No matter if a bride and groom have 4 people at their after wedding dinner party or if the bridal couple has three-hundred people at their wedding reception, one American tradition will always take place – having a wedding cake. The wedding cake is a symbol of good luck and fertility dating back to Ancient Rome. An the tradition carries on today and is a focal point of every reception. It can be considered the “water cooler” of a wedding reception.
Before getting started on a wedding cake, first take a look at magazines and online sites that offer pictures specifically of wedding cakes. This will give you an idea of what style of cake will fit into your wedding theme. A whimsical cake will not fit into a black tie event. However, it would be appropriate to have a whimsical groom’s cake in any wedding theme. Then, decide if you really want to have a wedding cake itself. Other options include a tiered cupcake cake and also cake pops. Both of these options give a chance to offer multiple cake flavors, fillings and icings.
There are three important deceptions that will make up how a wedding cake tastes. First, if you select a tiered cake, we would suggest to have each tier be its own flavor. This will offer guests more of a selection.
Wedding Cake Types
Genoise – A French sponge cake that is more dry and crumbly; works great with heavy fillings.
French Croquembouche – A Tower of pastry creme puffs covered with a web of spun sugar.
Chiffon – A light sponge cake; great will mousse filling or fruit accent.
Basic cake flavors include sponge cake, butter cake, are devil’s food cake.
Specialty cake flavors include cheesecake, fruit cake and carrot cake.
Wedding Cake Icing and Coverings
This is where the try style of the cake will visually come though in vision.
Buttercream – An icing and a filling made from real butter and cream.
Fondant – An icing typically rolled out and covers a cake or poured in liquid form onto small cakes.
Genache – A chocolate and cream mixture used as cake filling or glaze.
Marzipan – A decorative paste made from ground almonds ad powdered sugar.
Whipped Cream – Pure whipped cream for filling or icing.
Pulled Sufar – Sugar that is made molten and pulled into different shapes.
Gold & Silver Leaf – Painting with edible gold and silver as a finishing touch.
Dragees – Decorative balls made of candied sugar.
Spun Sugar – A web of long, fine caramelized sugar threads molded over the wedding cake.
Royal Icing – Icing that is piped with a pastry tube to make intricate decorative elements.
Wedding Cake – The Total Cost
Be sure to complete a wedding budget before speaking to any baker about ordering a cake. Add-ons can add up quick when ordering cakes. Best advice tip – Be sure not to include the top in the number of serving if you plan to save it for your anniversary!
The standard wedding cake will have three tiers. Starting with the top size 6″, 9″ and 12″ will server about 125 guests and 6″, 10″ and 15″ will serve about 150 guests. Most cakes are priced per slice. Depending on the coverings and cake types stated above, cake slice price can range from $5 to $25. What about any compliments to the wedding cake such as flowers, cookies, candies, pastries?
Finally, no wedding cake is complete without a cake topper. Did you add that into the cost of the cake? Be sure to also talk to your caterer about offering the wedding cake. You may get a discount on the wedding cake along with the food package. You can read our other wedding cake articles too. You can also see Pinterest images of wedding cakes.