Now we all know that there is so much to think about when organising a wedding.
So to hopefully make your life a little bit easier, I am getting blog posts together that will help you with all things wedding.
This week it’s all about Wedding Cake. I met up with cake designer Jane from DeLovely Cakes to get some hints and tips and also to photograph her amazing designs, Oh yes and I did have the odd cuppa and cake while there!
I asked Jane the following:
How long have you been designing cakes?
I have¬†been creating bespoke wedding cakes for around¬†9¬†years now and find the whole process from start to finish very rewarding.¬†I was looking to learn a new skill (I used to be a hairdresser) and a friend of mine suggested I go on a wedding cake course, so I booked myself on¬†a 3 day course, apparently for any level. Off I went down south with map in hand (didn’t have a sat nav then).¬†¬†I soon realised that everybody else on the course had their own wedding cake business and felt out of my depth.¬†After ¬†3 days I had learned the skills of making a 3 tier wedding cake along with the art of sugar flowers. I haven’t stopped making cakes and¬†flowers since.
What should a Bride & Groom look for in a cake designer?
Look in magazines, attend¬†bridal fayres, recommendations, other friends weddings you have been to, also the internet.¬†When you find what you like add it to your mood board or Pinterest.
After you have booked your venue, by which time you will probably have chosen your flowers and have an overall feel of your big day, ¬†I ¬†would recommend arranging a design consultation and tasting session¬†and take with you any pictures, ribbons etc to give a feel of what you are looking for!
Ordering your cake
Many cake designers can be booked 1 or 2 years in advance, so as soon as you have found your perfect cake and designer – BOOK! It is normal to pay a deposit and I take ¬†a 30% deposit to secure the time in the diary with the balance due 8 weeks before the wedding date.
How will the cake be delivered on my wedding day?
As your wedding cake is a piece of edible art, the delivery is an important factor and great care should be taken when transporting it to your venue. Most cake designers charge for delivery and set up but I do think this is a very important part of the process, so be sure to ask this question at your consultation!
How do I choose where to display my cake at the venue?
Depending on your room/venue, you may need to consider how to display your cake. If your reception is in a large room a 2/3 tier cake may get a bit lost in the scheme. You could always ask your designer to add a couple of dummy tiers to create height.
If your cake is to be placed in a marquee or conservatory make sure it is not placed in direct sunlight!
Finally Jane – What is your favourite cake?
I get asked this all the time. My answer would always be; the last cake I have made.
Here are a few of Jane’s FABULOUS cakes……
This beautiful cake was inspired by a pair of gloves that belonged to her Grandmother.
I shouldn’t have favourites but WOW!
Pure Chocolate Indulgence
Pretty little dancing shoes made of chocolate
If you would like more information on the cakes that Jane designs you can contact her on 01926 889586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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