Wedding Cake Selection Tips

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Art Eats Bakery 

2728 Wade Hampton Blvd, Unit 2, 
Greenville , SC 29615

How to Choose the Right Wedding Cake & Bakery

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Our most popular flavors are rich vanilla, Amaretto, red velvet, and fudge marble.

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Do: Your Homework

Look at tons of wedding cake photos so you know your options. If you have a custom style in mind, cut out pictures, save photos in a file on your computer, save  snip fabric swatches, and pull from other resources. Before you start sketching out cake plans, learn about a few basic 

Custom unique white fondant two tier snowflakes and swirls design bridal shower cake with purple ribbons

terms, such as fondant and butter cream  Bought fondant makes for a very neat, put-together design but has a taste and texture that some brides may not prefer, alternatively there is butter cream  which tastes great but can’t be molded or colored in the same way as fondant. We make our fondant fresh from natural ingredients over real butter cream  so you can get the best of both worlds. With each icing there is limitations but your baker can help you chose what is best for you design. Schedule a consultation and be sure to taste the cakes, fillings, icings and fondant. If they are separate you can mix and match each of the flavors to find which combination you prefer. 

HINT: While fondant is normally draped over a cake that’s been frosted with butter cream  a high-end baker can roll out the fondant in a thin layer. That way, the fondant looks superb while butter cream dominates your taste buds.

Do: Book Your Wedding Cake Bakery Early

Cake bakers should be booked four to six months before your wedding, though some reputable bakers are hired up to a year in advance. If you have someone in mind, don’t wait. Secure their services now then nail down the specifics later. They will allow a save the date deposit for this purpose. Some reception sites may require you to use their catering services, but stringent cake rules are less common.

Do: Get Wedding Cake Baker References and check out their reviews on Google

Find a cake baker who can deliver precisely what you want within your budget. Do some research” Ask recent brides whose cakes you liked for suggestions and check bakers’ websites to see if there’s a cake similar to what you’re seeking or ask if the can make a custom cake design for you. Art Eats Bakery can design a custom cake as unique as you and fit your budget. Be very careful with a bakery that says that they can do another bakery's design. Look closely at their pictures and make sure they have quality work. If the photos are small and you can not see the details, don't use them. A lot of cakes look good from far away, but sloppy up close. One of our competitors tried to copy one of our original designs and it did not look professional at all. If I were the bride, I would have been very upset.

HINT: Before you place an order, your cake contract should include contact info for the vendor; wedding date, time, and delivery location; delivery and setup fees; total amount due; cake design specifications and flavors; plus their cancellation and refund policies.

Do: Eat a Piece of Your Wedding Cake

Couples often don’t get a chance to eat their own wedding cake. Ask your caterer to save some for you. Share it with your new spouse as a snack that night or taste it at the post wedding brunch. You deserve to enjoy the cake you worked so hard to help create. The cake should be served at room temperture. If it has been refridgerated, it should be set out 1- 3 hours before serving. It can be left at room temp. for up to 24 hours.

HINT: If you’re planning to keep your top tier for your one-year anniversary, make sure that your caterer wraps it in tin foil and packs it into a tight storage container for the freezer.

Don’t: Choose a Dark Wedding Cake Color

You want your wedding cake to coordinate with your wedding day colors, but remember it’s a Custom designed Three tier blue fondant wedding cake with black damask designs, monogram, and bead topperdessert that your guests will be eating. Instead of a bold red mixed in the icing, go for a white or chocolate cake with a few red and gold accents so it will taste better and our guests will not have color on their mouths. If you’re having a blue and green wedding, for the best flavor, get a white cake with blue ribbon trim, or ask your baker for green-frosted accents or flowers. Darker colors can still be achieved by airbrush techniques that use less color. This way it is just a very small amount on the outside of white fondant.

HINT: Consider your frosting options when choosing a color. Both butter cream and fondant can be dyed just about any basic shade, but you’ll get a wider color spectrum with fondant.

