An important reflection of your personal style, the wedding cake is not just a well-loved aspect of wedding tradition but a dessert whose artistry and design has become a highly anticipated showpiece of your reception. While the aesthetic choices you make are extremely important, so too is flavor as often, stories are shared of beautifully decorated cakes that taste underwhelming, at best and, at worst, are almost inedible.
An important aspect of planning ahead, we ask one of The LANE’s favourite artisan bakers, Gillian Bell of Gillian Bell Cake, to guide us through how to prepare for your cake consultation and what all-important questions you should be asking.
According to Gillian...
Your wedding reception is likely to be the most elaborate party you will ever give and your wedding cake the most memorable dessert you will ever serve. Displayed for all to see with the same reverence as a beloved piece of art, your wedding cake should be given as much consideration as every other major decision you make about your big day.
Here aresome important questions you should consider in preparation for an initial consultation with your wedding cake maker.
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1. Does the cake-maker actually bake your wedding cake, outsource the baking, or purchase pre-made cakes and decorate them? If they do bake the cake themselves, what ingredients are they using and what is the provenance of the ingredients? After all, we want to know if the choice beef fillet we have selected for our guests is grain or grass fed, so is your lemon cake made with fresh, Australian-grown lemons or artificial lemon flavoring? This extends to the fillings, buttercreams and ganaches used in a cake. Also, is the cake-maker prepared to bake for a range of dietary, religious or lifestyle preferences?
2. Does the cake-maker provide a completely bespoke service, designing a wedding cake especially for you, or do they offer a core range of designs for you to choose from? Does this custom service extend to the types of cakes they bake, the textures, flavours and fillings, or only to the decoration?
3. How far in advance of your wedding does the cake-maker intend to make your cake? This may affect the quality of the eating experience for you and your guests and limit the range of options you have for the type of cake you’d like.