The bridal cake is one of the focal points at any wedding reception. Everyone loves to look at the wedding cake, and comment on how the cake is so pretty. Your bridal cake should reflect the theme of your wedding and of course, it should taste fantastic!
Picking out the cake vendor for your wedding cake is something you should do as soon as possible! When I went to have my meeting for my wedding cake there were a lot of things I did not know the answer to, but I did come prepared with pictures of cakes I liked, color swatches from my bridesmaid dresses, and samples of my dress. My wonderful cake designer Evelyn Criswell, used the different layers of lace from my wedding dress to create my unique wedding cake! Each tier looked like different kinds of lace to match my wedding dress!
A meeting with your cake vendor is not all about eating cake, there will be many questions and decisions that you will need to make. Here are some things to think about and bring with you before you meet with your cake vendor to make your meeting a piece of cake….
Things To Bring With You:
1. Bring a few pictures of wedding cakes you like from bridal magazines or Pinterest.
2. Bring swatches of your wedding colors, invitations, and anything else that may be a part of your wedding vision.
3. Bring your wedding cake topper with you so the baker can make the design around the cake topper. If you haven’t picked out a cake topper, bring a few pictures of cake toppers you are thinking about using.
Things to Think About Before Your Meeting:
1. Shape, Colors, Design
Bridal cakes can be in any shape from square, topsy-turvy, petal , to the traditional round cake. Think about what you want the design of your cake to look like. Do you want to add any flowers or color somehow into your cake? What kind of cake topper will you use? Of course, since you read this blog, you did your homework and have wedding cake inspiration design already, right?!?
Another thing to think about is how the cake will be served. Will the cake be cut and then the guests get their plate of cake, or will the cake be served to each guest?
Come prepared knowing how much you are willing to spend on your bridal cake. Just like your wedding dress, do not fall in love with a cake design that is way over your budget! Some bakeries may charge extra for cake cutting, renting cake stands, and deliveries. Find out if these things are included in the total of your wedding cake. If they are not make sure to factor in the cost of each fee into the total amount you want to spend on your wedding cake.
4. Number of Guests
Think about how many guests will be coming to your wedding. The number of guests will decide on how many tiers will be needed on your wedding cake. Your cake baker will be able to help you decide on the amount of tiers. Here is a visual that might be helpful!
Please pay extra for delivery! Yes, that is extra money but once your cake leaves the bakery in your hands, the bakery will not be held responsible for any problems! My wedding cake had wording that got messed up in transport to my venue. However, I had the wonderful Evelyn Criswell as my cake baker, and she fixed it before the reception! My cake looked gorgeous, so I would have never known anything had happened--my Mom told me about that after the wedding. Evelyn delivered my cake and set my cake up, and she made sure it was perfect! So, leave the delivery of your important wedding cake to the professionals, please!
If you’re in the Birmingham area, I highly suggest checking out two local cake bakeries for your wedding cake.
Call Evelyn Criswell Cakes & Catering for all of your cake catering needs! Evelyn Criswell is an award winning caterer, and her recipes have stood the test of time! Evelyn will work closely with you, and will design your perfect wedding cake! Her custom cakes are some of the best cakes I have ever eaten. My favorite is the almond cake with butter cream frosting. Or the strawberry cake. Or the chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream. Alright, well all of her cakes are so good I can’t choose just one!
Please get Evelyn's herb and cheese ball at your reception--it is out of this world delicious!
Evelyn can also supply you with custom tablecloths and linens that will be sure to meet the needs of your wedding vision! She has so many tablecloths to choose from--and they are all gorgeous! Evelyn has been designing wedding cakes and catering for over 30 years, and weddings are her specialty! You have to admit, that having your caterer, wedding cake, and even linens taken care of in one place sounds fantastic, right? Call Evelyn Criswell today at (205) 629-3227 to book your catering and cake appointment!
Another great wedding bakery is the Pastry Art Bake Shoppe, home of the Baby Bites. The Pastry Art Bake Shoppe will work closely with you to achieve the cake design of your dreams. If you can dream it, they can make it! Call Pastry Art Bake Shoppe today at (205) 877-3852 to book an appointment!