Continuing our conversation on cakes this week from Irish Wedding Vendor Series, I invited The Cake Lab Bakery as a guest blogger to give us 3 tips on how to choose your wedding cake flavour. So how to make the most out of your wedding cake with such a complicated flavoured matter?
PROCESS OF ELIMINATION BY RATING YOUR FLAVOURS
During a wedding cake consultation when we are asked what flavours we would suggest or what are the most popular, we will always wait for the couple to tell us which flavours, from a selection of 4-5 options, are their personal first, second and third option. We understand that they want all their guests to enjoy the food but we are conscious that it’s the couple’s big day and we feel we are responsible to ensure that their choice of flavours isn’t solely based on what their guests would like. With current wedding trends, the crowd pleaser tier is often a chocolate biscuit or sponge cake or maybe a simple vanilla sponge, with vanilla butter cream.
DIFFERENT FLAVOURS FOR EACH TIER
Our clients don’t want to exclude a large percentage of their guests with a flavour that would maybe be considered too unusual. With weddings there are generally two or three generations attending. Each generation is accustomed to a small section of “standard” wedding flavours. Fortunately, a wedding cake generally has 2 or more tiers. We would generally suggest to have a different flavour for each tier. This helps to satisfy as many different tastes as possible. We would then suggest the third/fourth tier, to be safe popular crowd pleaser.
Food intolerances and allergies are the subject of many books. Our motto in this and many areas is, “keep it simple”. Canvass your guests and identify whether the guest, has made a lifestyle choice, to follow a particular diet due to intolerances. Or, have they been diagnosed, by a medical doctor as a ceoliac sufferer, nut, dairy, egg, strawberry allergy sufferer. This information is very important for your baker and it will help to determine your choice of bakery. Many bakeries now specialise in baking, only gluten free, nut free products etc, therefore eliminating the risk of contamination.
Having these 3 tips in mind you'll make the most out of your cake's tiers by diversifying flavours. And always remember, this is your day, trying to please everyone is hard. As long as you're happy, your guests will be happy too!
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Before attending your wedding cake consultation ask your cake supplier to bake enough to provide you with a party bag to bring some of the cake flavours away with you after the cake tasting consultation. The couple can bring these to work to share with colleagues and give some to family members to get their opinion. This can help with choosing the “crowd pleaser” tier and help to alleviate some of the anxiety of choosing the wrong flavour.