Designing the Perfect Wedding Cake

*As featured on Polka Dot Bride.

At A Little Bit Fancee, we believe the secret to creating the perfect wedding cake is finding the right cake designer. Today, it’s easy for couples to research cake designers online, read customer reviews and look at samples of wedding cake designs. Look for designers with plenty of positive feedback from past customers. Choose a number of designers who have received rave reviews from couples, and then visit their websites to see if they provide visual samples of their work.

How big should my cake be?

A number of factors will determine this:

  • Number of guests

  • If you choose to have dessert sized serves or coffee sized serves. A great way to save a few extra dollars is to use the cake as dessert!

  • Will you keep the top-tier and serve the remainder to guests?

  • What does your budget allow? Ensure you tell your cake designer as they can offer a number of suggestions. Be realistic – it is important that you discuss budget at the beginning of the design process with your cake designer to avoid any misunderstandings; don’t feel pressurised into ordering a cake that is beyond your budget. Tiers, handmade sugar flowers, moulded shapes and metallic finishes all add to the price, so if you are trying to keep the cost low it is best to avoid or minimise these. You could consider decorating with fresh flowers or fruit for a less expensive but equally beautiful finish.

At A Little Bit Fancee, we design a computerised image of the sizing of your cake before we even start the design. This way you have a great visual idea of how your cake will look.

Cake flavours and finishes:

  • Don’t feel you have to settle for the traditional fruit cake, there are literally hundreds of flavours to choose from. Coffee, white chocolate, dark chocolate and nut flavours have recently become popular as have citrus and fruit flavours.

  • It makes most sense to stick to flavours that match the season of the wedding – light, dainty flavours for a spring or summer wedding and rich, heavy cakes for autumn and winter weddings.

  • If you’re having different tiers you CAN have different flavours in each tier.

Ensure your cake designer can host a taste testing. A Little Bit Fancee runs ‘Cake Tasting Days’ every two months and ‘Cake Mail’. What’s better than coming home to a box of yummy cake on your doorstep?!

  • The final design will also depend on the type of wedding you are having. A traditional style wedding with a sit down dinner calls for a fondant finished cake incorporating your theme colours (perhaps colours that match your bouquet, table centrepieces or even bridesmaids’ dresses).

  • A small rustic style wedding in the garden calls for a buttercream finish with fresh flowers.

  • Don’t forget to ask your cake designer if they can provide a suitable cake stand too. A Little Bit Fancee also offers a large range to hire.

The design possibilities are endless!

Over the coming weeks I will be posting more in depth descriptions and details about the different cake styles available for your big day...stay tuned!


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