Wedding planning can be a very exciting time and it is easy, in
the myriad of things that
need to get done, to lose track of choosing and ordering a wedding
cake. Although it may seem like a, well, piece of cake the selection
of a gateau should be given your utmost attention as it plays a
very significant role at your wedding reception.
Wedding cakes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although traditionally
they were round, tiered confections made of fruit cake and iced
with vanilla frosting, today their design, flavor and style can
run the gamut from staid to
stunning. There are a few elements to consider in the selection
of your cake: design, style, flavor, filling and frosting.
The design of the cake and the style of your cake generally go
hand-in hand. The typical tiered cakes are more formal and elegant
while the newer cakes offer a bit of fun and whimsy while retaining
a graceful air. The design of your cake will also depend on the
frosting you choose. Buttercream frosting is the choice for traditional
cakes as it can be used to make a plethora of wonderful designs.
However, the frosting of choice for the modern couple is the fondant
– a shimmery, satiny covering that can be used to make intricate
designs and spectacular accents.
The flavor and the filling of the cake will depend entirely on
your personal taste. Gone are the days of the sugar-heavy fruit
cake. Today the cake flavor can be anything you choose including
mango, amaretto and strawberry. So long as it tastes good, you
are free to use it. The filling is the delicious layer of cream,
custard, mouse or frosting used to keep the layers of cake together
and they can also be anything you wish.
Once you have chosen all of these elements then you are ready
to order your cake. When doing so, make sure to choose a cake
designer or baker whom you trust and who was able to provide you
with proof of what they can deliver. Once your order is placed
(at least six to four months before the wedding) then you can
rest assured that you will have a wedding cake as memorable as
the wedding itself.