If you have found yourself stressing out over your wedding cake, take a minute and relax! These top wedding cake FAQs have got you covered:
Q: When should I start looking for a baker?
A: If you are looking for a quality cake baker, than you should give the baker a minimum of 4 months notice prior to your wedding day. That being said, if you want one of the hottest and most renowned cake bakers in town, expect to give the baker at least 6 months notice, if not an entire year. Good bakers are booked up quickly, so move fast so you can get your top choice!
Q: Do wedding cakes survive the summer heat?
A: The best thing to do to ensure that your cake will last during an outdoor summer wedding is to choose a heavier type of frosting, like fondant. Another important factor to whether or not your cake will survive is how long it is left out prior to when it is going to be cut and served. If it is a warm day, make sure that the cake is not left out for more than 2 hours; otherwise the icing and any embellishments may begin to melt and fall off.
Q: What if I want to keep the first tier for our 1 year wedding anniversary?
A: Keeping the top tier for your first wedding anniversary shouldn’t be a problem. Make sure you let your caterer know that you would like to keep the top tier, and ask that they wrap it up in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight baggie. Once you get home, put it into an appropriate-sized Tupperware container and store it in the freezer
TIP: Do not wrap up your cake in foil as foil may not protect your cake against freezer burn.
Q: How should I display the cake at the wedding reception?
A: As a general rule, circular cakes are displayed on a round table and square or rectangular cakes are displayed on a rectangular table. The table tends to be placed right at the entrance to the reception so everyone can see your beautiful cake before it is served. The linens that are on the table should be chosen in colors and designs that will truly compliment the appearance of the cake.
Q: When do you cut the cake?
A: Traditionally, you would cut the cake near the end of the reception (this tends to be an hour or so after the dancing commences). Alternatively, you can cut the cake right at the very beginning of the reception after you make your grand entrance. The caterers can take the cake to the back and have it sliced up for dessert later in the evening.
Q: Should I serve another dessert with my cake?
A: This is really up to you. Some brides and grooms want to serve a little dessert with the cake to help dress up the cake. Others like to have alternative choices in case their guests don’t like cake, or if they do happen to wait a long time after dinner to cut and serve the cake.