On this week’s episode of the Wild At Heart Podcast, we’re dishing up a bowl full of tips on wedding cake & desserts! I’m joined by the amazing Megan Schultz, owner of Cocoa Dot Cakes, and we’re going over the steps to choosing your cake artist, some great budget saving tips, whether your baker can use family recipes and how to best save the top tier of your wedding cake!
The first steps of choosing your cake baker/provider is to sit down for an in-person meeting to discuss details such as your wedding day, the time of day you expect to serve your wedding cake, whether you are having an indoor or outdoor reception, your colour palette, your decor vision and style preferences. It’s also a great opportunity to see if your personality and style tastes matches with your baker. [00:04:40]
When it comes to cost of a cake/desserts, some cake baker will price their creations out by the number & size of the tiers, while some will price out cakes/desserts per person to help you know the hard costs of your wedding dessert. The prices can also increase from the base per person depending on the intricacy of added details. [00:05:42]
Budget Saving Tips:
- Delivery costs can often increase the price of your cake and can be saved by assigning a trusted friend of family member to pick up your cake on your wedding day.
- To save on a venue’s cake cutting fee, Megan suggests ordering cupcakes rather than a traditional full size wedding cake.
- Deciding on how much cake/dessert to order for your guest count can be tricky depending on the dessert preferences of your guests. Megan recommends asking your caterer or venue if dessert is already included with your buffet dinner, and if so you can save money by ordering fewer cupcakes or a smaller wedding cake.
Renée’s Pro Tip: If your caterer or venue already provides desserts as part of your buffet or plated meal but you would prefer to serve wedding cake/desserts of your choice, I recommend asking your food provider if they can swap out the dessert for a late night snack option instead! [00:13:52]
Some cake bakers love to be a part of the styling of your dessert table and will be able to give you recommendations on how to best present your cakes & cupcakes. Try using cake stands, crates or boxes and a combination of mini and full size cupcakes to add interest and height dimension to your dessert table. [00:16:08]
Cake tastings are a great time to meet your baker, to discuss your vision for desserts, to try different cake & filling combinations; but can come at a small cost (~$25), which is often credited back to cake booking. [00:19:02]
When first sitting down with a cake baker, it’s a good idea to bring inspiration photos of styles that you like but also to keep in mind that each cake artist will likely create something unique that suits the style you are interested in, rather than re-create the exact cake that you’ve shown them. [00:21:00]
Although family recipes can be very nostalgic, they are difficult for a cake baker to replicate for your wedding day since they do not have the opportunity to test the recipe before the big day to ensure that it will hold up to your expectations. Megan therefore recommends saving family recipes for your rehearsal dinner or gift opening, where the pressure is less substantial! [00:22:40]
When navigating your cake vendor options, you will find many talented amateur (or home-based) bakers and professional bakers. Although both may provide high quality products, it’s important to ask your venue if there are any restrictions for insurance purposes. Professional bakers must adhere to the standards set out by the health authority and will ensure the best food safety procedures for you and your guests. [00:26:56]
Megan’s Pro Tip: To save the top tier of your wedding cake, freeze it whole for 1-2 days then wrap it in plastic film, followed by foil and then place it into a freezer specific ziplock bag. Remember to get all the air out of it! This should keep your cake fresh until your 1 year anniversary [00:29:20]