How To Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake

With that in mind there is enormous pressure on the couple to have the perfect cake. No one will remember anything about the food served at the reception after five years, but chances are if the cake was not picture perfect or it did not taste fantastic, it will still be talked about at your twenty fifth wedding celebration!

Factors to Consider

Taste

The taste of your wedding cake is to a certain extent a matter of personal choice, in the sense you may take into account the groom loves chocolate and the bride is allergic to strawberries. It is not rocket science to come to the conclusion that a strawberry topped cake is not the best choice. However other practicalities must enter the equation.1075639030_96310714a6

Weather and time is an important factor. How long before the wedding will be the cake be completed, strawberries go soft and mushy looking very quickly, they will look pretty bedraggled after about three hours depending on the weather and the humidity. Humidity affects the choice of icing, glaze or frosting. Whipped cream does not hold up well in hot weather it goes rancid very quickly.

The European wedding cake made with fruit is typically decorated with Royal Icing, but the more typical American wedding cake will use a type of butter-cream. Fortunately as prevailing weather conditions are different there are many types of butter cream icing. If you are planning to marry in the height of Summer a recipe using all butter is not a good choice, the properties of all butter, butter cream icing is no different from that of butter, it melts when it is warm. However if you have your heart set on butter cream icing then make sure that you have a recipe where the sugar is cooked to the soft ball stage.
Italian butter cream is someti8mes referred to as meringue butter cream, as it is more stable in hot conditions. Egg whites are whipped to peaks and then combined with hot sugar syrup; once this has cooled butter is added withy any desired flavourings. This example of a type of butter cream is softer and lighter than the regular butter cream and is used in Europe for genoise sponges.

Design

Choosing a wedding cake should be fun; it is a perfect opportunity to make a statement, it is your party and you can have what you want. However there are once again practical constraints. In Europe a layer of the wedding cake is traditionally held back for the christening. If you like this idea then you have to choose at least one layer of your cake to be a fruitcake, as it preserves well, drenched in brandy.

Theme

If you have a theme, talk to a baker, there are many props that can change the basic design of a cake. Use your imagination flavourings can add color as well as flavor, avocado icing or filling is a wonderful delicate color. A well-designed cake will enhance your theme and bring the whole concept of the design together as the celebrations culminate with the cake.

Don’t be Boring

The typical American sponge is not your only option, before making a final choice; think out of the box, if only to dream! Consider cupcakes building them to a pyramid, or the traditional French wedding cake the croquembouche, an iconic creation of choux pastry bound by carmellized spun sugar, and violets. Make the cake worrk for you, if you have a lot of children coming to the wedding it may be worth having two cakes as adult and children’s tastes are markedly different. The tradional Italian wedding cake, celebrates all tastes as ti is layers of biscuits or cookies inerwoven together.

Freezing Your Wedding Cake

If you need to freeze a wedding cake it is an excellent idea to make a dummy layer, before hand, it should be decorated exactly as your wedding cake will be. If it freezes successfully then you have no problems, but if it does not then you can make design adjustments. It is not necessary to have baked and iced more than one layer, because what happens to one layer will happen to the rest.

October 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Wedding Cake Flowers. Leave a comment.

Look at Maui Wedding Cakes

Since Maui and Hawaii in general have been blessed with the most wonderful fruits and flowers, the best cakes on the island tend to take advantage of them. There are companies on the islands that have been creating designs and recipes for wedding cakes for over 50 years. Many have received worldwide acclaim. Several, in fact, have created wedding cakes for the rich and famous for weddings not even held in Hawaii.beautifulwhitecake

The cakes are produced to order and then flown to their final destination to be enjoyed at the wedding reception as if it were happening right on Maui. In addition to the fabulous fruits and flowers available, there is an abundance of dairy products from some of the happiest, healthiest herds of cattle anywhere in the world. These natural items, unequaled in quality anywhere else in the world, combined with the talents of Hawaiian cake makers, are responsible for some of the best Maui wedding cakes ever.

There are creations available from Maui wedding-cake producers that simply can’t be reproduced anywhere else. Sweet pineapple butter cream fillings, decorated with some of the most beautiful flowers are a mainstay of the better cake makers. Frostings made from freshly picked sugar cane, grown a few miles from the bakery, can’t be duplicated using packaged products from your local supermarket – even if they originated from Hawaii.

