Wedding cakes have been around for many decades, and have become increasingly elaborate and detailed thanks to tools like fondant — a dough-like, easy-to-mould frosting that allows intricate, edible cake detailing.
Years ago, in the time of Queen Victoria, royal icing was the go-to option for custom made cakes. Royal icing dried so hard that it had to be cracked open with a hammer once it came time to eat the cake. While that might seem strange today, in 50 years, it’s likely that future couples will look back at the cakes of today and think, “What were they thinking?”
That said, there’s enough of those moments happening today that we don’t actually need to venture into the past or future to document them. Here are three ways custom wedding cakes can go horribly, terribly wrong.
1. Ask Your Friend to Do it for You
If you’re friends with someone who creates custom made cakes, you are in luck! Most people, though, end up asking a friend or relative who has absolutely no experience making a wedding cake — and it’s a lot harder than mixing up eggs with a box batter and putting it in the oven. Some couples have found out the hard way that this doesn’t leave them with the cake of their dreams. Only attempt if you are very experimental.
2. Don’t Try and Save $10 by Moving the Cake Yourself
Many people look at their wedding budget and, logically, look for places to cut expenses. Where you won’t want to cut costs is having your cake professionally delivered. At every step of the moving process there are potential hazards that are exacerbated by the stress and limited time occurring before a wedding. The last thing you’ll want is to get the cake all the way to the venue, only for it to slide off as you try and lug it up a hill.
3. Don’t Just Go for the Cheapest Baker
It’s natural to look for ways to cut costs. However, remember that quality often has a price. Always check online reviews for your bakery before plunking down a deposit and trusting them with your cake. Rather than gambling on an inexperienced or low-rated shop, consider instead that seasonal cake flavors often cost more, and square wedding cakes often cost less.
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