Wedding Cake Flavors For Every Taste

A great deal of thought goes into deciding how a wedding cake should look. Brides agonize over the shape, color, and even height of their wedding cakes. However, many brides almost overlook one of the most memorable parts of the wedding cake: its flavor. Wedding cakes come in almost as many flavors as there are designs, so, before defaulting to a plain white cake, brides should check out the many different varieties that are available.Square 2 Tier Wedding Cake_jpg

Brides who prefer the look of white cakes needn’t settle for an average taste. There are several white cakes with a very special flavor. Almond-flavored or French vanilla-flavored cakes carry just a hint of almond; white chocolate cakes include small chunks of chocolate flavoring. White doesn’t have to be bland.

Some brides forego the white cakes altogether and decide to add a little more color to their wedding cakes. Popular, but light-colored, flavors are very plentiful. Strawberry and lemon flavors are fun wedding cake options. However, some brides get fruity with orange or banana flavors. Brides who opt for fun-flavored cakes must make special efforts, though, to ensure that their cake choice doesn’t clash with their cake’s icing.

Rich, deep flavors are also popular choices for wedding cakes. Traditional chocolate cake is one of the most prevalent, non-white, flavor for wedding cakes. However, there are many other dark-colored choices available. Red velvet cake, Kahlua, and even Mexican chocolate would each be a memorable flavor in a wedding cake.

There is always room for more than one flavor in a wedding cake. Some brides have opted to include multiple flavors in their cakes to ensure that every guest will be able to find something they will enjoy. While one layer of cake may be strawberry-flavored, another flavor might be vanilla-flavored. Or, for a mixture of flavor in each bite, brides can order a marbled-style cake. Two or more flavors are swirled together to create a unique experience in each bite.

Changing the type of cake isn’t the only way to add flavor to a wedding cake. Some wedding cake professionals add fillings to their wedding cakes. Fruit-flavored fillings, rich cream fillings, and even liqueur-based fillings all add another level of flavor to many wedding cakes.

For a truly unique take on wedding cakes, some brides are turning to non-traditional cake options like fruitcakes or carrot cakes. Covered in a thick layer of icing, these distinctive cakes have all of the style of a traditional wedding cake; however, their flavor is truly decadent. Tiramisu, a rich Italian dessert, is also a luxurious choice for wedding cake. Even cheesecakes are also growing in popularity as wedding cakes.

The important thing for brides to keep in mind when ordering their wedding cakes is to spend a little time deliberating over the flavor of their cakes. While guests will appreciate a cake that looks lovely, they will always prefer a cake that tastes nicely, as well. Then, brides can rest assured that their cake will remain stunning, not only in photos, but also in their guests’ memories.

October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Simple Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Toppers

Avoid buying one of those cheap plastic bride and grooms that you can find in discount department stores, and some bakeries. Your topper should be as special as your cake, and reflect your dreams and taste, not those of the baker.square_dotted_lace_monogram

Use your imagination, there are some really humorous cake toppers available, that you might enjoy. However you may want to think about whether or not it might offend some of the guests on both sides of the family, like grandparents and other older relatives.

There are military, and police cake toppers as well as cartoon characters, teddy bears, animals, sports themed toppers to name just a few, as well as the traditional bride and groom.

Maybe you would like a wedding cake topper to reflect interests that you and the groom share. Do you both love music, dancing, hockey or bowling? You can likely find a topper to recognize that. Did you know, that there are Harley Davidson cake toppers available?

Of course you can get doves, bells, gazebos and hearts to adorn your wedding cake.

Any of these paired with the bride and groom figurine would look wonderful.

Fresh, silk, marzipan or frosting flowers can make a spectacular wedding cake topper, that will have everyone talking about the beautiful cake.

Maybe your Mom and Dad still have their wedding cake topper or perhaps your mother-in-law has her mother’ topper. What a special significance either of these toppers would have, if used on your wedding cake.

It is possible to have a cake topper designed to your specific wishes. Marzipan artists can make figurines to resemble the bride and groom, or even a favorite pet. Churches, temples, your home or the car you just bought together, can all be created as a cake topper for your wedding cake. Swarovski Crystal will be offering some truly different but exquisite crystal cake toppers. I can’t wait to see those.

