Krystan (remember her from the travel-themed wedding?) wanted to surprise Luis with a groom’s cake, and he is a huge Star Wars fan so here’s what we created for him:
Here’s a fun wedding cake! Krystan and Luis love to travel so they wanted their entire wedding to reflect that. When we sat down to design their cake, I knew right away it was going to be a fun one.
Are you having a beach wedding and want a simplistic, elegant cake? But maybe you also want a little sparkle and pizazz??? Here’s the cake for you!
The cake was iced in buttercream and covered with coarse sugar. The sugar naturally catches the light and looks great at any reception! Then, the cake was adorned with fondant seashells and a fondant starfish topper.
Preparation is the key to a successful wedding cake design session. Here are our tips to ensure you get the cake you’ve always dreamed of:
1. Do your cake research.
Look at pictures of cakes until your eyes hurt! Pick out a few of your favorites and bring them with you to your appointment. Don’t bring 50 photos though…that’s not helping your cake decorator see your vision. Try 10 or fewer.
2. Do your bakery research.
Once you have an idea of what you want your cake to look like, start researching local bakeries to find ones you’d like to work with. Even if they don’t have a cake similar in their photo gallery, does it look like they are capable of decorating your dream cake? Will their prices fit within your cake budget? Check out their reviews! Are their previous brides disappointed, content, happy, or THRILLED?
3. Plan your time wisely.
We recommend sitting down for a tasting & design consultation with a minimum of 2 cake decorators. Don’t go with the first one you sit down with (even if they’re awesome like us). I mean, this is the FUN part of wedding planning – who doesn’t love cake?! And make these appointments at least 6 months prior to your big day. Many cake decorators book up months in advance so don’t set yourself up for disappointment if you wait too late and all the “good ones” are booked.
4. Bring your inspiration & information
Bring everything you can to the cake tasting that will help your cake decorator see your vision for you dream cake. Cake decorators are awesome and fun people, we know, but we are not mind readers. Bring color swatches, your wedding invitation, pictures of the cakes you like, pictures of reception decor, etc. Know approximately how many cake servings you’ll need and how much you’d like to spend on the cake.
5. Does the shoe fit?
Ok, you’ve sat down with the cake decorator, designed your dream cake, and tasted his/her cakes. First of all, does the cake taste good?! Secondly, do you feel comfortable with this decorator? If your personalities clash, you might be better off finding another decorator that is more suited to you. This might be the last time you meet face-to-face with the decorator so do you trust that she a) understands your vision and b) is competent enough to bring that vision to reality? And third, does the dream cake fit in the budget?
And last, but not least, if you’re having trouble narrowing down your own cake vision, use your resources. There are tons of wedding magazines and websites at your fingertips. Try TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.com for starters. And we all know that Pinterest is a bride’s best friend.
We shared this wedding cake with you last Friday in a post about designing the perfect wedding cake. But we wanted to show you a few more pictures of the cake itself so here you go!
The finished cake right before it went out for delivery:
For those of you who have not yet designed your dream wedding cake, we thought we’d show you a bit of what we do during a design consultation. We’ll use a recent wedding in Plant City as an example. Kara came to us with 2 of her favorite cakes:
99% of the time, we sit down with the bride and/or groom to design their wedding cake from the inside (flavors), out (decorations). However, we are sometimes contacted by out-of-town brides and design the cake via email or phone conversations.
In July, Ashley and Juan drove from Georgia to get married in St. Petersburg. The reception was held at the Parkshore Grill, and Ashley asked us to create her wedding cake. She sent us a photo of a cake she liked and some samples of her wedding colors, and we took it from there!
A couple of weeks ago, we had the honor of creating a wedding cake for Kristin and Emad. Their wedding ceremony was held at a church in Plant City, and then the guests all traveled to the Palmetto Club in Fishhawk Ranch for the reception.
Groom’s cakes are traditionally used as a way for the groom to express his personality at the wedding reception. However, they’re being used in different ways more and more. For example, some couples choose to let the groom have his spotlight at the rehearsal dinner where the groom’s cake is the only one served. And other brides love to surprise their groom with a cake suited to his personality. While the groom’s cake is always smaller than the wedding cake, it is a great way for the bride to show how much she loves her man.
Back in March, Jennifer surprised her new husband at their reception with this Red Sox-themed cake: