Considerations for the Perfect Wedding Cake

Think of a wedding cake and the traditional white tiered fruitcake with a floral arrangement tends to spring to mind. This classic style remains popular even today but increasingly, brides and grooms are thinking outside the box and choosing from the many modern styles out there today.

Consider the style of your wedding day to help you decide on the design of your wedding cake. A grand stately home venue is just the place to see a large multi-tiered white cake, while a vintage themed event could be the ideal setting for a pretty arrangement of cupcakes.

The cupcake wedding cake is fast becoming one of the top choices in cakes for today’s brides. A tall tower of cupcakes, can be truly stunning and adaptable to all themes and tastes. Each guest can have their own individual cake – without the laborious task of cutting up the cake. Guests will just help themselves either after the meal or at the evening reception. Don’t forget to top your tower with a top tier cutting cake for that all important cake cutting tradition and photo opportunity.

Increasingly popular wedding themes have included modern vintage and ‘shabby chic’ designs. Cameos, pearls, lace patterns, Victoriana, soft pastel pinks, sage greens, light golds, and English county garden flowers both sugar and real are being used to adorn the cake. Piped royal icing work is coming back into fashion more and more, with pearl beading work to border and decorate the cake or lace patterns inspired by the brides dress are being used on the cake to combine the classic styles of vintage and modern. Think about using a range of different vintage props such as pretty bunting or birdcages to give your wedding an eclectic and individual feel, if you are planning on choosing a vintage theme.

Make sure the cake makers on your shortlist specialise in the type of wedding cake you’re looking for, research this important factor even before you even consider making a booking. Someone who makes a croquembouche tower or chocolate wedding cake, may not have the right skills to create a novelty style cake. Of course equally important is the flavour, texture and taste – make sure to have a taste along with seeing photographs of their work. Alway ask advice, a good wedding cake designer will be able to take inspiration from your ideas and the style of your wedding to come up with a sketch for your design.

Many of the reception photos will take place in and around the wedding cake. For photos, a white or light coloured wedding cake may stand out better on with a darker background vs. a white painted wall. If there is a window behind the cake, the lighting for the photos may need to be adjusted. Also watch for unattractive elements that may be in the background of your photos such as a radiator, pipes, electric cords, toilets, fire exit signs, and other doors, etc. Generally, take a look at your reception venue in advance to find the ideal place to set up the cake table.