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Wedding Cake Basics: Cutting and Serving the Wedding Cake

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 by Mandy Webster

A 5-layer, Modern Black and White Wedding Cake on a table at a wedding receptionIn my last post, I gave you a brief overview of how to cut your wedding cake. Now that you know how your cake should be cut, the next step is to decide who will cut and serve the wedding cake at your wedding reception. You must make sure the official wedding cake cutter understands exactly how you want the cake sliced in order to serve everyone. You don’t want to start with large slices of cake and end up serving tiny slivers near the end to try to feed everyone.

If your caterer is providing your wedding cake, then he or she will likely take charge of cutting the cake. In this case, making arrangements for the wedding cake cutting ceremony may be as simple as reviewing your expectations with the caterer. In most cases the person assigned to cut your cake will have some experience and will probably cut your cake in the exact proportions required to feed all of your guests.

However, many caterers will charge you an exorbitant fee for cutting and serving a cake provided by someone other than themselves. In this case, you will need to choose a trusted friend or family member to take on this vital role.Beaded Cake Serving Set

Remember, this is one of those easily forgotten, yet absolutely essential details that must not be put off until the big day. It is so important to designate a specific person to direct the cake cutting and take steps to ensure the cake cutter understands and agrees with your expectations.

To accomplish this, you might consider holding an informal cake cutting party in advance of the big day. Get together with friends and family members to bake your own inexpensive cakes from box mixes, or use several loaves of bread cut to the sizes and shapes of your actual wedding cake tiers. Don’t be concerned with how your cakes look or what they are made of. The important thing is that your practice cakes be the same sizes and shapes as the real deal. Read more »

Cutting the Wedding Cake – Part 1

Posted on February 1st, 2011 by Mandy Webster

Bride and Groom Slicing Wedding Cake Decorated with DaisiesOne of the featured traditions of every modern wedding reception is the cutting of the wedding cake by the bride and the groom. Traditionally, the groom places his hand over the bride’s, and together they cut the first two pieces of cake. This is a symbol of the couple’s very first task taken on together as a couple.

The couple then feeds the wedding cake to one another as a symbol of their first meal together. These traditions both are emblems of the newlywed couple’s commitment to their marriage and the support which they will provide to each other throughout their lives together.

According to the website of Wilton Industries, a popular company specializing in cakes and candies, wedding cakes are generally cut into slices of around 1 inch by 2 inches that are 2 layers thick. It is important to cut the wedding cake properly to ensure there are plenty of slices to feed every guest. Read more »

Wedding Cake Basics: Hiring a Wedding Cake Designer

Posted on November 21st, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Ordering your wedding cake may seem like a tiny detail at first, but this simple task can quickly overwhelm you once you realize just how many decisions there are to make. When I began researching this topic, I thought at first that it would make a nice, short blog post. Boy was I wrong! That short, simple wedding blog post is now expanding into a series. And, today I will be discussing how to hire the right baker who can provide the exact wedding cake designs of your dreams.White Wedding Cake with Purple and Yellow Flowers and Single Monogram Cake Topper

A search for wedding cake bakers in your area is bound to return a long, long list of bakeries and specialty shops. So, how do you choose the right one for your special day?

Well, first of all, let’s distinguish the difference between a cake designer and an ordinary baker. While your run of the mill, local baker is probably a great source for a variety of cakes and pastries, he may not be the best choice when it comes to choosing someone to prepare your wedding cake.

If you dream of a traditional, round tiered wedding cake with columns and white butter frosting adorned with red or blue roses, you may be able to get away with ordering your cake from your favorite bakery down the street.

However, if you prefer a fully designed modern cake with all the bells and whistles, you will probably need to choose an experienced wedding cake designer. A cake designer is more than just a baker. A wedding cake designer is an artist who happens to work with cake. A skilled wedding cake designer will first take your proposed cake design and sketch it out for your approval. The wedding cake designer will then take that sketch and turn it into the wedding cake of your dreams. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 2

Posted on November 12th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Simple Wedding Reception Menus post, I discussed some of the many options available for a wedding buffet. As usual, I got a little long winded and had to cut myself short. So today, I will finish up this discussion by telling you all about a couple of the latest trends in wedding buffets: the dessert buffet and the brunch reception.

Photo Wedding Cake Topper

This photo wedding cake tTopper will look adorable atop a pile of cupcakes on your dessert buffet.

A while back, I was discussing wedding dessert menus with some Facebook friends, and pies were suggested in place of wedding cakes. A distant cousin, Jennifer, says, “I think if I ever get married, I’m going to have wedding cupcakes…”

Wedding cupcakes have actually become fairly common in recent years. And, I think a cupcake bar would be really cute in place of the traditional wedding cake. With a cupcake bar, you could offer several different flavors of both cake and frosting. The cakes can be arranged in tiers with a traditional wedding cake topper on the top tier. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 1

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding reception menus and event catering seem to be a major topic of conversation within my circle lately. Over the summer, my cousin’s fiancée was discussing the menu for her upcoming nuptials, and my sister suggested a taco bar. I thought this was a great idea, which got me to thinking about what other types of foods could be served up in the same way. It’s easy to please everyone with these easy recipes, as the foods are provided in a buffet style where your wedding guests may build their own main course.

Fancy wedding buffet warmersA taco bar can be a relatively quick and easy menu for the do it yourself bride. The food can easily be prepared ahead, with the taco meats being reheated just prior to serving. Provide a couple of different types of meat, including chicken, steak and pork along with the traditional ground beef. Some guests will expect hard shells for their tacos while others prefer soft shells in the form of either flour or corn tortillas. Another option is hard shelled salad bowls with plenty of lettuce for those who prefer to prepare a taco salad.

Then throw out a variety of ‘fixins’ in decorative serving dishes. Offer the basics, including chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, a selection of shredded cheeses, refried beans and seasoned black beans. For sides, offer a couple of different types of rice, Calabacitas Guisada (Stewed Mexican Zucchini), Poblanos and a myriad of other authentic Mexican or TexMex dishes.

The pasta bar is another interesting catering idea your guests will love. Read more »

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