A Guide To Wedding Cake Servings
Whether you dream of towering masterpieces or one-tier wonders, it’s time to find out how much wedding cake you actually need…
How many tiers are too many?
Of course the only tears you want to see on your wedding day are happy ones, unless we’re talking about the edible kind – cake tiers! While a tall, white, iced cake springs to mind for most of us when we hear a mention of wedding cake, when it comes down to actually choosing the cake for your big day, there’s a whole lot more to think about, budget being one of them.
You will also want to make sure you have enough cake to go around and feed all of your guests. On the other hand, you don’t want to be left with more cake than you know what to do with at the end of the day either, especially if you’re soon to be jetting off on honeymoon and the left- behind cake would be wasted.
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So what is the recipe for success when choosing your wedding cake?
Much like the making of a cake itself, it’s about striking the perfect balance between the different ingredients involved – in this case your budget, number of guests, and aesthetic preferences.
If you find yourself going wide-eyed at cakes with height, you may feel that a stack of at least four tiers is essential, but the reality is that it could just be far too much cake, and money! Luckily for you, though, cake makers have devised many creative solutions.
Rather than ordering additional, unnecessary tiers, why not request taller, slimmer cakes for each tier? These are very much en vogue right now, so most bakers will be happy to oblige, giving you the extra height without extra cake.
Alternatively, don’t forget about dummy tiers. Formed from a polystyrene base covered in icing and decorated to match the rest of the cake, they can reduce waste, make your cake taller and slightly bring down the cost.
Do remember though that this tier will still take the same amount of time to decorate, so it won’t slice a huge chunk off the price! Often seen at wedding fairs, your guests will never guess that dummy tiers aren’t the real thing.
For couples who prefer single tier cakes, ordering a traybake to serve alongside your chosen cakes offers a practical solution with no compromise on taste or design, or you could really embrace the one-size-fits-all approach and create a feature cake table, topped with an array of tempting single tier cakes in flavours to please every one of your guests…
This guide makes sizing up your tiers a piece of cake, with the size and amount of tiers matched to the number of guests…
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