We’ve talked before about the cutting of the wedding cake being the first joint act that a bride and groom performs together…so now we want to talk about the cake itself.
Over the years we have seen some spectacular designs, from traditional fruit cakes to doughnuts and Macaroons. Let’s go through a few options with you to help you decide what’s best for you.
A traditional design is tiered – normally 3 tiers in total. The bottom tier (which is the one that is cut during the evening) is for eating at the ceremony, the second tier is for distributing to people after the event and the top tier is kept – normally for the couple’s first child’s christening. (Or more recently the 1st wedding anniversary) This is why this kind of cake is normally a fruit cake; it has the best shelf life and can be eaten many years after the event (if stored correctly).
Of course today, weddings are bigger so we have seen 4 and 5 tiers (to accommodate all those extra mouths to feed) and the traditional aspect has gone so the cakes can be made of anything you desire, chocolate, carrot, lemon…or why not have one tier of each flavor…something for everyone then!
For same sex weddings we have seen cakes that deliver the surprise when you cut them. Have your cake layered with the 6 colours of the rainbow for a real treat to the eye before you eat it.
To save money – you could have just one tier beautifully decorated on display – with the other cakes in the back ready to be distributed, without the decoration, perhaps just a small layer of icing, no-one will know (or even care!)