Wedding Cake Ideas for your big day

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When it comes to planning your wedding, nowadays there are many more decisions to be made. Will you wear a white dress, are you going to make your invitations, will you have the ceremony and reception in the one venue……and when you and your husband cut the cake – what type of cake will it be?

Thankfully, Helen Finney from Cat’s Whiskers Cake Design is on hand to offer some suggestions;

When it comes to choosing a wedding cake it can seem like there are almost too many options to think about! Round or square, pillars or stacked, flowers or ribbons, traditional or contemporary, cupcakes, novelty cake, miniatures…. From the wedding fairs we’ve been to there seem to be two opposite ends of the spectrum – brides who know exactly what they want their cake to be and those who have no idea what they’d like! While it’s true that there are endless possibilities, quite often the style and design of your cake will fit in with the feel of your wedding reception. So if you fall into the second category (and before you disappear under a mound of cake magazines), have a think about the overall feel of your wedding and start from there….

1 Traditional tiered cake – a tiered cake has separators between each tier. Traditionally pillars are used but you can give a cake a more contemporary feel by using something like a glass vase instead. The vase can then be filled with flowers or curls of wire, or alternatively left empty. Additionally, the set up of the cake can be changed – maybe have one separator and then two tiers stacked. With this kind of style it usually looks best if you have decoration placed on each exposed cake top.

2 Stacked cake – in this instance, the cakes stand directly on top of each other leaving an outer edge of cake exposed on each tier. Less space on the cakes tends to lend itself towards a simpler design, although you can make the design more elaborate but still contemporary by using cake jewellery.

3 Cupcakes continue to be very popular and there are lots of different options regarding design. A simple buttercream topped cupcake can be made extraordinary by using cupcake wrappers to surround them.

4 Miniatures – our miniature cakes have been very popular with our 2011 brides. The styles mix and match to create a unique feel for the design as each bride chooses something different! Set on a stand with a small top tier cake they can give the impression of a tiered design without the large amount of cake. They also provide a personal element to your design as each guest has their own complete, iced and individually decorated miniature cake.

A couple of final things to consider –

-          If you don’t need a large quantity of cake, consider a single tier or even a two tier cake. You can still achieve impact and beautiful design without a huge cake.

-          Generally, the more complicated the design the higher the price so if you’re working to a budget opt for a simpler design. Things like sugar flowers will add to your price tag. If you do have a budget, be honest with your cake-maker about it. They will work with you to help you achieve a design you love within your limit.

-          If you’re really struggling, find a cakemaker whose designs you like and go and see them. If helps if you bring pictures or examples of things you like – these don’t have to be cakes but maybe a piece of fabric, your invitation or even a wallpaper sample! They will be able to give you ideas and help you decide what it is you’d like.

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