October 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Wedding Cake Recipe. Leave a comment.

Introduction To Wedding Cake Designs

The wedding cake design should not only reflect personal style, but also ideally be in sync with the menu and the décor of the wedding reception. The wedding cake should fit in the theme of the wedding reception.artistrybuttercream

Wedding cake designs can come in many forms, from the usual cream or white icings in conventional designs, to wholly non-traditional designs laced with vibrant artistry.

With the passing of time, wedding cake designs have evolved. Couples are now choosing cupcake trees with greater frequency, which was one of the foremost wedding cake ideas. Yet, some still have a preference for the conventional cakes for their wedding cakes.

The size and design of the wedding cake may depend on a number of things, like the size of the wedding budget or the availability of other desserts in the reception.

Today, one can find pastry chefs who offer infinite wedding cake ideas on icings, decorations, construction, and flavors.

A wedding cake’s design can be a reflection of personal taste. A couple with a passion for cars or motorcycles can have wedding cakes reflecting the same; a small motorcycle accompanying the miniature figures of the couple atop the cake, for example.

The flavor of the wedding cake is another important aspect. No flavor is off-limits for the modern wedding. One can have cheesecakes, mousse-filled cakes, pound cakes, vanilla, chocolate or sponge cake.

Today, one can find competent bakers with the ability to create the lacy look of the bride’s dress with frosting or the use of pearls. With frosting, these bakers can duplicate the look of any part of the reception’s décor. Also, couples can have their initials entwined in the cake with frosting.

In Bermuda, wedding cakes have a little green tree as a cake topping. Following the wedding, the newlyweds can plant the same tree in their garden, and symbolically watch it grow with time.

Then there are other options like adding edible fruits, chocolates or nuts around the cake. This will augment the designs on the guests’ plates. For that matter, one can also use edible roses, lavender or oregano as designs, or non-edible flowers as cake toppings.

October 2, 2009. Tags: , , , . Wedding Cake Recipe. Leave a comment.

Wedding Cake Prices

The wedding cake is a big part of the reception, let alone the wedding itself. That said, it’s always a good idea to know where you stand by finding out the average wedding cake prices and what you’ll be expected to pay.512lg

First and foremost, you should realize that most bakeries charge per “slice” rather than per “cake. This system will allow you to easily determine how much the whole cake is going to cost, not to mention how much money you can spare for custom designs and cake icing.

Here is a Rundown of Wedding Cake Prices:

Simple Cake: A simply made cake with just a few decorations, cheap icing, and a basic design will cost about 1 to 2 dollars per slice. If it’s a small wedding with only about 100 or so people, you can spend about $250 to $300 and get a elegant cake that’ll please everyone.

Not-So-Simple Cake: A wedding cake that has multiple tiers, better icing, a nice design, and beautiful decorations will run about $4-7 per slice. If the guest list is long, the total cost will climb quite quickly: $5 per slice multiplied by 500 equals a massive $2500.

Complicated Cake: A 3 or 4 tier cake with the works — tasty icing which won’t bleed, elegant designs, fabulous decorations, etc. — can cost anywhere from $8-12 PER slice. If you’re on a budget, then this is pretty much out of the question. Then again, if it’s a wedding of only about 50 people, you can spend $10 per slice ($500 total) and really dazzle your guests.

3 Easy Ways to Get Lower Wedding Cake Prices

1. Sacrifice some of the fancy-schmancy designs & decorations to get a lower cost per slice.

2. Choose a cheap, easy-to-manage icing like butter cream rather than fondant.

3. Use an online step-by-step guide to bake & design the cake yourself. Rather than paying dollars per slice with a private bakery, you’ll pay just PENNIES!

Now you know exactly what to expect, as well as how to save, when it comes to wedding cakes & wedding cake prices.

September 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Wedding Cake Recipe. Leave a comment.

