Are you ready to sink your teeth into a wedding day confection? Not many guests leave the reception before the cake is cut! Your delicious and decorative wedding cake is a tradition that will be featured in your many photographs for years to come. Therefore, add your own personal style when choosing your perfect wedding cake.
Choosing Your Cake
Traditionally, the wedding cake had to be a tiered, white cake with white icing. Nowadays, just about anything goes! Today there are hundreds of cakes that you can choose from, in a variety of shapes, colors and styles. You can order a cake customized to match your own unique taste and have just about any design and flavor under the sun.
When you are ready to start looking for the perfect wedding cake, these are the basics to take into consideration:
Size & Shape: The size of the cake will depend on the number of guests that you are expecting. If you are planning to save some cake for guests unable to attend, keep this in mind while determining the exact number of people. The traditional and still popular shape is round or square. However, nowadays you can use your imagination and choose from any unique shape for your cake. Keep in mind that a round or square cake will most likely serve more guests and is quickly and easily cut.
Design: A creative baker will help you design your own cake. Your choices here are endless. Look through wedding magazines and the baker’s cake sample pictures to find a wedding cake design that dazzles you. Modern cakes can be decorated to match the bride’s lace pattern on her gown or even the flowers in her bouquet. A particular theme from your wedding can be used to design the cake around that theme. Just realize that the more intricate the cake, the more expensive it will be.
Flavor: While it is essential that your cake appeal to your visual senses, it is even more important that it taste moist and delicious! Contemporary cakes come in a multitude of yummy varieties from chocolate or vanilla, to fancy carrot, cheese, banana, fruit or mousse fillings. If you are tempted by different flavors, you can have a multi-flavored cake with different tiers in different flavors.
Icing: The icing on the cake is traditionally white or ivory. A more contemporary approach is to match your icing to your wedding colors. Anything goes from dark chocolate icing, to pale pastels or bright colors.
Wedding Cake Etiquette
Here is cake etiquette tips for you to know:
o The cake is displayed on a beautifully decorated table, which goes in front of the main table without blocking the guests’ view of the bride and groom. A decorated knife is usually placed at the table.
o The cake is cut after the reception lunch or dinner has been served.
o The cutting of the cake is announced prior to the cutting.
o The right hand of the groom goes over the right hand of the bride, while they cut the wedding cake together. The first slice is fed by the groom to his bride, after which the bride serves her new husband.
o The cake is then taken away by a family member, friend or the catering staff to be cut. The cutting is not done in front of the guests.
o The cake is then served with coffee or tea. Know that once the cake is served and eaten, your guests will start to leave.