Some parts of wedding planning are overrated, but I’m happy to report that cake tasting isn’t one of them. It’s awesome. Who wouldn’t want to eat lots of free cake?
Sean and I had tastings with two bakers, but we were really impressed with Buttercream. They didn’t just offer us dessert to taste; they guided us through the process and helped us make an educated decision. Here’s what I learned:
Cakes vs. Cupcakes
At first, I considered getting cupcakes for our wedding. I figured it would be fun for guests to choose from a variety of flavors. I also heard that cupcakes are cheaper than a traditional wedding cake. When I mentioned this to our sales representative at Buttercream, he brought up some good points for me to consider.
Cupcakes can be challenging for guests to eat, since you typically hold them and bite into them. Cake is easier to consume, since you’ve got a fork and plate in front of you. If you give guests too many dessert flavors to choose from, it can take a while for them to make a decision. Serving cake at the table is quicker, which gets people on the dance floor a lot faster. I also learned that cupcakes aren’t always cheaper than cakes. It depends on the cake-cutting fee your caterer charges, which can range from $1-$3 per slice! Thankfully, our caterer offers a flat cutting fee, which made choosing cake just as economical as getting cupcakes.
In the end, I decided to scrap cupcakes in favor of a traditional wedding cake. And I’m thankful that the experts at Buttercream steered me in that direction.
Chocolate and vanilla are just the beginning. Beyond a range of cake flavors, you also need to consider what type of frosting and filling you want. A good baker will give you several flavors and encourage you to mix-and-match frostings and fillings. After lots of tasting, we selected two flavors for our cake: a light, white Amaretto Mousse and a chocolate Bailey’s Irish Crème. Guests will have these two delicious options to choose from.
I had no idea how many wedding cake designs existed until I visited Buttercream. Round or square? Number of tiers? Frosting pattern? Color? Cake topper or fresh flowers? Looking back, I should have made a Pinterest board with cake designs and brought it to our tasting. Luckily, the staff at Buttercream helped me figure out what I liked. I landed on a three-tier square cake. It will have white frosting with a simple dot pattern, topped with fresh flowers. The modern, elegant design definitely fits the theme of our wedding.
Photos courtesy of Buttercream