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Choosing a wedding cake seems easy enough, right? But there’s surprisingly a lot to think about when it comes to picking out the perfect one. Here are five things to think about when designing your wedding cake.
The first thing to consider when choosing a cake is how you want it to look. There are thousands of options out there, and luckily thousands more photos on Pinterest, Instagram, and elsewhere to draw inspiration. Do you want your cake to be more classic or unique? Simple or personalised? A complicated artwork or something with just a few stylised touches? Brainstorming types of designs and compiling some inspiration pictures is one way to convey your ideas to your decorator. Just search “wedding cakes Melbourne” to get started or head to https://weddings.melbourne/category/5/cakes!
Represents you and your partner
You may think that a classic white cake is more favourable, or wish to go with a popular cake design- but if the cake doesn't reflect you and your partner as a couple, what is the point of having a wedding cake? Your cake is an edible tribute to you as a couple; it should look like one! If the style is most important to you, choose an aesthetic cake design. If you want a cake representative of your sense of humour, pick a funny one! And if you want to make a unique blend of your and your partner’s personalities, find a way to do that. Most cake makers love to create something new, so give them a challenge!
Keeping the last point in mind, it is just as important that the cake you want is possible! Not to mention it needs to be within your budget. It's a good idea to have a backup, scaled-back plan for your cake design in case the one you have requested isn’t possible. Practicality is also a factor. Is your desired cake 90% fondant? Will it be more decoration than cake? Will it take a machete to get to the cake under all the foliage? Problems like this can be avoided by having an in-depth consult with your cake maker before finalising your order.
Many brides and grooms get so swept up in how their cake will look, that they forget how it will taste! It’s important to pick flavours that you and your partner love, but you should also consider how many people will be eating your cake. Don’t spend hundreds on a cake only to have three or four guests eat any. So, think carefully before rushing out to order that chilli cake. In addition to choosing the right flavours, you may also want to consider methods of personalising your cake through taste. Maybe you want it covered in caramel or decorated with your favourite chocolates. It is your cake, after all, you need to love it!
Finally, you need to think about how big you want your cake to be. More complicated designs often require multiple tiers, but if you’ve only got a small wedding party, that’s a lot of leftover cake. Talk to your baker/decorator about getting a size that suits your design as well as your number of guests.
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