So, for as long as you can remember, your notion of a wedding cake has been synonymous with ‘pretty on the outside, dry and tasteless on the inside’ and you’re determined to wow your guests with a delicious custom wedding cake that will have them licking fingers and coming in for seconds.
The trouble is, Googling wedding cakes in Austin or custom cakes in Austin, TX brings up so many results that the process has left you feeling flustered and a good deal more stressed than you need to be.
It’s time to take a breather…we’re here to help with 4 points that’ll teach you exactly how to choose your wedding cake.
1: Taste matters:
We understand that you want a beautiful, designer wedding cake that expresses your personal style and wedding theme.
Unfortunately, a lot of people end up sacrificing flavor for looks in order to cut costs and this has contributed to the fact that when you think of a wedding cake, you might not think of a delicious, moist, high flavor experience.
Try to remember that the response you’ll get from a great looking cake will not mean much when your guests are forced to eat cardboard. The last thing you want is to end up with guests that go home saying: “It’s a pity that wedding cake didn’t taste as good as it looked…”
Many custom cake makers use a cake mix to craft beautiful, unique-looking wedding cakes en-mass with the result that what should be a ‘special’ first bite ends up being a cringe-moment instead of a tasty one.
I don’t know about you but a close inspection of a cake mix box usually makes me think again. Pre-mixes are full of artificial ingredients and unwanted preservatives. Also, remember that cheap cakes are cheap for a reason.
When deciding where to get a custom cake in Austin, pick a designer who makes wedding cakes from scratch, preferably working with or being a master baker themselves. This will ensure that you end up with a well rounded, focal point cake that boasts a perfect balance between good looks and good eating.
Speak to your cake vendor about wedding cake flavor combos that are right for you, then take that next exciting step and go in for a tasting.
2: Speak up about money:
Wedding cakes in Austin and the U.S. tend to be priced by serving, as opposed to being priced by weight of the whole cake.
If you’re having a grand celebration with over a hundred guests, who you’d like to feed custom cake to, you need to understand that this may set you back a bit, budget wise.
We recommend an in-person consultation with your cake maker so you can extract the nitty gritty on what is included in the per-slice price.
Don’t forget to ask if delivery and setup is included in the price, as well as their policy on fresh flowers, if you wish to include any.
We suggest you allocate your wedding cake budget only after this meeting, as your cake maker will be able to give you an idea of scale requirements based on your guest count…the last thing you want is for your guests to go home cake-hungry because you budgeted to hard on this aspect.
3. Vision board heroes:
You’ve got enough on your plate having to plan the perfect wedding…there’s no need to work up a sweat designing your cake yourself as well.
Leave the designing to professionals and, instead, create a vision board complete with pics of all the cakes your’ve seen which give you the warm and fuzzies.
A cake-idea-vision-board will help you organize your wedding-cake dreams and will allow your Austin cake artist to incorporate your favorite wedding cake ideas into one masterpiece that’s a work of art, unique to you and in line with your chosen wedding aesthetic.
You may choose to create a physical vision board with clippings from your favorite magazines or you can create a board on Pinterest, where you’ll find so many incredible cake ideas, you’ll have to go on Pinterest detox by the time the process is over.
Be kind to your cake designer, though, and try to narrow your wedding cake vision board down to 15 cakes or less before you hand it over.
4. Plenty tiers equals less tears:
When budgeting for and planning your wedding cake, it’s important to consider your guest count and the possibility that your bridal cake is going to be so delicious that the sweet tooth swoop in for more.
Speak to your cake designer about tiering up for your guests. In fact, creating a multi-tier cake can even give you the option of incorporating more than one flavor profile. Imagine a chocolate orange cream base tier with a lighter vanilla and strawberry butter cream second tier…onward and upward, to your heart’s content.
It should be clear to you now that the days of cardboard-finish wedding cakes are long gone and it is 100% possible to strike a balance between beauty and flavor.
Your custom cake is going to be a perfect extension of the visual and culinary feast that you want your big day to be and there is no reason to compromise when it comes to quality.
We all know the saying, “the proof is in the pudding.” That’s why you need to make sure you choose a wedding cake that looks and tastes like true-love on a plate!