Larry James' CelebrateIntimateWeddings BLOG

Monday, May 9, 2011

Yippee! Cake Tasting + 2 = Yummy!

Filed under: Wedding Cakes,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

The centerpiece of any wedding reception, besides the bride of course, is the wedding cake. Choosing the right pastry chef or wedding cake bakery requires extensive research and calculated preparation. Your choice in wedding cake design makes a statement about your personality and sense of style. It should reflect you and your good taste. Wedding cake tastings aren’t just an excuse to gorge on moist, rich cake and butter cream confections. They also serve a very important purpose, helping you to decide both the flavor and look of your wedding cake.

wedding_cakes_28You can choose a sophisticated elegant look or show your playfulness and sense of humor if you choose a “whimsical” style. Discuss with your partner the kind of cake you might prefer. Spend several hours browsing through wedding magazines taking in every detail, making notes as you do. What will it be, a traditional wedding cake or cupcakes?

Research the cake bakers in you area. Get references! Most wedding venues know the reputable bakers and often will have a “preferred vendor” list they will share with you. The first thing to consider is references. If you attended a reception recently and loved the cake you may want to talk with the recently married couple to see if they were satisfied with the cake, the customer service, etc. Something to know: some bakers require a few for a tasting – ask before you make an appointment.

wedding_cakes_13Once you have decided on 3 or 4 shops to visit. It’s best to make no more than 2 appointments in the same day. Call each shop to schedule a cake tasting and consultation. Show up on time. Notice if the people who work there make you feel welcomed as soon as you walk through their door.

Most wedding cake bakers will have photos of the cakes they have served in the past. They will want to show you their most incredible edible art. Look through the photo album that has photos of many of the custom cakes they’ve made. You will want to bring photographs, magazine pages and hand drawn sketches to help communicate your idea of the perfect wedding cake.

The baker will want to know your own personal cake preferences (My personal favorite is raspberry creme with real raspberries between the cake layers. Yummy!), your wedding style and theme, number of guests invited, and your wedding cake budget.

Most bakers will prepare several different cake samples for you to taste. Remember to cleanse your pallet with water between each different cake sample so you won’t mix up the cake flavors. It’s also better to not be hungry during the tasting so you can be more objective. Be sure to eat something before the cake tasting.

After you have finished a few tastings and you have a clear idea of which cake and pastry chef you want to use, It’s time to order the cake. Make sure that everything you discuss with the bakery is in writing before you sign a cake contract or receipt. Ask if they offer any guarantees; like the time of the cake delivery or the number of people it will serve. It’s always wise to put your deposit on a credit card if possible. Always call the week of your wedding to confirm everything you have ordered?

wedding_cakes_35Something else to consider: If some of your guests are allergic to eggs, gluten, wheat or peanuts, they may not be able to taste or even be near the wedding cake. Ask about options for allergen-free ingredients, and find out what the ingredients list is for a particular cake so you can post it for your guests.

Asking the right questions and interviewing several wedding cake designers is the key to having the wedding cake of your dreams. Here are a few questions to ask your baker on your way to confection perfection!

• Are you available on my wedding date?
• How far in advance should I place my order?
• Do you have a portfolio of previous wedding cakes you’ve made that we can look at?
• Hοw long hаνе thеу bееn іn business? Will you supply references?
• Do you have or can you rent items like cake toppers, stands, tiers, fountains, and cutters? Will we be billed extra?
• Do you customize wedding cakes? What is your specialty?
• What are my filling choices?
• What are the frosting choices?
• How far in advance are wedding cakes prepared? Will it be a fresh, moist cake – not frozen?
• Who will bake my wedding cake?
• Is there an extra cost for special fillings or details?
• Are there options for special diets?
• Will you provide a written proposal?
• How are your wedding cakes priced and is a deposit required (how much)?
• What is the payment schedule and date they need a final guest count?
• Does the wedding cake price include the top tier? Does the baker provide a box for the top anniversary tier?
• Who provides the fresh flowers, if any – baker or my florist? Who is responsible for placing them on the cake?
• Will you provide a digital preview of the cake? (Some wedding cake designers will be able to produce a computer-generated image of your cake based on your specifications.)
• When do I need to return the support pieces?
• Do you supply a cake knife? What is the best way to cut the cake?
• What is the delivery process? When will you deliver and set up the cake? Is there a delivery fee?
• If anything happens to the cake in transit, how will the baker deal with repairs, if needed?
• Any additional charges I should know about?
• Is the baker licensed by the state health department?

You will find hundreds of photos of wedding cake designs on The Knot!

BONUS Articles: Check Wedding Vendor’s References. . . A Piece of Cake! Right?
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Larry’s Note:
• Want cupcakes for your wedding? Let Them Eat Cake Inc. in Phoenix is a great place to start! Call my friend, Barb Gardner at 602-952-5272.
• Want a delicious wedding cake? BambooBakery.com in Phoenix. Call: Maria or David 602-246-8061.

Let Them Eat Cake Inc. is an award-winning, family-owned and operated “Cake Boutique” serving the Greater Phoenix area. They have been designing and decorating customized wedding and all-occasion cakes since 1977. They pride themselves on fresh, moist cake – not frozen. They offer friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff with on-time deliveries for your important day. If your taste buds have not experienced how scrumptious our cakes are, they offer cake tastings by appointment.

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