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Q. I'm looking for a cake for the big day, but I'm struggling with what flavours will suit our glamorousthemed day. Is there anything you would suggest?
A. Claire Festa says: There are so many flavours that you could choose for your wedding cake, provided of course you have a stable cake as the base. Some couples like to have their favourite flavours while some prefer to take the wedding breakfast dessert and their wedding guests' tastes into consideration. However, if you just want to amaze your guests with something unusual and delicious, why not think about a theme – say cocktails and have a champagne and raspberry cake using a vanilla bake with a champagne syrup flavoured with framboise and with a fresh raspberry compote. Or, why not opt for an expresso martini cake with a rich chocolate and coffee cake with Kahlua drizzle and a chocolate mousse like buttercream? Alternatively, simply jazz up a zingy lemon cake with a limoncello curd and Swiss meringue buttercream. You could choose your favourite desserts – key lime pie, chocolate cherry trifle, strawberry pavlova or banoffee pie!
Claire Festa,At Your Wish Cakes
Q. I can't wait for my festive-styled big day. Do you have any tips on creating the perfect seasonal design for our cake?
A. Susan Halil says: Susan says: If your day is a winter wonderland then you might consider a centrepiece with lots of white and sparkle effects. If you're leaning towards traditional jewelled tones with berry colours and winter greens, your bake can be dressed in similar shades. Naked cakes work especially well at this time of year when dressed with seasonal flowers, fresh fruit and a dusting of icing sugar. For a modern twist, you could even think about introducing decorations incorporating antlers – a very popular and stylish trend.
Be careful with a festive design. There can be a fine line between what looks like a super-stylish festive wedding cake and an over-sized Christmas cake! Talk to your cake maker and be guided when it comes to the design details in order to create a magical showstopper.
Q. We have a huge guest list and I'm worried that to have a cake large enough it'll be way over our budget. What can we do?
A. Claire Festa says: You don't have to keep adding tiers to feed big wedding parties. A lot of brides really want their dream centrepiece to wow their guests but the cost of a multi-tiered decorated cake can be way over budget. You could opt for a cutting cake and dummy tiers. It takes a lot of time and care to create stacked tiers that look sharp and professional and the smaller tiers don't provide a great deal of cake for guests so the same size cutting cakes in different flavours can be the answer.
Q. Chocolate cake's my favourite but I'm worried that it'll be too rich for a sunny day. How can I incorporate it into our bake whilst keeping it light?
A. Susan Halil says: Instead of a full-on rich chocolate cake maybe consider a lighter variation such as cookies and cream? This can be lovely made with vanilla sponge and a cookies and cream buttercream. Alternatively, you could switch to white chocolate. Matched with raspberry jam and pistachio this makes a decadent variation of the classic Victoria sponge.
If you're worried about the chocolate melting then speak to your cake maker about ganache. Made with tempered chocolate and cream, it can be used to encase the cake with a firm layer of chocolate underneath sugar icing that really helps in humid conditions. No cakes should be left for long periods in hot conditions. Be sure to discuss this with your pro who'll advise when the showstopper should be delivered and where it can be displayed to keep it in optimum condition.
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