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The Wedding Cake

Published: 21st January 2011 11:58
Wedding cakes come in all different shapes and sizes, from the completely traditional three-tiered fruit cake, to an artfully arranged pile of cupcakes or profiteroles.

This means that, if you want to, you can use your cake as a way to express your unique personalities.

 Image by Neil Bowler Photography  

Some couples even opt for a novelty cake - at a wedding I went to recently the bride and groom (both from farming backgrounds) had decided on a Friesian cow themed cake, complete with black iced patches!

Whilst not everyone will want to be quite so individual, wedding cake makers are now able to create beautiful cakes to fit in with any theme, and you also have a great choice of cake types.  

Traditionally wedding cakes are a rich fruit cake, but many couples now opt for chocolate cake, sponges, carrot cake or even a combination - one type per tier.

When you go to meet prospective cake makers, make sure you get to look at a selection of their previous work so you get a feel for what they can do and the standard, and, if at all possible, arrange for a tasting session - you don't want to end up with a cake that looks gorgeous but doesn't taste as good as it looks!

 Image by Neil bowler Photography

If you decide on a cake that needs to tie in with a theme or colour scheme, provide your cake maker with samples of any colours that need matching, for example dress material swatches or flowers.

This way, the cake maker can tie in any decorations to co-ordinate exactly.  

Also check that they are able to go to the venue on the day and set up the cake on a special table to be displayed.

You also need to have some idea before ordering your cake of how many people will be attending the wedding and, therefore, needing a piece of cake.  

This will obviously affect the size of cake you need, as there needs to be enough for everyone.  

Don't forget to allow pieces for people who are unable to attend the actual wedding, but to whom you may want to send a piece of cake afterwards.  You will need to buy special cake boxes for sending these through the post.


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