The wedding cake minefield: how to choose the perfect cake

30 Jun 2017

Overwhlemed by the amount of choice for your wedding cake? Here is some simple guidance in making the perfect choice

Words: Dakota Murphey

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Gone are the days of the simple and traditional wedding cake. Wedding cake design has gone crazy. From trendy naked cakes adorned with real flowers to weird and whacky novelty cakes, there really are no limits when it comes to wedding cake design. Cupcake towers, croquembouche, pork pie stacks, and even no cake at all, are just some of the choices facing future brides and grooms looking to buck the traditional wedding cake trend.

Choosing the perfect wedding cake isn’t as easy as it first seems. There are so many choices these days and there are expectations. Financially contributing parents may want their say. Guests look forward to ogling a spectacular wedding cake as much as they do the wedding gown. So how does any soon-to-be-wed couple choose? From shape, size, flavour, tiers, decoration, icing versus no icing, colour… the considerations are endless. Wedding cake choices are a minefield.

The most important rule to adhere to when choosing a wedding cake is to stay true to yourselves. Your wedding cake should reflect you as a couple and should fit in with the theme of the day. Don’t feel pressured to have a huge wedding cake if you’re only inviting 50 guests, otherwise you’ll be eating left-over wedding cake for weeks. Your cake needs to be size appropriate and it must suit you and your big day.

Here are some wedding cake styles and tips to help you choose the perfect cake for your special day. Cakes by Robin have a great gallery of wedding cakes if you are looking for inspiration.

The Novelty Cake

If you are determined to buck the traditional wedding cake trend, but still want a tiered cake with wow-factor presence, then a novelty wedding cake could be just what you are looking for. For the quirky wedding, a novelty wedding cake fits right in and adds another fun element to the day.

Adding personality to your cake is a great way of showing off what you as a couple have in common. Themed with something you both love, whether it be Harry Potter or your love of skiing, incorporating something dear to you both, adds a light-hearted slice of fun to the big day.

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The Naked Cake

For the more discerning couple looking for understated elegance, the naked cake is the perfect choice. With no cloaks of fondant icing, and no over-the-top fancy ruffles, the naked cake is a much more apt choice for the health conscious couple.

Vintage weddings are a popular style choice these days and the naked wedding cake couldn’t be a more fitting accompaniment to the vintage theme. Beautifully bare cakes are surprisingly romantic. Simply decorated with cascading delicate blooms and pops of fruit, the naked cake is a refined choice, which makes a surprisingly beautiful statement.

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The Traditional Cake

Don’t rule out the traditional wedding cake. If your heart is set on a traditional church wedding with all the bells and whistles of a conventional wedding day, then a traditional cake is the ultimate finishing touch. There are so many variations within this genre of wedding cake that you'll have plenty of scope to make the cake your own.

It’s a popular style choice to match the sugar flowers on the cake with the bride’s bouquet, or have the cake adorned with a delicate lace icing matching the bride’s gown. A traditional fruit cake allows you to save the top tier to celebrate the future patter of tiny feet. It’s a lovely tradition worth hanging on to.

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The Contemporary Cake

For those torn between the traditional and something a little bit different, the modern wedding cake is a great choice. Taking traditional elements, such as three tiers and sugar flowers, modern wedding cake design brings a more relaxed scope to the traditional approach.

Anything is possible on the inside too, so there’s an opportunity to shy away from the traditional with unusual cake flavours for each tier. From Belgian chocolate to luscious lemon or even carrot cake, making the inside of a traditional wedding cake that little bit different is a great way to add a an element of surprise for your guests.

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Miniature wedding cakes

There are lots of reasons why miniature wedding cakes might be the best option for you and your wedding day. Mini wedding cakes are a modern choice and can make a great tower, without the hassle of having to cut and divide cake for guests on the day... simply give them one each. If your wedding is off the beaten track, mini cakes are much easier to transport without worrying about damage. They can be arranged on a plinth at the venue, field, beach or wherever you’ve decided to tie the knot. You’ll be able to choose a variety of flavours and even cater for those with dietary requirements, adding gluten-free and vegan options should you wish to.

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