5 Essential Tips to Consider when choosing your Wedding Cake…

Today it is my pleasure to hand you over to one of our fabulous our Wedding Ambassadors – Shelly Shulman from Cakes By Shelly based in Bedfordshire.  Shelly has kindly put together her 5 top tips for you to consider when choosing your Wedding Cake…

1) Design

It should be a strong reflection of your personality and take into account all the different areas of your wedding. Elements such as your dress, your venue, the flowers, time of year are all really important. A good wedding cake designer will ask for as much detail of your big day as possible to help him or her come up with some suitable ideas.  Look for a cake designer who specialises in the style of cake you’re looking for.  If you have your heart set on a chocolate wedding cake, for example, find a chocolate expert and when choosing your cake designer, ask to see examples of cakes they have already made.

Cakes by Shelly - Rivini - From £625

Rivini ~ 5 Tier Wedding Cake

2) Flavour

You don’t want to choose a cake that fights with what you have just served for pudding.  Are you serving cake in addition to pudding or will it be served it for pudding?  That’s a really key thing to think about.  Also take into consideration what your personal favourites are and those that your guests may enjoy and be sure to arrange a tasting appointment with your cake designer – it’s important that a cake tastes as good as it looks!

3) Size

It’s important to have a cake that reflects the number of guests that you have at your wedding so you don’t want anything too small and if you have a venue that has really high ceilings you need a cake that will be seen and make a strong visual impact.

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Couture Cupcakes ~ Image Credit: Frank Millar Photography

4) Location

Where exactly you are going to set up your wedding cake? Are you are having a reception where you’re going to have the cake on display before hand during the drinks reception so it can be admired by all your guests before being taken and cut and served for pudding?  And where exactly in the room would you like your cake displayed – in the centre of the dance floor or at the side of the room on a dressed table. Be aware of the surrounding area as you don’t want to have a picture of your beautiful wedding cake with a fire extinguisher or fire exit sign in the background.

5) Timing

Finally you need to consider when it will be served and how. Is it going to be plated and served a portion to every guest or will it be served on platters with the evening buffet? This will affect the number of portions you will need your cake to provide.

Cakes by Shelly Buttons from £400

Vintage Button Inspired Wedding Cake

Which style will you choose?…

Traditional Wedding Cake: When people say ‘traditional wedding cake’ images of cakes on pillars with cascades of sugar flowers immediately spring to mind. However, instead of traditional, think classic. Crisp white icing adorned with delicate white piped detailing, picking up details from your dress or stationary. Add a splash of colour with some fresh flowers to match your bouquet for that sophisticated touch. Traditional cakes can be stacked, presented on stands or separated by pillars. For a modern twist why not have vases filed with flowers instead to give the cake extra height.

Chocolate Wedding Cake: Chocolate cakes are becoming increasing popular with today’s modern bride having many options available. Opt for a chocolate filling with a white icing covering or go for the ultimate chocolate experience and have your cake decorated with white, dark or milk chocolate icing and adorned with chocolate decoration such as handmade chocolate roses.  Chocolate cigarellos are also a popular alternative. Chocolate boxes are a great options if you wish to serve you cake as dessert. Individual portions of rich chocolate cake encased in chocolate and served with fresh fruit and coulis.

Miniature Wedding Cake: Miniature cakes make a fantastic focal point went presented together on a cake stand. They also make striking wedding favours when beautifully wrapped in a clear box and tied with ribbon. For a vintage, shabby chic style wedding why not opt for different designs in different colours.

Which cake have you chosen for your Wedding day? xx

Cakes by Shelly Rosed Piped Wedding Cake Priced from £435

Rose Piped Wedding Cake

Contact Cakes By Shelly

Location: 70a North Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1EN
Telephone: 01525 838343
Email: michelle@cakesbyshelly.co.uk
Website: www.cakesbyshelly.co.uk
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