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How to choose your wedding cake

  • Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

Your wedding cake is a time-honoured tradition, and is one of the highlights of the wedding day. It’s is not only a tasty treat for guests but also represents a celebration of your special day. It should be in keeping with the inspiration and theme of your special day and be something worthy of the many photos that will be taken of it. Choosing a flavour and design is as personal as all the other aspects of your wedding day but it does not have to be stressful or demanding.

The cake should not only be a work of art but a statement of who you are as a couple, so decide if you want something more traditional, contemporary and a bit daring or many couples are opting for something comical such as characters (animals or caricatures) that represent themselves. The icing can be chocolate, buttercream, a lighter whipped topping or the elegant, contemporary porcelain-like fondant. Fondant does tend to hold up well in warmer weather conditions and over longer periods of time on display so bear this in mind. If you would like a chocolate cake in a special design you can opt for chocolate fondant and get the best of both worlds.

Consider flowers and fruits for a modern touch that adds a naturally beautiful look. Your caterer or planner can help you decide what look to go with but you will also need to think about what is seasonally available. Flowers on the cake can complement the bridal bouquet and tie the cake in with the overall theme and wedding colours.

Cutting the wedding cake at the reception is one of the first things that a bride and groom will share as a newly-wed couple. For this milestone you want a cake that not only looks beautiful but also tastes delicious. Many couples opt to use the cake as the dessert which will save money on the overall catering costs. If doing this you will need to take a look at your guest count first and foremost to be sure you’ll have enough cake for everyone. Traditionally the the top layer of the cake is reserved for your first anniversary or the christening of the first child but nowadays this is not the case as rich fruit cake is no longer in vogue – primarily because many people are not keen on it, especially after a large three course wedding breakfast!!

When choosing your wedding cake it is an idea to visit the cake maker and do some cake tasting. Most bakeries/cake makers won’t have a problem with clients wanting to come in and taste a few cakes. There are so many flavours to choose from, the tasting will be a very enjoyable way for the bride and groom to bond and an opportunity to discuss your ideas about how you want the cake to look.

When choosing the perfect wedding cake, the main concern is usually about the look and design of the cake, as much of what goes into designing a cake is the icing. It is often useful to have an idea about what design you would like but cake bakers will have a portfolio of designs you can look through or you can search on the internet for designs and then print off a few to show the cake baker. Here at Jane Louise Cakes we welcome suggestions for the design you require and can then discuss if it is suitable and ‘doable’ – for example a cake decorated with chocolate may not be suitable for a hot June wedding especially if you are planning on leaving it on display throughout the reception.

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Spray of edible flowers

Firstly you need to have an open mind. Think about what suits you and your soon-to-be spouse and also what will tie in with the theme of the wedding. You can choose from sprays of fresh flowers – perhaps the same as in the brides and bridesmaids bouquets, a spray of fondant, edible flowers that again complement the colour scheme of the wedding, a simple vase with a few flowers in, or perhaps figures made of fondant. Or if the theme of your wedding is simple and contemporary you may simply want the cake to make a statement and be quite plain yet elegant. It’s your day and the choice is yours!


Many couples opt to display the cake throughout the entire reception, and the size of the cake means it will be a focal point of the room. You, therefore need to plan the majority of your reception décor before ordering the cake so you can choose a style and colour that will work with the rest of the décor. Finally, last but not least try to order the cake at least four to six months prior to your wedding day.