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Wedding Cake – Food for Thought on Your Big Day!

Besides the bride’s dress, few things at a wedding receive more “ooohs” and “aaahs” than the wedding cake. On a day full of symbols and rituals, everybody, from Grandma Betsy to small Buddy, your ring bearer, will recall how lovely the cake looked – although Buddy may only remember if he got seconds!

What you want to avoid is choosing a wedding cake that might end up on YouTube as a wedding blooper. I once went to a wedding where the bride chose a stylishly elegant ice cream cake.

This still makes my list of “most memorable wedding cakes” because no one thought to take the frozen-hard-as-a-rock cake from the freezer beforehand and serving the guests involved an ice pick and a hammer. Now that was memorable!

To make sure your cake is as perfect as your dress and your groom, consider these things:

How large should it be?

The wedding cake of Britain’s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert weighed 300 pounds and was nine feet around. While yours may not be that weighty, by adding more tiers to the cake, it’s possible to serve as many guests as you’d like. Since the tiers symbolize prosperity – the more the better!

Don’t choose an ice cream cake in July!

Which season is your huge day taking place? Summer is a well loved time to get married but some cakes, like the previously mentioned ice cream cake, wouldn’t work for an outdoor June wedding.

Likewise, a cake with buttercream icing might not work in summer’s soaring temperatures as it tends to melt – and there’s nothing worse than a melting wedding cake!

Summer might be a fantastic time, though, to decorate the cake with real flowers or fruit in season, like strawberries or peaches. For winter, try a carrot or spice cake with cream cheese filling.

Which decorations are best for you?

White icing is traditional and symbolizes purity, but these days your cake can go wherever your imagination takes you.

Are you and your spouse avid bungee jumpers? Will your pet schnauzers be standing up with you?

Maybe you’re a small more traditional and would like the wedding cake to match the color in your bridesmaids’ dresses or to fit the lacy, elegant Victorian theme you’ve chosen.

Other options for decorating the cake include cake jewelry, which you can save as a souvenir of the day, silk flowers or even real flowers, which are very well loved. Your wedding cake can be sweet and simple, sleek and modern, or frilly and fussy, depending on your individual tastes.

How Much Should You Spend?

Like the ring, the dress and the reception, wedding cakes also come in all price ranges. One of the determining factors of the price of your cake is the quality of ingredients. More expensive cakes will probably be baked from scratch with fresh ingredients.

Of course, size and amount of labor involved in decorating will also affect cost. A high priced baker may charge up to $8 to $10 a head.

If cost is a factor in your wedding budget, you might want to consider making your own cake. One word of caution, practice beforehand allowing plenty of time to make a cake you will delight in looking at in your wedding photos.

When choosing a wedding cake recipe, be sure it has the buoyancy and mass needed to support multiple cake tiers stacked one on top of each other. Here is a recipe that fills the bill:

Classic White Cake

6 cups sifted cake flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 1/2 cups butter or margarine

3 cups sugar

2 cups milk

1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

12 egg whites

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease bottom of pans and line with waxed paper. Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Set aside. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Set aside.

With a mixer at slow speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with the milk. Beat well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Gently fold egg whites into batter.

Pour into prepared pans. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Makes 12 cups batter.

This tasty cake recipe comes from “Cake Decorating Made Simple!” One reader had this to say about our Video Books:

“I have already recommended your video books. …it is very simple to learn how to make the flowers and borders and how to make fondant and smooth a cake, and worth every penny.”

C. Schlein

Casselberry, FL

It was once the custom, rather than eating the wedding cake, for guests to throw pieces of it at the bride.

Happily, those days are gone!

Samantha Mitchell, Co-Author Cake Decorating Made Simple! Vol. 1 & 2 The World’s First Cake Decorating Video Books.
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