When it comes to wedding cakes, there is so much to consider. Two tiers or three? Fondant or buttercream? We’ve got you covered with the decisions you need to make … and 10 things you need to know before ordering your wedding cake.
#1. Know your timeline
When you’ve locked in your date, tell your cake artist so that they know exactly how much time they have to work with. It’s a basic tip, but probably the most important.
#2. Ask everything
Is the price for the whole cake or just per slice? Does the cake artist make the fondant decorations or do they have to source them from somewhere else? Who has to transport the cake to the venue? Don’t be afraid to ask about everything.
#3. Structural integrity
Don’t ask for the impossible if you’re having a tiered cake. Basically, don’t insist on having a super-dense mud cake balancing on top of a fluffy sponge because it will collapse.
#4. When art imitates life
Got a look in mind? Check out similar examples on Insta or Facebook. A simple hashtag like #geometriccake could show you how similar cakes worked (or perhaps didn’t work) at other brides’ weddings.
#5. Um, is this gluten-free?
If you’re only expecting a few vegan or gluten-free guests, your cake artist will, with enough notice, be able to create something small but delicious for them. Or suggest a cake that will appeal to everyone’s tastes and dietary requirements.
#6. Climate control
What type of icing do you want? Buttercream and chocolate-based icing will melt easily, so only go for these if your reception venue is air-conditioned or you know the day will be cool. Otherwise, fondant-covered cakes are the way to go – cut them to reveal the (non-melted) buttercream of your choice dividing the layers inside.
#7. Size matters
The general rule of thumb is two tiers (15 and 20cm cakes) will feed around 70 guests, three tiers (15, 20 and 25cm cakes) will feed around 150 people, and four tiers (15, 20, 25 and 30cm cakes) will feed up to 250.
#8. That’s tops, mate
Flowers as cake toppers are bang on-trend – if you’re going for this look, let your cake artist know from the outset so they can factor in the florals. And the same goes for any eye-catching cake toppers.
#9. A beautiful display
Dessert tables are bang on-trend, so remember to inform your cake artist if that’s what you’re going for. They’ll be able to tell you the realistic cake size needed if you’re providing other treats as well.
#10. Best before…
Saving your leftover cake to eat on a special date? Check first to find out exactly how long your cake will last when frozen.
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