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FAQs and expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos and Wilts 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@yourgloswilts.wedding

Beautiful Bakes

Beautiful Bakes

Q Can you give us some ideas for our wedding cake?
A Marta Krukowska says: Most of my booked designs for weddings in 2024 are light and creative. I will be working with wafer paper, flowers and fondant and I'm looking forward to creating all of them!

Semi-naked cakes are still one of the most popular designs, however, couples have been slightly more adventurous this year and I will be incorporating various extra bits into their delicious designs like elegant drip icing and beautiful fondant decorations.

Cake-tasting boxes can be purchased and are a great way to help you decide on the flavours. I offer various favours too, from sugar cookies to macarons which can also be included as part of the box.

I always ensure that my customers are happy with their designs and they get to keep the cake sketch after their wedding - it's great to see these sketches framed and proudly displayed.

I still have some availability for weddings in 2024 and 2025. I travel far and have been fortunate to deliver cakes to some stunning venues.

Lambeth wedding cakes will be very on-trend this year and they look stunning and taste great.

Marta Krukowska, Bohemian Bakery

Baking it easy

Baking it easy

Q We want a delicious, statement wedding cake with the wow factor, where do we begin?
A Cotswold Rustic Cakes says: Planning a wedding cake can be quite a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider from the cost, portioning, design and flavour choices so it's really important to find a cake designer who is willing to help you every step of the way.

I encourage my couples to do their design research and create a mood board of the things they like, Instagram and Pinterest are great platforms for collating ideas.

Find a cake designer who suits your style and you'll love the work they create. This will probably be the most important cake you will ever eat, so why not have fun with the process of creating a bespoke cake that matches your personality as a couple?

SET A BUDGET
Research is the key, this way you will have an idea of the costs involved in a wedding cake. It's also a great way to find possible cake designers who you would like to consider. I would set a rough budget as you need to when planning a wedding. It's different for every couple but ultimately, you have to decide what's more important, the cake or the cocktail bar and have a play around with your budgeting accordingly.

PICK YOUR THEME
Deciding on a theme can feel a little overwhelming at first. Think about your chosen colour palette and overall wedding theme. Is it floral, for example? What's the venue like? This always gives me a great starting point to come up with designs that suit. Using flowers that match the bridal bouquet and a palette to suit their colour theme insures that everything coordinates beautifully.

Some couples decide on flavours quickly while others need a little helping hand. I offer taster boxes that I send out to my couples to enjoy at home to help them decide. I have a menu available to suit all tastes but I'm more than happy to accommodate requests. If there are guests with intolerances or allergies, I provide the option of an additional smaller cake to match.

TRENDS FOR 2023
Semi-naked cakes have been very popular throughout 2022 and continue to be this year. It's the most requested design but using colour is an exciting task for a cake designer! Whilst I love the traditional tones of ivory, using colour to create a statement centrepiece always makes me happy!

FERNS AND FOLIAGE
Keep things simple with organic natural tones. Greenery rather than traditional flowers are becoming increasingly popular. Foliage placed against white buttercream looks stunning!

THINK BIG!
Many couples postponed their weddings due to the pandemic and some now want large towering tiers that have never been so popular! A great way to create height is to use various props such as geometric separators, cake stands and clear acrylic tiers that make a cake stand out.

Cotswold Rustic Cakes, Maryanne Stefanovic

Let's eat cake

Let's eat cake

Q We want a showstopping wedding cake – what do you suggest?
A Cathie Sanders says: We design and create bespoke celebration and wedding cakes using high-quality, fresh ingredients including free range eggs sourced from Bubbas Barn in Cherhill. Why not consider a multi-tiered cake to add some wow-factor, or some cute cupcakes displayed on a vintage-style stand or quirky iced biscuits that double up as favours? We also provide one-to-one cake decorating or sugarcraft lessons so that you can surprise your guests with your own designs and we host cupcake decorating parties for all ages and abilities which is a great idea for a hen gathering.

Cathie Sanders, The Flying Pig Cake Emporium

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