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Wedding Cake Basics
The perfect wedding cake is the crowning glory of any wedding day. But before you brief your baker on your dream wedding cake, there are some wedding cake basics to consider:
- Do your homework! Ask recent brides for their recommendations, check out bakers' websites and ask your caterer or wedding planner for the names of reputable bakers in your area. Once you've got a shortlist of possible bakers, make appointments to get a feel for which baker suits you best.
- Book your cake baker four to six months before your wedding. Remember, though, that some popular bakers are often hired up to a year in advance.
- Take along your inspiration board to your bakery, and speak to your cake designer about how to incorporate elements of your theme into your cake.
- Personalised cakes are very popular. When looking for inspiration, consider your most precious treasures and memories - a favourite flower, a sentimental piece of antique jewellery or a hand painted china plate may be your inspiration.
- Consider the time of year you will be holding your wedding. You may find that as the mercury rises, your cake melts, so choose a firm fondant frosting and don't display your cake too early - no more than two hours before it's set to be served.
- Your cake should take pride of place at your wedding reception. Choose linens that highlight the colour and style of your cake, and don't forget to display your cake on the right shaped table. A round table is best for round cakes, while a square or rectangular table is a better base for a square cake.
- Cut the cake! While the cake cutting ceremony once signalled the end of the wedding reception, today it usually indicates to guests that it's time to take to the dance floor. Instruct your wedding planner or caterer on exactly when and how you'd like your cake cut and served.
- Serve it sweetly. Your cake can be served by itself or with extra little sweets, such as chocolate truffles, a scoop of raspberry sorbet or a pair of profiteroles.
- Save a piece. If you'd like to keep the top tier for your one-year anniversary, then let your caterer know in advance. Ask her to wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight bag. When you get home, place your cake into a plastic container and then into the freezer.
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