By ordering or making the correct size portions. For a standard ‘party piece’ you are looking at a 2” size piece of cake, however for a wedding this halves to 1”.
This isn’t you being stingy with cake, far from it. It is because the people who are attending your wedding will have already had either a three-course meal or a buffet. Not everyone will have a piece of cake and that’s OK. Always have enough portions for those coming but smaller portions than usual. Any leftover cake can be wrapped well in cling film and frozen to be enjoyed at a later date.
Not always. It depends on how many you want to make/order and the decoration. If you are making it yourself then by the time you have made each individual decoration, as well as bought the ingredients and the cases, it will probably be a very similar cost to if you were buying and making it all for a three tier cake.
The same goes for ordering your wedding cake. Whilst cupcakes are smaller, they are usually the same amount of work as a bigger wedding cake, especially if you are ordering a large quantity as they have to be decorated individually. Also, it’s worth noting that cupcakes need to be made the day before the wedding to stay fresh, so you aren’t leaving yourself a lot of time.
By making smaller tiers, or even a single tier you will save money. The big cost isn’t usually in the cake ingredients, it’s in the icing and decoration.
Anything you like! In my years of making wedding cakes, I’ve only made one that’s fruit. It is a very traditional flavour but not one you have to use if you don’t want to. You can have any flavour, the most unusual flavour for a wedding cake I’ve made is Pina Colada!
Make sure to use enough dowels in the bottom tier (5 will be fine) and thin cake hardboards
under each of the tiers. Secure with royal icing and make sure it is completely dry before attempting to move.
If it is a big cake, I would advise transporting the tiers separately and assembling them at the venue. However, if it is a smaller two tier then transporting assembled (once left overnight) in a larger wedding cake box would be fine.
I also advise transporting in the boot of the car or the footwell as opposed to a seat as it’s flatter and there is less chance of it moving around.
Split wedding cakes are very popular, with one design at the front (like a traditional white wedding cake) and a different design on the back (like a Superhero theme!) this is a great way to put your personality in.
Also with wedding toppers, you can include not just the bride and groom but pets, children etc. and you can be dressed however you want. In a football shirt, uniform, the choices are endless!
With naked cakes, you’ve got less time to play around with than you would have with an iced cake as the icing covering the cake helps keep it fresh.
Personally, with naked cakes, I would bake it a day or maximum two days before the wedding and wrap well in cling film. It will need to be split, filled and assembled on the day so allow time for this. It will last about 4 hours on display, it should be served and eaten shortly after.
Cake Lace is a product that’s easily available these days, it’s a paste and a silicone mould. It’s the easiest way to get a lovely lace but I do recommend practising with it a few times first before the big day!