When it comes to wedding cake, we are definitely in the camp that it’s a wedding tradition to firmly uphold. After all, a party without a cake is just a meeting and the same is true of weddings so I’ve heard 😉
If you’ve never fed cake to hundreds of people before, it can be really confusing trying to work out exactly how much you need to feed your guests. Whether you’re ordering a cake from the supermarket, or having one made for you by a fabulous cake maker, no one wants to have too much or even worse, too little!
So we’ve put together this guide to help you work out just how much cake you need to order, what kind of icing you’d like to chose from and some ideas as to how your cake could look. But remember, whether it’s bright and bold, or soft and pastel, covered in icing or stripped back to show off the squishy sponge, the most important thing is that it tastes delicious!
The iced cake is having a come back, once the reserve of a more traditional look, creative cake makers have found ways of making this finish much more contemporary. Ruffles, bright colours, gold leaf, incredibly realistic sugar flowers – there’s pretty much no limits on what you can do with icing. And not all iced cakes have to conceal a fruit cake – there are lighter options for icing that allows even the most delicate of sponge to be wrapped now. The layer of marzipan and icing reminiscent of a rock hard Christmas cake is not compulsory, I promise.
I’m a buttercream girl at heart. It’s soft, it’s delicious and the finish is so inviting. Buttercream can actually be manipulated beautifully to create all sorts of finishes, from rough to smooth the texture it creates is stunning. For summer weddings, extra care will need to be taken with buttercream cakes, but your cake maker will be able to advise on when to remove from the fridge – or they will deliver to you and set the cake up in the best spot for it to last perfectly all day.
The semi naked wedding cake (along with the naked wedding cake) is a recent trend that almost saw the demise of the traditional iced wedding cake! Perhaps because people actually don’t like to eat layers of thick sugary icing – this cake gives you a lovely neat finish, but allows you to actually see what is inside. It’s very delicate and pretty, perfect for a rustic luxe wedding with laidback vibes.
The naked wedding cake was a huge sensation that sent Instagram into overdrive, every time we shared a naked cake image we got ALL THE LIKES. I guess it was totally new and very different to the traditional idea of a wedding cake, and that’s what we’re all about! Your day, your way means creating a day you love and if that means a naked wedding cake because you don’t like icing then go for it! This is perhaps the easiest of cakes to DIY if you were thinking of baking your cake yourself.
And don’t forget if any of your guests have dietary requirements or are vegans, then we can recommend some highly skilled bakers who create vegan wedding cakes every bit as delicious as their dairy filled counterparts. In fact in most cases, you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference! Visit our recommend supplier directory to find bakers who can cater for dietary requirements.
You can find a wonderful selection of cake makers on our hand picked supplier directory, The List. Each one is truly talented and creates cakes that taste as good as they look. Don’t forget one of the best parts of wedding planning is cake tasting 🙂
And if you need any further inspiration on wedding cakes, then you need to get a copy of the RMW Book, Your Day Your Way, where the header image is taken from. It’s brimming with ideas for how you can serve guests cake and dessert. (Image By WE ARE // THE CLARKES, cakes by Buttercream & Dreams).