Post # 1
Okay, this might be a little long.
A few weeks ago we went for our first cake consulation and tasting. We were so excited that we decided to go to the bakery a few days before and buy some of her cupcakes to try. Which was the first time that we actually tasted her cake. They were terrible. The actual cake part was super dry and the frosting tasted (like the frosting from a birthday cake bought at walmart) too sweet. We decided that perhaps it had been a bad day in the store and we should not think to hard about it.
For some reason during the cake consulation. She had no cake for us to taste. Which I thought was a little weird. She did suggest that since we had a few months till the wedding that periodically we should come back and taste her cupcakes.
So Monday we went and bought one of each of her cupcakes (9 different flavors in total) to try with us, my sister and mother. They said the cupcakes were GROSS and I agree. I am so confused. How can a cupcake be gross? The vanilla, strawberry, red velvet, lemon and lime cake were to dry and dense. Sort of like the texture of dense corn bread. The chocolate cake was full of holes, and was very crumbley. The chocolate cake could not be eaten with a fork, it would just fall apart. Plus it had an earthy taste like dirt.
The frosting tasted too sweet. Not like a typical frosting sweet more like a concentrated sweetness. Which I am having trouble trying to explain but you will just have to take my word that it was so sweet it was nasty.
Now the simple solution is not to hire this baker. But if it was that simple then I wouldn’t be posting on the board. I live in a small town with less than 6,000 people and she is one of only two bakers in the entire county. So if we dont use her it wont be as convenient. This baker is AMAZING at decorating cakes. She makes them look like magic. Where as the other baker in town looks like a 4 year old is playing with frosting. Plus she is exactly what we want to pay. What would I tell her when I run in to her on the street?
My mother asked me if people would care if the cake tasted bad. I’m not sure. None of us have ever had wedding cake before. Do they usually taste good? That may sound like a dumb question but when your at a wedding do you care what the cake taste like or only what it looks like?
I am planning on calling another baker in a different/bigger city and having a consulation with them, regardless.
Post # 3
Honestly, ifthey taste like walmart cake, I would just get a walmart cake. They actually do make really cute cakes, and they aren’t SUPER expensive. You can also get differant frostings from walmart instead of that standard stuff – I normally get this cool whip type stuff.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
A cake that tastes bad is absolutely worthless. Why would you want to serve your guests something that tastes terrible? Do you really dislike your guests that much?
Post # 5
not only taste is as important as looks…. it’sMORE important. get the cake from the other baker, and make it plain.
Post # 6
I would suggest looking into bakers in other areas that might be nearby, as you said at the end of your post. Wedding cakes are about more than just looks. Think of it this way: How it looks will probably be more important to you, because it’s YOUR wedding. To most of your guests, though, it’ll be just another wedding cake, even if it’s gorgeous. What your guests will care most about is how it tastes. Especially if you’re not having any other desserts. This is more than just your wedding cake, it’s your guests’ dessert. You probably wouldn’t want to serve them a meal that you know is gross, so I would suggest not doing it with a cake just because it will look amazing.
I hope you find another baker that works for you!
Post # 7
Decoration skill aside, if the cake is gross and you don’t see room for improvement in taste, you should look into other options. As a guest, I’d much prefer a good tasting cake over a pretty cake. If the cake options are slim, you may want to consider some dessert alternatives like pies, brownies, or ice cream sundaes.
Post # 8
@Klu007: I actually live in an area swarming with bakeries. BUT I still do not enjoy wedding cake. I’ve been to numerous weddings and out of about 30 weddings, I’ve enjoyed ONE cake. Maybe it’s me that’s the problem but “wedding cake” to me is just NOT good. I actually prefer duncan hines out of the box lol. What I am doing for my wedding is having a friend bake me various cupcakes from pillsbury, duncan hines, etc brands. And having another very crafty friend decorate.
Just a thought! Saves money too. I know people think they like nice and “fancy” cakes but honestly, I guarantee those invited would prefer a funfetti cupcake as opposed to something that just looks pretty. Good luck!
Post # 9
Taste overrides decorations.
If the other baker’s cakes taste great and she’s not a skilled decorator, just scale back on your vision of the cake to something more simple that will still be beautiful AND taste great.
Post # 10
Taste is absolutely just as important, if not more so, than looks. Find another bakery, whatever you have to do.
That reminds me of a slice of cake I once was served at a baby shower. It was the cutest cake, beautifully decorated – to perfection. Fondant!
Ugh. It tasted like feet and I threw it in the trash when no one was looking. No way was I wasting calories on that, lol.
Post # 11
Put it this way, for my wedding people were raving about 2 things at the reception dance. 1 was the cake how much they enjoyed it and how it tasted so wonderful and 2 how awesome the dj I had was….
Post # 12
Simple decorations can be pretty – white frosting with just a few natural flowers or fondant decorations, for instance, is probably within the other baker’s skills – but you can’t redeem gross cake. Heck, I’d make my cake myself (and I have trouble with getting frosting to look pretty) before I had a gross cake at any party, much less my wedding.
Post # 13
Taste is totally important. Wedding cake is not cheap so you should not be paying for something that tastes awful! Either you could go to the other baker and go for a real simple cake. Simple icing maybe topped with fresh flowers. Or perhaps you can talk to your current baker. Just tell her that you love her decorations but wonder if she could change the recipe of the cake for your cake. A reputable baker should be willing to make changes and have a tasting for you.
Post # 14
@lovekiss: If I hated them, why would I invite them?
CurlyTop24– Your right. I would hate to eat a cake that was gross.
Does anyone have any idea why they would taste like that though?
Post # 15
Ever heard the saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig”?
It doesn’t matter how pretty your cake is. If it tastes like poop, people are going to remember that it tastes like poop. I bet if you poll your guests a month after the wedding, they won’t be able to tell you what color your cake was, but they’ll remember what it tasted like. You don’t want that memory to be filled with poop flavored cake.
Post # 16
@PuntaCanaBride: I had not thought about that. I might try that.