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Let Them Eat Cakes (Eight, That Is): Wedding Cake Buffet
Guys, I finally did it. I picked a wedding cake. Or rather, I picked wedding cakes. Eight of them, to be exact.
As you may remember, I was having a harrrrd time picking the cake. Blame it on my pastry-chef past—it’s not easy putting down a few hundred bucks on something I could do myself (and could do better, in some instances).
But believe it or not, we nailed down flavors—without EVER tasting the cake.
How? Well, I trusted my dad, mom, and sister to do it. And one day, my dad and sis went on a cake tasting, brought back leftovers for my mom, and sent Mr. W and me a VERY detailed email regarding each flavor, along with this shot of the tasting cupcakes.
Cupcakes at the tasting | Photo courtesy of my dad
When it came to the cake cutting, our wedding planner suggested that we do this earlier rather than later. In her experience (and in mine), many older guests like to wait for a slice of cake and then head home before the reception gets too rowdy. We cut the cake about 45 minutes after dinner was served, and boy oh boy, we were too excited to try a slice of this deliciousness. We opted for the traditional almond wedding cake flavor, with raspberry jam filling.
Here we are trying to figure out how to cut this thing. It is much harder than it looks, y’all. We weren’t sure which tier to cut into at all, and I was super terrified of messing up our entire cake!
We finally got a piece out of there and jacked up the rest of the bottom tier up only-a-little-bit.
There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding – finding the right venue, the right dress, the right hairstyle, etc. But the right cake? Well, that might be the most difficult part of planning the reception. Do you go with something decadent or classic? Should you choose with guests in mind or throw caution to the wind and go with your gut?
If you’ve already chosen your cake, we bet we can guess what flavor it will be based on your answers. Or, if you need a little nudge in the right direction, this quiz will help you figure out exactly what flavor profile is best for your wedding reception. Of course, where you go from there is up to you… but at least we can help get you started!
Let’s skip the pleasantries and chitchat and talk about the most important element of one’s wedding day: the cake. I’ve mentioned previously that the venue Ben and I chose for our reception is pretty inclusive for food and drink, and our wedding cake was part of the package as well.
Simple and classic is the theme of the day. | Personal photo taken from Oak Mill Bakery’s book
I checked out the potential flavors that our contracted baker, Oak Mill Bakery, offers for wedding cakes. I was instantly drawn to some of the holiday-ish options, specifically almond and hazelnut. I wanted to keep it seasonally appropriate as well as avoid fruit flavors (especially those gel-like fillings…I love fruit in other desserts, but not wedding cake).