For the adventurous, there are flavors and fillings available made from eclectic combinations of fruits and flowers that are as unique and wonderful as any found on the planet. No matter what you desire for your Maui Wedding Cakes, you can rest assured that it will be of the highest quality, made from ingredients that were still growing a few hours before they reached the oven and that there is no other place on earth that such a wonderful creation could have been produced.

October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Wedding Cake Flowers. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Checklist

Your wedding cake can be ordered from a baker, a caterer, or even your reception location. When ordering your wedding cake some things you should consider are: the price, the workmanship, the quality (of both flavor and design) and the taste. Some reception locations will charge you a fee if you order your cake from an outside baker. This fee is known as a cake-cutting fee. However, ordering from a baker who specializes in wedding cakes will ensure you are getting exactly what you want for your wedding cake.

You will also have to decide on other options such as: size, shape, color, decorations, flavor, filling and frosting. An experienced baker who specializes in wedding cakes will advise you how much cake you will need, what flavors are popular, and which frostings will hold up over the course of your reception. Frostings are very delicate – some do not perform well when exposed to air or heat for long periods of time (whipped cream is an example of this). Ask for photographs of wedding cakes from each baker you are considering, and also ask if you can taste samples of their cakes.

Once you narrow down your choices for a baker here are some questions to ask before making a final decision:didi

Name and Address of Bakery:

Contact Person and Phone Number:

  1. How many years have you been designing and making wedding cakes?
  2. What are your specialties?
  3. What is your most popular flavor?
  4. What is your most popular filling?
  5. What frosting would you recommend for our event?
  6. Do you have photographs of some recent cakes you have made?
  7. Can we sample your wedding cakes?
  8. Do you freeze your wedding cakes?
  9. How far in advance should I order my cake?
  10. (If applicable) Can I order a groom’s cake?
  11. How much is my desired cake?
  12. How much per piece does my desired cake cost?
  13. What is your cake pillar fee?
  14. What is your cake plate rental fee?
  15. Are these fees refundable upon the return of these items?
  16. When must these items be returned?
  17. Do you offer a specialty box in which we can freeze the top tier?
  18. If so, How much does this box cost?
  19. When will you deliver the cake?
  20. What is your delivery fee?
  21. What is your set up fee?
  22. What is your payment policy?
  23. What is your cancellation policy?
  24. Do you offer a money back guarantee if something should happen to the cake?
  25. Do you have liability insurance?

October 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Modern Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Do-it-yourself Indian Wedding Cake

The Indian tradition of intricate painting and design is also one of things that is very prominent in Indian wedding cakes. This is probably where the concept of using Henna cake has originated.1305

Indian wedding cakes are not different from other cakes that are used in other weddings. The only thing that makes them distinct is the design that is used in making the cake. Indian wedding cakes are known for their unique and traditional designs. To be fitted for the occasion, intricate designs are put into these cakes. You can tell the culture which the cake originated from by the way it is designed.

In the case of Indian wedding cakes today, blending the modern world with the past culture is always a challenge. Even if the ingredients that they have are already adapted from western cultures, there is always that traditional sense present in the patterns and designs.

Nowadays, the prices of wedding cakes are the primary reason why a lot of people prefer doing it themselves. This is the same thing with Indian wedding cakes. All you need to do is to have the ingredients and the necessary equipments for baking the cake.

How do you go about making your Indian wedding cake?

1. The cake selection.

The first thing that you need to do is choose the type of Indian cake you like. You can look over the bridal magazines or sites online that are offering a variety of Indian wedding cake ingredients and designs.

Since Indian wedding cakes are known for their intricate designs, you can adapt the most common designs that some Indian couples have made in their wedding cakes. But if you are creative enough, you can come up with one of your own.

The ingredients that you choose should not be hard to find. You can choose from a wide selection of flavors that are available in all other wedding cakes.

2. Making the cake.

Once all the ingredients and the necessary cooking equipments are prepared, you can now bake the Indian cake that you want.

You can start by making plans on how your cake will look like. How many layers do you want it? How big does it have to be? These are some of the questions that you need to answer first before you bake your Indian wedding cake.

