How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake

August 14, 2013

in Decorations, Trends, Wedding Cake

Wedding Cakes from the high street

Cutting the wedding cake is a celebration in its self and is considered to be one of the main events of your wedding reception, along with speeches and wedding toasts. 

Wedding cakes today are all shapes and sizes and often match your own personal requirements and wedding style.

A wedding cake can be anything from the traditional tier cake to a unique creative design or a simple collection of cupcakes.

It can be a just a plain old victoria sponge to a full blown fruit cake, anything goes, giving your guests a great choice.

With lots of choice, different prices and tastes to consider it can be mine field, so here are a few tips and ideas to assist you in choosing the perfect wedding cake for your wedding.

Wedding cake decor

A simple shop bought undecorated cake can be embellished in the appropriate decor to compliment your wedding style and won’t break the bank, like this Fiona Cairns 3 Tier Rose Petal Wedding Cake (Undecorated) Vanilla Sponge   in Ivory from Waitrose

Sugar rose cake decor

Individually handmade sugar roses are a great way to add decor to a plain iced wedding cake and if you are unsure about colour then Cat’s Whiskers Cake Design from Not On The High Street can help with the colour and number of roses and size of spray to suit your size and shape of cake.

Chocolate cakes

To save money on the reception food bill the wedding cake could replace the dessert course, so this  3 Tier Milk Chocolate Ganache Cake or this Dark Chocolate Plaque Wedding Cake both from M&S would be ideal.

Rose sponge wedding cake

For a Classic Style Rose Sponge Wedding Cake   this three-tier cream cake decorated with cascading soft icing roses is a real bargain and yet looks the part. Even the taste of light all-butter sponge covered in a rich buttercream and the double-layered white-chocolate flavoured icing is devine, also available in milk chocolate flavour from M&S

Blossom wedding cake

Often the wedding cake is now made up of several different fillings and this very popular Blossom Wedding Cake  from one of my favourite places Fortnum & Mason, is just that. Though a little more luxurious, the Blossom wedding cake with its graduating shades of pink hydrangea petals and various sponge flavours filled with jams, lemon curd and a deliciously bittersweet marmalade is perfect for a pretty and romantic style wedding.

All Cheese Wedding Cake

The Ultimate Cheese Tower from Waitrose

If you do not have a sweet tooth and cake is not your thing a cheese tower may be and this cheese tower will bring a certain wow factor.

Centre stage wedding cake

Whatever style of cake is chosen give it a prominient position at your wedding reception so guests can view it from afar. If you are personally overseeing the wedding cake you need to ensure that it is setup at the reception the night before or morning of the wedding, and the the 3 essentials to consider are: the correct size of table to fit the size of cake; an appropriate cake stand and a cake knife.

Cake pops

Bride and Groom Cake Pop From Not On The High Street and Fiona Cairns Cake Pop Selection from Waitrose

The wedding cake was traditionally cut up after the wedding reception, wrapped in a servette for guests to take home, but the traditional wedding cake can be replaced by wedding cupcakes or wedding cake pops and even given as wedding favours.

Naked cake

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At the moment a naked cake seems to be very popular and the latest trend, a cake without any pristine icing, a stack of several soft light sponge cakes  of various sizes,  filled with lots of  whipped cream and decorated with soft fruit or flowers, and dusted with icing sugar.

Tea Rose wedding cake

Or if you must go for the designer cake then how about this beautiful Tea Rose wedding cake from Fortnum & Mason it is the ultimate in cake design for me.

One final thing, where possible, do sample before you buy. Lets all eat Cake!

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6 wedding cakes available from the high street: Georgian Procelain Wedding Cake from Fortnum & Mason,Topsy Turvy Sponge Wedding Cake from M&S, 4 Tier Elegant Fruit Wedding Cake from M&S, Rose Petal Wedding Cake in Pastels from Waitrose, Bridal Beads Wedding Cake from Fortnum & Mason, Polka Dot and Rose Wedding Cake  from Waitrose

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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