Your wedding day is the one time in your life when you can actually have your cake and eat it!
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So you’d better make sure it’s a good one!
The cake is always one of the main talking points of the reception, so how do you go about choosing one that’s right for you?
Perhaps the first decision should be about what type of cake you like. Are you a fruity fan or do you prefer a lighter sponge? Or of course there are other options including chocolate, lemon or carrot cake.
You can even choose to have a variety of different fillings.
Traditional cakes are either square or round and made in two or three tiers which are either separated by pillars or stacked on top of each other, American style.
But of course, there are some wonderful cake makers out there who can create just about anything in edible form, which is a great idea if you are having a themed wedding.
Another option is to go for a stack of miniature fairy cakes or a mountain of profiteroles – ideas which are becoming increasingly popular.
When buying your cake, there are a number of options according to your budget and how much of the design you want to do yourself.
You can buy a plain iced cake from a supermarket and decorate it yourself, have the cake made by a specialist or ask a trusted friend or relative to create the whole thing for you.
If you do decide to ask a professional, make sure you shop around. Some cake designers will have wonderful sugarcraft skills, while others may specialise in chocolate or patisserie.
Tips on choosing the perfect cake
Order early – a multi-tiered cake can take months to make and will need to be made and iced in several different stages.
Ideally, a cake should be delivered to the reception venue unassembled and put together in situ. But this will not work with a stacked cake which should be put together beforehand. Ask your cake designer how the cake should be transported and make sure the venue has somewhere to store it and that they have a suitable cakestand and knife. Or make arrangements to take your own, as some venues charge to hire these items.
Ready-made cakes are a great budget option. You can either decorate it yourself or ask a professional to do it for you. Ready-iced cakes are usually available in either fruit or sponge, according to your taste.