8 Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Wedding Cake

A tiered wedding cake decorated with light frosting a pink flowers.

Wedding cakes are a sweet and delicious part of your big day. Serving as a dessert and a decoration at your reception, choosing a cake and attending a tasting is one of the best parts of wedding planning for many sweets lovers. But while you may think there’s no way to go wrong with something so fun, there are definitely a number of wedding cake mistakes that you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

1. Not Considering the Wedding Season and Outside Temperature

If you’re having an outdoor wedding in a warm climate or somewhere with the sun beating down, you won’t want to leave your cake out and exposed to the elements. This will cause your beautiful cake to melt, causing an unsightly mess. To avoid this situation, have a plan to keep your cake somewhere cool and with a controlled temperature until it’s ready to be cut.

2. Using too Many Frosting Colors

While it could be tempting to incorporate every color frosting in the rainbow to your cake, that could end up making your cake look like a disheveled mess. Remember that sometimes less is more. Pick a few key colors along with neutral hues for your cake to ensure a cohesive and elegant look.

3. Using Frosting Colors that Stain

A white wedding cake decorated with blue flowers.

Speaking of colors, don’t opt for frosting or decor colors that will stain everyone’s mouths. Dark colors like blue, purple, red, and hot pink may look pretty, but they leave quite a mark. This is also true for staining clothes. If frosting in these vibrant colors were to get on the bride’s dress, chances are that it would be permanently stained.

4. Having a Friend Bake Your Cake

Unless your friend is a professional baker, avoid hiring a friend to bake your wedding cake. Chances are, they won’t be able to meet your vision and you’ll end up disappointed. That can become an awkward situation after your friend puts forth the work on your cake, and you don’t want to end up disappointed in any aspect of your wedding!

5. Not Researching Your Baker Enough

Failing to do adequate research before choosing a wedding cake baker could seriously backfire. Find someone reputable who is willing to show you their portfolio, and check out their online reviews. This will ensure that they have the right skills to make your wedding cake dreams come to life.

6. Using too Many Design Elements

A tiered wedding cake decorated with orange and pink roses.

Similar to having too many colors on your cake, choosing too many design elements can ruin a wedding cake by making it look too busy. Stick to a more simple design rather than having your cake look like you chose everything under the sun. Choose a key theme for your cake rather than trying to tie in a bunch.

7. Picking up the Cake Yourself

While it may be tempting to save a few bucks and pick up your cake yourself from the bakery or have a friend do it, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Many wedding cakes are delivered unassembled and require the hands of a professional to safely transport them and set them up for your big day. You don’t want to risk your beautiful cake being ruined, so splurge for the baker to deliver your cake.

8. Using too Many Flavors

While it’s definitely fun and alluring to incorporate a couple favorite flavors into your wedding cake, you don’t want to mix too many. Having an abundance of flavors could result in a weird taste that no one will like. Try to stick to two flavors rather than a whole wide and varied palette.

Luckily, these wedding cake mistakes are all avoidable, which means it’s not hard to have a gorgeous and delicious wedding cake.

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