The Wedding cake is one the key linchpins of any wedding. The cake can be said to be the final punctuation on the entire day. However it can also be the most expensive and intricate with cakes often taking several days to be made and being able to cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Most prospective brides would cringe at such a price tag due to their budget. The good news is that a bride even on a strict budget can still get their dream cake at a reasonable price. Here are some great tips and suggestions to help you along the way.
You will first need to decide on whether to have the design of the cake based on your wedding theme or just have its own classical and general design. This will be a big decision because if you want to make a cake based on your theme it can mean extra dollars added to the bill. You need to think about whether having the dessert match your theme will be a great finishing touch for your reception. The answer to that will vary from couple to couple but either way is fine as long as it fits your vision for your nuptials. This decision will also affect the accessories you use such as the cake toppers and the serving set.
Next, you have to decide on the flavor of the cake. This might seem trivial but this is going to be not just a piece of art, people will be eating it as one of the main desserts at the reception. So you will have to choose a flavor that not only you like but that everyone can enjoy as well. It isn’t an exact science but it is normally a good idea to choose popular flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, angel food or cheesecake. Also make sure to be aware of any guests who might have allergies to certain ingredients. A good idea is to have a regular cake that can be served as an alternative that meets these needs.
Before any of these steps can be taken in making your cake you need to choose the bakery or pastry chef that will make it. The trick is in finding the right balance between price and skill. You can in all honesty simply go to Wal-Mart or your local grocery store with a bakery and order a pretty simple wedding cake for around $ 100. However if you want to do something more the pricing will get more tricky. So if you need to choose a pricier bakery, try to shop around for the best price. Also look at restaurants that have chefs who may moonlight as pastry chefs. This way you will get the skill at more affordable price without having to go to high end patisserie.
When putting the final touches to your dream wedding pastry, don’t be afraid to add a humorous or whimsical accent. It can be a funny design on the cake or interesting wedding toppers that are satirical jibes at you and your groom. It isn’t a bad thing to add some fun to your dessert.