Don’t: Ignore Your Wedding Cake Flavor 

What’s inside the cake counts too. Nix the standard chocolate-and-vanilla idea and have fun with your cake flavors. Some of the most popular flavors are chocolate fudge, strawberry, lemon, and fudge marble for the cake. Icings and fillings have greatly changed as well; ranging from the classic vanilla to amaretto, and a wide variety in between. A full listing of our flavors can be found at flavors. There’s a flavor to pleas virtually every couple’s taste buds. 

While most bakers using the expensive ingredients involved in making couture concoctions as well as alternating layers of flavors will potentially up your price per slice considerably, we don’t charge anything extra for most of these perks. 

Save on cost and get more flavors for large weddings. Consider adding a sheet cake(s) if you are having a rather large amount of people attending your celebration. Sheet cakes can be done in the same flavor as the main cake or can be varied depending on the couple’s preference.

Don’t: Forget About Transportation

Most bakeries offer either pick-up or delivery, some offer both. When picking up a cake consider the type of vehicle used to transport the cake, SUV’s and vans work the best. We provide a non slip mat to place under your cake to prevent Three tier white fondant round and hexagon wedding cake with sugar pearls, monogram, curlicues, pearl stripes, and blue ribbonsmovement. Remember that the speed you go is not so much the issue; braking and taking turns at a high speed are the main concerns in transporting a cake. Some cakes may not be transported assembled. In that case you will need the bakery to do it so they can assemble it on site. Most assembled wedding cakes will not fit in a box. 

If you are putting it in you vehicle, be sure there is nothing that could slide or fall into the cake. When you are given a pick up time, this is firm. We have deliveries and are filling other orders in a schedule. Your cake may not be ready earlier and if you are going to be late, a call will help us to fit something else in a little earlier. 

Wedding cake deliveries are a given a window of delivery times. We my have other orders that come in after yours and this helps us to get everyone delivered in a timely manner. We prefer to deliver your cake 2-3 hours before the reception. This insures that we are out of the way of other vendors and guest. It also will avoid traffic or any unforeseen problems keeping us from arriving on time. 

Do: Customize Your Wedding Cake 

Break away from choosing the traditional look for a wedding cake. A couple whose wedding was a beach 
Sandcastle wedding cake with white chocolate seashells and sugar sandcastle keepsake topper

chose a three tier square sandcastle wedding cake with white chocolate seashells with some blue pearl dust and sugar handcrafted sandcastle topper. The cake has butter cream covered in edible sand and the gold accents are edible. The sugar flag has their initial. If the topper is kept dry, it can be a keepsake.

One of the first things guests notice when they enter the wedding reception is the cake, so make sure it fits the décor and suits your style. You can use any inspiration point to start with, from your wedding colors to your reception space – even the lace on your gown. 

Bring photos, ribbons, or anything that will help convey the theme and colors you are using. Now there is no standard for wedding cakes. It can be traditional or something sculpted that looks like art. One that tastes great that isn't the traditional white cake with vanilla is a chocolate fudge cake covered with butter cream and accented with crushed peanuts or peanut butter candies. The cake is also the last thing the guests have at your reception.

HINT: An easy way to personalize your cake is to monogram it. Having you wedding monogram written
Four tier white fondant wedding cake with brown ribbons, monogram, edible pearls and sugar orcid flower topper idea picture
 in scroll-like royal icing on the middle tier or onto an oval piece of fondant and framed with sugar pearls on the bottom tier.  

Do: Schedule a Time to Cut the Wedding Cake

Traditionally, the first shared piece symbolizes the couple's first meal as husband and wife. The cake cutting also used to signal the end of the wedding, as the bride and groom would then change and be off. More often now, the cutting is a natural segue after which people who want to leave may do so, but the newlyweds and the majority of their guests stay and take to the dance floor.

