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Q. We've downsized our big day and will be having an intimate gathering instead followed by a bumper party to celebrate with all our friends and family next year. Although small in numbers, we still want our wedding day to be special though, especially the cake! What would you suggest?
A. Emma Thorburn says: Emma says: I firmly believe that the 'new normal' in whatever form that takes, is up to us as wedding suppliers to create with our existing couples and those newly engaged who are looking for a bit of direction. With the right creative people at the planning table, I think a micro wedding can truly be a thing of splendour. Slimming down your guest list can mean more money available to splash out on extras to add impact and create a more abundant affair. Your cake can still be a star of the show, beautifully presented and decorated to complement your wedding flowers by coordinating with your florist. I always prime each bloom, ensuring its hygienic and food safe, and each finished look is created organically on the day. Inspired by texture, form and colour, I love the final reveal of the florist's selection and finding the perfect placement for each stem or frond.
Layering blooms, petals and greenery underneath the stand also helps create an ambience and a 'space' for the cake, hopefully generating a buzz so your guests will gather around to admire it.
Emma Thorburn,Buns of Fun
Q. We're great cake lovers and want a real showstopper for our wedding. What's set to be popular for the year ahead?
A. Wendy Chapman says: Wendy says: Dried flowers and foliage are very on trend at the moment and mixing dried leaves with hand-crafted sugar flowers can make a delicate and eye-catching display for your wedding.
With the number of guests allowed still likely to be restricted many couples are choosing smaller, one- or two-tier creations, which can still be strikingly beautiful and elegant. Adding texture is another key element. This can be achieved in many ways including ruffles, textured icing and wafer paper flowers from large blooms to tiny delicate ones directly on the icing.
When it comes to colours, there's a move towards palettes of ochre, mustard and buttery tones in 2021, which will add a calm, relaxed vibe to your wedding.
Wendy Chapman,Wonder Cakes
The sweet stuff
Q. Is it worth having a cake for our micro wedding as we're only having our closest family and friends and we wouldn't want it to waste?
A. Caz Dennis says: Caz says: Whether you're planning to have a big reception later on or just prefer the romantic intimacy of a smaller wedding, a beautiful wedding cake is always a great idea.
Just because your downsizing your guest list, doesn't mean you have to compromise on the style or quality of what many consider to be the centrepiece of their wedding celebration. A smaller cake can be just as stunning and eye catching in whatever style suits your theme.The current trend for taller cakes allows more scope for your designer to get creative too.
However, if you've always dreamed of a multi-tiered masterpiece but feel you can't justify that amount of cake for your micro wedding, one option is to use dummy tiers to achieve the look. This isn't necessarily a much cheaper option as a dummy tier still needs to be iced, decorated and put together with the same amount of skill. It does mean less risk of waste though and personally we pride ourselves on the fact your guests will never know the difference!
Another alternative is to have a tower of mini cakes or cupcakes either with or without a top tier for cutting. They can be decorated to match your theme and can be as ornate or simple as you like. These individual portions are ideal as they can be easily served to your guests or they can help themselves. Ask your cake designer for some individual boxes too so you can deliver some to family and friends who can't be there.
If you decide to opt for a smaller simpler cake, you can always provide extra sweet treats such as edible favours for your guests or a dessert table with individual servings. Geo cake hearts and cakesicles (a tempered chocolate shell filled with cake mix, ganache or other deliciousness) can be decorated in a variety of ways to match your style and colour scheme. Iced biscuits can be personalised with guests' names and wrapped individually to double-up as place settings and favours to be enjoyed later.
Caz Dennis,Cazs Cakes and Sugar Craft
Cakes for all tastes
Q. We're big cake lovers and want a real showstopper for our big day, but as we don't really have a theme yet, we're not sure what design to go for.
A. Emma Thorburn says: Emma says: There's no right answer for whether or not to have a wedding theme, some folk like the laid-back, natural style, where everyone contributes something for a real homespun garden-party feel. This kind of celebration is free of conformity and you may have no or little control over colours and flavours, especially if your cake is being gifted. If this kind of wedding is for you, then that's the 'theme' you've gone for, whether you made a conscious decision to do so or not.
If you like to know what arrangements are being made, you'll want to be involved in choosing your cake, possibly something to go with your personality or an event you want to include in the day. Personally, I love a good strong theme as the cake can be adapted to provide a piece of creative theatre. All of our cakes come with a hand-drawn canvas and easel too, including the flavours and dietary hints – a fab keepsake long after the cake is gone.
Emma Thorburn,Buns of Fun
Great cake expectations
Q. We're great cake lovers and were planning to have a real showstopper for our wedding. The tasting was part of the planning we were most looking forward to but now we've had to cancel our big day until later in the year and we're not sure how things are going to work moving forward.
A. Emma Thorburn says: Emma says: I can't wait to get back to baking and making wedding cakes! So many of my lovely couples have moved their spring/summer dates to the coming autumn/winter months or are taking 2021 by storm. There's so much to look forward to with weddings at the end of the year. For starters there are no weather worries, as you know what to expect in the autumn and any sunshine is a lovely bonus. In terms of cake flavours for the cooler seasons we like to turn up the cosiness, think gingerbread cake with cinnamon buttercream, pumpkin cake is a real winner too along with salted caramel and chocolate and black cherry. To decorate, flowers in deeper rich colours like masala red, purple, burgundy, soft orange and foliage work well. I love dried seedheads and grasses to reflect the season, on and under my cakes.
Our consultations have continued and instead of meeting in person we now meet via a live link direct with couples. I love that these meetings can be sorted and booking activated in much less time than the 'old-life' method of getting it in the diary, waiting, meeting and designing. We can do it all online, I can still show folks around my studio and get to understand their requirements and personalities. This is such an important step when working with a couple to design their dream cake. Samples can also be sent out by post for anyone looking to 'try before they buy' and have a tasting at home.
Emma Thorburn,Buns of Fun
All in the detail
Q. We’re both great cake lovers and want a real showstopper to complement our seasonal wedding theme. Any ideas?
A. Giles Cowley says: Giles says: Autumn and winter weddings offer a wealth of inspiration and colours to play with. Our wood wedding cake (pictured) is popular all year round and changing from fresh green shades to brown and red hues can easily transform it from a spring to an autumnal theme. Adding chocolate pine cones and acorns all add to the feel.
Rather than fresh citrus and floral flavours try something comforting like a dark chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache or maybe a spiced ginger cake with marmalade preserve, rhubarb and custard or burnt caramel and cream. For those who like a classic, carrot cake is also a great option with its warming cinnamon and ginger spices.
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