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10 Questions to Ask a Cake Baker

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2013

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Choosing a cake baker is probably one of the most enjoyable parts of wedding planning. Why? Because who wouldn’t want to partake in a cake tasting session? After reading dozens of WeddingWire vendor reviews and narrowing your candidates down, you’re finally ready to sit down (with an empty stomach) for an in-person or phone interview. Have them answer the following questions:

1. Do you customize cakes? Familiarize yourself with their portfolio! There probably is a set number of designs that he/she offers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own inspiration to the conversation.

2. How long before the wedding will the cake be baked? It’s not a one-day job. Keep in mind that he/she often has more than one wedding cake per weekend to prepare. Layers are normally baked in advance, but you don’t want a stale or frozen cake. To be safe, make sure it’s two to four days in advance.

3. Some of my guests have allergies. What are my options? Depending on the number of guests that have allergies, your cake baker might suggest to either have one tier or the entire cake to be gluten-free.

4. Which flavors, fillings, and icings do you offer? Find out what’s available. Common flavors include: vanilla, chocolate devil’s food, lemon, and coconut. Common fillings and icings include: buttercream, cream cheese, and fruit purees.

5. What if I want fresh flowers? Will you coordinate with my florist? Come up with a game plan of communication between the two. Request the florist to provide a photo of the pesticide-free flowers he/she plans on arranging, so your cake baker can design the cake around them.

6. How will the cake be transported? Ask whether the cake baker or decorator will be on hand for last minute touch ups once the cake is delivered. 

7. Will the cake need to be refrigerated? The types of “soft” frosting and filling you pick will ultimately decide whether the heat and humidity will be a concern.

8. Do you cut the cake? Is that an extra fee? If your cake baker is not an in-house vendor affiliated with your venue, there’s a possibility for a cutting-fee on average of $1.50 per person.

9. What’s the cost per slice? Consider the details. The more intricate and exotic, the higher it will cost. And vice versa.

10.  Can we save the top tier our first anniversary? Often times, your cake baker will provide a free mini cake instead.

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Photo: Jennifer Baumann Photography

Last week, we launched our second e-magazine, WeddingWire’s FallBook 2013. It’s overflowing with this season’s top cakescenterpiecesbouquetsfavors, and boutonnieres full of red, orange, yellow and brown hues, textures, and foliage to inspire your fall wedding decor. And that’s not all! Some of our favorite sections? Check out which wedding and bridesmaid dresses are trending across the USA, how-to pair a statement necklace with your wedding dress, and which outfits to wear to your engagement session. If you’re looking for great advice, we’ve got that too, in the form of tips from some of our favorite wedding experts on saving money without sacrificing style. (Yes, it can be done!)

We’re also excited to share with you a sneak peek at two NEW WeddingWire features. Get a sneak peek of our new and improved wedding websites, and our super-cool makeover tool. Upload a picture of yourself to test the results and be sure to take the beauty quiz to discover your celebrity look.

So curl up with a mug of hot cider, and get inspired with our FallBook!

5 Dessert Trends Beyond The Wedding Cake

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 07, 2013

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Red Ribbon Studio, Austin Gros Photography, Britt Rene Photo, Sweet and Saucy Shop and Crissie McDowell Photography

Instead of wearing white, some brides will wear a colored wedding gown. Instead of having the flower girl or ring bearer throw petals or hold a pillow, some brides choose creative items for them to carry. Instead of having a wedding, some couples decide to elope. What other tradition can a bride test the limits of? No cake! Here are our top surprising desserts that are in while three-tiered confections are on their way out:

Macarons: If you’re looking for endless possibilities of flavor at your dessert table, incorporate these French sweets. Just to name a few, you can choose between flavors such as s’mores, dark chocolate ganache, cotton candy, orange creamsicle or pistachio.

Cake Balls: First, came cupcakes. Second, came cake pops. Third, came cake balls. Of course, third time’s a charm, right? Well, cake balls are merely cake pops without a stick, and you most likely will not have the willpower to eat just one.

Mason Jar Cupcakes:  Imagine a cake that is prepared, and even baked, inside the mason jar they are eaten from. All your guests need is a utensil, which means easy cleanup! Add gift tags or labels with your names and wedding date, and you have favors to pass out to your guests at the end of the night.

Mini Pies: Perfect for any rustic or ranch wedding, mini pies will make your guests feel right at home.

Donuts: Forget the candy bar and have a donut bar. Provide take home boxes, and guests will have breakfast for the morning after!

For more dessert display inspiration, check out our photo gallery.

3 Ways to Incorporate Emerald

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 18, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, Pantone recently announced that emerald is the color of 2013, which means couples will be searching for their “something emerald” instead of their “something blue.” Here are three ways to incorporate a green color scheme into any upcoming wedding:

1. Table Decor: Place emerald accents throughout the tables in your glassware, menus or plate settings.

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Photo: Nancy Ray Photography

2. Bouquet: Steal the most abundant hue from Mother Nature to fill your bouquet.

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Photo: Floressence Flowers 

3, Cake: Choose a cake that has an emerald ombre effect.

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Photo: Maxie B’s 

Trends We Love: Flower Adorned Cakes

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 14, 2012

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Sophisticated Floral Designs & Accessories, KWP Weaver, Caroline Ghetes Photography and Cake Zen 

There’s nothing more creative and simple than incorporating a floral design into your wedding cake. Traditionally, wedding cakes were adorned with fresh flowers, but nowadays, couples are also adorning their cake with silk flowers instead. As long as you choose a floral design that accents your wedding theme, it’s bound to look beautiful. Are you using fresh flowers or silk flowers? Let us know in the comments below.

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