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For a wedding cake that looks sensational and tastes as good as it looks, contact Cakes by Crème de la Crème today! We invite you to attend one of our cake-tasting parties, where you will experience each flavor for yourself so you can choose the perfect cake for your wedding.
Did you know that the first wedding cakes were fruitcakes? Yes, those kind of fruitcakes! It wasn't until Victorian times that the ingredients to create luxurious, fluffy cakes were available. Now, there is little the right baker can't do with a cake. Colors, shapes, embellishments, and your imagination dictate everything. So, as you dream up your perfect cake, here are some points to consider:
How many people will you be serving?
It is very rare for any of your guests to leave before the toasts and cutting of the cake. This means that as many people who have RSVP'd will likely be eating your yummy confection!
What will your cake look like?
Will your cake tower above everything? Will it sit pretty amongst flowers and candles? Will you have multiple tiers and multiple flavors? Will you have a groom's cake?
What type of cake will you serve?
One of the most agreed upon highlights of wedding planning is the cake tasting. That said, it's no easy task to choose between all of the scrumptious little bites you will be served by your baker. Every cake tasting includes an array of flavors and taste combinations but you may want some clarification on different style of cakes before you dive in!
- Buttercream Frosting is one of the most popular types of cake icings. In fact, you've probably had it many times before. It is distinguished by its soft, creaminess that makes it smooth for the decorator and easy for you and yours to cut in front of your guests! Because it is made with real butter, these cakes must be kept cool so plan accordingly. If you are unable to accomodate keeping the cake cool, let your baker know ahead of time so that he or she can substitute the butter with shortening which will hold up better in warmer situations.
- Whipped Cream Frosting is the lightest of the light! Beautiful and airy, these types of cakes must be kept cool right up until the serving. Make a fun "reveal" of the cake by coordinating with your venue to have it wheeled in and unveiled in front of all your guests when you do your cutting. There are ways to keep the whipped cream a little more durable that include adding gelatin or other stabilizers. Communicate with your baker and taste all of your options!
- Fondant is the opposite of the first two types. Extremely durable and sculpture-able, it actually can not be refridgerated! People have very strong opinions about fondant. Some bakers offer multiple types (even European imports!) so be sure to try all of your options. Fondant is a great option if you are considering using fresh flowers on your cake or if you love the ultra smooth, minamilist look.
- Royal Icing is a decorating element used together with other types of icing. All of the sweet, edible little flowers, seashells, and other design elements you see on cakes are made with soft royal icing that hardens into the final form.
- Spun Sugar is super heated sugar that caramelizes (think of really hot taffy!) and is then formed into intricate bows, flowers, or abstract designs.
- Pastillage is very similar to Royal Icing in the way it is used but it dries to a more delicate, porcelain finish.
- Marzipan is an almond, egg, and sugar paste. Shapes can be made from it after it is rolled into very thin sheets. Color is then painted on to it.
Be sure to see samples of all the decorating elements so that they work with the cake you are choosing!
How will you get your cake to your venue?
Does your baker provide the delivery of your cake? Is there an additional fee? Will the cake be made fresh that day? Does your venue have a way to keep it perfect before the reception?
If you are using flowers, be sure that they are pesticide-free! Also, consider what your cake will be presented on. Do you have a lovely pedestal? Many bakers have fantastic pedestals to purchase or rent. You also need something to make that important first slice! Check with your baker to see if they offer beautiful cake knives and servingware.