Choosing a baker
Before you decide exactly what cake you want for your big day, you first have to choose a bakery that specializes in wedding cakes. Start the process off right by asking the necessary questions:
- What are my filling choices?
- How far in advance are cakes prepared?
- Do you customize wedding cakes?
- How are your cakes priced?
- Is the baker licensed by the state?
- What is the delivery process?
- Does the price of the cake include the top tier?
By having your bakery answer these questions, you’ll be better prepared in knowing if you’ve found the one who will create your dessert, or if you should keep looking.
One of the most fun and delicious parts of the wedding planning process is going to a cake tasting. If you’re interested in a certain flavor, like chocolate, alert your baker so he or she can set up some of the best chocolate cakes for you to try. If you’re not quite sure what you want, your baker can present you with a wide variety of samples to help narrow down your decision.
On the day of your tasting, try to eat light and small meals. After all, you’ll be tasting lots of sweet and creamy cakes, so you don’t want to overload your stomach. But don’t arrive starved either – it will sway your decision. Be sure to alert the bakery beforehand if anyone in your tasting party has food allergies.
Fondant or buttercream?
Fondant is a mixture of sugar, glucose and gelatin that can often be molded into any style or design of your choice. Buttercream, on the other hand, is a mixture of butter and sugar that you spread on the cake. If you’re trying to decide between the two, consider these points:
Fondant: Fondant can take your cake design to the next level. It’s much easier to make cut-outs and adhere to a very specific style or wedding theme. This style of cake is also easier to transport because it’s much more structurally sound. If you’re having a summer wedding, it won’t melt.
Buttercream: Buttercream is another option, and often tastes better to most people. It’s less expensive than fondant and is less of a time-consuming process to make.
Ultimately, it comes down to one question: would you like your cake to look better or taste better?
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