Invaluable Wedding Cake Advice

While it may seem very unimportant, the wedding cake is arguably one of the most important pieces of the wedding jigsaw. Aside from the bride, the wedding cake is one of the most looked at things at the wedding. If you get it right then everyone will be praising and if you get it wrong people will be talking about how bad it was no matter how good the rest of the wedding is. Therefore, the wedding cake deserves a substantial amount of your time and attention.Square Cala Lillies Wedding Cake_JPG

As is the case with many of the traditional wedding practises, there are new modern ways to do your cakes. However, the most stylish option is the traditional 3 tier white iced cake. This way, you can easily add decorations and everyone will be in awe. There are a number of pitfalls that you need to avoid if you want to get your wedding cake right.

Firstly, make sure you choose a sensible design. While fancy designs may look good in pictures, in truth, the more complicated the design, the more that can go wrong with the wedding cake.

Secondly, make sure you consult with the person making the cake. While you may have a clear idea in mind, they have made thousands of cakes before that they should be well placed to offer you excellent advice on the cake that is right for you wedding.

Finally, you need to consider the guests. There are two things to consider in terms of the guests, firstly numbers of secondly tastes. You need to try and choose cake ingredients that you think everyone will like and you need to ensure that there is enough wedding cake for everyone. Again, it is important to consult with the chef because he/she will know how large the cake needs to be.

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

Looking For Great Wedding Cake Toppers

If you are looking for great wedding cake topper initials then this article can help you find what you are looking for. There are a few different options and ways to buy intial wedding cake toppers and some different choices you will have to make. The prices can vary greatly also depending on the options you choose. This article will walk you through the world or wedding cake topper initials.polka-dots-and-stripes-wedding-cake-789

What are they?

Wedding cakes have a long history and are a part of every wedding. This is one tradition that is present in almost every culture in one form or another. In the United States and Western countries the wedding cake is traditionally frosted with elegant white frosting and has lots of floral decorations. Then classically at the top of the wedding cake are a husband and wife. The couple is called the wedding cake topper. Of course people like to be different and unique and tie their wedding cake topper into their wedding theme. This has lead to the market of custom made wedding cake toppers. These can range greatly in price, detail and materials. You can purchase everything from polymer likeness of the bride and groom to a monogrammed intial wedding cake topper.

This article focuses on the monogrammed or initials wedding cake topper. These toppers are typically silver plated letter that stand between 4 to 5 inches high and are composed of the bride and grooms initials. These give a very elegant and classy look to a cake and are a definite addition that is worth consider.

Where can you buy them?

There are many places to purchase these such as a wedding cake decorator or even a cake decorating store. However, if you are looking to safe money there are many retailers that sell only online. You can simply use Google or Yahoo and search for terms like monogrammed wedding cake toppers or initials. This will bring up a host of retailers that can easily be contacted and the topper purchased online. You will also find that there is greater variety among the online versions because these are often semi custom. This means that the basic shapes of the letters have already been cut but you can pick color schemes and other options.

What are the options?

There are a lot of different options and it really depends on which retailer you are working with. However many will offer a variety of fonts, sizes, and arrangements of the letters. You can also change the thickness of the letter. Many retailers decorate the wedding cake topper initial letters with Swarovski.

What do they cost?

There is a wide range of prices online depending on how many special requests and custom options you want. They can range anywhere between $50 up to $225. The price range is largely due to two things. First whatever the base materials of the letters are made from can change the overall cost significantly. For example metal letters will often be more expensive then acrylic ones. Also the amount and type of crystals use to decorate the initials can change the overall cost.

Other random facts before you buy.

Traditionally these monogrammed wedding cake topper initials are made up of three letters. The letter on the left side is for the bride, the middle letter which is classically bigger then the other and stands in the front of the others is the last name of the married couple and then the letter on the right is for the groom.

Why would I do this?

There are a few out there that might ask why would I bother to do this? If you want your wedding day to be really memorable and have everything coordinated and well planned down to even the last detail then you will want to look at wedding cake topper initials. These really stand out and take the whole wedding cake to the next level. This is a decoration that is often seen in the wedding pictures. Just think of the classic wedding picture of the new couple cutting the cake together. Don’t you want an outstanding topper to really show off your wedding?

