Here You Are About to Order Your Wedding Cake… But before you can do this, there are a few things you need to decide on. As the wedding cake gets all the attention during the cake cutting ceremony, you want to ensure it looks perfect. You can create harmony by incorporating your theme, colours, flowers or dress details in the cake design. This post is the first of five posts from Brides Corner.
Your Wedding Date (you are here now)
Each post is discussed from the viewpoint of how your decisions affect your wedding cake.
1. Know The Wedding Date
Before you can order the wedding cake, you need to know when you are getting married. With this starting point, you can confidently plan and book your cake.
Here are two reasons why the date matters.
• So You Can Order The Cake Early
There are different thoughts about how early is too early.
A general guide though is…
A year or so in advance and at the very least three months in advance.
(If you need to organise your wedding in three months or fewer, you need this guide! It will ensure you haven’t forgotten anything!)
The second is not so well known to brides…
You have this cake vision that you totally LOVE –
but your cake decorator says NO… why?
• Seasons Can Wreak Havoc With Cake
Too hot – the icing can melt or dry the cake out quickly
Too cold– and it can cause icing condensation or get a ‘bloom’ on the surface.
Knowing when in the year you are getting married will determine what finish is possible on your cake.
Remember, your cake will have to sit out in the open for a couple of hours at the very least. Make sure you have thought this through carefully.
Seasons can also determine what ingredients are available or “in season”. This may not affect every cake decorator, but certainly, in little towns or certain countries, this could be the case.
So What Cake Types Go With What Seasons?
- Fresh Flowers
- Fresh Cream anything
- Ganache Covered Cakes
By having the reception later in the day/evening when it is cooler, your choices of the different cake finishes increase.Cake at Vic Falls
Note: Chocolate decorations can get a bloom on them and fondant cakes can get condensation on the icing, this is mostly from refrigerating at low temperatures or from being exposed to very cold weather.
Fondant covered cakes are generally fine year-round.
Note: Fondant cakes need to be kept cool. Both extreme heat or cold can cause the icing to spoil.
Tip – It can be a nightmare for your decorator to ensure your cake looks great when the seasons are in control, so choose wisely for everyone’s sake. Dripping icing and wilted flowers are no fun!
Cake decorators like to play it safe and will not take on high-risk orders in certain seasons. However, there are ways around, “getting the cake you want”, and there are decorators that may “make an exception”.Cake at Vic Falls
Are You Thinking About Making Your Own Cake?
Try blueprint, they have got a variety of courses and practical tips, you can pick up great tips for free in their blog section.
Key Take Away
- Know the season you are getting married in
- Be aware that this could limit your cake choice
- Be practical – for everyone’s sake
- Every cake decorator is different – choose one that will make exceptions if necessary.
So now you know, be aware of the seasons and only order the cake when you know the date of the wedding. Generally a year to three months ahead of time. Personally, I like to know about 6 months before. And finally, by having the reception in the cooler part of the day, most cake decorating options should work.
Have you started your wedding website yet? Start it earlier rather than later. Closer to the wedding date you will be hectic.
Check-in on the Brides Corner for more tips on when to order the wedding cake!