FAQs and expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding

 

Sweet sensations

Sweet sensations

Q. What advice can you share with me when it comes to creating a versatile cake table?

A. Claire Festa says: A versatile cake table is a perfect way to offer guests delicious, sweet treats and display your cut wedding cake. It's more relaxed and informal than a dessert table and can follow the wedding theme if desired.

So many couples worry about having cake leftover, so this option allows them to have less cake to cut and other delicious small bites that their guests can't resist. The aim is to attract loved ones to find the cake and other goodies that often end up unattractively at the end of the buffet table and can go unnoticed.

If there's any guests with special dietary needs, a cake table is a perfect place to have alternatives and make all guests feel included. Gluten, dairy-free or vegan-baked goods can not only taste amazing but be bagged beautifully and labelled clearly.

Providing bespoke boxes for each guest to take the delicious treats home is a great way to keep everyone happy and avoid waste.

Claire Festa,At Your Wish Cakes
www.atyourwishcakes.co.uk

 

Ready, set, bake

Ready, set, bake

Q. We're having an intimate wedding but still want a showstopping cake. How can we achieve this?

A. Angela Hodson says: If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it's that we need to adapt and create alternatives to not only our daily lives, but for weddings as well. When it comes to finding the perfect cake for your intimate wedding, you might be trying to figure out how it can pack a punch and wow the crowd.

I recently created a trio of beautiful single tier cakes for a wedding with 15 guests consisting of three families. This allowed each family to devour their cake there and then or take it away to enjoy later. These beautiful bakes each featured a vibrant pink sugar peony, foliage and a gorgeous, oversized silk ribbon which matched the bride's outfit.

Another option is creating a cake display with stem flowers in bud vases, a coloured cake stand or something elaborate and unusual. Last summer, I styled a botanical-themed wedding cake with a hoop and stand covered in foliage which sat on an awesome mobile bar!

Angela Hodson,Angela Jane Cake Design
www.angelajanecakedesign.co.uk

 

A slice of the action

A slice of the action

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
www.atyourwishcakes.co.uk

 

Magical bake

Magical bake

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.

Susan Halil
www.cakesofgoodtaste.co.uk

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