Let Them Eat Cake! - The Contemporary Wedding Cake
Choosing Your Wedding Cake
Traditionally, the wedding cake had to be a tiered, white cake with white icing. Nowadays, just about anything goes! Today there are hundreds of wedding cakes that you can choose from, in a variety of shapes, colors and styles. You can order a wedding cake customized to match your own unique taste and have just about any design and flavor under the sun. When you are ready to start looking for the perfect wedding cake, these are the basics to take into consideration:
Size & Shape: The size of the wedding cake will depend on the number of guests that you are expecting. If you are planning to save some wedding cake for guests unable to attend, keep this in mind while determining the exact number of people. The traditional and still popular shape is round or square. However, nowadays you can use your imagination and choose from any unique shape for your cake. Keep in mind that a round or square wedding cake will most likely serve more guests and is quickly and easily cut.
Design: A creative baker will help you design your own cake. Your choices here are endless. Look through wedding magazines and the baker’s wedding cake sample pictures to find a wedding cake design that dazzles you. Modern wedding cakes can be decorated to match the bride’s lace pattern on her gown or even the flowers in her bouquet. A particular theme from your wedding can be used to design the wedding cake around that theme. Just realize that the more intricate the cake, the more expensive it will be.
Flavor: While it is essential that wedding cakes appeal to your visual senses, it is even more important that they taste moist and delicious! Wedding cakes come in a multitude of yummy varieties from chocolate or vanilla, to fancy carrot, cheese, banana, fruit or mousse fillings. If you are tempted by different flavors, you can have a multi-flavored cake with different tiers in different flavors.
Icing: The icing on the wedding cake is traditionally white or ivory. A more contemporary approach is to match your icing to your wedding colors. Anything goes from dark chocolate icing, to pale pastels or bright colors.
Wedding Cake EtiquetteHere is some wedding cake etiquette for you to know:
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What to Ask the Baker
Selecting the right baker to create your wedding cake is important. Wedding cakes are a work of art. Here are some helpful questions to ask your baker to make sure that you get exactly what you are looking for:
Do you know these Wedding Cake Traditions?
The wedding cake was originally made of many little wheat cakes. These were broken over the head of the new bride. This tradition was meant to bestow fertility and good luck to the new bride for her married life. Fortunately for the bride, this tradition is no longer practiced. The cutting of the wedding cake was once cut only by the bride and was symbolic of her upcoming loss of virginity. In modern times this tradition of cutting the cake includes the groom as well. Cutting the cake and sharing the first bite with each other symbolizes the couple’s promise to share their new life together.
May you begin a lifetime of love and happiness!
Rev. Diane Cuesta
Money-Saving Wedding Cake Tips!
1. Make your cake the wedding favors!
2. Give one favor to each couple.
3. Have your wedding favors double as escort cards.
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