One way of doing it is to make a trial cake. This will ensure that the taste will turn out exactly the way you want it. Also, this will be the basis on how the final wedding cake will look like. Having a trial created will help you decide if you want to make some necessary changes that you do not want to have in the final Indian wedding cake.

You can try and enlist the help of the expert in baking wedding cakes. They can give you tips on how to prepare the icing or the pillars if you do not have any basic idea about them.

Making your own Indian wedding cake cannot only save you some money, you can also come up with the design and style that you wanted. The good thing about making your own Indian cake is that you can make certain that it is baked to perfection. Moreover, your Indian wedding cake will surely be one of a kind.

October 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Modern Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

The Many Wedding Cake Options

These days you have many different choices when it comes to wedding cakes. Gone are the days when a white on white cake was just about mandatory. Today brides are doing many different things to make their wedding cake special. Learn about some of your options when it comes to wedding cake flavors and icing.Jenny_lindsay_square_wedding_cake

When you are deciding on a wedding cake the first thing you will have to decide on is the flavor of the cake. You could go with the basic white cake. It is a wedding classic but these days you have many more options. You can choose from such flavors as chocolate, mocha, lemon, raspberry or even carrot or spice cake. Don’t be afraid to be different. Choose what you like.

Next you will have to choose a filling if you want one. This is another opportunity for you to get creative. Choose from flavors like amaretto, mocha, rum, orange, custard, cream cheese and more. The list is almost endless so you should be able to find a filling that you like.

Last we come to icing. There are many different styles of icing with different characteristics. Butter cream is a thicker icing that has a smooth finish. Whipped cream icing is lighter and fluffy but is also more delicate. Another popular icing is fondant. Fondant is another popular choice. It is a smooth thick icing that is rolled onto a cake. It is not as tasty as other icings but makes for a very attractive cake. Lastly there is royal icing. It is an icing that will harden after it is applied and it is used to create intricate decorations.

The type of wedding cake choice can be a difficult decision to make. Just remember that it is your day and you should ultimately choose what you like.

October 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Modern Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Toppers

A skilled cake designer can come up with an endless spectrum of wedding cake toppers. They can come in any shape or form, the most common ones being the figurines of the bride and the groom, doves, daisies, roses, interlocking hearts, wedding rings, or flowers in a basket; the list is endless. The materials used for toppers can be anything, ranging from glass and porcelain to crystal or a wide range of other materials. Also, wedding cake toppers can be kept as a wedding day souvenir, and are at most times good enough pass off as a showpiece for your drawing room.WED_2_TIER_SQU_WHTRED_1_A4

For those planning a theme wedding, wedding cake toppers can augment the atmosphere of the wedding reception. A skilled hand can replicate the wedding dress on top of the cake. For fairytale-themed weddings, a replica of the Cinderella glass slipper or a figurine of “Snow White” would be just about perfect; or, for that matter, a small figure of a dragon or a castle. Beach and marine themed weddings can give the wedding cake designer plenty of room to exercise his creativity. The wedding cake toppers can come in a plethora of forms then, like dolphins, seahorses, mermaids, lighthouses or more. For medieval-themed weddings, you can use a miniature knight and maiden as toppers.

A winter wedding also gives the cake designer plenty to work with. For example, crystal snowflakes or snow people can sit atop the cake. Though other materials can be used, glass seems perfect for this theme, as it can reflect the light like icicles. For those from military backgrounds, wedding toppers can be quite intricate. A naval wedding, for instance, can do with an anchor behind the figures of the groom and the bride. For the military wedding, two sabers crossed and placed behind the miniature figures of the couple would be ideal. For Western-themed weddings, cake toppers can range from horses and cows to the cowboy and cowgirl as the bride and groom.

September 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Simple Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Types of Wedding Cake

The wedding cake has always been an important part of the reception, but these days it has taken on even greater significance. Brides are actually planning their entire weddings around the design of the cake. These are the types of cake and frosting that you are likely to find:no.33000swedding-cake-decorations-navy-square-cake

White Cake: The most traditional wedding cake flavor; for more oomph, add a flavored filling between the layers, like raspberry buttercream or apricot preserves.

