We've come a long way since the days when wedding cake was not in fact eaten, but thrown at the bride. (It was one of the fertility rituals that characterized ancient weddings.) Today the wedding cake is to be savoured, not worn, and as the main focus of the reception, it must be chosen carefully.
Whether your wedding cake is something that is close to your heart or just another planning detail, selecting the right cake for you is important.
The first thing you have to do when it comes to your wedding cake is ask yourself how much you are prepared to spend on the confection. Next, you have to figure out how many guests it is going to have to feed. Once you have a firm grasp of these two factors, you can go about the sometimes complicated business of choosing the perfect cake.
Size, shape, colour and flavour: When it comes to the look and taste of your wedding cake, there are a number of things to consider.
To find out what appeals to you, scour books, magazines and web sites. Make copies of the cakes that you like. This will help you to whittle down your choices and can serve as a template for whoever is making your cake.
Determine the function of your cake. Is it simply a decoration? If it is, you'll want something that looks beautiful but isn't necessarily huge and doesn't necessarily taste great. Or is the cake part of your menu? In this case, you'll want something that is perhaps not as ornate, but delicious and big enough. Are you interested in a traditional fruit cake, or do you want something a little more to your taste: chocolate, sponge or cheesecake? Do you want your cake to match your colour scheme? If so, make sure you consider the shade of the icing and the cake decorations. And speaking of decorations, there are hundreds of choices available, from flowers and ribbons, to candles and cake toppers. The only limit is your imagination.
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Design: The design of the cake is the way in which it is built. You can choose to have a tiered cake stacked, like a pyramid, or arranged on pillars and columns for added height. If you're going for a slab cake, you aren't limited to a rectangle. You can consider different shapes and patterns or even letters - your initials or the words, 'I Do.’
Décor: In terms of decoration, pretty much anything goes. The traditional white icing, white cake is still popular, but many couples are looking outside the box to find something that expresses their own style. Modern or traditional, ornate or simple, the choice is yours.
Filling: There are different ways to fill your cake. You can have the filling spread between the layers of the cake or incorporated into the batter to create ribbons. Popular fillings are jam, cream, icing, chocolate, fruit, mousse, buttercream and cream cheese. You can stick to one filling or choose several complementary fillings to make your cake truly unique.
Flavour: In addition to the traditional fruit cake, lemon, vanilla, yellow, spice, carrot and chocolate flavours are all popular. But don't be afraid to venture into the exotic or to choose a flavour that has sentimental value - your grandma's famous marble cake, for example
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