Our complete guide to your wedding cake
Sponge or fruit?
Whilst fruit cake is traditional, nowadays the majority of people either don't have any fruit cake at all or they have just part of the wedding cake made from fruit. It is common to mix and match flavour combinations and have a different flavour for every tier, or you can choose your favourite and stick with that.
The top tier
Lots of couples like to save the top tier (or any tier) of cake for a future celebration. It's a lovely thing to do anyway as on your wedding night you'll be so busy chatting and dancing the night away, that before you know it the cake will have been cut and devoured before you've had chance to get close! Save a tier and enjoy it when you get your wedding photos back and relive the day all over again.
Fruit cake has been known to last many years and, if stored correctly, should certainly last until your first wedding anniversary or even to celebrate a first child. Sponge cake will spoil quickly and would need to be frozen if you intend to keep it. If you are going to freeze a sponge cake, we advise eating it within a few months.
If you are going to store a fruit cake it is important that it is not exposed to air. We recommend that you wrap the whole cake (with the board, icing and marzipan intact) in several layers of greaseproof paper. Then wrap the whole thing in tin foil. Store the wrapped cake in a tin. You can also freeze a fruit cake and the advantage of doing so is that it comes out looking as pristine as it did when it went in because the icing doesn't get discoloured by the oils in the marzipan.
A memento of your wedding day
Sugar decorations such as models or flowers carefully removed from your cake prior to cutting will keep indefinitely if kept cool and dry and away from direct sunlight. Displayed in a cabinet, under a clear glass cloche or in a perspex box, they'll provide a talking point and will be a daily reminder of your special day for years to come.
Polystyrene dummies can be covered and decorated to look like a real cake and certainly there can be good reasons for using dummy tiers, such as to provide height and grandeur when you don't need any more real cake or to minimise the weight (large cakes are very heavy), however having a dummy tier will not affect the price of a professionally made wedding cake by very much. The cost of a professionally made cake is largely made up of the time taken to cover, prepare and decorate the cake. The raw materials are a relatively small proportion of the cost, so substituting polystyrene for real cake doesnt make too much difference.
Let it shine
If you're paying for a designer cake, you don't want it to be put in a dark corner of the room next to the fire extinguisher. We often find that venues have a regular spot for the cake - some are fantastic and really show the cake off, whilst others can feel like the cake was something of an afterthought - but it's your big day so, don't leave it to chance and talk to your wedding co-ordinator about how it will be presented and where it will be placed and be prepared to say if you want it somewhere else. Ask if they have a cake stand you can use and ask to see it. Make sure you're completely happy with it. We'll be happy to advise you about the suitability of a cake stand for your cake. We also have a collection of cake stands that are available for you to hire. The cake is your centrepiece and you want it to shine..
If we are delivering your wedding cake, we will liase with the venue or your wedding planner to ensure it arrives at the venue at the correct time. Whether we deliver your cake or you collect it from our cake studio, we will provide your venue/caterers with information about storing the cake, allergy details together with the cake flavours, any inedible decoration and any special construction methods that they need to be aware of when cutting the cake. We will also provide any special instructions about removing the decoration for safe-keeping if required.
Cutting your cake
Along with the first dance, this charming tradition is one of those photo opportunities that graces every wedding album. The cake cutting represents the first activity done as a couple. As part of the cake cutting ceremony, you may want to feed each other a small bite of cake. This can be very romantic. It symbolises a commitment to provide for one another and is a demonstration of your love and affection.
Your venue or caterer may have a cutting knife but make sure it's a nice one. We also have a small selection of cake knives and servers available for you to hire.
Wedding cake price & portion guide
Starting prices for 3 and 4 tier cakes are given below. The price for a bespoke wedding cake will depend upon the amount of decoration and level of detail required. We will happily give prices for any of our previous designs on request. Out of respect for the privacy of our clients we do not publish the prices of previous bespoke designs on our website.
We do not make 'naked' or 'semi-naked' cakes. All our wedding cakes are covered in a layer of chocolate ganache (or marzipan) and fully iced.
The portion guide is based on single cake tiers of 5 inches deep and finger portions (i.e. typical wedding servings) of 1 x 1 x 5 inches.
Cutting cakes (covered in a layer of luxurious chocolate ganache and sugarpaste but not decorated) to provide additional servings are available with the purchase of your wedding cake). Prices and portions are shown below.
Delivery & set-up is in addition to the price of the cake.
We also have a collection of cake stands and cake knives and servers available to hire.
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