Before you decide on anything, decide which are your favourite flavours. You’ll need to discuss this with your partner to narrow down the type and flavour of cake you both desire. Tradition dictates that a wedding cake should be a fruit cake, but modern couples are doing away with this in favour of lighter, vanilla, chocolate, caramel or white chocolate sponges instead. Not got a sweet tooth? There’s no reason why you can’t have a cheese wheel instead!
Perhaps there is a flavour that has special meaning or significance to your as a couple? Maybe you enjoyed a chocolate cake together on your first date? If you’re finding it hard to decide or you both love different things, there is also no reason why you can’t choose a different flavour for each tier.
There are many imaginative and innovative cake makers out there today, who can whip up anything from a Nutella cake to a passion fruit popcorn! Speak with your chosen supplier and be guided by their expertise in which flavours work best together. Keep in mind that if you are seeking a particularly tall cake with multiple tiers, you might be restricted to choosing a heavy cake consistency, so that the cake can withstand the weight and height of the design.
Don’t forget to try the flavours in a taste test before you make your final decisions. This is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning, so relax and enjoy it.
Another consideration in choosing your cake is the overall theme and style of your wedding. If you’ve settled on a theme, style or colour scheme then you’ll want your cake to reflect these and blend in with the look and feel of your wedding.
For example, a classic, traditional wedding would look better with an elegant white cake with minor embellishments. A more contemporary affair could get away with a creative cake and bolder colours. Why not start a mood board of wedding ideas and different cake designs you like? This way, your cake maker can start with a good idea of what it is you’re seeking.
Consider your venue style as well, as you’ll want your cake to make the right impact in the right setting. For an elegant Hotel Wedding Venue in Gloucester, visit hatton-court.co.uk/gloucester-cotswolds-weddings
You’ll need to factor in how many guests are invited to the wedding when deciding on the size of cake you’ll need. For example, a guest list of 200 would likely require a cake of three to four tiers in height. A smaller gathering of 90 or less would probably only need one tier, if it was wide enough.
Will you be serving your wedding as a coffee portion or a dessert portion? If you’re using the wedding cake as the dessert, then you’ll need a bigger cake. To clarify, a coffee portion is thinly sliced cake often served on a platter later in the day and placed in the centre of the table for guests to take at leisure, alongside other desserts and tea. Dessert portions are larger and served with cream or ice cream in place of any other dessert offering.