Picking a Wedding Cake

Amarettocakesl1817792xUntil about three months ago, I had never paid much attention to wedding cakes.  Sure, they were tasty and, of course, pretty, and, that’s right, the groom’s cake is usually chocolate. Then I got engaged.

Since that day, I’ve found myself boning up on cake flavors, cake fillings, and icings and, let me tell you, picking out a wedding cake is no piece of cake!

I put in the call to my sister-in-law, definitely the family member with the best taste, and asked her opinion.  She, along with the friends, family, and random strangers at the deli that I polled, had some good advice when picking a wedding cake, and a baker:

1.  Ask to sample what he thinks he does best.  It’s probably most popular for a reason.

2. Take a sample cake, uncut if possible, home and let it sit for a few days then try it.  Some cakes take days to decorate and can get very dry.

3. Pick what you want.  One friend served her cake with cookie dough ice cream.  People may not remember the filling on her cake, but they still rave about the ice cream!

Lucky for me, I’m surrounded by food, and people who love food, all day, so I’m able to check out some of the MyRecipes research on the topic.  In Wedding Cake Confidential, I got an insider’s view into the life and thoughts of a wedding cake designer and his take on the season’s trends. Once I got my research done, I moved onto the fun part–the design.  I love just looking at the photos in the Wonderful Wedding Cakes gallery.

This afternoon, my fiance and I are having our cake tasting, so here’s hoping we find exactly what we’re looking for, even though I’m still not quite sure what that is.  Any tips or stories about picking your wedding cake?  Let me know if you have a favorite flavor or style.  I might just make it mine, too!


  1. Maria

    Ashley, we got married 7/7/07 and for our wedding cake we went to the bakery and they brought out samples of every flavor of cake and filling. We had a ball mixing and matching. Actually we both agreed fairly quickly on what we wanted. P.S. A year later we took the top out of the freezer and ate it and I SWEAR it was just as moist and tasty as it was on our wedding day! We wrapped it in tin foil and put it in a tupperware type container. Good Luck!

    October 21, 2008 at 8:30 am
  2. Kiara

    Wow!! This one looking tremendous!!

    October 25, 2008 at 5:29 am
  3. Cheryl Newton

    Great Article, Good suggestions!! I was reading this and thought of you… Then realized you wrote it! Can’t wait to see what you choose.
    Cheryl Newton

    October 27, 2008 at 9:08 am

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