Special to OneWed by Sarah Levy of Sarah's Pastries and Candies
For some couples, the wedding cake is one of the most important parts of their special day, so here are some tips on how to choose the wedding cake of your dreams.
: Remember, the taste of your cake
is just as important as the look. Try eliminating certain flavors by finding out if there are any flavors that you and your fiancé simply don’t care for, or to which you are allergic.
Think about whether you’d like your cake to reflect the season
in which you are getting married or the location. For example, a red velvet cake is a great “wintery” cake with the deep red color. Or, for something more summery and tropical, try a white cake with passion fruit filling. Keep in mind that you don’t have to choose just one flavor. If the cake will be presented on a sweet table, it’s a great opportunity to have several flavors for guests to choose from (versus if it’s plated to each guest, I recommend two flavors at the most).
: The wedding cake design should resonate with the theme and overall feel of your entire wedding. A round cake with scroll-work and sugar flowers is more traditional, while square cakes with minimalist decoration is more contemporary.
Think about whether you prefer a smooth “matte” fondant finish (fondant is “rolled sugar”) or shinier buttercream finish? Some people say that they don’t like the taste of fondant, but make sure to try the fondant at the bakery you choose because some are pretty tasty (I love our fondant at Sarah's
). Even if you don't like fondant, remember that only the very outside bite will have fondant on it.
: Many places charge more for fondant (we don’t) so keep that in mind. Also, if you are trying to keep the cost down, you can have a smaller tiered cake with side cakes to serve the remaining guests. Most places charge less for the side cakes because they are smaller cakes that are not decorated and intended only to be sliced and served.
For more information about cakes or to set up a consultation, visit us at Sarah's Pastries & Candies.