Thanks to Pintrest, Instagram and a heap load of bridal magazines, couples planning their big day are spoilt for choice for Wedding cake themes and designs. Sometimes choosing a cake can be as simple as looking at a picture and thinking “that’s the one!” and at other times it can be a challenge, so here’s a few tips…
Venue - In the Lake District it’s hard to find a venue that isn’t beautiful, but is it an opulent stately home or a rustic barn? What style would look best against the background of the reception room? This could help decide if you go for an intricately iced wedding cake adorned with sugar flowers or a semi naked cake on a wooden stand (although speaking of semi naked cakes these can be “dressed up” to fit a more formal setting).
Flowers – If you’ve already chosen your bouquet and flower arrangements this can really help when designing your dream wedding cake. Most flowers can be replicated in sugar and in pretty much any colour you like, or your florist can arrange fresh flowers matching your bouquet or buttonholes onto your wedding cake.
Dress – Does the wedding dress have lace or ruffles, or is there a gold or ivory undertone to the fabric? Elements from your dress can be incorporated into parts or even the whole cake design, using techniques such as hand piping, edible lace, beautiful lustres or sequins.
Cost – An opulent 6 tier cake with a huge cascade of sugar blooms will always be a more expensive option, but most ideas can be translated into a design that doesn't blow the budget.
A single oversized peony can look just as effective as a large arrangement, and time consuming hand piped lace can be replaced by beautiful edible lace.
Flavours – Last but not least, remember cake is to be eaten! Choose one that tastes as exquisite as it looks, made with delicious ingredients such as real English butter, natural flavourings, and the finest preserves and fillings. There are no rules to choosing flavours, but warming flavours such as sticky toffee work well for autumn weddings, and fresh flavours like limoncello drizzle or coconut and lime complement a summer wedding.
Don't forget, if you would like to discuss your perfect wedding cake, just drop me an email!