Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Icing on the CAKE!

When it comes to wedding planning, few decisions are as delightful as choosing the wedding cake! Saturday, Matt and I have BIG plans to sample slice after slice of delicious cake at our appointment with our oh-so-talented cake baker!

I believe one of the best parts of any wedding is definitely the CAKE! Although you may be thinking it is just a cake – the wedding cake will, in fact, be an important detail of our wedding reception. The eyes of all our guests will automatically rivet to the layers of cream, frosting and sugar with which we will cap the evening by cutting for all to share.

So, while it is important that our cake matches the style and theme of our wedding, it should also be a proper reflection of us as a couple too. I can hardly contain my excitement, so many details to decide on:

Design style – square or round?
Size/Tiers – should I really save the top layer for our first anniversary?
Frosting – buttercream or fondant?
Flavors and fillings?
Accents - fresh flowers, gumpaste flowers, edible beading, monogram?
Cake toppers- traditional, fresh floral, sugared fruit?
While I have been stockpiling wedding magazine clippings and photos on my computer, I am having the hardest time deciding on the cake of my dreams!

And what about cupcakes as an alternative to a wedding cake? There's something so whimsically childlike about unwrapping a cupcake! 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!!


  1. Such a cute blog. I love the idea of cupcakes. We used them at our wedding and stood them on a cake stand with the top tier of the stand having a small two tiered cake for ourselves (the top to save for our anniversary and the bottom tier to cut and share at the wedding). Then the two bottom layers of the tier had an assortment of cupcakes. The rest of the cupcakes (as we had to many to store on the stand) were tucked away with the caterer who also did the cake serving at our wedding. It worked out to be such a great idea. We were able to provide a variety of flavors (white cake/white icing, white cake/ chocolate icing, chocolate cake/ chocolate icing, chocolate cake/ chocolate icing, and then red velvet with cream cheese icing). Then for quests who wanted to eat it at the wedding they could get one then and then for those guests that were to full to eat cake they took theirs in a little cupcake to go box. We ended having enough for people to take one to go even if they had already eaten one there. Everyone loved it!
    Good luck in the cake choosing and have fun with the tasting and future planning!!

  2. Thanks for sharing! Now I am seriously considering CUPCAKES! :)

  3. Design style – square or round? I think a great idea is to use your ring as inspiration. Or do both square and round make it a little different and unique.

    Size/Tiers – should I really save the top layer for our first anniversary? No, to be honest it's really not superstitious like they say and it doesn't taste that great. A lot of places will now offer to make a small cake for your first anniversary. This will also help you save money on having to purchase a larger cake to feed guests because you can utilize your top layer as well or eat it in your honeymoon suite later :)

    Frosting – buttercream or fondant? Fondant is pretty but buttercream can look just as good and taste so much better!

    Flavors and fillings? Be careful if you choose something like a strawberry filling for the bottom layer because you don't want the cake to cave in. We went with a different flavor for each layer. Ask your baker if they can provide a sample box of flavors. Our baker did this and it was yummy and a great way to choose!

    Accents - fresh flowers, gumpaste flowers, edible beading, monogram?
    Cake toppers- traditional, fresh floral, sugared fruit? I had the florist supply an extra bag of flowers that were the same one's from my bouquet.

    Good luck with the planning I am excited to hear more!!

  4. Thanks for all your ideas Vanessa! Yes, after further discussion we decided we will not save our top layer. (I barely have enough freezer space as it is!) Instead, maybe for our 1 year anniversary we will have our baker make us a mini replica of our wedding cake! :)

  5. I love all these cake designs! So cute :)



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