Top tips for choosing your wedding cake

18 Jun 2014

Hayley Jones from Sweetcheeks Bakehouse in Dorset offers her top tips on choosing your wedding cake

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As a bespoke cake designer, I can imagine how daunting it can be trying to choose the perfect cake. There are so many options available to you.

The things you need to think about are choosing your design, the flavours, portion size, colours and most importantly, you need to set the right budget. The amount of time and thought that goes into every cake is sometimes forgotten about when you ask for a price and then you find it is way off your budget. So,  before you begin here are a few tips to help you get the best cake for your day:

*    Before you contact anyone you need to roughly know what kind of cake you would like ie cake or cupcakes or both. Then research cake designers in the area you’re going to get married. 

*   Think about what is important to you - quality should be a main priority, also flexibility and experience of your designer. You want to get the best for your money so remember cheap is not always the best option.

*   A good cake designer generally gets booked up 6-12months in advance so don’t leave it too late. Most take a small deposit and this gets your date booked.

*   Look at the styles of cakes a particular cake designer makes and see if it fits in with what you want. Always ask if they don’t as most designers love a challenge.

*   If you want to save money then you may need to be flexible with designs that you have chosen. It’s no good wanting a £600 cake when your budget is £300 so be honest and then designs can be made to suit this.

* Let your cake designer know how many guests you want the cake to feed.  This will help  with how many tiers you will need.

*   Every good cake designer should offer a tasting session, this is where you get to try lots of flavours and work out what suits you. You may be serving your cake as desert so go for a more ‘pudding flavour cake. Also each cake tier can be a different flavour, so you can choose a few of your favourites.

*   When you meet your cake designer at the tasting session take along as much info as possible. We need to know, colours, what flowers you may be having, where your venue is, allergies, the design of your dress and also any cakes you may have seen that we can take inspiration from.

*   Make sure your cake designer can deliver and set up for you on the day.

*   Think about how you would like your cake to be displayed. You don’t want to spend a fortune on a cake for it to be stuck in the corner. Make it a centrepiece and ask your cake designer about stands and displays. A good cake designer will have stands you can hire and help with displaying it at its best.

*   Let your designer guide you through your design but be brave and choose something that makes a statement about you both from fun and quirky to elegant and sophisticated your cake needs to say something about yourselves.

Good luck!

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