- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Don’t buy a gross cake!
Don’t buy a gross cake!
Tell the baker. I am guessing in such a small town everyone is afraid to tell her that her cake sucks. Be honest with her and let her know and see if she can fix the problem. It sounds like she is either using a bad mix or not properly freezing the cake before icing it (bakers will regularly freeze cake for a few days or a few weeks in advance of icing it but if done properly the cake should still be moist.)
I would rather have an ugly cake that tasted amazing than a beautiful cake that tasted like cardboard. You could always do a two tier cake with the bad baker and then order sheet cakes from a local grocer (or the other baker if their cake tastes better) to be served to guests. You could also pay the crappy baker to decorate a fake cake (i.e. an actual cardboard cake with a single slice to cut for pictures) and then serve sheet cake.
Perhaps you could pass your feedback along to the baker and ask if she can make something more in line with your tastes. If you don’t have a lot of competition in the area, and do have a fair amount of time to keep looking, it may be worth saying “we prefer a more moist, dense cake with a less sweet icing” and seeing if she can deliver.
It’s probably going to be gross too but if she has a successful shop, it could be that she is baking not to her own tastes but rather to her customers’ tastes. I mean, if *everyone* in town thought her cakes were gross, she wouldn’t still be in business. Which doesn’t mean your tastes are wrong, only that the people in your community might like different things than you do, and she’s just baking what sells.
In a bigger city I wouldn’t even bother with this step but since there are not a lot of other options, it’s worth considering. Just keep your feedback as factual and non-emotional as possible, both for you and for your baker. If you tell her “everyone thought these were gross,” even if that’s the truth, she may be less likely to work with you than if you say “we prefer something less sweet and with a more moist texture.” Pro-tip: ask her for an Italian Buttercream icing which is WAY less sweet than a traditional buttercream.
I think taste > decorations. Bad wedding cake is bad. I went to a wedding with a cake made by their friend, it looked okay, but it had a 1″ thick layer of bright red fondant, which tasted like fondant (which isn’t great in large quantaties) and stained your lips bright red.
One option is to buy a sheet cake from the baker whose cake taste good, and then have the good decorator decorate wooden tiers. So you would have a pretty “display” cake, and then have a tasty and affordable sheet cake to serve. As long as the top tier of the “display” cake was actual cake you could cut it if you are doing the cake cutting.
@Klu007: More salt in it? It sounds like she puts too much sugar in the first place and salt is only supposed to help a bit when you mess up. I don’t think this lady has any idea how to make a proper cake and icing and nobody in town has the balls to tell her. With that response, I would go with another baker even if I had to order from out of town.
What about getting a small pretty cake from this baker and serving sheet cake from another?
We did this all from one baker anyway, it’s easier to cut up a sheet cake. We served the pretty cake the next day when there was more time and space to take it apart.
Yup, I wouldn’t go with a baker whose cake tasted awful. It’s more important for my cake to be delicious than looking stunning and taste like crap.
Maybe you can have her make a dummy cake for you and buy the actual cake that you serve your guests somewhere else? If she asks why, just tell her you decided on a dessert table or something like that. She doesn’t have to know.
Honestly, no one is going to remember what the cake looks like a year after your wedding. But they WILL remember if it tasted terrible. I really look forward to wedding cake, and I can still tell you who had good cake from all of the weddings I’ve been to in the last five years.
Don’t hire this baker. Seriously… buy a supermarket cake, make your own cake, have your cake made by a friend… or just buy from the other baker whose cakes look terrible but taste great.
Taste trumps looks every time! If the other baker in your town really can’t decorate, just have soft icing rather than fondant, or choose a design which is supposed to look less “polished”.
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