How do you choose the perfect wedding cake? You consult an expert. Here, Marina de Coatgoureden, Head of Events for Quintessentially Events, reveals her top five tips for choosing the wedding cake of your dreams.
The key to choosing the ultimate wedding cake is to not lose sight of the fact that it should marry style and substance. There is very little point of having an enormous iced confection if its sponge is dry and flavorless. When it comes to the most memorable weddings, guests will generally only remember the food, music, and possibly the bride’s dress. So what’s the way to make a lasting impression? You serve up cake pretty enough to make Marie Antoinette proud and delicious enough to be wolfed down (and not wasted, as most wedding cakes are) by your guests.
If you are marrying abroad, try to find a quality wedding-cake maker locally, but don’t be afraid of drafting in talent as the leaders in their fields (Paris, London, Milan, Belgium) will still be able to get an amazing cake to you. It’ll be worth the added expense of transporting it.
Create a Mood Board
Request a design sketch and detailing that conveys the look and feel of your wedding. You should also reference any embellishments you would like to see, such as lace, sugar peonies, or ombré sponge gradients. Take swatches of fabric from your dress or the bridesmaids’ gowns if you’d like for the cake to echo a palette or theme.
Incorporate Personal Twists
Don’t be afraid of keeping it simple when it comes to sponge and frosting flavors – the classics are called so for a reason – but do play around with personalized twists. For example, you might like to add orange-flower water to vanilla sponge for a subtle citrusy spin.
Sample Before You Commit
Always ask for a tasting or sample of your cake to ensure that you are happy – don’t just trust the reviews on your cake maker. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding…
Think About Presentation
A beautiful silver cake stand can really lift a cake, both metaphorically and literally, while fresh flowers lend a wonderful perfume and softness. Long story short, presentation is key. For a more modern approach, opt for multiple cakes for a mini patisserie, where guests can pick and choose to their own liking.