Chocolate cake: A crowd pleaser! Brides are getting more brave about serving chocolate cake. It can either be concealed under white frosting for a traditional appearance, or frosted in chocolate for a decadent treat. Chocolate is very popular for grooms’ cakes.

Marble cake: Can’t decide between white cake and chocolate cake? Then a marble cake is the answer.

Lemon cake: Tart and refreshing; try a lemon cake for a summer wedding. From personal observation, I should mention that women seem to like lemon flavored deserts much more than men, so make sure that your groom is okay with lemon before finalizing your order with the baker.

Carrot cake: A nice option for an autumn wedding. If you are hoping for the cream cheese frosting usually found on carrot cake, be aware that it is likely to be more cream colored than pure white.

Buttercream Frosting: The most popular frosting, buttercream is both light and rich at the same time. It requires refrigeration, however, so it is not a good choice for an outdoor wedding reception.

Fondant: This frosting is the one that you will often find on elaborate couture style cakes. Fondant is rolled into a sheet and then laid over the cake for a very smooth finish. It makes an excellent base for decorations, and holds up well in heat. Fondant is chosen more for looks than flavor; you might want another layer of more delicious frosting underneath it.

Royal Icing and Gum Paste: These are used to create the decorations on the cake. Royal icing is good for delicate decorations, like a monogram, and pliable gum paste is ideal for making exquisite frosting flowers.

Once you and your baker have determined the right type of cake for your wedding, it will be time to decide on decorations. Fresh flowers are always a beautiful option, and they are very affordable. You may need to coordinate the baker and the florist for the blooms. Another pretty idea is wide ribbons around the base of each tier. Satin or grosgrain ribbon works very well, or you can have the baker create frosting “ribbons”.

From there, the designs get more and more elaborate. A very hot trend is to coordinate the cake to the bride’s gown and wedding jewelry. You might see lace or embroidery replicated in frosting to mimic the pattern on the bridal gown. Another popular idea is to decorate the cake with crystals or faux pearls to tie in with the wedding jewelry. The fun thing about this type of design is that is is very personal, and will be a completely original design.

Prices of wedding cakes can run from the hundreds to the thousands. If you want a showpiece cake but have a limited budget, order a smaller tiered cake for display, and then have a sheet cake in the same flavor that can be sliced in the kitchen and served to your guests. No one will be the wiser.

Selecting your wedding cake will be easy once you know the basics about cakes. Of course, you will want to have an extensive cake tasting anyway, just because it is fun. For a sweet surprise, ask the baker if she will be able to create a tiny replica of your cake for your first anniversary. A great cake is too delicious to enjoy just once!

September 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Beautiful Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Toppers That Can Make Your Wedding Day

What usually come to mind when we think of wedding cake toppers is the ubiquitous bride and groom in a wedded pose. You may add some color and character to that idea of bride-groom image by a design concept where the bride is grappling her groom while he is trying to avoid her! Or you can even be a bit more thematic with your design by having the groom come in military gala uniform if the groom happens to be enlisted in the military. You may also be overly romantic by going for a portrait design with the picture of the bride and groom as your cake topper.square pink wedding cake 2

We are now seeing a popular design of wedding cake toppers where we find the initials of the bride and the groom and, in some cases, initials of the couples’ last names. There are many styles to choose from if you want to take on this popular way of presenting an attractive modern theme of cake toppers. The styles include bejeweled initials, script style and crystal style.

You can also choose to highlight the theme of your wedding in the design and style of your cake topper. You can select from a wide array of design ideas for your cake topper to complement the overall theme and character of your wedding. This is one great way of giving identity and distinct feel to the occasion. If you are planning a beach wedding then you have a lot of design options to choose from which would include the more popular seaside jewel cake toppers. You can maintain continuity by preparing wedding favors following the same design option.

Most of the popular cake toppers that are available nowadays perform a twin function. Firstly, it adds class and elegance to the wedding cakes. On top of these motivations, wedding cake toppers are also used to create the focal point for the overall theme of the wedding celebration and also of the wedding favors. Your choices of wedding cakes may differ in sizes and tiers and the choice of cake toppers will surely add to the overall appeal of the wedding cake.

