The Cake

Dive on in to the sweet­est part of plan­ning.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BIANCA HOCHENAUER

This mar­i­tal morsel is a sym­bol of what it means to be mar­ried: cut­ting the cake is your first mu­tual task as hus­band and wife, and when you feed each other that ini­tial slice, it rep­re­sents your ded­i­ca­tion to sup­port and nur­ture each other on your new path to­gether.

Some cou­ples will be lucky and have a tal­ented fam­ily mem­ber or friend on hand to cre­ate their cake, or will be con­fi­dent enough in the kitchen to take care of it them­selves. But if you’re af­ter some­thing more elab­o­rate or sim­ply don’t have the time, call in the pro­fes­sion­als.

Scour di­rec­to­ries (try newzealandwed­dings.co.nz/di­rec­tory) to find a lo­cal baker. To clearly com­mu­ni­cate your ideas, take along pho­tos of your colour pal­ette and theme or show them a rough sketch of your dream de­sign. Be pre­pared to ad­just your vi­sion if the cake you had in mind is too ex­pen­sive – let your de­signer know what as­pects of the cake are the most im­por­tant so they can best achieve what you want within your bud­get. Ar­range tast­ings of your cho­sen flavours for three months be­fore the day – prefer­ably more than once to check for con­sis­tency.

PRO POINT­ERS

✤ Aim to book your cake de­signer four to six months ahead of the big day. ✤ Con­sider your guest num­bers when de­cid­ing on the cake you want, and whether you’ll be serv­ing it for dessert or as favours for guests to take home. A stan­dard three­layer cake equates to around 100 favour­sized por­tions – add an­other layer if you’re serv­ing it as dessert. ✤ If you have a multi-tiered cake, you can choose a dif­fer­ent flavour for each tier. ✤ If you want to save your top tier – per­fect for cel­e­brat­ing your one-year an­niver­sary or the birth of your first child – go for fruit­cake: it will last the long­est, stored in the freezer – just make sure there’s a sturdy con­tainer at the venue for you to take it home in. ✤ Many cake de­sign­ers have a de­liv­ery ser­vice, but if you’ve ar­ranged for a friend or fam­ily mem­ber to pick up your cake, ask them to place it on a rub­ber mat on the seat or floor of their car to pre­vent it from get­ting dam­aged en route to the venue. ✤ Some cakes will need to be as­sem­bled on­site – if this is the case, make sure there’s an ap­pro­pri­ate spot for your cake de­signer to do this.

COST CUTTERS

✤ Have a sin­gle-tier cake to cut into, but make up the slice num­bers with a ba­sic sheet cake kept in the kitchen. You’ll save a for­tune on dec­o­rat­ing costs. ✤ In­stead of in­tri­cate su­gar flow­ers, adorn your cake with fresh blooms in hues to match your colour scheme. ✤ Keep your wed­ding cake sim­ple – a tall, sin­gle white tier, for ex­am­ple – but add some grandeur by hir­ing a tow­er­ing cake stand to dis­play it on. ✤ Skip the dessert course and sim­ply serve your cake with fresh berries and cream. ✤ In­stead of pay­ing the pho­tog­ra­pher to stick around un­til the cake cut­ting, cut the cake straight af­ter the cer­e­mony while every­one is still gath­ered. You could even serve the cake as af­ter­noon tea with bub­bles while you go and get your pho­tos taken. W

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