cake knives and servers

  • 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 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.



  • 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.

  • Wedding Cake Tips -- Choosing A Baker


    Selecting a wedding cake can be an exciting --  but daunting task. There are so many things to consider.  The main goal of most couples, is to ensure that their cake tastes great and looks fabulous -- but how do you make sure that this happens? Other questions you may have are; how big of a cake will you need, what sort of topper should you select, and when should you start looking for a baker?

    This week at the Charming Chick Blog, we will to offer you some tips to help you get the wedding cake you desire -- without the hassle.  Let's start with some tips on choosing the right baker.


    Calling All Bakers

    You should begin your search for the right baker -- about 6-8 weeks in advance. You'll want to call to schedule a tasting; so you can sample the flavors that most appeal to you. This way you can be sure that they taste just as delicious as you hope they will. It is not uncommon to have a few different combinations for your cake. For example -- if you have a 3-tiered cake, you might decide to make each tier a different flavor; this gives your guests some variety.

    During your tasting appointment, be sure to bring in any photos you have; which will help illustrate how you envision your dream wedding cake. You'll also want to bring in color and fabric samples, so the baker has the best chance at matching your color theme.

    Another important thing you need to do -  is ask for - and check references. Speaking with other brides about their experience with your potential baker, can really help you to decide if they are right for you. Also, make sure the baker you select is licensed and that they carry liability insurance. Ask to see photos of previous wedding cakes that your baker has done. You may even get other ideas for how you would like your cake to look.

    In addition, you'll want to ask about their delivery services. There is usually a fee associated with it, but well worth the money. It is very difficult to transport and properly set up a wedding cake. Let the experts handle it, and you will not be sorry!

    Remember: bakers and even your caterer don't usually supply a cake knife and server unless you ask. Many brides decide to purchase their own set because they make wonderful keepsakes and can be used by other members of the family on their wedding day.

    Next time we'll talk toppers -- cake toppers that is!

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