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Choosing your wedding cake

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The confection conundrum — choosing your cake and eating it.

What could be more tempting than one lovingly baked, lavishly iced and lusciously filled creation? Well, three actually. Which is what Brangelina chose for their recent big day, feasting on no less than three wedding cakes in the opulent surrounds of their French country chateau. (http://www.rte.ie/ten/news/2014/0902/640895-first-photos-of-brangelina-wedding-emerge/)

But for most of us mere mortals, just one will do. We’ve a few pointers to kickstart your search for the perfect cake solution.

Sizing the issue

Should it be round or square? Tall or small? Or maybe it’s not a cake at all — brides and grooms of late have been swapping the traditional slab for all kinds of tasty alternatives. Cascading cup cakes and masses of mouth-watering macaroons have been trending on the cake stands of late.

How big should it be? Work out your guest list limit, and size what you need from there. Most experts agree the popular choice is a three tier job. As a rough guide, a 10″, 8″, 6”, arrangement will cater for up to 200 guests.two-layer cake for a wedding

Fill of your fancy

One of the most widely requested cakes these days is of the chocolate biscuit variety — it’s rich, decadent and downright delicious. But it’s not for everyone. The homemade Madeira is an age-old tradition, while a rich fruit cake with marzipan has also been a staple throughout the years (this is one you might want to ponder if you plan on keeping a tier for a later date).

Consider fudge cake, carrot cake, cheese cake, even the traditional French Croquembouche with it’s toppling tower of profiteroles. Whatever tickles your tastebuds.

It’s also not unusual to have different fillings on a combination of tiers, a great solution if the bride and groom are battling over choice!

Another idea to mull over, particularly where the budget is in the balance, is to make a small version of your dream cake for cutting and display, adding sheet cakes that can be plated up in the kitchen.Blue wedding cake

Look sharp

To frost or not to frost? You might like soft (usually buttercream) icing, or maybe you’ll opt for the harder royal variety. Some folk want lavish, edible adornments, while others prefer simple fresh ingredients on top.

It’s all up for grabs, so once you know roughly what’s on offer, throw out the rule book and agree what works for you.

Ask yourself:
• What’s your style in general? If you’re a sharp-sculpted-corners kind of couple, an intricately embellished, sophisticated piece is likely to appeal. If you’re a ‘keep it fresh and simple’ kind of pair, you’ll want something gentler on the eye.
• What type of wedding are you having and what type of venue is it in? Vintage vaudeville in a stately home will call for something delicate but grand. Rustic rural is a whole different kettle of fish.
• Consider the time of year. If it’s a winter wedding, rich fillings on the inside, gilded with steely glamour on the out, might just fit the bill. On the other hand, a mid-summer day celebration could call for lighter, zesty tastes with seasonal fresh fruit topping.

Ultimately, finding a baker you can work with is the key to your cake solution.

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How to Avoid Wedding Cake Disasters

Videos showcasing wedding cake disasters are hilarious and entertaining. But that’s solely because they are other people’s weddings. What if it was your wedding? Definitely, it wouldn’t be funny at all.
Wedding cake disasters can reduce brides to tears and create painful memories. There are many factors that cause these disasters. The good news is that you can take care of these factors during the planning process. Read on to find out how you can do this and avoid any potential disasters

A Family Affair

Most probably, there is a family member that knows how to bake. He or she may offer to make your wedding cake for you. Depending on how close the person is to you, it may be hard to turn down the offer. Before you say yes, you should stop and think hard. If the person is an amateur baker, he or she is unlicensed and uninsured. The final result may also lack the professional finish you desire. Even worse, you’ll be expected to understand in case something goes wrong simply because they are family.
Don’t feel pressured to allow grandma or aunty to bake your cake. Go for someone who is experienced and will give your cake the wow factor. Let aunty make the cake for your rehearsal dinner or any other event but not your wedding. Alternatively, you can have them bake your top cake and have the rest professionally made.

Unfavourable Weather

The weather can be a recipe for disaster if you’re planning to hold your wedding outdoors or during the summer. Heat and humidity can cause certain icings to sweat, run and melt away. A buttercream frosted cake, for example, cannot hold up on a hot summer day. When arranging the details of your wedding cake, consider how the weather will be on your big day. Inform the cake designer about your wedding date and reception. Listen to the recommendations they may offer.
Don’t place your cake near a heat source or open window. Just a shaft of sunlight can cause a cake disaster. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, shelter your cake under a tent or a patio umbrella.

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Uninvited Guests

Uninvited guests are not the people you excluded from the guest list. It refers to insects, pets and other animals that will destroy your cake at the slightest opportunity. Cakes attract insects because they are sweet and are often decorated with flowers. Given the chance, pets will eat your cake because they don’t know the value of your big day.
To prevent these unwelcome issues, store the cake in a thick cardboard cake box. Put the cake in a cool place, high off the ground. Instruct someone to stand close to the cake to shoo away uninvited guests. Consider having an indoor reception even if your wedding is outdoors. Then again, you can keep our cake indoors and bring it out just before cake-cutting time.
Cake Falling
This is one of the worst wedding cake disasters. It can tarnish all your wedding memories. Cakes can fall over due to a number of reasons including accidental bumps, weak structural supports and flimsy tables.
You can avoid this terrible disaster by placing your cake away from high traffic areas like entrance, exits and dance floors. Ensure you give your cake enough support during final assembly with a combination of dowel rods, cake boards and separator plates. Check the stability of the cake table and make sure it can withstand the weight of the cake. Don’t place your cake close to the loudspeakers because vibrations could affect its stability.

Self-delivery

Throughout the planning process, you will encounter extra expenses. Whereas some can be avoided, some additional charges are worth paying for. One necessary additional charge is the cake delivery fee. Having a family member or friend pick up your cake is inviting trouble. The bakery knows how to transport cakes safely to their destinations. Pay for delivery to prevent a last minute disaster.

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Inedible Colours

When choosing your cake’s colour scheme, you should be well aware of the colours to stay away from. Some colours will stain everything they come into contact with, from your face to your tongue, fingers and clothing. The main culprits are bright colours like red, hot pink, royal blue and purple. If you want to use these colours, consider using them in a fabric ribbon that can be easily removed or in your bouquet.

Cluttered Design

Some couples add so many elements to their cake design that it ends up being an embarrassment. The more the design elements incorporated, the higher the chances of something going wrong. For instance, you may want to add fondant pearls, patterns of your dress, your favourite colour, your spouse-to-be’s favourite colour and a landmark that means something to the two of you on the same cake. The end result will be a cake that looks too busy. When it comes to cake design, less is more. Try to incorporate just one or two design elements.
Your cake is the main focal point of your wedding reception. Everything from choosing to design to transportation should be done with utmost care. By following the above tips, you’ll avoid disasters and make your cake one to remember for all the right reasons.

Peach Wedding Theme

For those who haven’t yet chosen their wedding theme, we highly recommend a peach theme. It’s romantic and delicate and is a very popular wedding colour, especially coming into the Summer months. In our opinion, peach roses, white anemonies and hydrangeas are flowers that work perfectly within this theme. Here are few examples of flowers, bridesmaids dresses, cakes and reception decor to get you thinking and give you some inspiration – but you can find many further peach-themed inspired ideas on the internet.

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