An Introduction to Wedding Cakes

A guide to wedding cakes; from planning your design to the delivery of your wedding cake on the big day.

Wedding cake selection is a prime candidate for Pinterest (or a scrapbook if you prefer the hard-copy approach). Every time you see a cake you like the look of – even if it is just one of the flowers or decorative elements, ‘pin it’. You can have a field day designing a unique wedding cake. Most patissiers will happily translate your picture into reality although of course there may be a price tag that generates the need for simplification if your budget doesn't match your design abilities. This guide has been designed to help you when it comes to choosing your wedding cake, ordering your wedding cake, getting your wedding cake delivered to your chosen wedding venue and more! 

Wedding Cakes: Where to Start? 

Research local cake suppliers and read their reviews. It’ll be a tough task but make sure you have as many tastings with different patissiers as you can manage, as this will allow you to compare the different quality of cakes. 

If you’re planning a Bijou Wedding be sure to look at the Bijou Partners section to potentially use our recommended supplier. Alternatively, various wedding cake suppliers can be found by searching online, in magazines, by browsing through real wedding stories and inspiration galleries. 

Take in to Account

Number of portions

We mean the actual size of the portion. This can vary with every wedding cake designer but generally you will be given the option of ‘finger size’ - which is usually as the name suggests a long thin piece of cake per guest, versus ‘dessert size’ which you might want to think about if you are serving the cake in the evening and would like it to be a little more substantial. 

Number of tiers

This can be a design feature or just dictated by the number of portions you want to serve. Traditionally in some cultures, at least one tier (usually the top tier) was kept for the baptism/christening of the first born child; a traditional fruitcake that gets better with age is the most common flavour to choose if you plan on retaining the top tier for the future. 

Your wedding cake designer can advise how to freeze/preserve the top tier of your wedding cake if you plan on keeping it for a future event.

Most Patissiers offer a range of delicious flavours and each tier can be different if you wish. The more traditional couple will at least include one tier of fruit cake but others will have a separate ‘cutting block’ of fruitcake to satisfy the fruitcake eaters. Others will simply stick to sponge or macaroons or profiteroles.
 
In terms of the ‘outside’, Naked Cakes (no icing) will compete for your vote against sugar or buttercream icing. 

Dietary constraints

It should be possible to have a gluten free or nut free wedding cake designed if you have certain dietary requests. Discuss your specific requirements with your patissier. If don't like the idea of having your entire wedding cake designed gluten free, it may be possible to order just one tier to suit dietary constraints. 

Cutting Your Wedding Cake

On your wedding day timetable make sure that you have allocated a slot for the formal cake cutting if this is part of your plan. Forewarn the Toastmaster (or the last speaker if this is a run-on at the end of the speeches) so that it is announced. You wouldn't want your photographer or guests to miss it!

The Delivery of Your Wedding Cake

Ensure that your cake maker will both deliver to your venue and set up the cake. Is s/he also providing the cake stand and who has the knife…? If you are planning any fresh cream or other temperature sensitive ingredients, check with your venue that you are operating within legal food safety guidelines.

Styles of Wedding Cakes to Consider: 

Your wedding cake can be as simple or as lavish as you’d like it to be. If you’re a traditional couple then a fruit cake may be a great option to consider. However, there are dozens of different wedding cake fillings available in order to give your guests a variety of flavours to choose from when selecting their slice on your evening buffet. When it comes to the style of wedding cake to order, think about the following: 

  • Traditional square tiered wedding cake 
  • Traditional round tiered wedding cake 
  • Wedding cake made of cheese 
  • Tower of wedding cupcakes 
  • Cakepop wedding cake 
  • Themed wedding cake 
  • Doughnut tower wedding cake 
  • Pork pie savory wedding cake