If you have a sweet tooth and an appreciation for creative confectionary, choosing your wedding cake is likely to be one of your favourite parts of wedding planning.
However, it can be a deceptively tricky task. There’s a whole host of things to consider, including the design, the flavour(s), portion size and, of course, your wedding budget.
As a bride I remember being quite shocked by the price of wedding cakes when I first starting contacting bakers for quotes. But throughout the design process, I began to realise just how much time, talent and hard work goes into each and every cake. Especially bespoke wedding cakes and cakes with intricate designs.
(Sugar paste flowers so realistic you want to smell them, anyone?!)
It really is important that you trust your cake designer enough that you tell them your real budget. Real! There are lots of ways to translate blush pink peonies and lace into a wedding cake, and letting your designer know means they can work on ideas that are actually realistic. (And they won’t try to wring you for every penny, I promise.)
If you’re on a tight budget, think about having an oversized statement sugar flower or blocks of colour, rather than piped lace or a floral cascade.
It’s not the other way around, the number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. If your number is on the low side you can make it up with dummy tiers, but bear in mind that they aren’t free, and a 5 tier cake at a wedding with 40 people will probably result in a few awkward stares.
If you want to save money, try to be flexible with your designs. But if you’re really keen on being featured on cakewrecks, and you don’t mind being embarrassed by a badly made cake, you can find some hilarious prices online.
As the saying goes, ‘cheap cake ain’t good, good cake ain’t cheap’.