Wedding cakes … a quick overview.
As a young person (or young person) growing up, you might be accustomed to cooking at parties. After all, a birthday party without cakes and candles is really just a gathering in my book. That said, for your biggest party, you must have the best of all cakes!
I will not go into much detail about what a wedding cake is. If you don’t know that now, you have problems that are too big to solve through web articles.
But as simple as it is, here are the FAQs most couples have when buying.
Is the price expensive?
Yes. There are so many of them! Sorry. Can’t help it On average, Americans spend $ 575 on their wedding cakes and on average about $ 3 per piece.
Why do some wedding cakes taste so bad? Are they frozen or baked fresh?
Been to a really great wedding, eating delicious food, and does it end with something that feels like styrofoam wrapped in stale butter? Chances are good that the cake you ate was baked (or two) beforehand and frozen until it was ready to be served. Not all frozen cakes are bad. They are baked to be frozen, and most good bakers know how to bake in a way to maintain the moisture and taste you expect (and pay dearly for).
Most bakers are reluctant to tell you whether your cake will be baked fresh or frozen beforehand. But you will get a good idea based on how many weddings they can have on the weekend. If they serve cakes for 10+ weddings in one weekend and this is a small shop operation, there’s a chance the cake was frozen beforehand. Otherwise it’s mathematically impossible to bake 10 large cakes in one morning.
How do bakers determine the price?
One of the big cost drivers is the number of levels of your cake, or in the language of cake: “Rankings.” The higher the number of levels, the more grilling to do. Not only that, the wedding cake becomes more fragile as you add levels. This adds complexity when sending and will increase your price.
Also, you should consider whether the levels of the cake should be stacked right on top of one another, the style of the Big Mac. Or if you want a small column separating the layers of the cake.
Should I get fondant vs. Frostcream Frosting?
In my opinion, this decision comes to one of design tastes. People who make wedding cakes like fondant because they free the possibility of the design. You can color fondant to any color (imagine Tiffany blue!), Shape it to any shape, and it’s easy for bakers to do it. If you are planning an intricate design, or prefer a non-textured look, fondant is for you. However, be careful because many people do not like the fondant method. It has a feeling like a thick candle and is very sweet. This is something you must taste before buying.
Frostcream frosting is when you focus on taste. Hello people ?! There is the word “butter” AND “cream” in it. The word itself tastes good! Buttercream is more a traditional frosting style for wedding cakes, because of its white color and universal flavor appeal. It can be used for almost all cake flavors (fruit filled, chocolate, vanilla, etc.).
What flavor does the wedding cake enter?
You used to have any flavor as long as it was vanilla or chocolate. But … oh how the times have changed! These days you can fill your cake with almost any type of fruit, liquer or cream center. You can even mix the layers of the cake so that some flavors are different from others. A surefire way to find the first compromise for newly married couples! However, be aware that some bakers will charge you extra because they have many flavors in the same cake. Definitely ask whether this is the case with your baker.
What’s in the wedding cake fillings?
If you decide to go with fruit filling (and I highly recommend you do it, and then invite me to eat leftovers), you should always focus on picking fruit that is in season at the time of your event. Remember that wedding cakes are ordered long before the wedding day, so the fruits in season at the time of ordering may differ from what is in season on the wedding day.
Ordering fruit out of season usually increases costs, and increases the risk that your cake won’t taste fresh.
How can a large cake fit into the back seat of my Civic?
Good question No. It matches the back of your baker’s cargo van, and sometimes they charge fees for this service. Make sure you ask if there are shipping costs associated with the cake. This can be hidden, so be sure to ask. Also ask how many decorations the baker will make when they drop the wedding cake. Will the dress be with flowers? Or leave it on the doorstep for others to “deal” with?
What about the cake provided by the wedding reception site?
How about ignoring it? The cake is outsourced to a baker who is skilled in making wedding cakes, then brought to your wedding and added to your bill with a nice profit markup for the reception hall. There are almost no examples when it makes sense to order this cake on top of a cake that you can get directly from a baker.
Be aware, however, that some reception facilities will FILL you for bringing different cakes. They will call it “coating cost” or some kind of crap, but it costs more than $ 1 per person if your facility charges such a fee. It’s better to ask upfront to avoid surprises in your budget.
How many pieces of cake do I need?
What you need is this formula: # Guest – 10 = Number of Pieces required.
Are wedding cakes coordinated with reception flowers and other decorations?
They must be. In fact, wedding cakes are often the center of decoration for many weddings. Your baker will get used to his role because it deals with dressing the cake for the wedding. But you should always discuss specifically what the baker will do after sending the cake. Sometimes florists decorate cakes, but many bakers like to use flowers that are used for your wedding. But that means flower sellers need to set aside some flowers to be used as cake decorations, and that means flowers must be sent before the cake is sent. See how all that is interconnected?
Also remember that when using fresh flowers as a cake decoration, make sure no one is sprayed with pesticides or edible chemicals.
What should I do about cookie cutters?
Traditionally, couples put out fancy cake cutters (like Excalibur or something) to make the first cut of the wedding ceremony. The cookie cutter then becomes another memento of the big day. If budget is an issue, we recommend that you add cookie cutters to your gift registry as an item the guest has provided for you.
Or, remember that the reception room almost always has a decorative cookie cutter that you use to cut the cake. That prevents you from having to buy it yourself.
What is the groom’s cake? And do I need it?
Traditionally, the groom’s cake is a dark fruit cake and is sometimes served by the groom during a rehearsal dinner. Sometimes the groom’s cakes are some small cakes that are individually wrapped and distributed to guests to take home. The female guests will keep these cookies under their pillows that night and dream of the man they will one day marry!
Nowadays, the groom’s cake is still popular in southern weddings but in other areas it is seen as a completely optional way to add some extra talent to the wedding. This is the only chance for the groom to show his love for football with a cake shaped like a soccer helmet! Usually the cake is dark (outside and filling), and there is a good chance that if you order it from the same place as making a wedding cake, you can get a significant discount.