How to Choose Your Wedding Cake

Tips and other things to know when tasting wedding cakes and what questions to ask.

So if anyone knows me, they can all attest that I am an avid
sweet-aholic! No joke! I eat some form of sugar every single day and the sugar
normally consists of some sort of chocolate!

I don’t drink coffee but I do sugar! So when that time rolls around when the bride and groom have to do their cake tasting, I’m more than happy to assist them!

A few suggestions while cake tasting. Try cakes from at
least 2-3 different bakeries. Why? While some cakes may look fabulous, their
taste may not. You want to find a cake or cupcakes that look and taste great.

Second, ask if you can taste multiple flavors and fillings.
Know the differences between cream cheese frosting, butter cream frosting and
fondant. Fondant you ask? What the heck is that?

Those are the cakes that look like art. They are pristine! However, if you’ve never tasted fondant you may be in for a surprise. Fondant is  a rolled dough that is cut, formed and placed on top of the cake. 

I laugh every time I recall the story where my bridal couple served a fondant wedding cake. Later during the evening, grandma came up to me and told me, “honey, don’t eat that cake its stale!” It wasn’t stale at all, it was the fact that it was fondant. It’s almost an acquired taste. Different bakers make fondant differently.

Some bakers will put a layer of buttercream between the fondant and the cake to keep the cake moist and others don’t.  Please note, that a lot of bakeries can create the same look of fondant using other frostings too.

Third, ask a baker when the cake will be made? Do they useall fresh ingredients? I know one baker that makes her cakes from a box but will add different flavors to the mix. Her cakes taste great, but you would never know it was from a box!

Finally, the bottom line, cost. Most bakers will charge by the slice but others will charge by the size of the cake.  Ask yourself this one question, what is that one thing that I want to splurge on? If its cake, then go for the gusto!

Enjoy your cake tasting! Can I come along?

-Evonne Grabauskas, owner of Beautiful Celebrations wedding & event planning


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