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:
Berries and whipped cream
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
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