Wedding Cake Basics
Here are a few handy tips to understanding the basics of the wedding cake.
The design of the cake is the method in which your cake is built. You may choose to have your wedding cake tiers stacked or create height with pillars and columns. If you are interested in what options you have for a flat cake, consider having the cake spell out your monogram, names, be in a meaningful shape or pattern or even say “I Do.” There are so many options when it comes to the design of your cake, you will want to be sure that you spend ample time looking though books, magazines, websites, photo galleries and baker’s portfolios.
The décor of your cake can be anything you want. Many people are straying from the traditional white cake and white icing, although these designs are being elegantly reincorporated into weddings. Your décor can be modern, traditional, ornate or very simple. Many couples are opting for carefully handcrafted sugar designs and chocolate decorations on their wedding cakes. There are several different icing options that will give you a variety of choices on what you can do with the décor of your cake. Fruit, flowers, fondant creations and marzipan creations are very popular.
There are various filling options that will make your cake unique and one of a kind. The filling is spread between the layers of the cake or can be incorporated into the batter to create ribbons of fruit. Popular fruit fillings include jam, cream, frosting, icing, chocolate, fruit, mousse, curds of a variety of flavours, buttercream, cream cheese and even mascarpone. You can have one flavour or incorporate different flavours that compliment each other and your cake design.
Wedding Cake Flavour
The flavour of your wedding cake can be as simple or complex as the design. The cake should not only look amazing but taste amazing as well. Your guests will quickly eat their dinner just so they can get to the cutting of the cake and they will be dying to try it. There are several popular flavours including lemon, vanilla, yellow, spice, carrot and chocolate. Don’t be afraid to get exotic and don’t think you have to use the traditional fruitcake-wedding recipe. There are a variety of flavours to choose and you can even use your grandmother’s recipe for a marble cake if you like.
Match your cake with your personality. There are many wedding traditions and you can pick and choose any that you like. Just like your flowers, invitations and even your wedding gown, you can get as creative and express yourself as much as you want with your wedding cake. You can go traditional, elegant, romantic, fashionable, hip, or au natural. Your wedding cake design, flavour, icing, and filling are completely up to you.
Let your groom do the same with his cake. Allow him to express himself with what he loves and enjoys. Let him go traditional if he wants or as exotic as he wants. One of the most popular groom’s cakes of late has been a chocolate cake, with chocolate icing and chocolate dipped strawberries. Whatever he wants, go with it and feel free to be as unique as you want.