March 28, 2011

The Wedding Cake Conundrum

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Anthony Lala @ 8:34 pm

One of the most photogenic points of a wedding is that moment when the newlyweds cut the cake and playfully feed it to one another. As a New Orleans wedding planner, I understand the many considerations and debates that eventually lead the couple to that iconic moment. There are many things to think about when shopping for and deciding on a cake that you might not be aware of. Here are some of the biggest debates I’ve seen when couples are selecting a wedding cake.

Traditional Wedding Cake Vs. Wedding Cupcake Tower

There’s nothing like the traditional wedding cake with the figurines of the bride and groom resting atop. Many couples opt to go with the traditional tiered cake, because that’s what they’ve dreamed about since they were young. However, a new trend emerging recently is the wedding cupcake tower. There are a variety of stands for the cupcakes, but it typically comes in about three tiers and packed with beautifully decorated cupcakes for each guest.

This is a great alternative that some couples are now choosing, because it’s easier, quicker to serve and more unique than the traditional cake. Another added benefit of the cupcake tower is that it usually costs less than a cake, because it takes less time to make. However, if you’re someone who cannot get past the idea of having that multi-tiered traditional cake, it’s a better idea to stick with your dream.

Fondant Vs. Buttercream

For those who do select the traditional cake, an age old debate quickly emerges: fondant or buttercream. Fondant is a thin layer of icing that fits over the cake but is usually overly sweet. The great thing about fondant is that it can be easily molded to give intricate designs around the cake or smoothed out perfectly. On the other hand, buttercream tastes much better than fondant and typically costs less.

One of the things that should help you select a type is the conditions the cake will have to endure. Buttercream melts very quickly in the heat while fondant traps in the cold, so it lasts longer in warmer environments. Nevertheless, you should let the taste determine your decision, because it’s better to have a cake you want to eat than one that looks nice but tastes bad.

Grand and Ornate Vs. Simple and Elegant

While there’s definitely some middle ground to these two options, this is a fairly common debate when deciding on a wedding cake. There are budgets to take into consideration, but for the most part, this has to do with personal preferences. If you’re having an extravagant wedding, the ornate cake might suit it better. However, if the wedding is accessible and candid, a smooth cake without a lot of fluff may be more impressive.

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