5 Tips When Choosing The Flavor For Your Wedding Cake
By Danielle Santaniello
Over the years, I have met and consulted with countless brides about their cake for the big day. No matter how different each bride’s style and vision is one detail always stands out to me. After sketching, looking color swatches, comparing sizes and shapes, talking about flowers, and seeing photos of theme inspiration, the biggest question of all comes. “What flavor would you like your cake to be?” This task has been deemed rather difficult and is the most time consuming of them all. Luckily, I have picked up some great tips along the way to help any bride make choosing their flavor stress free!
1. You do not need to please the crowd!
Many brides ask me what I think their guests will enjoy the most. Which flavors are crowd pleasers? My answer is always the same. If you are having a wedding of two hundred people, the chances of the flavor you choose being everyone’s favorite is unlikely. Think about it like ice cream- you are either a chocolate lover or a vanilla lover. The same applies with cake. The two people that do however need to be pleased are the bride and groom. Hey, it’s your day after all. So, I always suggest to choose what YOU and your fiance want. Not what your think your guests want. If cake is served, they are going to try it no matter what!
2. If it was not offered... ask for a tasting
Many bakeries and cake designers will set up a consulation and tasting with you for the big day. I cannot stress how important it is to do a cake tasting. It doesn’t matter if the location of the wedding is including a cake or if you are using an outside vendor. Always ask if it was not offered. I say this because wedding cakes often come with a bad rap. You want to make sure what you are paying for is fresh and is quality. Too many times I hear brides tell me that they’ve attended weddings where “the cake looked great… but tasted absolutely awful.” You want your cake to look great and taste even better.
3. And don’t forget to bring the groom!
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While wedding planning may be very exciting to the female in the relationship, men don’t always feel the same way. However, when it comes to cake, that’s a different story. Make sure you bring him along! He’ll love spending time
trying all different cakes and it will be a fun experience for the both of you.
4. Don’t be afraid to have some fun with it
There will always be the classic cake flavors- vanilla and chocolate. But how many times do you go out and have those same flavors? There is nothing wrong with this! However, every so often I get that couple who wants to think completely outside the box. I love when couples decide to go with seasonal flavors. For the fall, pumpkin spice or apple caramel are always a huge hit! For the winter, cappuccino or spiced chocolate are guarenteed to warm you up. For the spring and summer, think light and fresh. My favorite is a lemon cake with fresh blueberries and mascarpone filling! It’s different and creative and your guests will surely remember that!
5. Less is more!
This is my last and probably most valuable tip. Less is more! Try to narrow it down to one cake flavor. Doing three or four flavors in a four tier cake is bound to come with some aggravation. The hall is going to slice your cake and send it out as is. This means that some tables will get mixed flavors, some will not like their flavor and want to change, and some may like one better than the other. This causes for an annoyance that is so easily avoided. If you love the idea of multiple flavors, I suggest combing. For example, my cakes are five layers. Three layers of cake, two layers of filling. I would suggest choosing one cake flavor, lets say chocolate. Then you can choose two filling flavors, lets say raspberry and pistachio. We would then layer each tier of your cake as follows: Chocolate cake, raspberry filling, chocolate cake, pistachio filling, chocolate cake. This way each person gets multiple flavors yet the same slice of cake!
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