How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are not traditional in India but definitely growing in popularity. As you start setting up appointments, find out when each baker’s next tasting is scheduled. At tastings, clients are invited to the bakery to sample exemplary cakes, ask questions, and review portfolios. This is an excellent opportunity to meet bakers and fully understand the range of their abilities. We’ve brought you some of our favourite designs!

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Select a Style

Deal with the cake after all decisions about dress style and reception decor has been made. These elements can serve as a blueprint for the design and structure of your wedding cake. Choose a cake that’s compatible with the style of the venue, the season, your gown, the flower arrangements, or the menu. If you want colourful accents (such as sugar flowers or icing ribbons), give your baker fabric swatches. The cake should be part of the wedding, not a glaring sideshow.

Photo: The Dream Cakes.
 Size It Up

Generally, three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests; you’ll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more. If the reception is in a grand room with high ceilings, consider increasing the cake’s stature with columns between the tiers. A “stacked” cake is one with its layers stacked directly atop each other, with no separators.

Photo: The Dream Cakes.

Price It Out

A wedding cake often is priced by the slice, the cost varies by how much details are needed in the design! The more complicated the cake (based on intricate decorations or hard-to-find fillings), the higher the price tag. Fondant icing is more expensive than buttercream, and if you want elaborate moulded shapes, vibrant colours, or handmade sugar flower detailing, you’ll pay for the cake designer’s labour.

Photo: The Dream Cakes.

Get the Facts on Frosting

Buttercream or fondant? That’s the main question. Buttercream is often much more delicious. But if you love the smooth, almost surreal look of fondant as much as we do, consider frosting the cake in buttercream first and then adding a layer of fondant over the entire confection.

Photo: The Dream Cakes.

Consider the Weather

If you’re having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue, and buttercream: They melt. Ask your baker about summer icing options. You will want to go for a fondant-covered cake it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated so much if you´re planning a wedding in the summer.

Photo: Israni Photography.

 Take Note: It’s All in the Details

When it comes to decoration, adornment costs run the gamut. The most inexpensive option is fresh fruits or flowers that, in some instances, can be applied by your florist for a minimal fee. On the high end are delicate gum paste or sugar paste flowers, which are constructed by hand, one petal at a time. But here’s the bottom line: All add-ons including marzipan fruit chocolate-moulded flowers, and lace points will raise the costs but it´s definitely worth it for that wow moment when your guests gaze upon it.

Photo: The Dream Cakes.

Encourage Cake Collaboration

Fun Tip! Try to garnish your cake with fresh flowers, simply find out if the cake designer will do this for you? or will they be willing to work with your florist to achieve this showstopping cake?

Photo: The Dream Cakes.

Get Him Involved

The popularity of the groom’s cake, traditionally a Southern custom, is on the rise. The bride’s cake the one cut by the couple at the reception is traditionally eaten as dessert. The groom’s cake is usually darker and richer (often chocolate) and nowadays crafted to show off the groom’s passions and obsessions. Give slices to guests as a take-home memento or cut and serve both for dessert.

Photo: Israni Photography.

Go Mini

Many bakers agree that the idea of a mini cake (where each guest gets his or her own) is a great idea in theory but not always in practice. Not only does each cake require its own decoration (often as intricate, if not more, than one that’s four times its size). Often the bakery must construct individual boxes in which to transport these cakes. Multiply it by however many guests you’ll be having, and you’ll see that this can quickly up the cost but if you’re planning a small wedding, it’s definitely worth going the extra mile.

Photo: The Dream Cakes.

Lock Down Delivery Details

Cake delivery takes coordination. Complex cases may not necessarily be delivered in final form. Allow time and space for assembly, if needed.

Photo: Israni Photography.

Now after all this cake talk you’re probably looking for some bakers? Check out our list of bakers from across India!

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