Ordering your wedding cake doesn't have to be confusing. How many slices do you need and what if some guests don't like cake?! We're sharing a few tips to simply it, so you can just enjoy that cake tasting appointment!!
1. If you're having a big wedding, order sheet cakes to save money! Tiered cakes can get expensive, fast. If you've got a big guest list, save some coin by ordering a small cake to cut, and ordering sheet cakes of the same flavor. Your venue or catering staff can keep the sheet cakes in the back and after you cut your small cake, they cut, plate and serve the sheet cakes. The guests get the same cake as you and never know it wasn't from your fancy tiered cake. Between the size of the structured cake and decorating charges, you'll save a fair amount.
2. Choose multiple flavors that YOU like. Lots of people order what they think guests will like, disregarding their own tastes. While it is important to consider others when you're ordering 175 slices of strawberry rhubarb spiced cake (get some variety in there!) order multiple flavors and be sure to pick something you and your sweetie love. It is your cake after all!
3. Don't be scared of unique flavors. You'd be surprised how good passion fruit filling or champagne cake is. Don't knock it until you've tasted it! Trust us on this one.
4. Stay away from ice cream cake for an outdoor wedding in August (duh). It's probably not wise to order a cake covered in buttercream if you're getting married in the middle of August and your cake is going to sit in the sun for 4 hours before you cut it. Ask your bakery what they recommend for your season to ensure you order a cake that will hold up well no matter the time of year.
5. Think twice before saving that top tier. While it is a fun tradition, unless it's wrapped and saved professionally, that top tier of cake isn't going to make it a year in the freezer. Skip it and just plan to order a smaller version of your wedding cake (For two, please!) to help celebrate your first anniversary. If you do plan to save the top tier regardless, be sure to not count it in the size of your cake. If you order a cake for 100 but don't serve the top tier, you actually only are serving enough cake for 80.