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    For about 30 miniutes, all guests eyes will be on the wedding cake as the cameras, the guests and the couple move over to the cake table to cut the cake. Moreover, each guests mouth will be watering with anticipation as the cake is cut and pieces of the delicious cake are handed out to the sprawling mass surrounding the wedding cake table. Smiles abound as the guests begin to take bite after bite of the moist, tastful cake. Clearly, given the attention that will be on the cake and the direct affect it has on your wedding guests and their reception experience, it makes sense to spend a little bit of time thinking about the wedding cake.

    For starters, the first thing that you should think about is the type of cake that you are looking to have. There are a large number of sizes shapes, flavors, styles and other dimensions to pick from. You should probably start by looking at the size, this will be determined by the number of people that you expect to have attending the wedding and participating in the festivities. A good cake preparer or vendor will know exactly how large a cake needs to be to support a certain number of people. Some people may not have cake, however, you will want to make sure that you have some extra cake just in case Uncle Bob gets really hungry. Better to have too much than not enough.

    The next thing that you may want to consider is the flavor of the cake. Most people do one of two things. They will have one flavor throughout the cake or they will have several different flavors (After all it doesn't change the look of the cake since most cakes are covered in icing). The single flavor is nice becuase it is easier to bake and provides consistency. The only drawback to the single flavor is, inevitably, you get some people that don't like it or can't eat it for dietary reasons. By having 2 or three flavors, you cover your bases. You can also vary the flavors by having a swirl or filling. The key point to remember here is it is your wedding - don't lose perspective. Here a list of some popular flavors:

    Popular Flavors
  • Angel food
  • Carrot
  • Chocolate
  • Lemon
  • Mocha
  • Orange
  • Truffle
  • Butterscotch
  • Berries and whipped cream
  • Spice
  • Golden
  • Liqueurs
  • Mousse
  • Raspberry
  • White chocolate
  • White

  • One of the most important elements of the cake involves the way that it looks. This in generally a combination of the shape, size, frosting and decorations. In terms of shape, there are a number of options. Most shots of glamorous wedding cakes at big ticket weddings feature a round, multilayered cake. This is generaly the "ideal" wedding cake that everyone strives for, but it is not for everyone. wedding cakes can be heart shaped. They can be single layered, or even rectangle shaped. The most important thing in selecting the shape is whether you and your guests will find it appealing and whether it can be made in the first place.

    In terms of frosting and decorations, the frosting is usually white. But it doesn't have to be; its just that the white look tands to match the decor and is so widely accepted that its hard to go wrong by choosing it. Other colors can make fine frosting colors and decoration colors as well. Most wedding cakes are decorated with flowers and decorative flower icing. There is also usually a decoration at the center or top layer. It is often a flower, a message, or a miniture statue of the bride and groom. Other ideas are swams, bells, or a church steeple. The top center part is the part that most people's eyes are easily drawn to so it helps to make this part the most beautiful.

    The final thing to consider is the location of the cake. This is really a matter of preference. Some people place the cake table behind the bridal party to enhance pictures. Others put it in another corner of the reception hall. Still others choose to have the cake located in the center fo the room so that all attention is drawn to it. Whatever your preference, you will want to make sure that the cake is on a table about waist height so that the couple can reach it. You should also make sure that there are cake cutting supplies nearby so that when the time comes you will be ready. Also make sure there is enough room for guests and that there is a spot for the photographer.
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