The Wedding Cake…notes to munch on…

In the minds of most people, the wedding cake should be white, symbolising purity.
In Victorian times, ingredients were very difficult to come by, white icing required the finest refined sugar, so the whiter the cake the more affluent you were.

I see lots of cakes at weddings, some stacked, some tiered, cupcakes, extravagant cakes and some for chocoholics.

When looking for cakes during your planning phases, where do you start?

Apart from the local supermarket, go to local wedding fairs, look around in magazines for the best looking cake that suits your style, here are some tips to help you:

See the cake designers portfolio of wedding cakes. If you don’t see what you like discuss alternatives or visit another supplier.
Taste several samples – The ingredients don’t matter if you like the results
Discuss styles and designs – Each cake should be custom made.
Determine how many people will eat your cake – how large should it be. Traditionally, Cakes are eaten at the wedding breakfast, but you want to ensure all your guests have a piece so have it cut when all the guests are in the party mood at your reception.
Prices: depend on the size of the cake and the design.
Order your cake – at least three months in advance.
Find out – if the cake designer or the florist will add flowers to the cake and/or cake.
Square and round cakes are simplest and will serve more guests than oval or heart shaped confections
Get a total price in writing. This should include delivery, setup and the rental fee or deposit for pillar, columns, etc..
Expect to pay a deposit when you place your order.
Make arrangements for the return of any tiers, pillars or stands. If the cake designer can’t pick them up, find someone in your bridal party to take this responsibility and return them for you.

Traditions:

Many couples choose to save the top tier of their wedding cake.

Traditionally it would be kept and used at the christening of the couple’s first child. Generally one assumed the first child would be born within the first year and a Christening would follow soon after that. Today however, the top tier is often saved to be used at the couple’s first anniversary.

Then, they take it out, snack on it and remember the big day and the year since. Saving a wedding cake for your anniversary is relatively easy, and it can be accomplished with very little planning. The custom of saving the top tier began when it was fruitcake, which doesn’t need freezing and, in fact, improves over time. Most foods don’t keep well for an entire year, and cake isno exception! It’s a lovely idea to have the top tier for, say, your first-month anniversary, or when you return from your honeymoon. Ask your cake supplier their advice on the style of cake you have chosen and how long you can keep the top tier. maybe they can give you a separate box to keep it.

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~ by spacebar on January 1, 2010.

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