photo: Her World Brides Mar'17 issue / Brian Ho of TheGaleria
For your wedding cake to turn out the way you want it, in the state you expect it to be in - there are many considerations to take note of in the planning stages.
To avoid wedding cake nightmare on your wedding day, here are 5 things to note when you’re ordering your wedding cake.
1) How big should your cake really be?
photo: Her World Brides Dec'17 issue / Tinydot Photography
A good rule of thumb to follow – three tiers of cake will serve about 60 to 100 guests and five tiers will be needed for about 200 guests.
Try to order a bigger cake than you think you’ll need. Not only will it look more impressive as a centrepiece, you can avoid the risk of running out of cake for your guests.
This does not mean you should shoot for the stars. Your cake should also be in proportion to the height and size of your reception area and reception table.
2) Never assume you’ve communicated well enough with just pictures
photo: Her World Brides June'17 issue / Bloc Memoire Photography
The images you’ve saved on your phone from Instagram and Pinterest will not cut it as reference.
If you are particular about getting the exact results and not just similar imitations, be sure to discuss even the smallest details with your baker.
Be it getting the right shade of rose-gold foil trimming or hand-crafted details like frosted pleated ribbons.
3) Know the difference between the ingredients
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Different ingredients give a different feel and look. Be sure to communicate to your bakers and cake shops the theme of your wedding and the type of cakes you want.
You won’t want to end up with a rustic, wildflower covered cake for an elegant black-white wedding dinner affair. Your cake should be compatible with your theme!
For example, fondant gives a particularly smooth and ‘perfect’ finish to your cakes while buttercream is creates a ‘creamy’ looking, natural look.
If you aren’t clear of the difference, you can always ask the bakers to show you examples.
4) Note the weather
photo: Her World Bride Luxe Oct'17/ Evermotion Photography
You won’t want the cake to be collapsing mid-way through your celebrations.
If you’re having an outdoor celebration, avoid using ingredients like whip cream, meringue and buttercream. Make it known to your baker the venue, length and general climate of your wedding party.
5) Ensure there’s a safe delivery in place
photo: Her World Brides Dec'16 issue / Tinydot Photography
Your five-tiered wedding cake turned out beautifully and it is sitting prettily in your baker’s kitchen, but your wedding cake is far from safe.
Cake delivery takes careful planning and coordination. Most bakers provide assembly and delivery services – be sure to discuss the full details with them before you confirm your order.
See also: 9 of the prettiest wedding cakes from Singapore celebrity weddings, 16 Singapore wedding cake bakers and patissiers to look to for your celebrations, 10 pretty wedding cakes we love from real brides
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