How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake in Melbourne
Updated: Jan 10
Planning a wedding is such an exciting time but it can get stressful!
You want everything to be perfect - and it can be!
The key is to plan and do your research.
If you are getting married during peak wedding season in Melbourne, some vendors can get booked out up to one year in advance so it's best to get your deposit in early to avoid disappointment.
Pick a style of cake that suits you as a couple.
There are thousands of wedding cake designs on the internet to choose from.
It can get a little overwhelming!
The best place to start is on Instagram and Pinterest.
Do some research and see if there is anything that really stands out to you.
Once you've found a cake designer you like, I strongly recommend looking at their previous work. By doing this you can see their abilities and what they have created in the past.
Take note, if you get a photo off the internet, it generally isn't going to look exactly the same as the photo.
Bakers all have different tools and unique styles - the main thing is to trust in your baker.
Fondant or buttercream?
Fondant and buttercream are the two main finishes when it comes to decorating a cake.
All of my fondant covered cakes are iced in either chocolate or white chocolate ganache as it is stable and helps to get sharp edges.
Fondant is the more classic option which is the type of icing that sets hard.
You have a lot more freedom to get creative with fondant and do finishes such as marble, lace and fondant details.
Buttercream seems to be the more popular option lately with a minimal, laid back vibe.
You can either have your buttercream naked, smooth iced or textured.
Generally, my buttercream cakes come complete with fresh flowers - gold or silver leaf can also be used to add a little extra wow!
Dessert or coffee portions?
Wedding cakes are cut in a grid format, this helps to get more serves and even slices.
Dessert portions are usually 1" x 2" x 4" whereas coffee portions are 1" x 1" x 4".
Most venues will provide your guests with a 3 course meal, dessert being one of them.
As a result, most couples will opt for coffee portions.
Wedding cakes are usually cut up and placed on platters in the centre of tables for guests to help themselves. Not every guest will take a slice of cake as many will be up dancing and chatting so you don't have to stress too much about having the exact right amount.
Every chef will cut the cake slightly differently so suggested serving size is only a guide.
Sticking to a budget.
When deciding on a budget for your wedding it is best to do your research and get a few quotes. Be realistic in what you want and what your budget can get you.
It is unrealistic to want a 7 tier cake for $200, for example.
If you are wanting to keep costs down, go for a minimalist design that showcases some fresh seasonal flowers.
Once you have gotten a few quotes from bakers, look at their previous work and make sure you're happy with the quality. Be sure to ask if delivery is an extra cost and they have included everything you've asked for.
Make sure to put your deposit down to secure your date to avoid disappointment!
Go for a tasting.
This is one of the best parts of wedding planning and usually where the groom likes to have the most say.
At Bittersweet Cakes we offer complimentary tastings.
We usually have our 6 most popular flavours available so when you come in for your appointment we're able to arrange a tasting plate for you to enjoy and see what you prefer.
When you're planning your wedding, you will most likely read hundreds of reviews!
Hearing from real brides and grooms gives you the confidence in the vendors you choose.
It will also help put your mind at ease knowing that you are choosing experienced suppliers that have been working in the wedding industry for a number of years.
Custom cake toppers.
Custom cake toppers are a way to personalise your wedding cake.
They can be made in all kinds of styles and colours.
Some of the most popular custom toppers for weddings are initials, customised surname toppers such as Mr & Mrs Smith, include your wedding date - the choice is yours.
Consider the weather.
Be very careful during summer weddings especially if they are outdoor.
The last thing you want is a 40 degree day with a 3 tier buttercream wedding cake outside.
It will melt.
The safest option during the summer months is fondant.
If your heart is set on buttercream and you are having an indoor wedding at a venue that has air con, that's absolutely fine - we can make it work!
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