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


A taste of Christmas

A taste of Christmas

Q. What flavours would you suggest for our Christmas-themed wedding cake?

A. Angela Hodson says: Choosing your wedding cake and flavours is a big highlight of wedding planning – saying "I do" at Christmas makes it extra special.

Flavours are a personal choice and the foundation of your luxury centrepiece. So whatever your favourite flavours are, they'll be well received by guests!

Christmas conjures images of sumptuous food, vibrant textures, bold flavours and colours – your wedding cake is no exception and should taste as good as it looks.

Traditionally, a boozy fruit cake is a Christmas staple and is often chosen as a wedding cake flavour. However, you might consider alternative rich flavours, including Belgian chocolate fudge with salted caramel buttercream, spiced carrot, pear and hazelnut with salted caramel buttercream or even coffee and walnut! Are you enjoying a rich and delicious wedding breakfast? Why not opt for lighter flavour combinations, including classic vanilla paired with raspberry conserve, lemon and blueberry or almond with wild cherry compote?

Book a cake-tasting session with your baker and enjoy sampling delicious flavours while discussing your wedding menu and ideas. Together you can personalise flavour preferences for your perfect wedding cake!

Angela Hodson, Angela Jane Cake Design


Festive bakes

Festive bakes

Q. We're having a winter wedding and would love to incorporate the season into our cake; how can we achieve this?

A. Helen Horton says: I have three ways to incorporate the winter season into wedding cakes. The first and obvious option is to incorporate winter foliage, pine cones, berries and pine sprigs. Pair the greenery with hessian ribbons and textured buttercream for a rustic look.

Alternatively, rich deep colours like forest green or burgundy paired with cream, white and gold touches create a timeless look. The above cake has a single white sugar paste rose with wafer paper leaves dusted with gold for a bit of sparkle and a square shape for a modern twist.

My favourite thing about Christmas are the lights, so why not add some fairylights to the cake? You can incorporate this in the cake's decorations or even between the tiers. I've created a bake with the lights intertwined with the fondant and wafer paper lace for a whimsical look.

Helen Horton, Helen’s Homemade Cakery


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