No sugarcoating: Your wedding cake questions answered

Chances are you've fallen in love with hundreds of different wedding cakes on Pinterest by now. But how do you know what type of cake is right for you, your wedding, and your budget? We've compiled the most frequently asked questions from The Knot regarding this super sweet component of your big day along with answers based on the best expertise. Let's get to it:

When should I find my baker?

It's recommended that you find your baker about four to six months before the big day. Make sure that you have selected your venue and can take a look at the catering policy just in case there are limitations to know about before you fall in love with a particular baker.

How do I find the right baker?

Consider your budget and your priorities. Do your research and check out the reviews on a reputable wedding review site like Wedding Wire or The Knot. Don't be afraid to go to a bunch of tastings! Once you find a baker you like, the flavors you love, and the filling you can't get enough of, book their services. It's OK to decide on design specifics later in the game.

How can I cut the cost of my cake?

You can save money by opting for fresh flowers or fruit rather than sugar flowers. There's a bit more hassle involved if you choose fresh flowers, because you will have to coordinate with your florist as well. Liz Shim of Eat Cake Be Merry in New York City recommends to "order cake for your actual guest count- not less. It's unfortunate to run out of cake or force a caterer to cut paper thin slices to accommodate all of the guests." With that in mind, try not to skimp on size, but get creative with the toppings in order to save some cash.

How do I choose a style of cake when I love them all?

We suggest taking into account the style of the location, season, your dress, and wedding colors/theme before you settle on a cake. However, you can always use your cake as inspiration for the entire wedding aesthetic, also! 

Buttercream or Fondant and why?

Buttercream is made with butter and sugar while fondant is made with sugar, corn syrup, and water. Buttercream has a reputation for being more tasty than fondant, which has a sort of gummy consistency. It's all about aesthetic when you make this decision. Fondant appears perfectly smooth and can be crafted into flowers, shapes, designs, you name it. Buttercream simply appears to look like frosting. You can always get the best of both worlds by having the cake frosted with buttercream and then covered with fondant. It's recommended to avoid buttercream if your cake is going to be sitting outside in warm weather, as it's opt to melt. There's always the option to choose the trendy "naked cake" and ignore frosting all together! 

What do we do for a topper?

There are so many excellent options! If you're not into the classic plastic figures, there are sugar flowers, chocolate flowers, fresh flowers, and fresh fruit. Family heirloom pieces are also gaining popularity along with monogram letters. Just be creative! 

Can I pick the cake up myself?

It's recommended that you are best off coordinating delivery from your baker to your venue. Solidify delivery details before you sign the contract with your baker. 

When do we cut the cake?

Cutting the cake is typically a sign that the reception is coming to an end. If you don't want to interrupt the dancing, cutting the cake right after your grand entrance is a good bet. No matter when you do it, don't forget to eat a slice and have your caterer save a couple slices for you to eat as a midnight snack! 

What's the best way to keep the top tier fresh for our 1 year anniversary? 

It's actually suggested that you don't! Supposedly, it sounds like a much better idea than the cake actually tastes a whole year later. Experts say to consider eating it a few weeks to a couple months after the wedding with family and friends as you look through photos for your album. We think that's a cute idea! Some bakers even throw in a fresh cake in the same flavor free of charge for your anniversary- something to certainly ask about! If you still want to stick to tradition, just let your caterer know that you want to save the top tier, then seal it in plastic wrap in an air-tight bag, and freeze.

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