The wedding cake is one of the most important features of your reception; in fact, it is the centerpiece of your reception. You should begin shopping for a baker 6-8 months before the wedding. if you plan on having your reception catered, ask your caterer if they will bake your wedding cake. However, you do not have to choose the caterer to bake your cake. You can also choose from a commercial baker or boutique bakery, custom wedding cake designer, a culinary school or someone you know who makes cakes from home.
Begin by calling bakeries or cake decorators in your area to check for date availability. If the date is open, this will give you an opportunity to make an appointment to go in and check out the designs, taste and skill level of the business. Many specialty cake decorators require you book six months to a year in advance to reserve your date, whereas commercial bakeries may require 3 months due to larger staff and their ability to do a larger quantity of cakes. The most hectic days for bakers are Thursday through Saturday since most weddings are on the weekends. It is a good idea to call and make an appointment to visit with the individual or bakery about your cake instead of just showing up when you have some free time. If you just walk in and expect undivided attention, you may be disappointed if they do not have time to visit with you at that particular moment.
When setting up your appointment, ask the baker to provide samples of the cake flavors, icings, fillings, etc. during your interview. The taste, flavor and texture of the cake itself will be the most important decision you will make when you order your cake. The outside beauty of your wedding cake will be important for your pictures and your personal statement, but the inside of the cake is what you will be serving to your guests. You want a cake that is flavorful, moist and good to eat. Also ask if they can have pictures of some of their previous cakes available at the interview. This will give you an idea of what they are capable of
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