A traditional, tiered and iced creation, or something savoury? Our Top Tips this Tuesday help you choose the type of cake that’s right for you.
A wedding cake is a long standing tradition, dating as far back as medieval times. Back then, the cakes were piled as high as possible, making the couple’s kiss above it quite a challenge! However, a successful kiss was meant to guarantee a prosperous life together. Traditionally, wedding cakes were also seen as a symbol of good luck for the couple and guests.
However, more and more we’re seeing couples choose something a little alternative from the wedding cake as we typically know it. In fact, wedding cakes haven’t always been a cake in the form of the sweet, delicious treat as we know it today. In earlier times, a wedding ‘cake’ was either a bread, or a pork pie!
Therefore, our Top Tips this Tuesday shares with you some of our favourite options, and alternatives, for your wedding cake. It’s making us hungry!
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Three-tiers, two-tiers? Royal-iced, decorated? Square, round? There are many variations, which makes the traditional style cake an ever-popular choice. With a selection of stunning cake creators (The Wedding Affair know the finest at the industry) who can make your dream designs come to life, your cake can truly reflect your theme and your personalities.
Of course, there’s also an abundance of flavour options. Long-lasting fruit, Victoria Sponge, or something entirely bespoke: a traditional wedding cake gives you plenty of flavour choices. Can’t settle on one? Why not select a different flavour for each tier?
We’ll be putting together our choices of the best wedding cake flavours soon on the blog, so keep your eye out (and your mouth watering!).
Love the idea of ‘cutting the cake’, but want to steer clear from traditional iced designs? Why not go for a naked cake? Recent years have seen this type of cake grow in popularity with brides and grooms. They make a subtle statement, and are ideal for a laid-back, outdoor, vintage wedding.
Packed with your favourite fruits, and forgoing the icing, also makes them that little bit healthier! (OK, we might be clutching at straws here, but anything that can make cake sound like a diet-friendly choice is good for us!)
Ideal for younger guests, and for giving as favours, cupcakes are another type of wedding cake seeing a recent surge in popularity. Cupcakes allow you to experiment with designs, colours and flavours: providing a true selection of choices for your guests (and indecisive brides and grooms!).
If you still fancy the idea of cutting the cake, why not have a small, single-tier cake sitting atop your cupcake tower? You’ll then make sure you still have photos of that special moment, and won’t have to worry about slicing through layer upon layer of cake!
Styled like a traditional wedding cake, with rising tiers decreasing in size, but – rather than a sweet treat – this is a savoury option. You’ll still have that statement centrepiece, but with a cheese cake you’ll be offering your guests something a little different.
If you’re looking to fit a tighter budget, a cheese cake is a great option for serving your evening guests. Accompanied by a selection of crackers, they make perfect evening snacks or after dinner nibbles with coffee.
‘Old Traditional’ Cake
We mentioned earlier in this post that a wedding ‘cake’ was, on occasion, not a cake at all; some wedding cakes of earlier years were in fact pies! Why not embrace the old and have a pork pie wedding cake?
You’ll still be able to ‘cut the cake’ together and, just like a cheese cake, it makes a great evening reception food choice for brides and grooms on a smaller budget. It’s something your guests may not have seen before either and, as we always say, it’s your wedding – so do it your way!
What type of wedding cake did you choose? Let us know over at [email protected], and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss our upcoming ‘cake flavours’ special!