Story By Angel Schiffer
Wedding cake tasting is easily the best part of the wedding process, you know, aside from the whole spending the rest of your life with your soulmate thing – but before you dive fork first into your fluffy cake coma let’s discuss 7 common wedding cake myths
1 “The brides cake must be white!”
This applies to both the flavor and the color itself. In the last few years especially we’ve seen stunning bold wedding cakes in every color scheme. Whether it’s an accent tier in your favorite tone from your wedding palette or a statement cake in a deep hue like navy or black, long gone is the idea that your cake must be stark white. As far as the inside goes the same rule applies. If you want chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse, do it. Get the chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse. Do what you love not what you think you need to love. On that note..
2 “Aunt Sally doesn’t like raspberry so we can’t do raspberry”
This isn’t Aunt Sally’s wedding – unless maybe she is paying for it then i respectfully take it back. This is your day! I’m going to say it again for everyone in the back. Choose the cake you love and not the cake that you think everyone else will love. Don’t base your decision on one person that may or may not like it.
3 “If the cake isn’t made the morning of my wedding, it isn’t fresh”
As much as we’d like to believe that as bakers we can simply waive our wands and bibbidi bobbidi boo a cake out it simply doesn’t happen that way. Cake takes time and often tastes better and is softer after it has had proper time to rest. If you’re unsure ask your baker about their process and the optimal time to serve and store their cake as it will vary from artist to artist.
4 “I want a naked cake but that means less frosting”
If you love the style don’t let the idea of less frosting be the reason to stop you from ordering it. The way a wedding cake is sliced the majority of your servings won’t even come from that exterior edge anyway.
5 “I have to save and freeze the top tier of my wedding cake!”
Should you choose to take part in the tradition of saving your top tier to eat on your anniversary there’s another option. Simply save your design notes and order a replica from your same baker a year later. This way you keep the tradition alive but also you’re not eating frozen cake that’s a year old. Win win.
6 “We want a grooms cake but the groom doesn’t like cake”
You don’t have to do cake! You can do other desserts in lieu of a grooms cake. Ask your baker what other treats they offer or if they have a trusted source to recommend if they don’t. Be careful as some bakeries don’t allow outside desserts to be served along theirs so always check!
7 “We have 200 people coming to the wedding so we need cake for 200 people”
Our rule of thumb is to serve 60-80 percent of your guest list. However, be honest with your baker about how many people are actually on your guest list so that they can give you the best advice on how many servings you will need. Your baker will know their cake the best and will be able to properly guide you if given the correct information.