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