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The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
Choosing, tasting and creating your wedding cake is nothing short of utterly delicious. There are a vast amount of options for all budgets and tastes, so it is worth savouring this wedding task.
The below article gives a straightforward guide to cake ideas, wedding cake flavours and costs.
It is recommended to start planning your wedding cake ideas five months in advance of your wedding if you decide to opt for a specialist cake maker.
There are endless cake flavours and combinations out there. However, as a wedding cake will be shared amongst a broad group of your nearest and dearest, it is not the time to try out something wacky unless you are prepared for lots of leftovers.
The winning formula for most weddng cakes is the victoria sponge with a variation on flaovurs: This traditional style ensures the sponge remains moist by having a layer of delicious filling.
While there are hundreds of sponge combinations, a classic choice can make life a lot easier, unless you are choosing a specialist cake maker and can sample some different combinations first.
When choosing a style, a quirky and fun idea to consider is something that represents you as a couple, your hobbies, special places or use colours/designs that inspire you.
When deciding whether to have a single tier or multi-tier cake it is worth noting that prices are very similar, and most cake designers will charge per portion not by layers.
If you are making a cake yourself, tiers enable different flavours combinations and also keep to the tradition that the bottom layers are for the day and the top is kept until the first baby.
Also, as wedding cakes often now tend to be much admired and pictured by guests, a tiered cake can have more of a presence.
A great place to start in your style search is by looking at some of the country’s top wedding cake designers and their styles.
To save you the work, below are five of UK wedding cake finalists from 2017:
Another fabulous wedding must-have tool; ‘Pinterest', is also a great place to get other wedding cake ideas. From these, you can then craft your personalised touches and scale down the intricacies, dependent on who is making your wedding cake.
As with everything else in wedding land, cakes do follow trends and for those wanting to hit the 2019 trends below are the top choices to consider:
These work nicely for rustic weddings or couples who are not big icing fans. If picking this design, it is essential to make sure the filling looks very even, and it is made by someone with a good eye for detail.
Icing running down the side of a cake can look very artistic if bold and contrasting colours are used, and this trend can be incorporated with 1) and 3) - why follow one trend when you can have a few.
Often seen on kitchen worktops can morph a traditional cake into something very refined and elegant. If going for this style do be careful about adding too much detail and keep cake toppers simplistic.
This clean, neat style of cake will work best with a chocolate brown colour of something else very bold, so the tone is reflected. Separately coloured tiers could also incorporate the wedding theme colours for those looking for extra finesse.
For brides with less of a sweet tooth, there are lots of alternative options so you can still enjoy the ‘cutting of the cake’ wedding tradition. Below are some of the most popular alternatives to wedding cakes:
1. Cheese stacks
2. wedding Croquembouche
However, in my opinion, if you have a budget higher than £150 do opt for a specialist cake maker who can make a cake to your exact taste and style requirements.
While the 'cutting of your wedding cake' on your wedding day is a rite of passage, the type, budget etc. are not. As such, your budget should be reflective of how essential this element is to you both.
Once you've selected the best budget for you, it's time to get a little creative. Do keep in mind that your ideas will need to be adapted to the skill level of your wedding cake designer.
Friends/family should only be an option if you know there is no chance of conflict and are willing to accept errors. Placing pressure on a gift is a trait to be avoided at all costs.