Next to the bride and groom, the wedding cake is the showpiece for the wedding. Although most wedding cakes still have white frosting, the actual flavors and shapes vary greatly. Just about any flavor cake may be used to make a wedding cake, whether it’s carrot, chocolate or lemon.
The traditional wedding cake consists of three tiers. The tiers may be set on top of each other or may be separated by columns. Some bakers can prepare cakes in special shapes, such as a gift box. If you’re looking for a special shape, verify that the baker has done something like this before.
Cake decorations may consist of fresh flowers or greenery, ribbons, edible leaves, flowers shaped from icing or molded sugar decorations. Remember the cost of the cake largely depends on the labor required, so the more elaborate the decorations, the costlier the cake. You may also elect to place an ornament on the top of the cake. Traditionally this is a bride and groom figurine, but there are many other options as well.
SELECTING A BAKER Once again, check with friends for recommendations. When you visit a baker, be sure to taste test the type of cake you are interested in. The baker should have pictures of some of the cakes they have done, so that you may select a style you like.
If you would like to save the top layer for your first anniversary, be sure to let the baker know this up front. Since a frozen cake may not be tasty, many couples have the baker prepare a fresh cake on their first anniversary.
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE BAKER:
- How long have they been baking wedding cakes?
- May I see photos of your some of the cakes you have done?
- Ask if the cake will be fresh or frozen ahead of time?
- Do you have a specialty cake?
- How will the cake be delivered?
- Where will the cake be assembled?
- Will there be a charge for slicing and serving the cake? (You should ask your caterer this.)