Most of us don’t regularly buy expensive cakes, so brides and grooms may feel a bit lost when it comes to trying to find the perfect wedding cake. Below are some steps you can take to ensure that you have that perfect cake on you perfect day:
Finding the Baker
Unless you regularly visit a baker that you know, love and trust, you will have to start from scratch and start your wedding cake search with a search for the best baker. There are some things you will want to look for, such as:
- Is the baker open to your own ideas and personal taste?
- What sort of cake will they be able to provide you with for your budget?
- Does the baker have a website? If so, were you satisfied with what you saw?
- Is the baker available to make and deliver a cake to you by the time it is required?
If you have researched cakes and you have some pictures of cakes you would like to have your wedding cake look similar to, certainly bring them to the baker and get their take on it Can they recreate the cake? Have they made a cake similar to this cake in the past and do they have pictures? As soon as you find the baker you would like for your wedding, make sure you book him or her ASAP!
Find your Style
The hardest part of the whole process may be trying to find a style that you like and that can fit your budget. Some things you have to consider are:
- What are your wedding colors?
- Does the cake need to be extravagant, or would you like it to be more simple, playful, etc.?
- What does your reception area look like?
Discuss these ideas with your baker, and he or she will be able to draw up some sketches for you. Would you like tiers? If so, how many? Do you want a square cake, circular cake, or something completely different?
Finding your Flavor
Yes, the flavor of your wedding cake really does matter! Make sure that you try out a ton of different samples that your baker will have to offer, and a number of different fillings. You can choose from a number of flavors, including custard, ganache, fresh fruit, or even alcoholic fillings.
Icing is another important consideration when it comes to cakes. You can choose buttercream, a more smooth and creamy icing that stays soft and is easy to cut through. Fondant is a sugar-based icing that has a fine porcelain finish and acts as a great base for any decorative details that may be added to the cake.
Find your Price
Most brides would love to have a large, extravagant cake, however the budget doesn’t exactly allow for a cake that may cost $50 a piece. Most cakes cost any where from $1.50 to $20 a piece, so make sure you check in with the baker about how much each cake will cost per slice. As a general rule, buttercream is less expensive than fondant, and the less detailing that goes into the cake, the less it will cost.