WA Weddings
By Snezana Jacimovic From Snow White Cakes

What you need to know when ordering your wedding cake

Objektiv Photography got together with other Perth Wedding Suppliers to bring you a free ebook full of tips for organising the perfect wedding. Enjoy this sample article by Snezana Jacimovic from Snow White Cakes.

Sophie & Van, Margaret River / Photo: Emanuel Rudnicki Photography via Blog

These are some initial questions that need answers when getting a cake quote.

  • Do you have a design or style in mind?
  • How many servings of cake will you need, and what size?
  • Do you require delivery?
  • Do you have a set budget?

Photo: Verity Edgecombe Photography

Layer cakes are infinitely more tasty and exciting, but they do take a lot more work, which adds to the cost. On the other hand, a wonderful layer cake can also serve as your desert, which then gets taken off your catering budget. In this case the serving size will have to be increased.

Communicate the correct serving size at the venue, otherwise they might serve too small or too big pieces, and you’ll either have too much left over, or even worse, not enough!

wedding cake Credit: Snow White Cakes

Be careful if you wish to use fresh flowers for cake decoration. This can be a great way to continue the theme from flower decorations, but keep in mind that some plants are toxic, and most are sprayed with pesticides. Check this with your florist or cake maker, don’t just do it yourself.

Make sure the venue is aware of storage requirements for the cake, and how long it can sit outside, to avoid meltdowns.

table with cupcake display Photo: Verity Edgecombe Photography

For something different, do a cake table, with several smaller cakes instead of one big one.

Some popular trends in cake decoration

  • Metalics, gold and silver,
  • painted or leaf
  • Graphic, singe colour and
  • oversize flowers
  • Geometric, abstract shapes
  • Watercolour painted fondant
  • Ruffles and frills
  • Naked, rustic looking cakes
  • Colourful, over the top, candy
  • decorated decadence.

Check the delivery price, but to avoid disasters, don’t be tempted to send just anyone in a car to pick it up, especially not one person alone!

Check with the cake maker whether the stand will have to be returned and when, and what is the hire fee for it. If returning it might be an issue, request a simple disposable stand.

Credit: Snow White Cakes, Morley

On a budget…

  • Go for a ‘naked’ or buttercream covered cake instead of fondant covered.
  • Choose a fruitcake or mudcake instead of layer cake.
  • 3D carved cakes are the most expensive, followed by sugar paste figurines and lots of realistic small flowers.
  • Instead, opt for a ‘flat design’ – shapes cut out of fondant, or buy ready made toppers online.
  • Another inexpensive, but effective way to decorate cakes is with ribbons.
  • The cheapest still are cupcakes and cake pops, which can look just as effective, and you also avoid the cake cutting fee most venues charge.