Majority of wedding planners and couples who are very detailed in their preparations include the design of the cake topper as one of their major concerns. They usually start out with the selection of the final design of the cake topper before they move on to the design of the gown and the overall theme of the wedding. There are unique wedding cakes that are multi-layered and with elaborate icing designs. The cake topper is normally used as the highlight of these wedding cakes. A carefully designed wedding cake and cake topper is also one of the highlights of your wedding photography.

The best way to get design ideas for your cake topper is by going online. Aside from the traditional bride and groom design, you will also find a wide array of other design options for your cake topper. The design options include rings, doves, horses and even leisure interest of the bride and the groom.

September 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Wedding Cake Flowers. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding cake toppers didn’t used to be as important for weddings as they are now. More and more they are becoming as important as the cake and are one of the fastest growing wedding gifts.square-cake

Once over, toppers just used to be in the form of a generic bride and groom couple. Now, though a wedding cake topper can be custom made to the bride and groom’s specifications which means the cake is even more unique and unusual. Personalised toppers that are constructed from sugar paste or clay can be crafted to look like copies of the happy couple even including their wedding day outfits. Grooms can be styled wearing kilts, military uniforms or their favourite football team kit! Brides can be made wearing their wedding outfits, veils and tiaras and even down to hair styles and the type and colour of flowers used in their bouquet.

They can even be themed around the time of year that they are getting married such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day or if it is a beach wedding in some far flung exotic location. Family members and beloved pets can be added for that extra special touch. Many of the more popular cake toppers seem to be funny and humourous to reflect the bride and groom’s personalities.

Once the cake is eaten a topper can be kept as a wonderful keepsake and memento of one of the most special days two people will ever have. A new trend that is only just catching on in 2010 is for a monogrammed cake topper. This type of wedding decoration is believed to have started from the USA and very few British and European retailers seem to have them available yet although one of my favourite gift retailers is at the forefront for this again! They are usually crafted from acrylic or brushed steel and all of the letters of the alphabet and some numbers are available. Monogrammed toppers include the initials of the bride and groom i.e. M & P.

What makes them really special though is that they are hand decorated with Swarovski crystals in a choice of colours to match your wedding day theme. These crystal cake toppers really do create the wow factor sat on the top of your wedding cake to really add some bling!

There are wedding toppers to suit every taste and every budget!

September 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Simple Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Server Sets

The cake at your wedding is probably the most elegant part of your decorations and will really bring the whole theme together with its beauty and tantalizing looks. You need to compliment this stunning cake with wonderful accessories that will impress your guests and also serve a function at this vital part of your ceremony. The wedding cake has so much symbolism around it because the celebration culminates around the first slice that is cut out of it and the good luck that surrounds the whole mood of the process. Since you and your spouse will be cutting the cake, you will want to have some very stunning yet useful utensils to cut the cake with and, at the same time, add some flair and personal style to your ceremony and this tradition of cutting the cake. Here are a few examples of some great products you can have at your own wedding.

Reflective Heart Serving Set:68700777_77f42898bf

This set truly reflects the love between you and your spouse with its mirror like surface that will show your smiling faces and the beauty of your wedding cake when it is laid beside it. The knife is sleek and safe so that you can have a great experience cutting and serving your cake (both for yourselves and your guests). The serving utensil is in the classic shape of a heart to symbolize the love that you feel and the eternal bond that you have entered into.

Winter Wonder Cake Serving Set:

This set has a knife and server that are decked out in full winter décor to match your winter theme or any other theme you think that they might fit into. The knife and server are both made of silver and have white handles. They each also have pale blue ribbons with shimmering snowflakes attached to add a touch of style and personality. These would look great next to a white cake in between two ice sculptures. You can even get creative by sprinkling snow-like substances such as shaved ice or confectionary sugar. This set provides so many opportunities for you to make your wedding truly reflect your personality.

Flower of Love Serving Set:

Colored in deep red hues contrasted against silver surfaces and elegant crystal handles, this set will undoubtedly light up your wedding while they reflect light from your elegant reception hall. The red flowers represent both love and eternity which are the two things that you want to convey most of all to your guests so that they, and you, will remember these two important things forever in your life together.

September 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Wedding Cake Recipe. Leave a comment.

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