Wedding Cake Advice

Wedding Cake Advice

In ancient times, the breaking of cake, like the breaking of bread, was seen as a fertility rite when performed during a joining ceremony. The practice of layering several cakes, one on top of the other, just to the tipping point, began much later. The bride and groom were expected to attempt a kiss above the precariously-perched cake. Their success in kissing without toppling the layers would result in a lifetime of good fortune.



Designing Your Cake

Before contracting with a baker, check your venue agreement. Many venues require you to use their in-house baker. If you will interview bakers, here are some questions you might ask:

  • What flavors of cake do you offer?
  • What fillings are available?
  • Do you offer a gluten free option?
  • What shapes do you offer?
  • Do you specialize in a particular flavor or design style?
  • How early should I order? Deposit requirements and final payment dates?
  • Is there a delivery charge? How much setup time is needed?
  • Do you offer tasting sessions?
  • Will you supply the cake stand? Cake knife and server?
  • Will you provide storage box for the top tier?


The Most Popular Wedding Cakes

While visual presentation is important, the best wedding cakes are the ones that taste as good as they look. The most popular wedding cake flavors are:

1. Chocolate devil’s food cake and vanilla buttercream

2. Chocolate devil’s food cake, vanilla buttercream, and raspberries

3. Yellow butter cake and chocolate buttercream and/or chocolate ganache

4. Lemon cake, lemon curd, and vanilla buttercream

5. Chocolate devil’s food cake, chocolate ganache, and praline buttercream


Wedding Cake And Your Budget

To maximize your budget, consider these budget savers.

  • Order a small one or two-tiered cake and then supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden back in the kitchen).
  • Keep the add-ons simple.
  • Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.
  • Reuse ceremony flowers for the cake table.
  • Skip exotic fillings like guava and mango.


Beyond The Wedding Cake
Many couples choose to highlight the groom’s hobbies or interests with a groom’s cake. The groom’s cake can feature his favorite team, alma mater or any other interest he has. This cake is often placed near the wedding cake and can be served as a dessert option, wrapped as guest favors, or kept for the one year anniversary.


As cupcakes have grown in popularity, so has their appearance at weddings. You can choose to share cupcakes at your wedding, or have a small cake to cut and serve cupcakes as dessert.



How To Cut The Wedding Cake

When it comes to cutting the wedding cake, many newlyweds don’t know where to begin. Follow these tips to cut your cake like a pro.

  1. Using her right hand, the bride will usually hold the handle of the knife and the groom will put his hand over hers. Begin cutting the bottom tier of the cake using the pointed part of the knife and make two cuts. Making a vertical slice at the junction of those points will allow you to cleanly remove the small slice and place on a plate. From there, the bride and groom will then feed each other as a sweet start to their new life.
  2. If you will be serving the cake as dessert, cake cutting is usually performed after the grand entrance, before toasts begin. This will allow your serving staff to clear and cut the cake during dinner service. If you will give the cake to guests as they leave, cake can be cut at any time of the evening. You will likely need to order cake boxes if this is your plan. (For more on reception timelines, click here.)

For cake inspiration, check out our Pinterest board of Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes.

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