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Find the Perfect Wedding Cake - Part 1

We've talked about a few different wedding cake trends, and maybe you already have the perfect cake in mind, but how do you go about finding it? What kind of questions should ask your baker? What do you do at a cake tasting? To help you out, I've talked to brides who've been there/done that as well as several of my favorite bakers who were able to tell me what to ask/look for.

First of all, when you begin your cake hunt, give yourself plenty of time (they say 4-6 months minimum) and visit as many vendors as you can. Some high-demand bakers charge for individual cake tastings, while others do them for free. Other bakers also do a large tasting for many potential clients at once, so check with your desired bakery to find out before hand. Ideally a free one-on-one consultation is the best, however if you know what you want, then book the appointments. To learn about the different types of tasting appointments,

There are two types of appointments, one is a pure tasting, where you can taste the cake and frosting combinations that the bakery offers. Right now, some of the hot flavors include bittersweet chocolate, meyer lemon, pistachio and vanilla bean or coconut in lieu of a traditional "white cake." It's a personal taste thing, so know what you like and don't get talked into something that you don't enjoy. However, be sure to try the flavors you're not used to, these folks have been tweaking their recipes to perfection, so even though it sounds different, it might be fantastic. Also, use this time to find out what kind of ingredients they use. If you had your heart set on organic (which is also a growing trend right now), see if they can make it happen. Finally, be sure to ask about whether or not you can get different flavors for the different tiers. Most couples can't agree on just one flavor, so it's a nice way to spread it out - besides just because you loved the lime/chocolate combination, doesn't mean Aunt Marge will.

The other kind of tasting is a sit-down consultation. It's always good to have a few ideas as a starting point (a simple google image search for wedding cakes is a great place to start), but be prepared to be blown away - most cake designers want to create something unique just for you. Which reminds me, you should also ask to see a portfolio and get references as well. Once you have those, be sure to call the references, the last thing you want is someone who makes a fantastic cake, but is impossible to deal with.

Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for more tips on how to find the perfect wedding cake (costs, baking times, delivery etc.)!

Cake by Edith Meyer.

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BeeDazzledCakes BeeDazzledCakes 6 years
Love beer? How about a Chocolate Stout Cake? Bacon? I can do that too!!! Find the newest Cake artist in town!!! Amazing results! Excellent flavors and Cheap b/c they are competing with established businesses, just make sure you see what they've done before! You'll save $100's and be pleasantly surprised with how your design turns out!!!
Lagasse2005 Lagasse2005 10 years
Our cake was sooo good, it was vanilla chocolate, we're plain like that but it was sooo moist I wouldn't have traded for anything! I have a pic in my group for young marrieds
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Mmmmmmmm anyone getting married and want me to test cakes with them?? :drool: I LOVED ours! It was almond!
SU3 SU3 10 years
I went with my cousin to help taste the wedding cakes... :DROOL: Best time ever! :D
Hera119 Hera119 10 years
cant help myself loving cakes!
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
oh yeah, and don't worry about designs. once you go to the place they'll help you out, they should have a book/portfolio of past cakes they've done and if you're too stressed out to make up your own design you can tinker with colors, shapes, designs, etc on any cake they've made. also, the amount of guests is important to know. bc you don't want to be feeding a two tiered cake made for like 150 to a group of 500!
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
i helped my mom plan her wedding vow renewal anyways, i helped her choose the cake maker person whatever, it's pretty easy, a lot of cake decoraters have online profiles now. so i browsed through a few, choose some that had a nice reputation and cake designs more my mom's style and booked a couple appointments. you have to make sure they're free for the day of your wedding. AND SERIOUSLY, cake tastings are awesome and they really do tell you which cakes are better than whoevers. bc one time we went to one place and they were so expensive and the designs were crappy and their cakes were so DRY and left a bad taste in my mouth. then our next appointment we went to someone who had delicious cakes and her designs looked like they came off of a vogue wedding or something...AND she was a couple hundred bucks cheaper! it was a steal and her cake turned out beautiful. so just call around, you have to try a couple places before you settle IS your wedding.
bonbonfay bonbonfay 10 years
Make sure you try your bakers fondant before you agree to have them make it for you...some are really disgusting. Also, bakers can do a "fondant look" with buttercream frosting so it tastes better and looks just as good! I can't wait til our one year anniversary so we can eat more of our wedding cake! 5 months to go! YUMMY!
Lesli581 Lesli581 10 years
i want to go to a wedding cake tasting. sounds YUM!!!!!!!!!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
that base on the cake looks so pretty, the blue and pink really go nice together. its simple, meaning its just right for a wedding cake...and beautiful! :)
Jennie Jennie 10 years
This one looks great! mmmcake!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
good tips. im so hungry for cake now!
SFKitkat SFKitkat 10 years
I just went to a wedding this past weekend and the cake was gorgeous! It tasted divine as well--2 flavors alternated between guests: vanilla bean cake with fresh raspberry mousse and banana's foster cake (chocolate cake layered with bananas/rum). YUM!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
We had ours made by a friend of the family and it was gorgeous! Tasty too. :)
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