Selecting your wedding cake has so many different components. From shapes, size, fillings, toppers, flavors, and icing options, the entire process can be extremely overwhelming. No need to worry though! Here is a step-by-step guide to make the process fun and stress free.
1. Think about the style
There are no set guidelines for how your cake should or should not look. It can be as simple, traditional, or crazy as you want it to be. Some factors may influence the style of your cake; these may be your venue, the season you are getting married in, and, of course, your personal sense of style. The key point here is, it is important to have an idea of what look you are striving for in your cake before you meet with your cake baker.
2. Learn the cake lingo
Shape: refers to the literally shape of the cake tiers. Round is more traditional, square brings a more modern feel, and petal shapes are playful. You can even mix and match shapes in your tiers for something truly unique.
Frosting: this is the yummy, creamy stuff that separates your cake layers and goes all over the outside of the cake. It comes in many flavors with some of the most popular being buttercream (light, made from butter and sugar, easy to color, stays soft), and fondant (corn syrup, gelatin, shortening, and sugar, it is draped over the cake for a smooth finish, it is great for decorating).
Filling: these can enhance the flavor of your cake. Most cake bakers will offer fewer cake flavor options in the hopes that you will pair it with a filling. Fillings come in a variety of flavors from raspberry to Bavarian cream. If you decide to choose a filling, keep the season in mind. Heavier combinations such as chocolate cake with mocha filling are perfect for winter while lighter options such as sponge cake with fruit filling are more appropriate for warmer weather.
Decorations: these include all the extra details that make your cake gorgeous. There are endless options from fresh flowers, ribbon, lace, fondant flowers, patterns, ruffles, and so much more. Gum paste is commonly used to make fake flowers. Cornelli makes elaborate lace patterns. Pulled sugar is shiny, boiled sugar that is pulled to make fake flowers and bows.
3. Set your budget
Cakes range in price based on the flavor, filling, and frosting you choose. The more “fake” decorations you use (flowers and lace made from sugar, etc) add cost to your cake. If you want flowers, consider using real instead of fake to save baking costs.
4. Find a baker
Finding your cake baker should be handled with care. You want a top cake baker that is within your budget. Start your search online, read reviews, and ask around. Your venue may have a preferred cake baker that you can use or your caterer may know someone. At Che’ne Rouge, our most popular wedding package, La Grande Fare, includes your wedding cake already so the hassle of searching for a cake baker is taken care of.
5. Set up your cake tasting
Schedule your cake tasting and taste as many samples as you can. Your cake can be both beautiful and taste delicious. Feel free to stray from chocolate and vanilla when tasting your cake samples. Sometimes, bakers best cakes are ones that seem a little non-traditional to us.
6. Sign a contract
After you decide on your cake baker, sign a contract and pay your deposit. Make sure the small details are hammered out at this time like who will be baking your cake and how far in advance it will be made prior to your wedding day. The description of the cake you ordered should be detailed so you get exactly what you want. Also, check to make sure that they will be delivering your cake or will require someone to pick it up.
7. Choose your cake display
Your venue should have a special table in mind for your cake. Make sure that you find out what they will provide like a cake stand, cake cutting utensils, etc. Something that can be very important is the cake topper. You do not have to choose anything for the top but if you do, go ahead and decide at this time so it coordinates with your decor. Popular now are monograms, flowers, and the traditional bride and groom statues.
8. Enjoy on wedding day
Your cake has arrived, it has been cut, now it’s time to enjoy! Savor your slice. You put a lot of hard work into choosing each detail of your cake. Don’t forget to treasure the top tier. Save it in the freezer and then enjoy it on your first anniversary. Let your caterer know you will be saving it so they can wrap it up and store it in an air tight container. After a year in the freezer, though, your cake may not taste as good. Instead, enjoy it on your one month anniversary and then consider ordering a new cake for your one year anniversary in the same flavor as your wedding cake.