(Closed) Cake Tasting Today

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Cake tasting was without a doubt one of my favorite parts of wedding planning!

My only advice would be eat breakfast (or lunch) first! Too much sugar on an empty stomach was less fun.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Our cake tastings went well. We went to 3 and ended up choosing the last lady. Her cakes were sooo moist and yummy. Glad we went with her because her pricing was great and we still have guests that raved about the cake to this day.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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klbrend:  I just went to one, but I went to my favorite bakery and requested my favorite cake to be made into a wedding cake. I did a small cake to cut for pictures and then a huge sheet cake in the same flavor. I did do an official tasting before choosing the cake I knew I wanted anyways. 

It was a huge hit. People would ask me which bakery my cake came from. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We didn’t need tasting because we’re getting our cakes from our favorite bakery. We’re getting small cakes decorated in buttercream. They will be the centerpieces on all the tables. We’re getting three flavors: lemon, strawberry whipped cream, and Brooklyn blackout.

What flavors are you getting?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

When Fiance and I went to a cake shop for our first tasting, they left us with no choice but to go with them. It was so weird. Before we were given any cake the lady just assumed we were going with their bakey and made me design my cake on the spot… I was no prepared for it, and she made me tell her every little detail of what I wanted on the cake. I already had an idea of what I wanted and pics on my phone so it was fine. Then, after we finalized the design and the price we got to try cake and pick a flavor.

Something else I thoguht was unusual was that she said if I wanted ribbon wrapped around the tiers of the cake I needed to buy that on my own and bring it in. Also, i will need to bring in color swatches so they can match the identical color we want…I’m not that picky but they are insisting. I guess they are used to people complaining about the colors not being right or something.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Cake testing was one of my favourite parts too. Everything was sooo delicious. I had decided on the flavours at the first bite but I kept pretending to be undecided and chewing all the other flavours really slowly because I just wanted to eat everything. I don’t eat much sugar generally so after the tasting I got a huge giddy sugar rush and practically skipped home. Fiance doesn’t like sweets all that much and he thought my whole reaction was hilarious.

I had already decided on who would make my cake, as she’s my favourite baker.

One piece of advice is to be 100% honest with what you want. If you don’t like something, say it. If you have an idea that sounds crazy, ask. You’ll regret it otherwise.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have fun!

I agree with PP – don’t do it on an empty stomach!

My DH was really creative – once we narrowed it down to a few flavors, he started building little mini cakes. A tiny square of cake, then filling, then another tiny bit of cake, then the frosting. That way you can see which flavors blend together best. He’s a smart guy.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We only had one tasting, because our reception venue did all our catering, including food. Well, we sort of had 2, because before we committed we went to the venue’s restaurant and luckily everything was delicious!

When we booked the venue, the pastry chef had been on Top Chef or something like that so that was cool, but by the time we did our tasting they had someone else. She made us 3 little pieces of cake and fillings which we chose, and a whole little cake of what she felt was the best combination! We agreed, it was so delicious. Midnight (chocolate) with white chocolate mousse filling. Omnomnom.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My wedding planner scheduled 3 tastings in one morning for us.  It was awesome!  I’m a big cake-fan, and I was thrilled.  

Each of the 3 bakeries did it differently.  The first place just brought us a small piece of cake that they picked for us to taste (I was disappointed by this, because they had a ton of flavors and the one they brought us was not on my “to try” list.).  The second place gave us an un-iced cupcake in each flavor we wanted to try along with little dishes with all of their fillings and icing choices, so we could mix and match.  The third place asked which flavors we wanted to try and gave us small squares of cake in the flavors and piped on the icing/fillings we wanted to try with the flavors.

We ended up going with the place that let us try cupcakes – her flavors were awesome and her decorating/design skills are amazing.  

Our cake will be 3 tiers – each of a different flavor.  The bottom will be white cake with strawberry filling, the middle will be chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese filling, and the top will be lemon with raspberry.  They’ll all be iced with the same faintly almond buttercream that is SO GOOOOOOOD.  

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

Cake tasting is SOOOO much fun! The first tasting was the one we went with since it was with a popular bakery that we already really liked. We did two other tastings elsewhere so we knew we were making an informed decision. They just weren’t as good in terms of cake quality, and one of them didn’t have great service either. They were all complimentary tastings, so there wasn’t really anything to lose by trying them out. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We did ours last weekend.  I waited until 6 weeks out because I LOVE cake and that was something i was most looking forward to, so we saved it for last.  🙂

We ended up going with a marble cake with salted caramel filling and an almond cake with strawberry filling!  Mmmmm cake!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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klbrend:  My cousin (a professional baker) is doing our cake but we weren’t sure about a second flavor (FI’s favorite is carrot and my cousin is famous for hers so that was a given) so we did a “tasting”. I went to the local fancy cupcake place and got a dozen cupcakes with different cake/filling/frosting combinations. My baker, godmother and another cousin were coming to my venue walk-through with me and we decided to stay the weekend so we all split up all the cupcakes and tasted each one! It was awesome. I’ve taken more of the flavor we decided on to my cousin/baker a few times since so she can work on replicating it. That tasting was my second favorite wedding planning thing so far. The first was a weekend trip to Sonoma with massive wine tasting every day that we claimed we “needed” so we could decide on wine for the reception. LOL

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