Want to know the most delicious part about a wedding? The decadent wedding cake, of course. From chocolate ganache with raspberry flavor to classic white with light vanilla frosting, wedding cakes are baked to be an artistic, but tasty centerpiece featuring many rich flavors, colors, shapes and overall design.
Before you can enjoy your delicious dessert, you must select a local baker. “Make sure the baker is working out of a licensed, insured kitchen,” says Andree Kosak, director of Trump Catering in Athens. “This is important, because if by some chance some of the guests of the wedding reception get sick, and are concerned that it might be food poisoning, the health department will be contacted if any of these guests ends up at the emergency room.” Finding a licensed baker is important. Once you have found several options, narrow your decision down based on their work. Look closely at the different sample photographs they may display in their bakery or on an online website. You want someone is not only going to bake a delicious cake, but something that looks aesthetically pleasing as well.
Found the perfect baker? The next step is to decide the details of the cake. “Go with your heart on the cake,” explains Kosak. “It’s the one item that brides always have a photo or picture of what they like. Our pastry chef loves the challenge of trying to recreate or create the design that the bride’s got on her mind.” Like other elements of the wedding, the cake should not only reflect your theme, but personality as well. When choosing a design, you have the option of following modern trends like topsy-turvy styles and bold color-combos like red and black. Or go a bit more simple and elegant with natural decorations such as branches and birds, while incorporating darker dues such as purples and greens.
As for serving sizes, order a cake that serves about 80 percent of your guests. Some of your reception goers won’t eat cake, and others will leave long before its cut. Wedding cake prices vary from place to place so shop accordingly.
A popular addition to the wedding cake is another scrumptious treat known as the groom’s cake. “Groom’s cakes are a very ‘Southern’ tradition,” says Kosak. “I have many brides and grooms that have never heard of a groom’s cake. The latest trend is to have the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner” Said to have originated in England, groom’s cake are usually a reflection of the groom’s taste and personality. From collegiate mascots to outdoor-themed cakes, the groom’s cake is becoming a very up and coming trend. “I think this is an excellent idea,” says Kosak. “It gets more attention at the rehearsal dinner, and the bride and groom can practice their cake cutting skills in advance of their big day.”
Get your appetite ready for an experience of sweetness. Let them eat cake!