Although your wedding plan may be delayed because of the corona-virus pandemic, you can still see the silver lining in this situation. It only helps you buy more time to perfect one of the best days of your life. Once the pandemic will be over, which everyone is hoping will be sooner than what is anticipated. You can proceed with your wedding – that too, with the best wedding cake!
Here’s how you can go about it:
Set a Budget
According to a survey, average newlyweds have reported having spent around $540 on their wedding cake. So bear in mind that if you want to go big, you need bigger bucks to get the perfect cake so start saving up during the lockdown. Setting a budget will also help you decide whether you would like to opt for decorations, additional tiers or the type of cake. Remember, that the wedding cake, in all its glory, is one of the important components of the ceremony and you must get it right!
Do a Thorough Research
Once you have picked your designated budget, do thorough research. Do not be disheartened if your amount is lesser than the average – some skilled bakers and interns can bake a piece of art at lesser rates. You just need to do your research. This involves taste tests, reading authentic reviews and looking for the variety of creative ideas a baker can offer. The latter is important, especially if you are considering a high-end confectionary – you wouldn’t want your guests to eat a cake they have already seen before. On the other hand, if you are a meticulous planner and already have a specific picture in mind – ask your cake artist if they can provide a sample of the design. This will at least dissipate your apprehension.
Getting the Specifics Right
Designing your cakes requires some form of insight and a tiny checklist to go with it. We have broken down the cake basics for you so that it is easier to decide exactly what you want.
Size and Shape: Most cakes are measured in pounds or the number of slices one can have according to the guests. Thus, this may not be the harder part, if you are measuring it by the latter parameter. Classic wedding cakes are at least three tiers high – but you can go higher depending on your budget. Then again, you must decide whether you want a higher or a broader cake based on your wedding aesthetic. Although round cakes are classically seen and are more popular – rectangular ones are also becoming increasingly popular. Other than that you can opt for hexagonal, heart-shaped, oval or customized cakes.
Flavor: coconut, key-lime, blood orange, mango, vanilla, chocolate, mocha, coffee, chocolate-hazelnut, red velvet, rainbow. Once this is decided, you can opt for a single flavor or layering.
Frosting: Pick your favorite frosting according to the weather and your taste – fondant, meringue, butter-cream or naked.
Theme: common themes include floral, minimalistic, traditional, abstract, whimsical, vintage, modern, color-coordinated or structured.
There are several ways as to how you can go about this one depending on your theme. Thus, it is important to go in a step-wise fashion. Flowers, real or made with fondant make for excellent toppers. Placing fondant figurines of the newlyweds can look both comically and endearing. Or go for a bare, minimalistic cake – zero fluff. Other options include candy melts, fresh fruit, nuts, filigree and pillars, edible paint, or the beloved drip effect.
The number of cakes: If you are bored with a single, extravagant wedding cake, then you should opt for smaller cakes that serve groups of guests. These generally cost more than a single wedding cake – but can be delightful for your guests. Or go for groom cakes – this fun addition to the wedding cake can depict more of the groom’s personality and interests – especially convenient for the bride and groom who can’t seem to agree on a single theme or décor. As you can see, choosing the right wedding cake is as important as choosing a dress or wedding ring. Bottom line is that you have got one shot at getting your wedding cake right. But if done with proper research, you can get the perfect cake you’ve been dreaming of.