Ask the baker first

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Amalie-Orrange-Photography-pink-flowersSelecting the right baker to create your wedding cake is important. A wedding cake is a work of art. Here are some helpful questions to ask your baker to make sure that you get exactly what you are looking for:

Ask to see their portfolio: Ask the baker to show you pictures of wedding cakes that they have previously made. This will help you to determine if you like the baker’s style and creativity.
Ask about custom designed cakes: Find out if the baker will custom design a cake from your specific idea or picture. Also ask if they charge an extra fee for this service.

Ask for a tasting: Ask the baker to offer you a tasting before you order your cake. Many bakers will let you taste the various cakes, frosting and fillings used for wedding cakes.

Delivery and set-up: Ask the baker if they deliver and set up the cake. Your caterer will not be happy if he or she has to set up a cake that has not been ordered by them.

Additional charges: Ask the bakers if they are going to charge you any kind of deposit for items such as cake tops, pillars, or columns, which will have to be used and returned to them. Inquire about costs if you fail to return the items. Also inquire if there is an additional charge for setting up the cake.

Ordering the cake: Bakers often require you to place your order at least a couple of months in advance. This gives them enough time to devote to making your cake. Once you settle on a particular baker, put down everything in writing and have them confirm it so that there is no room for any confusion later on. Make sure the order clearly states what kind of wedding cake you have chosen. If it is going to be a shaped cake, write down the exact shape or design that you have requested. List down how many tiers the cake is going to be made of. If you wish to store the top tier of the cake for your first anniversary, remember not to count its pieces for serving your guests. Also specify what flavor each separate tier should be of. The wedding cake order should include a little description of the decorations that you have decided on. Specify which cake topper will go on the cake. List the time, date and location of the wedding reception. Lastly, specify the exact cost of the entire cake, including any additional charges. If any deposit is given, write down the amount of the deposit as well as the remaining balance.

Do you know these Wedding Cake Traditions?

The wedding cake was originally made of many little wheat cakes. These were broken over the head of the new bride. This tradition was meant to bestow fertility and good luck to the new bride for her married life. Fortunately for the bride, this tradition is no longer practiced. The cutting of the cake was once cut only by the bride and was symbolic of her upcoming loss of virginity. In modern times this tradition of cutting the cake includes the groom as well. Cutting the cake and sharing the first bite with each other symbolizes the couple’s promise to share their new life together.

The top tier of the wedding cake was traditionally kept and used at the christening of the couple’s first child. But today, this tradition has been modified and the top tier is saved to be used at the couple’s first anniversary.

Another cake tradition is if an unmarried person sleeps with a piece of a wedding cake under their pillow, they will dream of their future spouse that night. This is one custom that is sure to excite the single guests at your wedding!