Not sure where to start with your wedding cake planning, then follow our 5 tips for choosing your wedding cake (during a pandemic). You’ve just started your planning? You’ve had to postpone your wedding again as government advice has changed again and not yet ordered your cake? You’re getting married this year and having a micro wedding, followed by a sequel wedding a year later?
1. Think about your design
You’ve just got engaged, booked your venue and are thinking about your wedding cake. You may have a dream design you’ve considered for years. More likely, you’re scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram saving every style and size of cake you love. Now is the time to talk to your cake designer in person or on the phone.
Instead of simply emailing and asking for a price. Our advice is to get to know your potential cake designer, have a chat and begin to understand how much time, talent and hard work goes into every bespoke wedding cake.
In the first instance we offer a complimentary chat on the phone/ video call to discuss your ideas. This helps us to get a real feeling for the overall effect that you would like your wedding cake to have as part of your special day. We can discuss your guest numbers, when you’re planning to serve the cake and of course your design ideas. From this, we’ll create an initial proposal for you.
Time to taste.
We have spent a long time taste testing the most exquisite flavours in our Kent cake design studio. These are baked just for you in our indulgent flavour combinations. They are the essence of your dream wedding cake or bespoke celebration cake. Each tier of your cake includes four layers of delicious homemade sponge filled with fresh buttercream and jams then covered with scrumptious chocolate ganache which creates a smooth surface before adding a flawless finish of sweet fondant icing.
We’ll arrange a taster box to be sent to you, followed up with an in depth phone/ videocall or an in person tasting consultation. Our in person cake consultations are starting again in September complete with face coverings and hand sanitiser! From this we can create a detailed quote for you.
2. Do I really need a wedding cake?
Of course you do! If cake isn’t your thing, well now’s the time to get really creative. A wedding cake doesn’t necessarily mean a traditional white sugar flower multi tier extravaganza. Macaron towers are a fantastic alternative…the ‘new’ wedding cake if you will. No longer simply used as wedding favours, they are the main event.
We’d suggest a sumptuous statement tower perhaps in ombre tones, similar to Claire and Paris’ design at The Ritz. This is finished with a lavish flower bed at the top and base of the tower.
3. What about a micro wedding?
You’re planning to marry on your original wedding date followed by a sequel wedding in 2021. Rather than a traditional cake, we’d suggest something completely personal to you. An informal afternoon tea at home following your ceremony or even a picnic in the park with your closest family (following latest government advice of course!) would be perfect. Inspired by our Unbirthday Afternoon Teas, these include rich chocolate mini cakes layered with a rich chocolate buttercream dark chocolate ganache and handmade gold painted dark chocolate bar, luscious lemon and summerberry handmade macarons, gooey white chocolate and raspberry blondies, lightly scented vanilla and rose cookies, the fluffiest of freshly made fruit scones and a jar (with just the right amount) of our homemade berry jam.
This enables you to keep the intimate celebration, and even a tiny cake cutting moment. Afternoon tea from our kitchen to your home means that even if you’re not holding your micro wedding in Kent that doesn’t stop you from enjoying an afternoon tea celebration. You might consider a relaxing elopement afternoon tea with just the two of you complete with a glass of fizz in the garden.
Alternatively a single tier, highly detailed mini version of your originally planned wedding cake would be a lovely touch. Enough cake for your closest friends and family to share and a way to enjoy a taste of your wedding cake design before your 2021 sequel wedding!
4. Talking of sequel weddings…
Sequel weddings are usually a two part wedding with multiple ceremonies. With more and more weddings being postponed in 2020, we’re noticing lots of our couples choosing an elopement as we’ve mentioned already on their original wedding date, followed by a bigger sequel wedding in 2021.
This ensures that the gorgeous multi tier handmade wedding cake you thought might be forever on hold is back!
5. Make sure you love your cake designer’s style
Your wedding cake should taste amazing and look phenomenal. Above all it is completely bespoke and created just for you. However, like everything else every cake designer has their own style.
Are you looking for hyper realistic sugar flowers? Want to replicate the intricate design on your wedding dress in edible cake lace, just like Michelle secretly wanted for her wedding to Sean at Bradbourne House?
All unique and in a style that you love, then our designs are for you.
Remember your wedding cake is an investment. It isn’t simply photographed and forgotten about. Our 5 tips on choosing your wedding cake show the importance of it being a centrepiece, a talking point, edible work of art and most importantly is exactly what you dreamed of creating.
Photos: Rebecca Douglas Photography
We are Erica and Charlie Bell, a mother-daughter team creating breathtaking cakes and macarons from our studio in Maidstone, Kent. We love nothing more than getting to know our couples, creating distinctive designs that are inventive and imaginative. Our one-of-a-kind cakes that are designed down to the very last (sugar) detail. Creating cakes for couples where ordinary isn’t an option.