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Wedding Cakes

Choosing The Right Wedding Cake

When it comes to planning your wedding, you want everything to be perfect. Choosing the right cake style and flavor for your wedding cake is just as important! The wedding cake you choose should reflect your personal style as well as the theme of your wedding. Consider these tips when choosing your wedding cake.

– How many people will be attending the wedding reception? It’s important to consider the number of people you are going to be feeding, so you’ll know exactly how big your cake should be. This takes the guess work out of deciding how many cake tiers you’ll need.

– Keep your budget in mind when trying to decide on which wedding cake is best. Sometimes less is more! Fresh flowers are the least expensive way to decorate your cake, while still being timeless and beautiful. So consider keeping the confectionary decorations to a minimum and let nature do the work for you! When choosing fresh flowers to top your cake with, be sure they aren’t semi-poisonous. Some flower petals can make people sick!

– When deciding what style wedding cake you want, another important factor is flavor. There are various options when it comes to flavor – it’s really a matter of personal taste. If you decide on a multi-tiered cake, each layer can be a different flavor, making it easier to offer something for everyone.

– If you’re planning to have your wedding reception outdoors, ensure that your wedding cake can be covered or kept inside until it is needed. If you’re planning a spring or summer wedding with the reception outdoors, be sure that your cake can be kept in a cool place, so the icing does not melt.

– If you are feeling completely out of your element when choosing a wedding cake that is right for you and reflects your personal style, you can always surf the internet! The World Wide Web offers a vast variety of different wedding planning websites, where you can browse through wedding cake images for fresh ideas.

By using these tips and keeping an open mind, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wedding cake for your special day.
 

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Homemade? How To Make Your Own Wedding Cake

Whether you are on a budget, getting hit by the recent economic crises, or just want to add your own personal touch then read on for tips to help you create the perfect wedding cake. Making your own cake with save you money and anywhere you can cut costs on the wedding budget is always a plus. Looking to add your own personal touch?  Then baking your own wedding cake is a great way to do so.  Don’t be fooled, you don’t have to buy new cookware in order to do this. Aside from buying some tiers and other small tools you can borrow the rest! Who can say no to the bride to be!

First thing you need to determine is the reason for choosing to bake your own? Do you Love baking, want to add your own personal touch, or just trying to save money? If you are trying to save money then you can do a beautiful chocolate biscuit cake, those are not only delicious but cost efficient. If you want to add your own personal touch then make your favorite cake, if the bride and groom have different favorites then make two smaller cakes! If you just love baking then be creative and choose a cake that represents you and your husband to be.  Keep in mind that this day and age anything goes for weddings and that includes your wedding cake. 

Next decide what style cake do you want? Do you want 3 tier, 4 tier, cup cakes, multiple cakes? Cup cakes are very popular at weddings and you avoid all the cutting, they are also easy to transport.  Another good option is a small two or three tiered cake for cutting and picture purposes and then cupcakes surrounding the cake in order to feed all the guests. Have a three tiered cake for the cake cutting and pictures and then have a flat cake in the back that matches the cake to feed all the guests. This way you don’t have to worry about transporting an enormous cake!  Have the servers delivering the cake from the kitchen and the quests will never know the difference.

Decorating your cake doesn’t have to be complicated. Fresh flowers are a cost efficient way to decorate your cake, and are usually easily ordered to match the flowers in your wedding ceremony. You can also order edible flowers.  Additionally you can go to your local craft store or baking store for decorations. If you are planning on decorating with frosting I would recommend a test run. Using items that simply need to be placed or arranged versus elaborate frosting décor will be less stressful. This way you can show a friend how to do it and have them add the final touches while you are getting ready.
What flavors do you want? It is common to have more then one cake and more then one flavor. Let’s face it, vanilla can get boring. I recently went to a wedding and they had two cakes, a chocolate cake and a vanilla mixed berry cake. The groom loved chocolate and the bride vanilla and berries, who said opposites don’t attract! I have been to weddings where they even have gluten and lactose free cakes. Most recently I heard about a wedding where they had vegan cakes as well! Know your guests and accommodate those with food allergies. Don’t hesitate to step outside the plain chocolate and vanilla world. The internet is a great resource for creative tasty combinations.

Lastly here are some additional tips:
•Complete a test run early enough to order a cake if it is a complete disaster or you just decide it will be too stressful.

•Can’t decide a on a flavor? Have each tier a different flavor, there are no rules!

•If you have your heart set on a frosting decorated cake, you can bake the cake yourself and get some quotes on a baker just doing the frosting. This is not always cost efficient so shop around and you will likely find a deal.

•Don’t skimp on the ingredients, use farm fresh, and the best quality within reason, and buy in bulk when you can.

•Never ice a hot cake and be sure the cake is cooked through.

Remember, if the cake has a few imperfections no one will notice. They will only remember how stunning you looked on your special day. 

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Wedding Cakes: Things to think about

Wedding Cakes: What to think about

Fantastic Wedding Cakes

When guests troop to the reception hall, they expect to see a gorgeous wedding cake proudly ensconced where everybody can see it. They are also pleasantly surprised when it tastes as good as it looks. This should be your goal when you are looking for the wedding cake of your dreams.

Wedding cakes come in wonderful designs and trimmings, and colors undreamed of. You no longer have to settle for a pristine white cake that looks so official with the traditional sugar flowers also in white or the usual hoi polloi of green, blue and pink.

Wedding cakes have fun colors ranging orange to lavender and an assortment of trimmings an inventive and creative baker can dish up. Lace, ribbons, fresh flowers and fruit, candies, grated coconut, and swarovski beads and edible fondant pearls are used for stunning decorative pieces that would send your great grandma to fits of envy.

Fondant and marzipan icing revolutionized cake decorating and new baking technology allowed the successful baking of wedding cakes in unusual shapes – cubes, triangles, hearts, harem pillows, castles, and yes, shoes and bags or your caricatures for a touch of fun. Perhaps if you could afford it, you’ll have them all for their stunning looks alone.

How to Find the Right Mix of Looks and Flavour

Planning for a fantastic wedding cake starts month before the wedding because bakers are fully booked months ahead. Your plan should include the cake recipe. Here are some ideas for your cake:

* White cake recipes
* Chocolate cakes
* Cakes with fruits and nuts

Wedding cakes may cost £1.00 a slice or £10.00. This is how bakers calculate the cost of the cake and price includes cost for frosting and flavour. For your chocolate or white cake, ask the baker how much he will charge for ganache or fruit fillings because bakers routinely charge more for specialised cakes that require special fillings and frosting. But if flavour is tops in your requirement, then shell out a little more.

For your cake icing, you can choose one to complement the cake’s recipe:

* Cream cheese icing
* Cocoa and butter sauce
* Traditional butter icing
* Meringue frosting
* Milk chocolate

Icing for wedding cakes can be made to look like swaths of silk, Venetian lace, and feathers. This will all depend on the skill and of the baker who will also present his portfolio of wonderful wedding cake designs.

Ideally, since it is your wedding, get your favorite cake recipe. The groom may also want his groom’s cake or may want a different flavoured cake. If this is so, request the baker to have a three tiered cake in different flavours.

Before You Get a Baker

Before talking to a baker, prepare to give the following information:

* Date of wedding
* Wedding motif
* Venue of reception
* Number of guests
* Number of servings for the cake

Armed with this information find a baker who has the patience to understand the visions of wedding cakes cavorting in your head and who can duplicate the exquisite flavor of your mum’s butter rum cake. If you find this gem of a baker, sign that contract at once before he can say no.

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