First of all, if you are one of the lucky ones who got engaged over Christmas, “Félicitations”.
The wedding cake will most certainly not be the first item on your list to organise. But it is always nice to have a bit of guidance when it comes to choosing it.
Here are 5 tips for choosing your wedding cake:
1- It’s your big day: choose what you like
Sounds a bit cliche and obvious but trust me, this is where most of the stress and headaches come from. You, trying to please everybody’s taste buds. Put it that way, it is mission impossible with so many people to feed. Just go for it, I may be slightly biased here, but if that means a croquembouche, then go for it!
2- Don’t be afraid to be different!
Yes you heard me, a bit on the same page as my previous big tip. It is OK to think outside the box and have a cake that is completely different from what you’ve seen again and again at other friends weddings.
3- Go for a variety of flavours or a variety of cakes even
So, if tip 1 and 2 make you cringe a little bit, this is a very good way of almost having it all. French patisserie is excellent for that. A cake like the “opera gateau” for example, can have an array of flavours. Traditionally the Opera, is flavoured with a coffee meringue buttercream. But, you can swap that for chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, cherry, blueberry or more exotic flavours such as passion fruit, mango and pineapple. If you decide to go for a tiered cake for example, have a different flavour for each tier.
And I would go even further with that idea, have you thought about having a variety of cakes, displayed as a dessert table. In France, this is very popular. It is the best way to please everyone. And, it also has the wow factor that one is always looking for at a wedding.
4- Think about the number of people you’d like to feed
Another one that sounds pretty obvious, but actually is really worth thinking about. The most important thing to bear in mind when choosing your cake, is actually when you are intending to eat it. Is your cake going to be served as your dessert after the wedding breakfast? Or, is it going to be served in the evening? As a dessert, the portions will be bigger and you will need a bigger cake, whereas in the evening, you will only need smaller dinner portions.
5- Think about where and how you’d like your cake to be displayed
Why should it be such a big deal? Trust me, it is. From a wedding photos point of you it is important. The cake is always at the centre of your celebration, so it should be displayed in the right place, so your photographer can get the best shots. Most wedding venues will provide a stand, but this is again where you can add a personal touch by having a stand that dare I say “stands out” and complements your cake.
I hope you find this post useful, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me [email protected]