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7 Top Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Cake

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Cake designs are becoming more and more creative, so it can be a tricky decision for you when it comes time to decide exactly what you want for your wedding cake.

Here are our top tips to help you get the cake right:

1. How many guests do you have?

Many wedding dinners offer a three course meal, so by the time it gets around to the cutting of the cake, a lot of guests choose to go without (or bring a piece home with them instead). A three tier cake will serve between 50-100 guests, and a five tier cake is needed for 200 guests plus.

Alternatively, you can serve cupcakes instead, and order enough for the total number of guests you have invited. If your venue allows it, see if they will let you serve the cake in place of dessert, and save some money off your bill in the process.

2. What is your budget?

Cakes can get super pricey, so decide before you go cake shopping just how much you are willing to spend on the dessert of your dreams, and stick to your budget! Additional decoration such as sugar flowers, moulded shapes, and special finishes, will all crank up the price, so you might want to decorate it with a topper you source yourself online, as well as some flowers that match your arrangements.

3. What kind of cake do you want?

There’s no such thing as a standard wedding cake anymore. From multiple different flavours for each tier to hand painted cakes, and metallic cakes to ones with colourful insides, there’s even speciality cakes such as the superhero themed cake disguised as a traditional wedding cake.

Have a good idea of what you want before you go cake shopping, and bring some photos of cake designs that you like with you to show the baker.

4. When do you need to order it?

Traditional wedding cakes can be ordered up to six months before your wedding, as the cake itself needs time to mature, and elaborate decoration is time consuming. However, no matter what type of cake you go for, make sure it’s ordered at least three months before your big day.

5. Do you need to taste it?

Yes! Most bakeries will invite you for a cake tasting or sampling session, and if they don’t – request one. This will enable you to try before you buy, experimenting with different flavours before you make your decision.

6. How do you present it?

A wedding cake professional will likely deliver your cake to the venue and assist with set-up. However, if you have chosen to collect your cake and bring it to the venue yourself (or have a trusted friend or family member do it for you), then you will need to make sure the cake has been properly set-up to show it off to its full potential. Make sure your decorations are on-point, and where possible use a cake or display stand.

7. How do you store it?

After the wedding, many couples used to keep the top tier of the cake to have on their first wedding anniversary. As you can imagine, this is not recommended! Wrap any leftovers in cling film, then seal it in an air tight bag, before putting it in the freezer, and try to consume it within one to two months.

By Rachel Doherty, Excalibur Press