From white wedding to tra­di­tional cakes – ex­perts share how to get the cake of your dreams

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Pretty cakes for white and tra­di­tional wed­dings.

THERE are few things as syn­ony­mous with wed­dings as cake. Those ma­jes­tic tiers with in­tri­cate de­tail, rich sponge in deca­dent flavours and creamy fill­ings – it makes one happy just think­ing about it.

The op­por­tu­nity to have your per­fect cake comes only once in a life­time so it’s im­por­tant to know how to get ex­actly what you want.

Ide­ally cakes should be or­dered about a year in ad­vance and no later than three months be­fore your wedding.

Be­gin your search for the per­fect cake and baker by ask­ing for rec­om­men­da­tions from friends and fam­ily with sim­i­lar taste to yours. Or go through the port­fo­lios of bak­ers spot­ted in wedding mag­a­zines, like this one, or on­line, then set up meet­ings and tast­ings.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a clear vi­sion are im­por­tant be­tween your­self and the baker – too many ideas and choices can cre­ate confusion and stress. So pre­pare for the meet­ing by tak­ing along im­ages of cakes you like, favourite flavour de­tails, colour swatches and ide­ally, a wedding date and bud­get for your cake.

Ask your baker for ref­er­ences of work they’ve done, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to any in­tri­cate de­tail you want such as mono­grams, bead­ing, ruf­fles, cal­lig­ra­phy, pip­ing, mar­ble and om­bre colour­ing and sugar flow­ers.This way you will know ex­actly what they will de­liver.

Have fun with the fill­ing and flavour choices. There is a huge va­ri­ety of un­usual and in­ter­est­ing flavours – such as sponge in choco­late cherry, vanilla milky­way and fill­ings in cream soda, bub­blegum and Turk­ish de­light.Yum!


1 Tessa’s Bak­ery, Cape Town, and Ed­i­ble Art Cakes, Cape Town (cake sec­ond from left). 2 Belle’s Patis­serie, Jo­han­nes­burg. 3 Ed­i­ble Art Cakes, Cape Town. 4 Koolz Sweet Temp­ta­tions (KST Cakes), Jo­han­nes­burg. 5 Charly’s Bak­ery, Cape Town. 6 Ed­i­ble Art Cakes, Cape Town. 7 Wicked Cre­ations, Jo­han­nes­burg. 8 Tessa’s Bak­ery, Cape Town. 9 Tessa’s Bak­ery, Cape Town. 10 Cakes by Wade, Cape Town.

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