It’s the Thanksgiving Holiday and Wedding planning season is already off and running. We are holding tastings for events through end of next year, so I thought it would be useful to write about the wedding cake experience!
We encourage our couples to book a tasting and bring along several family or friends to corroborate their opinion about the best combinations of cake and filling for their reception. We want the couple to settle on their favorite flavor, but also to consider one or two other combinations that can be baked into several tiers, this way they can cater to different tastes in the wedding party, the chocaholics vs the nut lovers!
Don’t fret about buttercream vs fondant. If you want a perfectly smooth sculpted cake, then fondant is the best bet, it will also help your cake hold up to temperature fluctuations and humidity. Some bakers will charge more for fondant, although our policy is not to do so, since we roll our own fondant, to ensure a better taste and pliability for sculpting.
At the tasting and design session we also draw a sketch of the ideal cake design, incorporating elements from the wedding dress, color theme, table centerpieces, floral arrangements, invitations or even the couple’s favorite pets and hobbies! The more creative material you can bring to a design session, the closer wee can get to your dream cake. Most couples write to us after their event about how much fun they had at the cake tasting, we strive to make it enjoyable and memorable. One couple even featured our tasting in their own wedding planning blog!
Cake Fiction is not a high street or volume bakery. One thing that differentiates us from other specialist cake businesses is the fact that we limit the number of cakes we make each week, so you can be sure we are concentrating on your event. Your cake won’t be made by an assistant or inexperienced artist. Think about who you want to make your cake, who would you trust and why? Reviews by couples on reputable online wedding sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire are good places to establish a level of confidence in your shortlist of decorators.
Whoever you choose to create a wedding cake for your event, be sure to work with a cake decorator that is fully qualified, operating from a licensed commercial kitchen and who can present a certificate of insurance to your venue. Even if you have an enthusiastic family friend or relative that offers to create a cake for you, be aware that many banquet halls and restaurants will not accept caterers who cannot present credentials and insurance.
Once you have settled on your cake decorator, make sure you also connect them with the staff at your venue who will
be organizing your reception, so that your cake has a table and setting exactly how you want.They should have table cloths and cake stands that match your vision, if not they can often be rented from the cake decorator. Even if you have a smaller wedding cake, it can displayed in a manner and location that makes it stand out. You can expect the decorator to follow up with you in the weeks leading to your event, just to finalize last details, modifications to your design and the number of servings based on your wedding guest RSVPs. Then just trust them to deliver and set up for you, letting you get on with your perfect day!