When it comes to planning a wedding, few decisions are as delightful as choosing your wedding cake. And for me as a photographer, the cake is a centrepiece, and part of the day’s story; it sets the tone of the entire wedding and as such it needs to feel authentic to the venue, and the overall style of the wedding’s design.
Taking time to envision your ideal cake will pay off, because the wedding cake needs to match both your aesthetics and the overall design of the wedding! You might not know much about the perfect confection for you yet but the more informed you are, the better your decisions will be.
Kindly note that if you are working with a Wedding Planner, they will take much of the burden of decision making off your shoulders, and will also have their list of recommend cake designers, whom they will also guide expertly with the overall design of the event!
What better way to get tips and advise than straight from one of Cyprus (and beyond) top pâtissières! Thank you Alina Berezovskaya, creative director and cake designer of Yiamy Studio for providing all these useful tips to Couples!
#1 Choose your Cake Designer
Brides-to-be should absolutely begin their research online. Visit general wedding sites to get ideas as well as patisseries’ website to view images of their work. Make sure you like their style. Most good Cake Designers will be flexible to design the cake around your wishes.
#2 Get Creative with the Design
Give your Cake Designer something to work from, a colour, invite, dress detail or theme. Create a mood board. Be brave. It is by mixing and matching these various details, decorations, colours and flavours that you can begin to custom-make a design that works to your taste. Designing your cake should be fun and is a great way of making a real statement at the wedding.
Images provided by Alina Berezovskaya (who not only is a talented pâtissière but also a very capable photographer!)
#3 Be Fearless with Flavours
I encourage clients to push the flavour envelope. Why go with vanilla or plain chocolate when there’s baileys & blackcurrant, passion fruit & raspberry and other fresh unique flavours to consider? Your cake should be both beautiful and delicious. And if you can’t possibly decide, it is possible to have different flavours across different tiers.
#4 Portions Dictate Size
It’s not the other way around, the number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. If your number is on the low side you can make it up with an artificial tier. To the eyes of others, it will look exactly the same as real. Having an artificial cake is a possible solution if you want an elaborate Designer Cake (not valid for Naked Cakes) to show off as a stunning centrepiece. A Designer Cake is like the exclamation point at the reception and it should be a total reflection of your style and taste. A combination of edible and artificial tiers could be an ideal solution.
Alina was kind enough to provide a very handy Cake Size Guide.
Images provided by Alina Berezovskaya.
Below you can find some images I photographed of a majestic Grand Design Cake created by Alina: