Make That Wedding Cake Happen: What to Discuss with Your Baker

Before you go to a baker or cake-maker to order your wedding cake, make sure that you know how you’d like your cake to be to ensure a smoother and more pleasant transaction. Below are the essentials aspects of your wedding cake: make sure to discuss these areas with your baker and explore your options to see which ones are most favorable for you.

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Design

The presentation of your cake should be your primary concern, even ahead of its taste. Get some ideas from magazine and the Internet and visualize how you want your cake to look. Feel free to discuss the design and garnishing with your baker to show that you are particular with how your cake will look. Here you can gauge how meticulous a baker can be with his or her inputs on concept and execution of the design.

When you make your order, bring a swatch of your wedding color motif as well as designs or pictures of your wedding decor. These could serve as the bases of the baker’s sketch of your cake. You should talk about you wedding theme and make sure that your cake matches its general design and decorations. Indicate how subtle or ostentatious you want the design to be. The important thing here is to be able to clearly communicate with your baker the look of the cake that you have in mind.

Garnishing

Know that the frills on your cake can significantly add to your cost. In fact, handcrafted fondant flowers, figurines, and other design details can be more expensive than the body of a simple cake. Ask your baker about what options you have aside from using fondant and other pricey décor. If you want bling on your cake, what affordable décor can he or she suggest?

See if you can get your florist involved by creating flower arrangements for the cake since fresh, in-season blooms are usually more affordable than their fondant counterpart. Fresh fruits and satin ribbons will also give your cake a fresh and elegant touch that is affordable. Any decoration that you can easily stick it on your cake can let you save on your budget while elaborate handmade décor and detailing will cost you more for the designer’s labor.

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Frosting

Fondant is more expensive than buttercream, though the latter is richer in flavor. If you are more particular with how your cake will look and if you opt for a more structured design, then fondant is the choice for you. But if you want your cake to look good and taste even better, then pick buttercream. But who says you can’t have both? You can have your cake smothered with a layer of buttercream before putting a thin layer of fondant for the design. Just know that that will, of course, cost more.

In picking your frosting, you need to consider the season of your wedding and its setup, especially whether it’s indoor or outdoor. For example, an outdoor summer wedding will require a frosting that doesn’t melt, such as fondant. Inquire your baker about the various thickness of fondant and which is best for your cake design and the conditions of your venue.

Flavor

It is very important to have cake tasting. But of course you can’t possibly forget about a delicious highlight in your wedding cake planning. Know the flavors that the baker offers and seek suggestions on how to combine the flavor of the cake with the flavor or sweetness of the frosting.

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The classic flavors for a wedding cake are vanilla, chocolate and strawberry; while some of the flavors that are gaining popularity are orange, red velvet, and carrot, among others. The fruit cake is a classic choice but is quite expensive. Stick to simple classic flavors especially if you are serving your cake as dessert to your guests. Any flavor that they might not be able to recognize can displease the palate. Make sure to try these flavors with your frosting of choice to see how the flavors combine.

Size

Inform the baker how many guests you’re expecting. Approximately, a three-layer cake is suitable for receptions with 50 to 100 guests, while a cake with five layers is good for 200 guests or more. If you are considering a budget, seek the alternatives from the baker; such as offering a simpler cake without the frills just to be cut into small pieces for the guests. Or see if the baker can offer a smaller bridal cake but to present it with cupcakes for the guests.

If you are having your celebration at a high-ceiling ballroom, consider increasing the height of the cake by adding columns in between layers. For this, you should also discuss with the venue manager where your wedding cake will be placed. Showing your baker a picture of your ballroom would also give him or her an idea of how your cake should be presented.

Decide on Your Budget

Once the baker knows what you want for your cake, request for a price quote. You can either begin with your meeting by presenting your budget for the cake so that the baker can suggest options accordingly; or you can run through the ideas first and make your choices so that you can have an idea on how much it will cost.

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Secure a price quote from each baker that you visit and have an “apples-to-apples” comparison with the cost. This will give you a better estimate on how much you need to spend for the cake. See also which baker can give you savings without sacrificing the quality of the cake’s design and its taste.

Delivery Services

Find out what other customer service the baker can offer. Or if there are any perks inclusive in ordering the cake from them. Delivery of the cake to the reception is a much needed service as you don’t want to have to rely on a friend or a family to work on it for you. Transporting cakes especially towering ones is serious work and needs careful attention and execution.

It’s a plus for a baker to offer delivery services for free or at least at a minimal cost. Having your cake securely delivered to your reception venue means you have one less thing to worry about on your wedding day.

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