Your Wedding Cake

Your wedding cake: will you serve it for dessert? Which flavour will complement your other courses? How will it be transported to your reception? Will you give each guest a slice of cake to take home? Does your cake suit your theme?

An important feature of your celebration, wedding cakes can be decorated any way you like and can be any colour, flavour or shape. You can choose traditional round cakes, square or rectangular cakes, tiered cakes, or just about anything in-between. Choose a flavour that is likely to be enjoyed by all your guests and to ensure that your cake tastes as good as it looks, ask for a sample. If you can’t decide on one flavour, why not opt for different flavours on each tier?

Don’t allow yourself to be talked into a cake that isn’t you, but do listen to good advice. If your cake-maker warns you that the long car trip to your reception venue will have disastrous consequences for the cake you’ve chosen, consider other options. Wedding cake fashions change like any other. Naked cakes are now popular, as are individual cakes, whether cup cakes or a croquembouche (a pyramid of profiteroles). Cup cakes are ideal for a cocktail party reception, and packed into an attractive box they make fantastic bomboniere. So too do cake pops, another fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake.

Similarly, cake toppers are lovely keepsakes and are ideal for the bride who’d like a memento from her cake, but doesn’t want to keep the cake’s top tier.

Traditionally, fruit and mud cakes have been popular wedding cake choices. However, they can make a rich and heavy finale to a three-course meal if served for dessert. So why not opt for a fluffy, light sponge cake? Iced and filled with puréed fresh strawberries, chocolate mousse, lemon or hazelnuts, they make a delectable alternative.

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