Post # 1
We went cake tasting yesterday, well more like cupcake tasting. I’m planning on having a dessert bar with cupcakes, mini fruit tarts, and mini creme puffs. The will also be a small 2 tier cake that will be served to the wedding party and immediate family (haven’t exactly figured out the logistics, but will for sure be served to the wedding party). The top 6″ tier is going to be carrot cake, our favorite. But what would you suggest the bottom 8″ tier be? We do want it to be a different flavor since aside from my family, I know not everyone loves carrot cake as much as us. We also don’t want something that’s overly sweet like chocolate with chocolate filling. And we very much dislike red velvet, so that’s out. Thanks for your input!
Post # 2
I’ve not heard of having a different cake for the wedding party and immediate family, is that a normal thing? We have been invited to a wedding next year, for which my partner is an usher. He has been told that the wedding party and immediate family (ie, the top table) will be served a different (nicer, fancier) meal at the reception 😐 It’s really got people’s backs up.
Sorry, went off on a tangent. I think lemon would complement carrot cake nicely.
Post # 3
Yeah, I don’t know how they plan on serving it. If the cake slices are going to be left on the table and made part of the dessert bar or if the caterers are going to actually give people slices. The baker mentioned that some couples serve the small cutting cake to their wedding party or the parents so they don’t have to get up and wait in line for dessert. All i know is that we want a slice of carrot 🙂
Post # 4
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How about canolli, spice/apple spice cake, or something almond? Vanilla is a safe choice, as boring as it is.
Post # 5
Generally when they do that, it’s at least the same flavor and quality (you shouldn’t be offering something to your wedding party that’s different than the rest of the guests). So as long as the cupcakes will be equivalent that’s fine. Usually it’s a cost saving measure (i.e. a small decorated cake for pictures and a sheet cake in back to be cut for serving guests). It just shouldn’t be you and the wedding party get fancy cake A from a bakery and everyone else gets greasy generic vanilla cake B from the budget grocery. So I would at least be offering some of the cupcakes as carrot cake. I think you’d be surprised how many people like carrot cake.
As for flavors that go with it, lemon would go. I would make sure your baker is using dowels for support though as carrot cake is generally more dense than the type of cake you would use for lemon. It’s not too different than carrot, but a spice cake with a cinnamon cream cheese filling or apple filling would go nicely. Otherwise something like a vanilla, banana, or almond cake with a salted caramel filling.
Post # 6
Why don’t you find out what your cake baker does best flavor wise and go from there?
Post # 7
Thanks for your input everyone!
The baker I selected is going to be making everything. One of the cupcake flavors will be carrot. I went with the dessert bar so guests can pick what they like. Quality is the same for the cake and cupcakes. But you make a good point. It might seem otherwise if guests see that the wedding party and immediate family are getting cake slices and everyone else gets a cupcake. I might just ask the person slicing the cake to save a piece for my parents. They missed out on the cake at my brother’s wedding and they still talk about it to this day, 10+ years later! I’m essentially trying to avoid that lol.
@ladyvc – The baker left it up to us for now. We have a until June to finalize everything.
Post # 8
Vanilla since nearly everyone will eat it.bboyschica :
Post # 9
I can tell you what I typically see as a wedding photographer…
When my couples do cupcakes or small dessert bar w/ a cutting cake, the rest of the cake is sliced and placed on the table with other desserts for people to help themselves.
I would find it very very odd, and boarderline rude, if a special cake was served to the family and bridal party. Just cut your cake and make sure the staff gives you slices of carrot cake. The rest of it can be sliced and available to whomever wishes to eat it.
Post # 10
We are having Lemon sponge and Pina Colada frosting and I have honestly never been so excited about cake. Sweet and zingy, just perfect.