Picking what kind of cake you would like to tuck into on your wedding day has to be one of the most fun decisions — who wouldn’t want to sample an array of different cakes and buttercreams in the name of research?
Along with flavour, there will be style to consider - ruffled, naked, painted, ombré?
Cake makers can create almost whatever flavour and style of cake you can think of — let them guide you in the right direction for your unique day.
Whether you are thinking lemon yoghurt cake with margarita buttercream, a white-on-white classic, or rustic naked Hummingbird cake, one key question will be how many guests you intend to feed.
Generally, three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests; you’ll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more.
Different types of cake will garner different serving amounts. For example, a mud cake would generally be served in larger portions than a fruitcake.
Your cake maker will be able to give you a better indication of servings when discussing the size, shape and type of cake you’d like.
One way to save on the cost of an elaborate cake, is to order a small cake, decorated to perfection, and a sheet cake of the same flavour to actually feed the guests.
Or, if you are having a dessert table, or another sweet in addition to the cake, consider a cake sized for half your guests.
WANT TO SAVE SOME?
Even if you take the most painstaking packaging measures, eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes.
Consider enjoying the top tier with your spouse the day after the wedding, or save it for the two-week or one-month anniversary.
You could treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavour for your one-year anniversary or baby’s christening.
If you must adhere to tradition, the best type of cake to freeze is fruitcake. Wrap it well in plastic wrap, then foil, then place in an airtight plastic container to freeze. Allow the cake to slowly thaw in the fridge for a few days before eating.