Even just thirty years ago, the most common wedding cake seen at weddings all over Australia was the traditional fruit cake covered in thick white marzipan icing. Often multi-tiered, it was usually decorated with ribbons and sugared flowers; there were no surprises when it came to a bridal cake.
These days things have changed somewhat! While fruitcake is still reasonably popular, and white marzipan-style icing is still quite common, the options for your wedding cake are much more varies – and in many ways, anything goes.
From unique designs and flavours, you really can take your time to choose the cake that is perfect for you.
Traditionally, bridal couples will still keep the first, smallest layer of their wedding cake. This will be frozen for a year (which is why brandy-laden fruit cake is a great option for this layer) and shared on the occasion of the first wedding anniversary or the Christening of the first child.
Most wedding cakes are cut as a formal part of the wedding reception, and then either served with tea and coffee at the end of the night or sent home with guests.
So how do you choose your wedding cake?
You need to consider the following:
What flavour/s do you like?
Here you are not limited – you can even choose different flavours for the different tiers. Choose with your partner in mind too! Options range from fruitcake to mud cake, or white chocolate, lemon, vanilla, red velvet … the list goes on. Some couples opt for something completely different, like a croquembouche, a tower of cupcakes, or even cake pops. Choose what suits you.
Choose a cake decoration to complement the style and theme of your wedding.
This is where your imagination and creativity have no limits. Your wedding cake can be as individual as you are, and there are no rules. Most definitely out of style are cookie-cutter white cakes with plastic bridal wedding toppers.
Some brides choose to coordinate with their bridal colour scheme; others coordinate the jewellery used in their bridal ensemble with their cake. Many coordinate their bouquet flowers with flowers on the cake.
A more traditional wedding will suit a classic simple cake in white hues and with little embellishment. A contemporary wedding can have a cake that’s more colourful. If you are a quirky couple, have a quirky cake! Also take the season into account..
How many guests do you need to serve?
How many pieces does the cake need to be cut into? Are you serving a separate dessert or is the cake to be dessert?
Choose a very reputable bakery or a highly recommended cake decorator who can demonstrate a portfolio of previous work.
Like with your wedding gown, your wedding makeup artist and hair stylist, you need to plan well in advance for your cake to be a success. Be specific about what you want. Taste in advance too!