Choosing your Wedding Cake
Definitely one of the best parts of wedding planning, wedding cake tastings. It is the one appointment every member of the wedding party will want to attend!
Nowadays, your wedding cake can be any style, shape, flavour and colour you want. So, to help you make that all important decision I asked Brian Roche of Baker Boy Cakes to give you his Top Do’s & Don’ts as well as some expert advice.
Book Your Caker ASAP
Do, despite what some might suggest, booking your Caker should be at the top of your list, especially if they are a very popular supplier. They can be booked up to two years in advance especially if your wedding is during a popular time like Bank holidays, Christmas, etc.
Unfortunately, only so many weddings in any given week can be catered for so booking them early will ensure you have who you want for your big day to create your dream cake. Once your booking fee is paid this secures your date and all the finer details will be sorted later.
Do your research on your Caker, check out their reviews, their work on social media, website, see if your venue recommends them, if any of your friends had them (word of mouth is one of the best ways) and see if your able to do a tasting consultation with them beforehand or perhaps you may have the opportunity to taste their cakes at a wedding showcase. It’s a fact that a person can create the most breathtaking cakes but the cake taste just doesn’t stand up to your expectations.
Do have a budget in mind when it comes to your cake? Yes we all see those elaborate cakes on Pinterest but in reality they have teams of cakers working on them and cost thousands. The more tiers you have, the more intricate the design is, whether using handmade sugar flowers or fresh flowers, styling, set up, travel expenses, etc., They all add to the cost of it.
There is a common misconception that the addition of fake or dummy tiers will add height to the cake for a lesser cost. While yes, they can add height to your cake, fake tiers don’t necessarily reduce the cost that much. The only part missing is the actual cake; the dummy tier, boards etc still need to be purchased. The icing and decoration also need to carry through and that’s where the majority of the cost of a cake comes in, it’s the work involved in icing and decorating it
How Much Cake Do We Need?
When it comes to the amount of cake required to feed your guests, gone are the days to feed everyone with cake. Remember there is so much food on the day of your wedding and not everyone eats cake too. On average a 3 tier will feed anything from 120 to 140, this is based on a hotel finger portion which is inch by inch size.
To read my interview with Brian in full be sure to pick up your copy of Unveiled – Wedding Planning Guide. Filled with everything you will need to know to plan your perfect day including top tips from some of Ireland’s leading wedding suppliers.
Love ‘n Sparkles,