Choosing Your Wedding Cake – Guest Blog Post from Ellie’s Cakery
You are engaged… congratulations! You have chosen your venue and now it’s all about the detail. Here are some things to consider when you are choosing your wedding cake.
If you are looking for a traditional stacked wedding cake, first decide how many tiers you would like the cake to have. It doesn’t matter too much if you want more tiers than you really need. Some of these tiers can be decorated dummy cakes. Or you can just have extra cake, after all who doesn’t love cake?!
There are several style options to consider with a stacked cake.
- The naked cake
- A semi naked cake
- Buttercream finish
- Iced cake
Firstly the Naked Cake: this rustic style cake became popular a few years ago. It is, as the name would suggest, a cake which is baked and filled with various fillings but has no decoration / icing or buttercream on the outside. The cake can be decorated with flowers and / or fruit and dusted with icing sugar. These cakes are popular for their rustic look and can be topped with cute bunting or an acrylic or wooden cake topper to complete the look.
Things to consider with a naked cake: Think about how long the cake will be out on the big day, the outside of these cakes can dry on a hot day.
Consider the flavours of cake you would like for this cake, a chocolate cake with have a darker look on the outside and may not be what you are looking for on your naked cake.
The Semi-Naked Cake: with a little more coverage than the naked cake, but with the sponge still peaking through, this super popular style of cake is very on trend right now. Make your choice of yummy cake flavour and fillings, then the outside of the cake is covered with a thin layer of buttercream. This style means that parts of the cake show through the buttercream, giving a rustic feel. These cakes can easily be tailored to your wedding by adding flowers. Or maybe add a drip decoration of chocolate, caramel or even your wedding colour. You can add torched meringue or fruit, and top with an acrylic or wooden cake topper to finish the look. The possibilities are endless with the end look of these cakes, and the result is always stunning.
Things to consider with these cakes: you should discuss with your cake maker what type of buttercream they will use and whether it will stand up to a hot summers day on display!
The next style of cake is the buttercream finish: the various flavour cakes are covered in a full layer of buttercream, which leaves no cake on show. The buttercream can have a smooth finish or be textured to add an extra depth to the decoration. If you want to add a splash of colour this can be added to the cake with the addition of coloured buttercream or coloured drip decoration. There are various other decoration options which can add colour to these cakes, including chocolate sails, edible gold, macaroons, meringue kisses, or flowers… the list is nearly endless, chat with your cake maker who should be able to help you with a final design.
Finally, the iced cake: this cake is the most traditional, and still probably the most common finish on a wedding cake. One of the reasons these cakes are so popular is due to its versatility. The cakes are covered in a smooth roll out icing which can be any colour. After they are iced your imagination is the limit. The decoration on these cakes can be as traditional or alternative as you want. From an elegant white three tiered cake with lace and sugar flowers to shaped suitcase cakes stacked up with honeymoon destination tags, there are endless possibilities for your iced cake so get your thinking hat on!
Finally, when approaching a cake maker to discuss your cake requirements they will probably ask for following information: your wedding date and your venue address, a rough idea of your guest numbers, any flavours you would like, and if you do have design ideas tell them those too and get the design ball rolling! Good luck.
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