Let’s be honest: When we go to weddings, we’re excited for the bride and groom, and glad to be part of their special day… but there’s some part of us that’s really most excited about a good, big piece of wedding cake!
The cake is often one of the most memorable parts of a wedding reception, and also one that can be harshly judged: If people don’t care for the cake, they’ll readily say so. Certainly, you want a cake that both the bride and groom enjoy, but also one that will be a crowd-pleaser and a good accent to the reception as a whole.
Here are some tips for achieving exactly that:
Go to some tastings. Ask your baker to schedule a tasting with you, or else show up at the next “open” tasting that he or she is throwing. Sample some exemplary cakes, check out some pictures of past cakes, and make sure it’s a baker you feel comfortable with.
Think about style. Decide on the cake after you’ve decided on things like wedding colors and general décor—and match the cake’s accents to your overall aesthetic as best you can. If you want little ribbons of icing on your cake, for instance, make sure you pick complimentary colors.
Get the right size. Three tier cakes will serve somewhere between 50 and 100 people, so plan accordingly. Get input from your baker on exactly how much cake is needed. Make sure nobody goes home without getting a piece.
Don’t settle for just one cake. Want to ensure that everyone at your reception gets a delicious piece of cake, just the way they want it? There’s no law against getting a few different cakes in a few different styles and flavors.
Augment with other desserts. If you’ve got a buffet table filled with desserts, you can afford to serve half-sized pieces to your guests, which will reduce the cake cost a bit.
Ask about the frosting. Do you prefer buttercream or fondant? Make sure you specify!
Get the forecast. If you’re having an outdoor reception on a hot day, stay away from whipped cream, buttercream, and merengue—all of which can melt in the heat!
For any lingering questions about your reception and its catering needs, don’t hesitate to call Mosteller Events today!