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Your wedding cake is the centrepiece of your reception. You want it to look fantastic, reflect your style – and taste delicious! Will it be traditional or contemporary? Will it be moist fruit cake or luscious chocolate? Or sponge cake, lemon cake, carrot cake? A tower of profiteroles? A stack of fairy cakes? If your groom likes fruit cake but you prefer chocolate, you can even have one tier of each. If your budget’s running a bit tight, think of having a cake which you can serve as a dessert at the end of your wedding breakfast. And if you want to be bang up-to-the-minute, absolutely the latest trend is a cheese cake – no, not a sweet cheesecake, but a cake made of several large cheeses, moulded to the correct shape and size, stacked together and decorated with fresh fruit.
It makes a real focal point for your evening reception and can be served with crackers or warm baguettes.So, if you thought choosing your wedding cake was going to be one of your easiest decisions, think again! How to go about it?
Traditional white tiered wedding cakes can be personalised with sugar flowers reflecting your bridal bouquet, delicately constructed butterflies or even beads and feathers. Novelty cakes comes in all shapes and sizes from tiers of suitcases or parcels to cakes in the shape of the Eiffel Tower or a grand piano. Chocolate cakes are almost as versatile. Choose a smooth, shiny chocolate icing, or mouth-watering chocolate fudge or exquisite chocolate curls. And, of course, they can be milk, dark or even white chocolate. Fairy cakes can be made in paper cups decorated with hearts and topped with white icing scattered with matching hearts or decorated with individually made sugar flowers. Imagine it, it’s yours!
Visit several cake makers, look at photographs of cakes they have made, take time to discuss your ideas and your budget and see what they come up with. Do check that they use the best ingredients because while your cake must look spectacular, the proof of this pudding is certainly in the eating.
Ideally your cake should be ordered at least three months before the wedding. The most important thing to remember is that it will have to be big enough to give everyone a slice at the reception and to send slices to absent friends. Traditionally the top tier of a wedding cake was kept for the christening of the first child – so if you want to follow that tradition, you’ll have to opt for a cake that will last that long.
Your cake maker’s price may include delivery and setting up the cake at the reception venue as well as the use of a cakestand and knife – but it may not. Check. You may even be able to save some money by collecting the finished cake yourself and your reception venue may provide a cakestand and knife.
Award-winning wedding cake artist Melanie Colbridge believes your cake should taste as good as it looks – and clearly the judges at the world’s biggest cake show, Cake International, agree she’s easily meeting her own standards because, at the first time of entering, Melanie took a Silver in the wedding cake section.
Melanie individually designs and lovingly handmakes each cake so it is uniquely personal to each couple. Cake sketches are available and she prides herself on using the finest of ingredients, including real butter, vanilla bean extract from madagascar, luxurious Belgian chocolate and free range eggs – and all of her cake flavours are natural. Exquisite sugar flowers add the finishing touch. Fancy a cupcake tower instread of a traitional wedding cake – that’s no problem!
Melanie is a past master at edible wedding favours, from biscuits to cake pops and brownies and she is always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Ann at The Icing Centre has over 30 years experience making and decorating beautiful, unique cakes for all occasions. Choose something traditional, novelty, vintage or funky and Ann will create an amazing cake that becomes a unique centrepiece for your special occasion. She specialises in making ‘reveal’ cakes, with one side traditional and sugar models of people, animals, cartoon characters or Super Heroes on the reverse. ‘The possibilities are endless,’ she says.
Be inspired by ideas in the gallery and email her your picture or idea for a free quote.
A Gold Award-winning cake-making business known for unique, funky, quirky and personalised cakes. Minky Kitten is incredibly proud of the home baking style they use and the attention to detail they lavish on every cake that leaves their kitchens.