wedding cake

  • Wedding Cake Tips ~ Getting Started

     

    One thing that just about every wedding has in common is wedding cake! The wedding guest's mouths water in anticipation of the traditional cake cutting ceremony. Over the years, cakes have evolved to include a wide assortment of flavors and amazingly artistic designs. Don't worry, if you still like the classic white cake with delicious butter cream frosting that can certainly be done -- but  more and more brides are looking to impress their guests with their beautifully extravagant and yummy dessert. If you have begun planning your wedding you may have several questions about selecting a baker and a wedding cake. Today on the Charming Chick Blog we hope to provide you with some great tips to help you get started.

     

     

    Just Start Planning

     

    Before you even think about the cake it's really a fantastic idea to get some other things figured out first. Your venue, colors, dress, decor, flowers, etc. may all have an impact on the style of cake you decide to order. Picking the cake should be one of the last things on your list of things to order. However, you can still do some research to find a baker.

     

     

     

    Do Your Research

     

    You'll want to make sure you do some research to find the right baker for you. Ask friends, family and wedding professionals who they would recommend then schedule appointments to visit a few of them. While you certainly don't need to be an expert, it is a great idea to have some knowledge of wedding cake terminology. Knowing your butter cream from your fondant and your gum paste from your marzipan is really great. Check out this glossary of wedding cake terms that the knowledgeable folks at TheKnot.com put together, it can help you to decide what you want and assist you in explaining it clearly to your baker.

     

     

    Set Your Budget

     

    If you are trying to stay within a certain budget it is a good idea to keep that in mind as you make decisions about your cake. Find out how much per piece you will be paying. If you are having a small wedding this might not be a huge issue but the more guests you have the more cake you will need. Also keep in mind that certain decorations and details can vary greatly in price. Get a clear idea about what you want and then see what can be done to get your vision to fit your budget.

     

     

  • Groom's Cake -- Top it Off Right


    Baseball Bride and Groom Cake Topper

    Groom's cakes are making a huge comeback. Traditionally, these cakes were to be a gift from the bride to the groom. They are most often dark in color, and made to look far more masculine than the actual wedding cake. The groom's cake is also commonly decorated to reflect his interests and hobbies.

    While the bride's cake is often times, topped off with something romantic - or beautiful flowers - the groom's cake will contain a topper that expresses fun. The Groom's Cake Football Topper is just perfect for the all-around fan. Whether he enjoys playing, watching, or both, this topper makes the perfect accent and reflects his love of the game. This hand painted porcelain piece, is beautifully detailed and something you'll want to display for years to come.

    Is your groom-to-be a soccer stud? Does he love to play and love to watch? Does it seem as if he eats, sleep and breathes soccer? Well then, the Soccer Player Groom and Bride Cake Topper will be the perfect addition to his cake.

    If you and your sweetie are looking forward to riding off into the sunset on a motorcycle, then this topper is just the thing that his cake needs. The Motorcycle Couple Cake Topper, is also finely crafted of porcelain and exquisitely hand-painted. The couple are seated on a classic motor bike and includes a miniature Just Married license plate along with actual paper pom-poms delicately tied to the back fender.

    If you decide to have a groom's cake, have fun with it! He's ll appreciate it and the time you took to consider his interests. The groom's cake may be served as a dessert for the rehearsal dinner, as an alternative to the wedding cake, or boxed slices may be served to guests as wedding favors. You can get really creative and have fun with the packaging of the slices as well.

  • Wedding Cake Etiquette -- Cake Knives and Servers

    One of the main highlights of your wedding reception will be -- the cutting of the cake.  Once you have decided how your wedding cake will look and taste, after you have picked out your cake knife and server, and selected the perfect topper; your thoughts may turn to wedding cake etiquette and tradition.

    You may have some questions  like -- when should the wedding cake be served? Is the groom's cake served at the same time? Who should cut the cake? How do you cut the cake? Is a cake knife and server all we will need to have on hand--  or are other utensils required?

    At Charming Chick, we would like to give you a few helpful tips; which will help answer these questions and ensure that your cake cutting ceremony goes smoothly.

    Who Cuts the Cake?

    Traditionally, the bride and groom cut the first piece of cake. This is done as a symbol of unity. With the bride's right hand on the knife handle -- the groom carefully places his hand on top of hers and they make the first cut together; then they enjoy the first bite.

    Wedding cake etiquette then states that the bride serves the groom's parents -- and then groom serves the bride's parents. After this is done, all the other wedding guest may be served.

    So, who serves up the rest of the cake? It's an excellent idea to decide who will cut  - and serve - the rest of the cake before your wedding day. You don't want to burden your guests by just assuming that someone will step in and do the cutting for you.

    Your caterer or cake designer are the best people to assign this task to - be aware that there is normally a cake cutting fee - which will be added for this service. It is well worth the money because they are experienced and will do the job right. Cake cutting isn't as simple as some may think. However, if you would like to give this task to someone who has offered to help; then it would be a really good idea for that person to study a cake cutting guide and have it on hand the day of your wedding.

     

     

     

    When Should the Cake be Served?

    Wedding cake etiquette states, that this is usually done at the end of the reception. The cake cutting ceremony signifies the end of the reception and lets or guests know that it is okay for them to leave --  without it being considered rude.

    Many brides and grooms today do the cake cutting right after dinner. If you decide to do this, just be aware that this is the time when your guests will start to slowly exit.

    If you choose to have a Groom's Cake -- it is usually cut and wrapped so that guests may take a piece with them as they leave. 

     

    Don't Forget about YOU!

    Chances are pretty good that you are going to be so busy running around saying hello, posing for photos, dancing and smiling that you probably won't have the opportunity to have a piece cake for yourself (besides of course the one bite you took during cake cutting). That is why wedding cake tradition also states that the top-tier (assuming you have one) is to be removed and carefully wrapped and refrigerated for the bride and groom to enjoy after they return from their honeymoon.

  • Find the Right Topper for Your Wedding Cake

    You've searched high and low - far and wide - and finally found the perfect design for your wedding cake.  You have also carefully chosen the perfect baker and now your thoughts turn to how to top it off.  Traditionally, a cake topper showcases a blushing bride and handsome groom looking like the picture of perfection. Today, there are so many styles of cake toppers to choose from -- that you can be sure you'll find just the right one to fit in with your wedding theme and personal style.

      

    If you want your wedding to have a more relaxed feel to it, you might like to select a topper that shows the bride and groom in a more candid pose, verses the formal one that may come to mind. Here at Charming Chick we have many unique and striking ways for you to top off your wedding cake. We are pleased to offer many styles for you to choose from; one of our favorites isa figurine of an adorable couple eating cake.

      

      If you are looking for a cake topper that is going to have a personal touch to it; one which is elegant and completely classy -- you might like to choose a silver monogram topper. This can go with just about any theme and can be beautifully displayed in your home, after the wedding.

     

     

    Another way to really personalize your cake is to use a photo heart cake topper. Photo cake toppers are quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in weddings today. These toppers are stunning and they will have people talking. Another great thing is that you won't have  to tuck it away after the big day. It can be displayed in your home or office and enjoyed for many years to come.

    When selecting a cake topper be sure it something that you will love  and one which really compliments the cake you have selected.

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