By: Moe Kerkovich, Contributing Writer
My favorite catering events were Spring wedding receptions because they were so diversified, traditional, simple elegance, formal, informal or welcoming family atmosphere.
Now on to the enjoyable part, choosing your wedding cake. Whether you choose a 5’ 5” tall cake featuring 8 tiers, a topper and 3 floral separator tiers, 3 tiers, multiple cakes, or sheet cake, have fun!
WEDDING CAKE TRENDS!
Metallic shimmer cakes – edible glittery frosting that’s elegantly subtle but still catches the light of the wedding ballroom. Naked cakes – a layered cake is presented without an outside layer of frosting, showing off the tiers and fillings inside. Multiple cakes – in place of a tall tiered cake, couples are opting for multiple smaller wedding cakes on display together.
THINGS TO ASK YOUR BAKER:
What are my filling choices? Examples are fruit filling, mocha or chocolate, fresh fruit, mousses or butter cream.
Do you work with fondant or butter cream? If you have your heart set on one type of frosting, confirm your baker can make it.
Do you make gluten or Lactose free cake bases?
Can you make sugar flowers? If I choose fresh blooms, will you work with my florist?
How are your wedding cakes priced? Usually wedding cakes are priced by the slice and the price will increase depending on the complexity of flavors and fillings.
Does the wedding cake price include the top tier? (The top tier may or may not be included in the overall price.)
Do you provide cake stands? Most bakers have a variety of cake stands you can rent for the day. Ask to see pictures to determine what will match your cake and décor best.
What is the delivery process? It is best to have the wedding cake delivered to the reception. Some bakers will charge a delivery fee, so ask them from the start and factor it into your cake budget.
How far ahead do I have to order my cake? Some bakers want 4 to 6 months lead time for wedding cakes.
MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION!
Most important question: do you offer cake tasting/consultation? “Baker’s choice” – tasting of two available cake flavors, three filling flavors and three different kinds of icing – this option is usually free. “Bride’s choice” usually costs around $25.