When you think you've met your match, book them. A deposit is often required at this time, and you should also be asked to sign a contract (that’s a good thing—in fact, you should insist upon it). Before you sign, tackle these points: Find out how far in advance the cakes are made prior to the wedding day, and who exactly will be baking and decorating your cake (it's not always the same person). Lock in your cake maker as soon as you can—some top bakers get booked up a year in advance.
Consider scaling back on cake slices and see if your caterer can also include a round of sweets to supplement (think: passed chocolate-covered strawberries, assorted cookies or mini truffles). Let your caterer know they should cut tasting portions to about three quarters of the usual amount, and plan to plate your cake slices with the other desserts. Ask your caterer to place slices on a buffet or cake table instead of serving a plate at every place setting—or have the staff bring bite-size pieces right to your guests on the dance floor so they can enjoy cake while getting down.
Once cooked, leave the cake to cool in the tin. When cool, remove from the tin and place on some baking parchment. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of brandy (or your other chosen liquor) over the cake and wrap it up tightly in parchment and clingfilm or foil. Every few days unwrap the cake to feed it with another spoonful of liquor, then wrap it back up and return to a safe, temperate storage space.
For a romantic and pretty wedding cake on your special day, choose from our collection of decadent recipes and elegant decorating ideas. A delicious cake is the sweetest ending to a perfect wedding celebration. Take inspiration from our favorites, featuring elegant frosting designs and pretty cake-topper ideas. Find the perfect cake for you and your fiance in our gallery of creative wedding cake ideas, including a glamorous white ivory cake and a modern round cake accented with ribbon, pearls, and flowers. Try our free cake-decorating tool, and get step-by-step instructions for baking and frosting a cake. Your wedding cake should look as good as it tastes. Choose from our Test Kitchen-tested cake recipes for a creamy and delicious wedding cake. Topped with hazelnut buttercream and creamy white frosting, our white champagne cake stands four tiers high and serves 100. If that's not enough cake to satisfy your guests, the rich and beautiful French vanilla Eiffel Tower cake recipe serves 200.
I like to encourage brides to plan on one serving per guest, but if you’re looking to cut your costs you can drop that number down to 20 or so less since not everybody will eat cake, especially if you’re having other types of desserts. But otherwise I would definitely plan on 1 serving per 1 guest. (NOTE: Groom’s cake should be smaller and only plan to serve about half of the wedding guests with it). Here’s a helpful chart that illustrates how many servings wedding cakes typically have per tier:
Sugar flowers, tall tiers and intricate piping can quickly jack up the price of your cake. That's because most cake bakers price their work by "touch time," which is the amount of labor and number of hours spent designing the cake. (There's a lot that goes into this confection—it's way more than just flour and eggs!) So when it comes to choosing your cake style, look for designs you love that don't include any over-the-top add-ons. 
A tiered cake means that the weight of your top tier (or tiers if you're getting extravagant) rests on the bottom tier. To prevent everything sinking into the cake and ruining your beatifully smooth icing, you need to put in some dowels. These can be foodsafe wood or plastic and are available, like everything else, from cakecraft shops or the internet.
It is not so uncommon nowadays to find someone enhancing his/her own wedding event cake. As a matter of fact, it is a possible concept especially to those who have a really tight spending plan.
A lot of couples are so interested with the delicious deals with that go with their wedding cake. What they do not know is that each embellishment and also every twists and turns embedded in the cake has a rate.
Your wedding cake may just be the most significant confection you ever buy, so it's key to know what you're getting into. A good place to start is by reading our top tips from wedding cake bakers from around the country. Next, the fun part (well, besides the tasting), is to start searching through wedding cake pictures to help figure out which wedding cake designs suit your style. From classic cakes to more ornate styles, we have something for every taste – literally! Then check out local wedding cake bakers to find a pro near you.
Some wedding cakes could also use flowers that are in season to reduce costs, instead of expensive, intricate icing. Blooms that aren’t in season often need to be flown in so they can be more expensive. And don’t rule out supermarket blooms! They can last longer and if you’re going for something simple they can be a great way of adding colour without blowing the budget.
The type of cake and tightness of time will also affect your icing decision. While it doesn't have the best taste, and is often left on the side of the plate, sugarpaste (fondant) will keep a cake fresh under it's protective layer for a couple of days, and provides a smooth, clean surface to adorn with decorations. On the other hand buttercream or ganache, while tasting delicious, should be applied as late as possible, the night before at the earliest, which could leave you panicking over last minute problems.
Let's start with cake shapes. Beyond a traditionally round cake, there are so many other options to consider. Square cakes are a popular choice to showcase a modern aesthetic. But there are also hexagonal, oval, petal-shaped and even triangular cakes with personalities all their own. We’ve even seen asymmetrical or purposely off-center tiers for a whimsical look (Alice in Wonderland, anyone?).
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