! Ask your cake designer for frosting options that are suitable for hot climates (fondant is usually the best option).

6. Don’t Always Believe Your Magazines

Don't expect your cake designer to be able to replicate exactly what you see in a magazine. Firstly, a lot of the cakes in magazines are iced pieces of Styrofoam (dummy cakes) which will always look better than a real iced cake. Secondly, magazines have food stylists, editors, and assistants working nonstop to keep the cakes looking perfect. So if it’s a real cake, they spend hours fixing the sweating, leaning, or sagging that can happen to a cake after it's been sitting for a while. And if that doesn't work, they can fix it with Photoshop!

7. It’s All in the Details

When it comes to decoration, adornment costs vary wildly. The most inexpensive option is fresh fruits or flowers that, in some cases, can be applied by you or your florist for a minimal fee. On the high end are delicate fondant flowers, which are constructed by hand, one petal at a time. All decorations - including fondant or chocolate-moulded flowers, lace detailing & fondant shapes -- will raise the price. So, if you want an amazing handmade wedding cake with intricate decorations, be prepared to pay for it!

8. Displaying the Cake

Your cake will most likely be on display before it's cut and served to your guests. Make sure there is a designated cake table that allows the most elegant presentation possible. Once you have a cake table, make sure you dress it up and make it a focal point of your reception!

9. Transporting the Cake

Don’t forget to ask your cake designer if they will transport and set-up the cake at your venue. Some cakes need to be assembled at the wedding venue, so always give the cake designer enough time to deliver and set-up. Most cake designer will charge extra for delivery & set-up, so make sure you add that into your cake budget.

10. Serving Your Cake

Always find out if the staff at your wedding reception will be cutting your cake into the required serving size (you don’t want to be stuck cutting hundreds or pieces of cake!). If they don’t cut the cake for you, cupcakes or mini cakes are the answer – no cutting required!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Wedding Cake Trends 2013

Mint is going to be a huge trend for 2013. It’s a great colour and lends itself well to many different themes. Paired with pastel yellow, it makes for an amazing looking cake. Not only are you going to see this soft colour on the wedding cake decorations, but you will taste it as well. The flavour will be incorporated into the cake itself (think vanilla peppermint or choc-mint cake) or into the icing (think fluffy mint buttercreams and peppermint caramel fillings). 

Birds will also be featuring in 2013 wedding cakes. You’ll be seeing bird details on the cake such as painted birds, fondant birds, bird cake toppers and birds’ nest decorations. 

Vintage inspired wedding cakes will still be a big trend in 2013. These cake designs will be inspired by the bride’s wedding dress, so we’ll be seeing lots of lace patterns and sparkling accents to mimic the crystal or pearl buttons. Another great vintage inspired design element will be large sugar roses, which will add an ultra-feminine touch to the wedding cake.

Black & white will still be a popular trend in 2013. Whether it’s a vintage style theme or a more clean and modern look, black and white will still be making a statement at weddings. A new version of the black and white colour scheme will be to add a splash of colour on the cake, by adding colourful sugar flowers.

Hand-painted cakes will be another trend in 2013. It’s a way to turn your cake into an edible canvas. Inspirations can come from anywhere, like the pattern on your invitations or a motif. A hand-painted cake will definitely make a huge statement at your wedding, but be prepared to pay extra for this kind of cake!