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

Cutting the Wedding Cake

Many traditions that take place at a Wedding usually have some history tied into them. The beliefs of their origin vary from one person to the other. The Wedding cake has a diverse history in itself. At one time a wheat cake used to be broken over the brides head as a symbol of fertility. The English later started to stack small cakes on top of one another to form a tower. The bride and groom would then try to kiss one another over the top of the cake tower. If they were successful in kissing one another without knocking over the tower, it was considered a good sign of future prosperity. It wasn’t until the French bakers decided to turn the Wedding cake into a palace of white icing that the current tradition took off. One of the stories used today suggests that cutting the Wedding cake is supposed to represent the first feeding of the bride and groom to one another.square-wedding-cake

Although the Wedding cake has become a worldwide tradition, it can also destroy a Wedding in a heartbeat. There is a great deal of psychology involved with the wedding guests. Many people have been to so many boring Weddings that they are actually planning to leave right after cutting the Wedding cake. Within a short time just after the dinner the room has almost completely cleared out. So how do you prevent this? You have to know when the best time is to actually cut the Wedding cake. Simply holding it off till later in the Reception can be just as destructive and a majority of the Wedding cake will be left over.

When is the best time to cut the cake? This involves planning the right events to happen before cutting the cake, while the cake is being cut, and what to do immediately after it has. You will also need to understand the mindset of the guests in order to unknowingly manipulating them into staying and having fun. Timing of this portion of the Wedding Reception is crucial to the success of the event. Unfortunately not planning properly with all of the hired services can force you to do everything out of the correct order. You must know how to plan the entire Reception from the very beginning in order for the cake not to effect the outcome.

One of the best explanations on how to plan a Wedding Reception to become a huge success, is in the book, “Wedding Reception Nightmares, How to Avoid Them And Plan The Perfect Reception”. The book goes into great detail about the Wedding cake. Explaining how to turn an event that normally kills a Wedding Reception into an event that actually builds the momentum. You must make sure that you plan the events in the right order and cut the Wedding cake at the right time or your guests will be lining up to leave.

Here is a thought. Maybe it would be better if we just went back to breaking a wheat cake over the bride’s head. Not!!!

September 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Beautiful Wedding Cakes. Leave a comment.

Fountain Wedding Cake

Have you considered having a fountain wedding cake at your wedding reception? Do you know why you should consider a fountain wedding cake? There are very few weddings that feature this type of cake and it is a great customized touch to your wedding. It will take just a bit of imagination to come up with the fountain that you want, but it can be a reality and make your wedding great. You can add your favorite flavor to it and get some great decorations to go with the cake. It is a very simple process.Square-Wedding-Cake8

The Easy Fountain Wedding Cake

You can take a look at a portable fountain to get an idea of what you will be looking at with your cake. This fountain cake will need to be as large as the area you plan to use for your cake presentation. You will also have to have a pretty good idea of how many guests you are going to have before you start putting your cake together. After you have this information and have a good idea on the size and the type of fountain you want the remaining job is to have a baker put your cake together and make it beautiful.

This is where you are going to have to get creative. You can do different flavors on each tier or you can keep them the same. You can use wine or chocolate instead of water to flow down the cake. You can even use champagne to add a great touch and sparkle to your cake. You can even add a few sound effects to your fountain if you want to make it even more romantic. You can have fresh flowers added to enhance your cake or add fresh fruit that can be dipped in chocolate for a great touch. It is all up to you and the more creative you can get the happier you will be with your cake.

Just because you go with a fountain cake does not mean you have to break your budget. You can rent the fountain that will go with your cake and you can make some of your cake arrangements for very cheap if you get creative. You can have a fountain cake done for about the same cost as a traditional wedding cake if you find the right baker that is willing to work with your ideas.

Everybody want to customize their wedding so that it is different than others. Adding a fountain wedding cake to your wedding can really help you customize your wedding and add a very elegant touch to the reception.

