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


Big-day bakes

Big-day bakes

Q. My wife-to-be and I want a cake that's on-trend. What's popular right now?

A. Holly Edwards says: Couples are always looking to make their cakes special and different for their big day, so the standard three-tiered white cakes aren't as popular as they once were. I've had a lot of couples asking for deconstructed tiered cakes, so three or four single-tiers grouped together to make a wow factor display – this was made popular by Harry and Meghan.

Many pairs are now looking for a showstopping sweet grazing-style display, which can be served as dessert and gives guests various flavour options

Adding flowers to cakes is still a huge trend. When displayed in a more natural and wild way, it creates the perfect look for those rustic country weddings. Pressed flowers are also trending and are great when combined with fresh and larger blooms.

Holly Edwards, Butter & Boo




Q. We're currently planning our big day and we've decided against a traditional cake. Do you have any alternative suggestions?

A. Lynda Trembling says: Traditional wedding cakes typically mean white or ivory tiered bakes adorned with pastel-coloured blooms, usually roses or peonies. If you mention an alternative cake design to me, my mind goes into overdrive as there's so much you can do.

Think about using bold colours such as black, blues, reds, yellows and purples. You can play around with textures and have a concrete, bark or wafer paper design. Why not consider having a square or rectangular-shaped tiers to create a showstopping design? You could even have structured or carved cake in the shape of an animal, suitcase, bag, castle and more. Add statement blooms such as flowers, poppies, anthuriums, protea and large roses with plenty of foliage for those flower lovers. Your cake should reflect your personality and interests – the list is endless!

Lynda Trembling, Sculpt & Bloom


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


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

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