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How to choose the right Wedding Cake
When it comes to weddings (and christenings, Christmas, birthdays and let’s be honest - a normal Sunday afternoon) … there is one key element that everyone wants to see on their plate – and that is a yummy slice of cake, no matter how full they are.
Cakes mark a social event and often are the pinnacle of any given event, and your wedding should be no different. We grant you that for a terrible, dark and hungry time, Wedding cakes were ‘like so last season’ (although we would like to state we had NOTHING to do with that – our relationship with cake has been unfalteringly loyal), but now cakes are back in a BIG way. We couldn’t be happier, and in celebration of our favourite fixture, let’s journey through its troubled past…
Early 13th Century – Hurrah the cake or ‘kaka’ is created - what a GREAT day that was.
Mid 17th Century – Round cakes with icing are made … yep it took them that long to take the next step
Mid 19th Century – Baking powder and flour replace yeast (I don’t know why that is important, but it sounds it)
But more importantly in our timeline - Cake has been there for us. Yep in all its forms and flavours, sometimes waiting patiently in the cake tin, sometimes not even making it out of its packaging properly before we swipe some of the icing with a sneaky index finger; sometimes looking sorry for itself on Christmas day after several turkey sandwiches and no takers for the lovely fruitcake, and ALWAYS there to mend any troubles. Cake has been there through all the tears and all the parties, cheering us up on a soggy Sunday afternoon, making visits to the nosy neighbour’s much more pleasant, consoling us after break ups, aiding the make ups (no man can resist a girl that bakes, and we are certainly powerless to hold a grudge against a man that comes bearing chocolate fudge cake) and generally hanging out looking pretty in all important dates in the diary. Yep it’s by far the most social food in our cupboards, and it’s a fan of all seasons – unlike its famous friend Mr.Chocolate, who sadly falls at any heated hurdles it, may come across. Basically – we love you cake, we do.
Cakes were almost always used in ceremonies or landmark days through history in order to create a sense of unity as a social offering. Yes OK so one of Lola’s Cupcakes may not have quite the same depth of soul as the old fashioned non-yeasty ones, but they probably taste better and they look prettier, so there. Now that we have evolved in the cake world, what we are gleefully saying is – now you can have it all! Gorgeous taste (yum), beautiful craft and symbolism to share with all your family and friends, plus let’s face it, if you don’t have a photo of your and your fiance cutting the cake then your granny will never let it go. Now we have laid the pressure on you, how do you find a good one???? Fear not fellow cake-concerned people, for we at Event Wishes have been on the tails (and tasting tables) of all the top end designers in London. It’s a hard life.
OK, so a quick run down on choosing the right cake designer for you and your wedding … 3 main things to consider –
1) Taste & decoration
2) Service & location
OK so maybe that’s 5 things. Don’t say we don’t give you something for nothing.
Above and beyond all of that,
Two designers in particular take the biscuit (or cake as the case may be), and they are Peggy Porschen and Maisie Fantaisie. F-a-b-u-l-o-u-s. You simply can’t go wrong with either of those.
If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, then not to worry. There are plenty of other cake designers that make excellent cakes. However, I would say if you can’t afford Peggy or Maisie, don’t go for a copycat – Peggy and Maisie’s price reflect the divine ingredients used and the expert skill in creating the designs, if it’s a cake that looks too good be to true at a low price - it is. Go for a simple design and then have your florist add real flowers that match your room to the cake as a cheaper yet stunning alternative. Remember that not everybody has a slice of cake, so if anything, order less than the amount of guests. To make the all important impact its very common place to add a few ‘dummy’ tiers (i.e. non-edible) to bulk up the cake and add height, without having to pay for excess cake you simply can't eat. You should find that all good cake designers offer this service – if they don’t then look for one who does.
It’s always a good idea to attend your initial cake meeting with some ideas, no matter how vague or outlandish they may seem. Have a look through wedding magazines, cut out pictures you like, and be sure to know your colour scheme unless you are planning on a pure white/cream cake … cakes clash too. The more information you have, such as your venue, dress, bridesmaids’ colours etc, the more bespoke the cake can be. If you don’t know any of those details but you need to secure your designer (never leave the cake to the last minute - at least 6 months prior to your wedding is a good starting point for an initial meeting with your cake designer) then opt for a natural classic cake. Don’t worry if you have ordered a white cake and then decided on a colour scheme further down the line that you would like implemented – you can always light up the cake using magenta (for example) gels over spotlights at the venue, or fresh flowers as we mentioned earlier, which will make even the simplest cake turn into a dramatic focal point at your wedding breakfast.
If you are still worried about choosing your cake, don’t be! I can assure you that choosing a wedding cake is one of the easy parts, so sit back, relax and let the tasting do the talking. A good wedding planner will always be on hand to help you make the right choice with insider tips and things to avoid. At Event Wishes, we are available 24/7 to help our beloved wedding couples make the right choice for their own style and taste to reflect their bespoke day.
If you would like more information on choosing the right cake as well as a host of other advise, or to create your own ‘pick and mix’ coordination package please call 0845 056 8471 or alternatively go to our ‘contact us’ page on www.eventwishes.com to arrange a free call back. You will also find more information in our monthly blog.
Date written: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:47:51 +0000
Wedding Planner and Event Planner
Geography : Cambridge London UK
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