Let Them Eat Cake: Wedding Cake Tips
“A party without a cake is just a meeting.” –Julia Child
For kids and adults alike, one of the most exciting aspects of a wedding is the cake. If you’re unsure about how to begin the process, however, we’ve outlined some tips below!
- Consider the weather. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the middle of the summer, keep in mind that heavy fondant arrangements won’t fare well on your cake. Additionally, be careful of fruit fillings that could begin to liquefy in the heat.
- Unless you plan to use leftover wedding cake as favors for your guests to take home, consider under-ordering. We typically advise our brides to order only enough cake for seventy-five percent of their guests to avoid an excess of leftovers.
- Choose flavors that your guests will eat, not just the flavors you like. In order to ensure that your cake is eaten, consider saving your more experimental flavors and personal favorites for the top tier or the groom’s cake. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to chocolate and vanilla—we’re just saying that you may have a lot of carrot cake left over if that’s the route you decide to take.
- Want to save the top tier of your wedding cake to eat on your first anniversary? Unless you know how to properly freeze a cake tier, consider talking to your baker to see if she can make another tier of the same cake in time for your anniversary. If you’re big on tradition, however, you can freeze the top tier of your cake as follows:
- Take any non-edible pieces out of the cake tier.
- Put the cake, unwrapped, in the freezer for two to three hours, or until the frosting becomes hard.
- Remove the cake from the freezer and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, then wrap with aluminum foil.
- Place the cake in an airtight freezer container, and wait one year.
- Not big on cake in general? Consider having donuts, pie, or cheesecake instead. After all, it’s your wedding, and you can do whatever you want!
Have any other cake tips? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, we’ll be back next week!