Advice on cake

posted 10 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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@Stephaine:  You already posted this question, what exactly are you asking?

Post # 3
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Honey bee

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@Stephaine:  First of all, is your venue or caterer all inclusive? For example, our venue includes bar, food & cake. You need to know that first because you might be contacting individual bakers for nothing. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee

If you’ve eaten cake before, that’s pretty much all you need to know.  That and how much money you want to spend on cake (i.e. budget) and how many people you need to feed.

Call bakeries who do wedding cakes and ask for more information about their process or go to their websites.  They also likely have a portfolio of their work so you can decide if you like their work.  They can advise you about flavor options, pricing, how much cake is needed for your guest count, how much advanced time they need for your order, and delivery and set up.  

If you want cake that has elaborate decorations with a theme then you’ll need a very skilled individual and they will need a lot of lead time and you will need to have lots of detailed information about exactly what you want.  If you just want a nice looking cake that tastes great…well, you’ve eaten cake for other occasions before presumably so find a bakery with cake you like, pick flavors and a general decoration style you like and go from there.  If you don’t care about cake being a decorative showpiece, then just order a nice sheetcake from any bakery or grocery store you like, even if it’s not a “wedding cake”.  Your budget will largely determine a lot of this because extensive decorations + specialized flavors and fillings = more expensive. 

It’s just cake – get what you like.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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@Stephaine:  If you have your venue, call bakeries in the area and set up consultations and tastings

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Step one: Call any local bakeries that do wedding cakes. Tell them roughly how many people you are having and ask for a ballpark estimate of how much it would cost to feed that many. Also ask them any specific questions you have about things like gluten-free cake, vegan cake, delivery, etc. Write down the answers.

 

Step two: Compare data from the bakeries you called. Pick a favorite. Arrange a tasting.

 

Step three: Go to the tasting. You can check out their online gallery in advance to see how the cakes are decorated, and they may also show you pictures at the tasting. At our tasting, we got three small pieces of their most popular flavours. We requested an additional pot of their strawberry mousse filling because it wasn’t included in any of those cakes but I like strawberry mousse. 

 

Step four: If the cake is good, book the baker. You can choose specifics like shape, tiers, decoration, etc there. If you are choosing something unlike everything they have already shown you, they may provide a sketch or that may come later. If the cake is not good, go and book another tasting elsewhere.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Does your venue only work with pre-approved vendors for catering? Check with them first, and go from there. Sometimes they can give suggestions for bakeries as well based on past weddings.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Stephaine:  Wait, what? I mean….cake selection is not that hard. Search the internet for wedding cakes, using key words like “blue and green wedding cake” or “wedding cake with pink flowers”. Or better yet, google wedding cake vendors in your area and visit their website to see samples of their work. All the information from price per slice to icing options to filling flavors will be on their website.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Love, this is not rocket science.  You want ideas?  Go to Pinterest.   Its the king of wedding ideas.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Most people have covered it. Size of cake is based on number of people attending at a minimum (my family loves cake so we bought for 50% more attendees so we could all have bigger slices!) Then it’s all up to your preference on taste and aesthetics. 

One tip is to choose a baker CLOSE to your venue, not necessarily close to you (if your venue is not nearby). We got married about 45 miles away from home, and while it seemed easier to find a baker to work with in my home city, I could not imagine them getting on the freeway (a busy dangerous so cal freeway no less) with my cake on my wedding day. So we made the drive to the venue city multiple times and chose a baker a few miles away that did not need freeway access to the venue. My husband didn’t necessarily understand this at first, why I chose vendors all in the venue city until I explained I did not want someone getting on the 91 with my cake in their car and slamming on their brakes and splat goes the cake. :-X

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Busy bee

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@Stephaine:  aside from a basic google search for “wedding cake ideas” any reputable bakery will have a sample booklet of wedding cakes they’ve done in the past for you to flip through. They will have a list of flavors to choose from and tell you their limitations. They will recommend a cake size based on number of guests. They will know how to transport it. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

You’ve gotten good advice already, so I’ll just add one thing.

When they tell you how many people a wedding cake serves, it’s based on very small slices.  If you and your guests LOVE cake, or the cake will be cut by someone other than the caterer, you need to know about this.  

We love cake (as do most of our friends/family) so we opted to do a cake that was significantly bigger than “recommended” for our number of guests.  Based on the standard wedding cake serving size, we had 3x as much cake as we needed.  On the day of our wedding, hardly any was left over.  

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