Wedding Cake is probably my favorite food of all time! One of the best parts of my job is sampling a wedding cake at the end of the night. I’ve collected a few tips over the years for getting a great looking and tasting cake that I wanted to share with you. My education in wedding cakes started early since my parents both worked in a bakery. My dad baked and my mom decorated wedding cakes for a living. I’ve also included some photos of some wedding cakes that I loved photographing (and eating) at weddings in the past. Enjoy!
- Your wedding cake has two jobs, to a focal point of your wedding decor, and to be dessert for your guests. Taking both of these options into consideration, try to find something that not only you love, but you know your guests will enjoy eating as well. Often an experienced baker will suggest a variety of flavor pairings that go beyond your expectations. So don’t be afraid to try new things!
- The look of your cake will vary depending on what you use to decorate it. So called Naked Cakes (like the one shown in the first photo) has minimal icy and a very rustic texture. Fondant cakes can do a wide variety of looks. The second cake below has been embossed. Other fondant cakes have realistic flowers made completely of icing, or they are simply smooth with a clean modern line. Buttercream is the most traditional (and probably the best tasting) option and looks really lovely paired with real flowers.
- Not everyone loves cake. If you don’t want to eat wedding cake that’s fine! Ask about options for cheesecakes, donuts, pies, tarts, and other dessert ideas. Better yet, do all of them for a lovely dessert buffet to please everyone!
- Don’t forget to think about placement at the reception. Your wedding cake is a work of art and deserves to be displayed prominently. How about placing it front and center on the dance floor? That way you can cut the cake and move directly into your first dance? Or close to your head table? Or on the piano like the couple shown in the photos below? Wherever you choose make sure it’s a spot that’s easily accessible when you go to cut your cake.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and photos of all of the great desserts I’ve eaten!