Your Wedding Cake Questions Answered

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It’s time to start thinking about booking your wedding cake but you don’t have a clue where to start. You will find all the answers to the most commonly asked questions in this handy little guide.

How much does a wedding cake cost?

How long is a piece of string? Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this, as the cost of a wedding cake can vary depending on a number of things, such as the wedding date, guest numbers, overall complexity of design, and venue location.

Every cake designer charges differently depending on their level of experience, ingredients used, overheads and geographical location. As an example, a simple naked cake will be significantly cheaper than a fondant iced cake covered in sugar flowers. Depending on all these factors a 3 tier cake could range anywhere from £300 – £1000 or more.

At your initial enquiry, and based on your wedding details, you will be quoted an estimated price range, which then gives you a good idea what your cake will cost. It’s also important to mention if you have a specific budget you would like to keep to as your cake designer can work to this.

How big should our wedding cake be?

First thing to consider is when your cake will be served. If you are planning to serve your wedding cake as dessert then you will need to cater to 100% of your guests. If you are incorporating your wedding cake into the evening buffet then I would usually advise catering to around 70-80% of your total guest numbers.

For around 100 guests it would be recommend to order a 3 tier cake and a 4 tier cake for 160. Another option to consider is having a smaller cake plus dessert table. These are a great option to treat your guests during your evening wedding reception plus they can be tailored to your colour scheme or theme.

Your cake maker will be able to advise on the most appropriate size for your wedding based on your requirements and guest numbers.

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Can I have a wedding cake tasting?

Every cake maker should offer a cake tasting. They can be done in person or by collecting a box of cake samples. If you have already saved your date with a cake maker, then a complimentary tasting box would likely be included.

Can I have different flavours on each tier?

Absolutely yes! We recommend choosing a wide variety of flavours that you and your guests will enjoy. A lot of couples choose to keep the top tier just for the themselves, saving that for the day after the wedding to enjoy.

How far in advance should I order my wedding cake?

As soon as you have booked your venue, it’s time to start booking your preferred suppliers. To avoid disappointment, I always advise allowing 12-18 months.

A lot of cake makers only take on a limited number of bookings per week.

Peak season (April – September) is more popular and these dates will go first. There is nothing worse than finding your dream supplier has no availability for your wedding date, so make sure you secure your date early.

How long does it take to make a wedding cake?

Your wedding cake is a minimum 5 day process – baking, filling & ganaching, covering, decorating and delivering. If your cake has a complicated design involving many sugar flowers this work would involve additional time which would be started weeks, sometimes even months, in advance.

Can I have flowers on my wedding cake?

Yes, absolutely you can! There are lots of options to choose from, whether you opt for sugar flowers, artificial, fresh or dried, there are options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Dried flowers are becoming increasingly popular for that rustic or boho look. If using fresh flowers, it’s important to make sure these are made food safe for your cake. This is why it’s usually better for your cake maker to arrange the flowers compared to a florist as we are all trained in food safety and can follow the correct protocols. It’s also important to use suitable fresh flowers which are not toxic or poisonous.

Making realistic sugar flowers are more expensive than the other flower options as they are all handmade. However, the possibilities are endless. Is your favourite flower a peony, but they aren’t in season for your wedding? You can have them made in sugar, whatever colour you like! Or maybe you love an iris, but they are poisonous, that’s no problem in sugar! Sugar flowers are food safe and will last a lifetime if stored correctly.

Every cake maker has their own preference and skill level, so important to check what options they can provide.

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