HAVE YOUR CAKE
From white wedding to traditional cakes – experts share how to get the cake of your dreams
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!
EXTRA SOURCES: THEKNOT.COM, BRIDALGUIDE.COM, MARTHASTEW ARTWEDDINGS.COM
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.