Your Wedding Cake and the role it plays in your wedding is one of the most important aspects of the day. Second only to the couple, the wedding cake is a central focal point of the wedding reception. Even its cutting and serving is one of tradition and a major highlight of the wedding day timeline. And it also signals dessert for your guests!
So, just how do you pick out the best wedding cake? What are some of the more important things to consider when deciding on style and taste? Here we’ll talk about the main aspects of the wedding cake as you decide which things are a must in the design of your dream wedding cake!
Sizing Things Up: How Much Cake Will You Need to Serve?
This of course depends on 1. the size of the cake, 2. the size of the guest list, 3. the shape of the cake. Also to be considered in sizing and portion control is if you are serving any other dessert in addition to the wedding cake.
This is a wonderful infograph that details how much cake you should order depending on the size and shape of the cake.
The Shape of Things: Round? Square? Heart? What Style is Best For You?
Picking a size or shape is a completely personal decision based on preference and taste. Are your banquet tables rectangular? Perhaps a square multi-tiered cake would complement the entire look. Round cakes are also lovely, and the most traditional of all wedding cakes.
And of course, there’s the special shapes, like hearts, which can always be used in any matter of love. Most common heart cakes are found during Valentine Day nuptials!
Filling the Inside: Choosing a Delectable Flavor
Flavors, flavors everywhere, so many choices and only one cake! Again, strictly a personal decision which will be driven by what both of you like and what your baker can offer. Favorites include chocolate, vanilla, pudding, red velvet, cheesecake, flan, and even multi-flavors in assorted tiers for an all-in-one sweet combination!
Fondant vs. Buttercream: What is the Icing On Your Wedding Cake?
The most common icings for wedding cakes are fondant and buttercream.
Fondant is a thick paste made of sugar and water and often flavored or colored, used in the making of candy and the icing and decoration of cakes. Fondant is thick and sorta “waxy”, but is of course edible. It is a great icing to use for sculpting designs and figurines onto the cake.
A simple buttercream, also called an American buttercream, is probably the most common buttercream. This frosting is made by creaming together butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk or cream, and some kind of flavorings until everything is smooth and fluffy. This type of frosting is sweet, easy to work with and keeps very well, all of which make it a very popular choice with cake bakers.