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

Trends in Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding cakes are more and more important to brides these days. They not only want their cake to taste great, but they want the wedding cake to be the ultimate expression of their wedding theme. The design of your wedding cake is not complete until you have chosen the perfect cake topper.three-tier-square-wedding-cake

The classic cake topper is a bride and groom figurine. They were often created in porcelain with a bride in a white dress and the groom in a tuxedo. If you like the look of vintage style, then seek out an original cake topper from the 1940s or 50s. More modern bride and groom cake toppers are seen in crystal, or in all-white porcelain. In addition, you can find figurines online to represent almost any ethnicity or pairing of genders.

A lot of couples forgo the traditional cake topper in favor of other designs. One easy way to dress us your cake is with fresh flowers. They are always beautiful, and if you are looking to keep expenses down, fresh flowers are a fraction of the cost of sugar flowers. A bouquet of roses in your wedding colors will look lovely atop a simple wedding cake.

More elaborate cakes call for more elaborate toppers. One of the hottest trends these days is monograms. You can have a custom monogram designed with the bride and groom’s initials to stand atop your wedding cake. Brides love sparkle, and many of these cake toppers feature even more dazzle than the crystal bridal jewelry that they wear. A crystal or rhinestone monogram on your wedding cake is a great tie-in to your bridal jewelry and other design elements. It also just looks fabulous!

Another trend is to choose a cake topper that coordinates with the theme of your wedding. For instance, if you are having an Asian inspired event, then you can use the “double happiness” symbol as your cake topper. A fall harvest theme? Then how about a mini sugar paste cornucopia with nature’s bounty spilling over the top of the wedding cake. In the hands of an expert cake designer, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Some couples like to pick a cake topper that expresses their silly side or shows one of their favorite things. If you love Disneyworld, then choose a cake topper with Mickey and Minnie Mouse or Cinderella and Prince Charming. One wedding I attended had a little figurine from The Simpson’s where the bride and groom would normally stand on the cake. The cake topper is a fun way to inject your personality into the wedding.

Whatever you choose for your cake topper, don’t forget that tradition says the newlyweds should save the top layer of their cake and freeze it to share on their first anniversary. If the idea of eating year old cake doesn’t appeal to you, then save the original cake to look at, but order a tiny replica from your baker to eat on your anniversary. This can be the start of a very sweet tradition!

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

Cheap Wedding Cakes

With the oh-so many different expenses that come with planning a wedding, the last thing you want to hear is that you have to spend a small fortune on cake. Luckily, you don’t have to worry too much, as you can easily obtain a great wedding cake at a rock bottom price. How is this possible, you ask? 3 words; cheap wedding cakes.large-square-wedding-cake

When it comes to getting an inexpensive cake, you can NOT go straight to a private bakery and pick out a top of the line, expertly designed cake. The cost of doing this will make your head spin out of control. Instead, what you need to do is think of different ways to acquire cheap wedding cakes. Take a moment now and come up with 3 quick &  “realistic” options for getting an inexpensive cake.

Did you come up with 3 ideas? If you did, read below and get 4 MORE ideas to help you find cheap wedding cakes. If you didn’t come up with anything, well, at least you’ll have these 4 ideas to fall back on.

Hire someone that bakes specialty cakes from home. These individuals aren’t all that difficult to find and they’re pricing is about as low as it can get. Taste their work before committing and be sure to ask about any references.

Check out the bakery department of local grocery stores. It may be an unlikely place to find a suitable cake for your wedding, but it is an option to consider nonetheless. These places make great tasting cakes and sell them at won’t-break-the-budget prices.

Haggle for Discounts. If you’re dead set on a professionally made wedding cake from a private bakery, then haggle for a price you can afford. Don’t try and kid yourself, they WANT your business and they’ll work with you to ensure they get it.

Make cheap wedding cakes yourself. It might seem difficult, but it’s really not all that bad. With the right supplies and an easy-to-use online guide, you can quickly make a wedding cake that not only looks fantastic but tastes fantastic too. Think of it this way; a cake purchased from a bakery costs DOLLARS per slice, while a cake made by you costs PENNIES per slice!

Cheap wedding cakes don’t have to be disgusting nor do they need to be ugly in order for you to save money. With the right ideas & techniques, your cake can be just as beautiful & delicious as those fancy-schmancy thousand dollar wedding cakes.

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

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