Pop quiz time! Imagine that somebody was to ask you to name the most important feature of any wedding reception. There may be a few appropriate answers here depending on one's personal opinion, but if you were to suggest the wedding cake, you wouldn't be alone. Wedding cakes can often be the centrepiece of such events. As such, you will need to pay close attention to your wedding cake design and carefully consider how it will look on your big day. There are many different factors to take into account, so how should you proceed?
Creating the Right Impression
Your wedding cake should make an impression from two different perspectives. Firstly, it should be tasty, and secondly, it should look the part. You will need to ensure that it is designed to fit in perfectly with your chosen environment and be neither overbearing nor inconsequential.
For example, if you are holding your reception in a rustic barn of average size, then you don't need a grandiose and multi-layered cake that would simply look out of place. On the other hand, if you're in a stately home that has a vaulted ceiling and sparkling chandelier, then you'd better make sure that your cake is up to the challenge.
Allowing for Attendees
Some people choose to have a multi-layered cake that has several 'false' tiers. This is fine if you only have a limited number of attendees, as you won't have to waste food to produce layers that will not be consumed.
On the other hand, if you have a wedding list that runs to several pages, then you need to ensure that your cake is substantial enough that it can provide a finger portion for the majority of your guests. As a rule of thumb, account for every nine out of ten guests, as some people simply won't want to eat any more or may have some dietary restrictions. Always remember to cut the slices to be finger-thin as this is perfectly sufficient and is the go-to guideline in the industry.
Making a Memory
Once you've settled on the basics, you can let your imagination run free. Work with your wedding caterer to come up with a cake that fits in with your theme and provides the perfect centrepiece for your event photographer. When the event finally draws to a close, you will have plenty of cake left to save for the weeks ahead, you will have fed everybody to satiation and you will have had a picture-perfect reception.
Contact a professional custom cake business for more information.