Organising your wedding cake: tips + ideas

Choosing the cake

The tradition of sweetening the marriage with cake is part of many cultures.

The French croquembouche is based on an English tradition, where the bride and groom have to kiss over the tower and prove their prosperity by keeping the tower in perfect condition. In an attempt to give the bride and groom a better chance of keeping the tower structurally sound, the sweets were bound together with threads of caramel toffee.

Though this is one of the most fascinating wedding cakes, there are many to choose from for your special day.

If you want to go back to the 1900s for a night, a traditional heart cake is the way to go! It was said back in the day, that the cement-like supports were a way of showing wealth.

Wedding Towers have always been a common choice – usually made from individual little sweets, whether they be profiteroles in a croquembouche or tiers of cupcakes, donuts or macarons.

Whatever your preference, it can be done!

A modern approach may be more your thing. If that’s the case, simple and elegant naked cakes or impressive multi-tiered cakes are very popular these days. Adorned with greenery, fairy lights or painted patterns, your guests’ mouths will drop at the sight of one of these gorgeous cakes.

Tasting the cake

Whether you would like to stick to a traditional fruitcake, opt for a macaron tower or request a gluten-free almond cake, you NEED to “try before you buy”.

Make sure that the wedding cake is fresh and tastes amazing. Often taste is overlooked in favour of style, but a good looking cake doesn’t always mean it tastes good! Don’t forget to taste the whole slice to make sure that all the components blend well together. You don’t want it to go to waste.

Dietary restrictions

If any of your wedding guests are vegan, gluten-free or sugar-free, why not choose a multi-tier cake with different flavours to suit everyone? Guests who are unable to consume alcohol for religious reasons or are underage will usually need to avoid fruitcake or other alcoholic sweets like tiramisu. Don’t forget to warn your guests about any nuts or allergenic ingredients.

How big?

Before you place your order, you’ll need to know how many people you will be serving the cake to. If you plan on serving a softer cake, such as a mud or sponge cake, you will need a slightly larger cake for 100 guests, so ask your cake maker for their advice. You should also consider whether or not the wedding cake is going to be served with another dessert. If it is, then it is more practical to serve smaller sized portions.

Packaging

If your guests decide not to eat their share of wedding cake at your reception, check whether your cake maker or venue can supply you with small boxes or cake bags so that they can take their cake portion home with them.

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