Wedding cakes are works of art, both inside and out. They're also a costly business as it takes time to make and decorate a cake. When I was getting married we looked into the cost and was surprised at some of the prices, over the last few years things have changed though.
For a professionally made three tier wedding cake, the prices start at around £200, however many professional bakers now offer budget cakes as demand has grown for cheaper options. If you start to add fancy icing and decorations though, the cost will rise sharply.
A popular alternative is hiring a fake wedding cake, where fake cake tiers are created with polystyrene and then iced and decorated as per the wedding cake of your choice. You pose for photos with the fake cake and then cut up a "cutting" cake behind the scenes to serve to your guests.
This section is intended to give you some ideas and tips for lowering your cake costs, information on how to make your own cake including pitfalls, things to look out for and tricks to reduce your costs.There's also a guide to the best cheap cakes on the high street.
If you're up for making your own, there are some tried and tested recipes with English measurements, from Britain's famous chefs, with recipes including traditional fruit cakes, chocolate cake and choux pastry buns. For those wanting a more simple budget option, you could try making cupcakes instead.
Here are three ways of ensuring a charming cake design.
Specialty wedding cake design: No compromise on design. Go for the professional hand. Go to the baker who is specialized in specialty wedding cake designs. Ask the baker to show the picture gallery.You will see dozens of pictures in the folder the baker provides. These pictures are of real cakes already made. Select the one which you think is most suitable for you. Ask the baker to make some changes in the design you selected so that it will look unique. You may decide on the size of the cake or leave it to the baker to decide to accommodate all the details of the design.
Wedding cake toppers: A topper is an important part of a specialty cake design. In most cases, the exact replica of the couple is represented in a couple of figurines on top of the cake. At least at some weddings, the topper used is the heirloom of the bride's family and it is repeatedly used by them for every wedding in the family. There are several types of toppers like military toppers, crystal toppers, and monogram toppers.
Wedding cake charm: Pulling out a charm from the layers of the cake by the bridesmaid is a very old tradition. The charm is the symbol of good luck. It is placed in the cake and is attached to a satin ribbon.
Give a new dimension to the cake concept which is followed in every wedding for ages.
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