HAVE YOUR CAKE

Dreamy cakes that look and taste good plus ad­vice on how to pick your per­fect bake

YOU Weddings - - CONTENTS -

THERE are few things as syn­ony­mous with wed­dings as cake. Those ma­jes­tic tiers, in­tri­cate de­tails, rich sponge in deca­dent flavours and creamy fill­ing – it makes one happy just think­ing about it. The op­por­tu­nity to have your per­fect cake usu­ally only comes once in a life­time so it’s im­por­tant to know how to get ex­actly what you want.

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

Be­gin your search by ask­ing for rec­om­men­da­tions from friends and fam­ily with sim­i­lar taste to yours. If you don’t find the per­fect cake, go through the port­fo­lios of bak­ers online or in mag­a­zines such as this one and look for those who have what you want as part of their body of work, then set up meet­ings and tast­ings.

Pre­pare for the meet­ing by tak­ing along im­ages of cakes you like, colour swatches and, ideally, a wed­ding date and bud­get for the cake. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is im­por­tant be­tween your­self and your baker to de­velop a clear vi­sion – too many ideas and choices can cre­ate con­fu­sion and stress.

En­sure the baker has ref­er­ences of their work, par­tic­u­larly of any in­tri­cate de­tails you may want such as mono­grams, bead­ing, ruf­fles, cal­lig­ra­phy, pip­ing, mar­ble and om­bre colour­ing or su­gar flow­ers.

Ask about flavours and if they can make up any spe­cial sponge and fill­ing flavours. A quick search on wed­ding cake sites shows a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing flavour op­tions such as sponge in choco­late cherry, vanilla milky­way and fill­ings in cream soda, bub­blegum and Turk­ish de­light.

But if you do not have a sweet tooth, maybe a cake made of cheese is an op­tion (see pic­ture No 3, op­po­site page).

1 CHARLY’S BAK­ERY, CAPE TOWN. 2 ED­I­BLE ART CAKES, CAPE TOWN. 3 THE CHEESE CAKE, JO­HAN­NES­BURG. 4 WICKED CRE­ATIONS, JO­HAN­NES­BURG. 5 ED­I­BLE ART CAKES, CAPE TOWN. 6 MAL­BERRY CAKES, PRE­TO­RIA AND JO­HAN­NES­BURG. 7 TESSA’S BAK­ERY, CAPE TOWN. 8 TESSA’S BAK­ERY, CAPE TOWN. 9 CAKES BY WADE, CAPE TOWN.

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