Seven Tips for Getting a Beautiful Wedding Cake, Not a Cake Wreck
Did you know that 3D printers can now be used to create ornate, sugar toppers for wedding cakes? This can be a unique and stylish way to dress up any confectionery dessert. For now, though, baking the actual cake will still require an experienced cake shop.
Are you getting married soon, and looking into potential custom made cakes for your big day? There are many factors you’re going to consider from the size of your cake, to the shape, to the design. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind so you get a beautiful cake, instead of pastry mush that’s seen better days.
Three Things to Look for in Wedding Cake Shops
- Look for a bakery that has a commercial kitchen, insurance, and a health department certificate. It’s usually preferable to have a team of bakers, rather than one person. Otherwise, a sick baker could make for last-minute worries.
- Ask for references from previous couples. Like a photographer, a wedding cake designer will have pictures of their best work. But you also want to have an idea of how the typical cake turns out — is it up to the same high standards?
- Make sure to discuss fully the ideas you have with your cake designer. A great wedding cake shop will likely offer you realistic feedback on how your cake might need to be amended in order to ensure structural integrity, etc.
Four Things You Should Know About Ordering Custom Wedding Cakes
- Expenses go beyond just the cake itself. You will likely need to (and should) pay for the delivery of the cake, and if you want a professional to cut the cake, it will usually cost between $1 and $8 per slice.
- Cake stands for wedding cakes can cost extra, but are often worth it — these can command nearly as much attention as the cake itself. Why spend $500 on a cake, and then use a cheap cake holder from Walmart?
- Fondant or frosting? The decision is up to you, and fondant will typically cost a bit more, but if you want unique wedding cakes with intricate designs or structure, fondant is usually the way to go.
- Don’t leave your cake planning off until the last minute — good cake shops will already be booked. You don’t want to end up with a sub-par cake that’s only good as an entry on Cakewrecks!
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