The minute you get engaged, your life takes a busy turn. You’ll have a long list of things to do and choosing your wedding cake should be top on this list. If you have a sweet tooth then you’ll definitely enjoy this part of wedding planning. Follow the steps below to find the perfect wedding cake for your big day.
Start searching for the perfect cake decorator or bakery
Choose a baker who doesn’t rush orders or take multiple bookings. If you have very unusual decorations on your wedding cake, choose a baker who can deliver what he/she promises. Make sure you ask for references and go through their portfolio to see what wedding cakes they have created in the past. We have a shortlisted reliable bakers in Kenya. In case you need help choosing a good baker here in Kenya, feel free to let us know.
Choose a cake design
You can get cake design ideas from magazines and on wedding websites. Remember though that most of these unique and creative wedding cakes have been designed by top bakers who have the skill, equipment and experience to decorate cakes. Not all local bakers will be able to duplicate that specific cake to perfection.
Choose the icing
A professional baker will advise on the suitable type of icing for your wedding. For instance, avoid butter cream icing if you are having an outdoor wedding. This form of icing is sensitive to heat and humidity. Royal icing is mostly used for making cake decorations. It is very crunchy and gives the cake that crisp texture. Other forms of icing include gum-paste, rolled butter cream, cream cheese and glazes. Some forms of icing are time consuming and pretty expensive.
Choose a cake flavor
Chocolate, carrot and spice flavors are the most common when it comes to wedding cakes. You can also choose fresh fruits and strawberry or a combination of two or more flavors. Remember that each flavor comes at a unique price. Order the cake and taste it in advance with a couple of friends to see if you like it. Alternatively, attend a cake tasting and sample a few flavors before making any decisions.
Decide on the cake placement
The cake must be placed at a focal point where it’s going to be visible. However, make sure the cake is out of foot traffic flow and direct sunlight. If the cake will have a fountain then make sure it is positioned close to an electric source. For outdoor weddings, remember that the weather is unpredictable when choosing where to place your cake. Bear in mind that flies love sweets and so they might start sticking on the icing. When it’s too hot, the icing will melt so ensure the cake is at a controlled environment.
Decide on the colors
Your cake colors should be close to the colors you are using in the wedding. Don’t assume that your decorator understands those colors. If you tell them red, they might choose the wrong shade. To make sure the cake colors blend with the rest of the wedding, give your decorator a piece of fabric or ribbon that is matched to the colors you will be using. Everything needs to look well coordinated.
Pick the right toppers/decorations
You have to consider the icing of your wedding cake as well as the weight of the decorations you intend to use. Before you buy any decorations, discuss with your baker if they can have some custom made for your cake.
Everything may not go as planned so you must be prepared to handle emergencies. People may show up in larger numbers than you expect so you need to have an extra cake which complements the wedding cake. If you plan everything carefully, expect your wedding day to be the best day of your life. Don’t let any mistakes that are made by people on this day to upset you.