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Cutting the Cost of Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cake. By Flickr user karmadude

When it comes to organising the food for your wedding, it is entirely possible to spend a lot of money on a cake.  Boutique cake and chocolate makers, such as Choccywooccydoodah start pricing their cakes at £199, but extravagant couples needn’t stop there.  For the really lavish shoppers, the world’s most expensive cake on record was the Nahid La Patisserie Artistique and Mimi So wedding cake which was encrusted with diamonds and arrived at the Luxury Bridal Show of Beverley Hills in 2006 complete with its own bodyguards.  With it’s price tag of $20 million, you may not want your guests to actually taste it!

For those who would rather save their money and avoid choking on diamonds, an increasingly popular option is that of making your own wedding cake at home.  Although this requires some effort, it does come with its advantages.  It will give your wedding a very personal touch and you can control both the quality and type of ingredients for your cake.  In the case of those whose guests may have food allergies, it can be reassuring to know for certain that there are no nasty surprises hidden in the mix. It can also give you a huge amount of satisfaction to know that you have created something beautiful and special by yourself that you and all of your guests can enjoy.

Once you have made the decision to make your own wedding cake, we would advise you to give yourself enough time to mess it up completely at least once or twice.  Your wedding is a one off event with a lot of pressure associated with it, and unless you are a master baker, you are unlikely to get your cake right the first time.  A few practice runs would therefore be advisable in order to reduce the risk of last minute disasters.  As with any plans, this part has its advantage in that you get to practice eating your cake as well as baking it!

Before you even start baking, you may want to consider baking classes in order to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge needed in order to approach you wedding baking mission with confidence.  You may also want to equip your kitchen with the implements and gadgets you need in order to help your bake to run smoothly.   Electric whisks and mixers can save you a lot of time and effort and ensuring you have the correct size tins and a decent mixing bowl can prevent panics.

Once you and your kitchen are prepared, you can start turning some serious thought to exactly what kind of cake you want to have for your wedding.  Fruit or chocolate?  Marzipan or cream icing?  Multi-tiered or a single layer?  A choice that is becoming increasingly popular with brides and grooms is beautifully decorated individual cupcakes on a multi-tiered cake stand.  Perhaps you would like to try a few ideas and decide nearer to the time exactly what style of cake you would like, although giving yourself enough time to perfect your choice for the big day would still be advisable.

Another factor that needs to be taken into consideration is that of decoration.  The type of decorations you may want will be largely dependent on what kind of cake you have decided upon.  With a bit of imagination and enthusiasm, however, it is possible to create a cake which is visually pleasing and personal to you with very little added expense.  Alternatively, you may want to consider buying some wedding toppers from a website or our trusty favourite hobbycraft. You can also buy in tricky decorations such as sugar roses which might be difficult to make without a lot of training, effort and time.

Provided you have given yourself enough time to practice, we have every faith that everything will run smoothly when you come to bake the final version.  However, should anything unforeseen occur to prevent your cake from looking or tasting as well as you would have hoped, help may be at hand from your local bakeries or cake makers, as a lot of them offer a last minute cake service (although they may still need a few days’ notice, so make sure you leave enough time to have them in reserve should you need it).

Good luck and happy baking!

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One Response to “Cutting the Cost of Wedding Cakes”

  1. This really makes sense! Wedding cakes can really eat up a large portion of the entire wedding budget. Learning or refining your baking skills by making your own wedding cake is not that bad an idea either.

    Posted by Jane Becker | April 14, 2012, 5:44 pm

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