You can gracefully signal that cake cutting is imminent with a reprise of the first-dance music. The bride and/or groom often make their toast at this time, presenting a perfect photo opportunity. After the cutting and toasts are completed, the band plays quietly in the background until the bride and groom finish exchanging the first bites, whereupon the music swells into a full-fledged dance number.

HINT: If you cut the cake toward the end of the evening, you could opt to serve an additional dessert with the cake slices. Choose something light, like sorbet for a summertime wedding or chocolate mousse in the fall or winter.

HINT: If the idea of saving the top tier of the cake for 

Tall tier white butter cream romantic elegant wedding cake with royal icing curlicues, sugar pearls and edible flowers design

future consumption strikes your fancy, take precautions to make the cake as palatable as possible one year later — no mold, freezer burn, or other delightful taste treats. Bring a properly sized box, lots of wax paper, bubble wrap, and an airtight plastic bag. Leave explicit instructions for airtight wrapping and charge someone with taking this precious cargo home and popping it into the freezer right away.

Don’t: Overdo the Wedding Cake Add-Ons

Flowers and other additions like polka dots and stripes are great, but use them in moderation. 

Three tier custom ivory fondant wedding cake with pearls, elegant edible orange, yellow and brown fall leaves cascade design and bow topper

Whether you’re going for large sugar flowers like tulips or small ones like baby violets, don’t overwhelm the cake. Make sure your cake design allows for breathing room on the top or bottom tiers so your cake doesn't look smothered. Remember that simplicity can be beautiful.

HINT: Sugar flowers can be beautiful whether molded into something small and dainty or large and lush. They can be realistic or dramatic. When it comes to fresh flower, stick with the heartier blooms like roses, orchids, dahlias, and calla lilies, which are less likely to wilt and more likely to hold up during the evening.

Don’t: Make the Wedding Cake Yourself

Unless you’re a pastry chef – and even if you are – think twice about making you own cake. You’ll have enough to handle without having to worry about whether the cake is moist enough or decorated just right. Even if you want a very basic cake with simple trim or dots, it‘s best to stick with the DIY to escort cards and favors and hire an experienced baker, if only to give yourself some peace of mind. Be sure to see if they have liability insurance and a DHEC license.

HINT: A relative or friend may offer to make the cake for your wedding, but be wary. It’s better to politely decline the offer up front than to be disappointed with the cake later. Unless you've seen your friend’s or relative’s work and are absolutely certain that you like it, think twice before taking them up on their offer.

Don’t: Choose a Generic Wedding Cake Topper

Consider your cake a great piece of art. Just like you wouldn't put a Picasso in a plastic frame, you should avoid completing your cake with a generic bride and groom topper. Instead, pick something 

Three tier yellow fondant elegant romantic wedding cake with purple edible sugar flowers and monogram topper

that’s “you.” If you have an heirloom piece – say, an antique brooch – work with your baker to incorporate it into your top tier. You can also consider using your mom and dad’s (or even grandparents’) cake topper as your “something old.” Look to your locale as well.

A cluster of white chocolate coral can look stunning for a beach side celebration, or try a fondant snowflake for a winter wedding. Some other potential ideas: having a cascade of icing ribbons or using sugar letters to reveal your new monogram. We can design an edible topper or a crystal and wire topper.

HINT: Still not into the cake topper idea? Simply don’t use one at all. Some cake designs look great without a topper. Do it this way and you won’t distract from the patter on the cake.

A wedding cake can be used to reflect on moments captured in pictures throughout your courtship and/or your lives. In this five tier fondant 

cake edible black and white images surround all tiers of this cake. The pictures are of the Bride and Groom from the time they were babies until the present. The borders of each tier are hand rolled fondant pearls. The pictures are framed with sugar pearls and the topper is handcrafted from fondant and silver wires. The photo was taken at the reception in the Hilton Hotel on orchard Park Road.