January seemed to be on somewhat of a go-slow, but February has passed in a blur and here at Tree House Towers we have been busily preparing all manner of celebration cakes for birthday, anniversaries and weddings. Brownies, of course are still a main factor in the week with boxes being posted across the country.
In this blog, I thought I’d tackle some of those questions that always arise at my wedding cake consultations. I always love being asked questions about cake. From the unusual to the classic, I have heard a lot and hopefully answered most of them. My favourite is always, ‘What if my cake falls over in the car?’ Contrary to popular belief cakes are actually quite sturdy and as they are generally transported in sections, they are not that hard to transport.
So, grab a cuppa, get comfy and read on for answers to a few of your questions regarding wedding cakes…
1. How much does a wedding cake cost?
This question is pondered by many a couple and it’s one that does not come with a simple answer. Every cake maker charges different prices, and this is based on a wide range of reasons, depending on their location, experience, their level of skill etc.
All of my cakes are bespoke and if you describe what you’d like, along with how many guests you’d like it to serve, I will be able to provide you with an estimate. Remember that the final cost does depend on a range of factors including size, number of tiers, decorations and delivery.
The wedding cake budget depends on how important the cake is to you personally – are you going for the showstopper, where taste and looks are of a huge importance, or maybe you are having a cake because you feel you should?
Whatever your budget, most cake designers will offer you a free consultation and a no-obligation quote and be able to design you a cake that sits neatly within the budget.
2. How big should my wedding cake be?
Deciding how big your cake needs to be is one of the first steps you should take.
It can be a tough call, but I would suggest that around two thirds of your guests will eat the cake on the day. It still amazes me that anyone would not eat the cake, but it happens. There will always be the people who would like to take some home and of course, you’ll want some for those that couldn’t attend.
I am a big believer in serving the wedding cake as the main dessert and if this for you, then you will be looking to serve larger dessert-sized portions. If, on the other hand you are opting for serving the cake later, then a smaller, ‘afternoon tea’ style slice works best.
Depending on the size of the portion required, I would usually recommend a 3 or 4 tier sponge cake for a guest list of 100. It’s always a good idea to seek the advice of your cake maker regarding portion size.
3. Can I serve my cake as a dessert?
Absolutely, you can and what a fabulous addition to your amazing day – eating cake!
So many wedding cakes are cut and sliced into portions but never get to be tasted. Guests take them home in napkins, where they are left on the side and forgotten about. Stop this from happening to your cake and serve it as the main event - dessert.
See the previous question for portion size suggestions.
4. Can I have a different flavour for each tier?
Yes, at Tree House Cakes, it’s actively encouraged and there is no problem with making more than one flavour for our wedding cakes, although this may not be the case with all cake designers. Be sure to discuss this at the initial consultation.
With many couples having very different tastes when it comes to their favourite cake, it has been known for me to make the top tier half chocolate and half lemon.
5. Can you do vegan and Gluten free cake?
Yes, and I offer dairy free cakes too. If required a separate cake can be handed to the venue to accommodate any extra dietary requirements to be cut up in the kitchen for guests. Alternatively, you could dedicate one tier for them.
Wedding Fayre Dates for 2022
Wedding Fayres are a great way to get some ideas for your wedding day. From the outfits to flowers, venue to cake you can be sure that the suppliers at a fayre will be looking to answer any questions and get those items on your ‘To-Do’ list ticked off.
Leicester Tigers Wedding Show – Sunday 6th March 2022
Colwick Hall Wedding Show – Sunday 20th March 2022
The word March originates from the Roman ‘Martius’ and was the first moth of the Roman calendar, named after Mars, the god of war.
March used to be the beginning of the calendar year but was changed to January the 1st in 1752. The calendar we use now is referred to as the Gregorian style.
Mother’s Day 2022
Mother’s Day is Sunday the 27th of this month and this year I will be offering celebration cakes in the following three flavours: - Lemon, Vanilla and coffee and walnut. Simply head to the website for ordering details.
Next month: What’s so special about our brownies?