Ah, the amazing beauty of a wedding cake. As an Austin wedding planner, I see all kinds of cakes. I am very blessed to work with so many amazing Austin bakeries that range between light and fluffy to rich and dense. We see stacked cakes, square cakes, lopsided cakes, butter cream, fondant, cakes without frosting, white cakes accented by flowers and colorful cakes with intricate details and so many other combinations. As you can guess, I love wedding cakes.
When my sons were little they thought all to-go food boxes had wedding cake in since I would bring home a piece after each wedding for them to enjoy. They are quite the cake experts after all these years. They know what they like and what they don’t. So that tells you that not all cakes are created equal.
I do believe in ordering enough cake to have a slice for each guest and the love of chocolate has not faded. I am from San Diego and had worked for many years in weddings without ever seeing a groom’s cake. In California, they are all just wedding cakes. Marrying a Texan and having his family ask me where my cake was very perplexing to me. “Our” cake was chocolate so they were expecting a white cake to accompany it. Very funny to me, but now that I live in Texas I can see the confusion.
We are seeing more dessert tables with wedding cakes or instead of cakes. You can add all your local desserts or homemade family favorites.
To save the top layer of your wedding cake or not? I know that a box that size in my freezer would drive me nuts. I suggest ordering an anniversary cake in your favorite flavor on your anniversary, not just your first anniversary. Still sentimental, but not stale.
My intention was to post photos of my favorite cakes, but when I tried to narrow down my selections I realized there are just far too many gorgeous cakes to pick my top 10. Instead I am going to add my Pinterest link to my wedding cake pins so you can see a fraction of the ideas out there http://www.pinterest.com/barbarasbrides/wedding-cakes-and-sweets/
Happy planning, now go out and eat cake.