Your wedding cake is the ultimate finishing touch to your wedding day catering – you could even say it’s the icing on the cake of your big day! Wedding cake traditions and their meanings however go much deeper than enjoying a tasty slice of something sweet at your reception.
The history of the wedding cake is particularly longstanding and complex. As Wedding Planner explains, your wedding cake is a symbol of something extra special:
“The symbolic wedding cake dates back to medieval times where, instead of the cake we are familiar with today, couples would have a pile of spiced buns assembled by wedding guests, a bit like the French Croquembouche. The tradition was for the couple to kiss over this towering pile, and if it remained un-toppled the couple would gain a lifetime of prosperity within their marriage.”
With this very meaningful convention to uphold, choosing a wedding cake that does the traditional justice and complements your theme and wedding colour scheme isn’t easy.
To help you achieve just that, we’re here to share our top tips for choosing the perfect wedding cake.
1. Choose a cake designer you can trust
Your search for a cake designer that has the skill and experience to create the wedding cake of your dreams should start early. After choosing your wedding venue, shopping for your cake designer is the next natural step.
For couples marrying here at Bourton Hall, we make your search for a reputable cake designer super simple. By choosing us, you’ll have access to a list of trusted suppliers, each of which has been handpicked by our venue.
As well as being wedding vendors that you can rely on, our recommended suppliers are the best at what they do. They’re also local, which is another bonus when tying the knot.
Discover more reasons why going local is always best when choosing your wedding suppliers here.
2. Take inspiration from your wider wedding
Whilst the net is certain to have offered endless inspiration for your wedding theme, using your chosen wedding style as inspiration for your cake is the key to nailing a design that complements your big day to perfection.
Share your wider wedding plans with your cake designer to get their creative juices flowing and realise a wedding cake that’s as unique as the both of you.
3. Remember size does matter
Deciding on the size of your cake doesn’t just come down to your guest list. Whilst your decision will influence just how many guests your cake will feed, considering the cake as an important decorative piece means its size should also be influenced by your wedding’s setting.
As a centrepiece, your wedding cake should stand out, even in a grand banqueting hall like the one here at Bourton Hall. Rather than ordering more cake than you and your guests could ever eat, however, you could add dummy tiers to reduce waste and enjoy an impressive cake.
4. Go for style and substance
Your cake may look the part but it has to taste good too. Never choose style over substance, instead concentrate on each in equal measure. As you’ve probably guessed, there’s only one way to achieve the perfect taste, which brings us to our next tip…
5. Take tastings very seriously indeed!
Cake tastings are a rite of passage for every bride- and groom-to-be. Tastings give you all you need to explore cake flavours first-hand and find a taste that you really enjoy, and as you’ll discover the possibilities are endless.
From the traditional fruit cake and vanilla sponge to daring combinations that include coconut, lime and tarragon, you can sample each to find the flavour for you.
6. Tread carefully with some flavours and fillings
As well as using your wedding style, setting and taste buds to design your perfect wedding cake, you should consider the season in which you’re marrying.
Some flavours and fillings work better than others at certain times of the year. Buttercream for instance may be a bad choice for a summer wedding as it can become soft in warmer temperatures leaving your cake looking a little flat.
Use the season to your advantage, and don’t forget to share food allergy information and dietary requirements with your cake designer to make every slice safe and scrumptiously satisfying for each and every one of your guests.