Post # 1
Hi Bees, I just received our wedding cake contract in the mail with a drawing of what the cake is going to look like. I must say the cake is going to be gorgeous!! The baker is basing the design off of the lace detailing of my wedding dress. As posted on another post, my FI and I decided on a navy, olive, peach, and ivory color scheme with a vintage chic vibe to it. Please look at previous post about color scheme to get a reference.
Anyway when we spoke to the baker, we told him we wanted a square cake. Now would a square shaped 3-tier cake still go with the vintage chic theme we are going for or should we change the shape of the cake to round because it is more traditional? Or does it matter and it is more of a personal preference thing?
Also, there was a reference to sugar flowers on the drawing. The additional cost would be about $30 for the flowers or we could add our own from our flowers. Do you think real flowers look better or the sugar ones? I almost thing sugar would be better because they would at least be edible! 🙂
Sorry about so many questions but I am curious as to what other people’s opinions are. I am also adding a picture of a cake of similar design for reference. Thanks Bees! It would be more like the cake on the left and 3-tiers but still with the pearl dots along the edge and an ivory ribbon along the bottom edge of cake. And also square shaped with flowers on 2nd and 3rd layer.
Post # 4
For the shape…I think it’s really just your preference. I prefer round cakes, so I would choose round if I were you. I also think the softness of a round shape will work better with the vibe (soft, lacy-like details) those cakes give off.
If I am understanding you right, it will have the flat iced-on type flower design plus a few extra sugar flowers like the picture (big orange sugar flower) on the right? And then you are deciding between sugar and fresh flowers for the large flowers (like the orange flower on the right)?
If that is true, I would do sugar flowers because it will look better with the iced-on flowers that are part of the cake design. It will look odd to do a cake with iced on flowers and then add a few real large flowers to it IMO. I would stick with no real flowers on that type of cake.
Post # 5
@kes18: I am not a huge fan of real flowers on a cake honestly. And I think considering the motif of the cake with the lace details, the sugar flowers would look so much elegant and beautiful. I think I would tend to agree round cakes go a bit better with the soft looks of vintage and vintage chic.
Post # 6
I don’t think the shape makes a difference. As far as the flowers, I am not a fan of real flowers on wedding cakes. Sugar flowers can be pricey because they take a long time to make. But they are so beautiful and edible, worth the splurge for me!
Post # 7
Square usually tends to look more moden, so I’d go with round. There are also neat scalloped designs out there, as well as cakes that have a different shape for every tier.
This pinterest has a lot of those sorts of cakes:
Post # 8
I’m not fond of square cakes, and like a PP mentioned, the lace detailiing would be better suited to a softer frame 🙂
Post # 9
I personally like the look of fondant cakes better because I think the look is more streamlined but then who doesn’t like buttercream frosting?! 🙂 My FI and I don’t want to do fondant because it costs more and it doesn’t as good (most of the time) as buttercream. And the bakery we are using has had rave reviews about their cakes both from past customers and some of the vendors we are using. Either way, I look forward to eating some cake on my wedding day! I will have to rethink the shape depending on how the rest of the decor falls into place. I want to make sure everything kind of looks like there is a flow to it if that makes any sense…
Post # 10
Agreeing with earlier posts, a round cake feels more vintage. As for sugar flowers, done right they are gorgeous and something that catches peoples attention! If you pick a simple flower, like a rose, it shouldn’t be that expensive to add them.