Choosing a cake is an integral part of a wedding, so this should not be taken lightly. Making the wrong choices can lead to an outcome that is memorable for all of the wrong reasons. If you are unsure about how to proceed, here is a handy list of DOs and DON’Ts to keep in mind along the way.
DO consider whether you are getting married indoors or outdoors, as well as the weather conditions. This is important since things like humidity and high heat indexes can ruin the integrity of the cake. For instance, buttercream is likely to melt when temperatures soar.
DON’T hesitate to schedule a tasting. Just because you heard that a particular baker is good at what they do, this does not mean that you will love everything they have to offer. The best way to determine which cake is the best for you would be to schedule a tasting. This is when you pay a fee and the couple is allowed to sample multiple cake options. In many cases, this fee is deducted from the final cost if you decide to contract with the bakery to make the cake for the wedding.
DO think about the preferences of your guests. This may sound like it isn’t necessary since you are the one getting married, but do you want to pay a great deal of money for a cake that no one likes? While you do not have to settle for mundane flavours in order to please the crowd, you should consider things like nut allergies. If you insist on choosing whatever you like, make sure that there is an alternative (like cupcakes), available for those that will not be able to partake.
DON’T forget to set your budget before you start looking, and try your best to be realistic. You cannot expect a baker to create a custom cake with numerous tiers and you only set aside enough money for a two-layer cake that is as basic as it comes. While you are not required to spend more than you can comfortably afford on a cake, you should consider the occasion and be willing to invest more than you typically would.
DO yourself a favour and get a professional. It may seem great to try making your cake or having someone you know bake one on your behalf, but this is not a good idea. You want everything to be perfect, so this should not be handled by anyone who does not have experience in this arena. Besides, if they make an error during the process, they can always scrap the cake and start anew. This is easier for a pro to do than someone who is working from a home kitchen.