Wedding Cake Guide: Ultimate Checklist

A wedding cake

When it comes to your wedding cake, there are layers of decisions to be made. To help you come up with a stunning cake design, use this list to check off your cake preferences and then take it with you to your first meeting with your cake baker.

Your Budget

Before you dive in, know how much of your budget can be spent on your cake. Before you make appointments, be sure your potential cake bakers are within your price range. What is your cake budget?

Wedding Cake Contract Checklist

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Wedding Cake Contract

Before you order your wedding cake, review these contract points. Print out this list, bring it with you, and make sure you get everything in writing before you sign on the dotted line. Make sure the date of the wedding, the deposit amount for the cake, and the check or credit card number are all clearly indicated and legible. Confirm that all of the following information is included in your cake contract:

Spring Wedding Cakes

The wedding cake

Spring Flavors

Pick a wedding cake that summons a taste of spring with in-season berries and fruits. Instead of traditional buttercream filling, consider a fresh strawberry puree filling or a lemon cake with blackberry filling. If you love chocolate cake but still want a taste that reflects the season, try a chocolate cake filled with chocolate cherry ganache.

Seasonal Colours

Colour counts when designing a spring wedding cake, and you can’t go wrong with a palette of preppy white, pink, and lime green or a bold and bright mix of orange and yellow. For a more subdued palette, add a hint of spring colour with a simple chocolate ganache-covered cake with subtle white dots, or an ivory buttercream cake trimmed in light pink. Or let the spring colours pop with an ivory cake accented with sugar-molded butterflies or birds.

Wedding Cake Must-Have Tips

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Do you know everything there is to know about wedding cakes? The more informed you are, the better the decisions you will make. We’ve got you covered with our top tips.

Taste the Cake

As you start setting up appointments, find out when each baker’s next tasting is scheduled. At tastings, clients are invited into the bakery to sample exemplary cakes, ask questions, and review portfolios. This is an excellent opportunity to meet bakers and fully understand the range of their abilities.
If you’re using fresh blooms, triple-check with your florist that they have not been sprayed with pesticides. Make sure all inedible decorative elements are removed before the cake is sliced and served.

Wedding Cake Tips & Trends

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Unlike the cakes of the past which were treated solely as towering eye candy, cakes today need to be play a number of roles: They have to look gorgeous, fit in with the overall wedding theme, and taste eye-rollingly good. It’s a tall order, but today’s cake designers are up to the challenge. Here are some of our favourite trends.

Clean and Classic

Outlandishly frosted confections are a thing of the past. These days, many couples are opting for clean, classic designs, many of which mimic bridal gown fabrics or detailing. Understated yet whimsical designs, such as cakes covered in blush-coloured frosting and punctuated with tiny silver-dusted polka dots or pale blue-fondant frosted cakes studded with chocolate-brown sugar flowers, are all the rage.

Favourite Wedding Cake Toppers


Wedding cake toppers add beautiful or fun decoration to your wedding cake, and there are endless options, meaning you do not have to stick to anything traditional or most popular. You could buy a topper or put something together yourself. A customised or homemade wedding cake topper can add a personal touch. The best cake topper for your wedding depends also on the theme and setting of the event.

Wedding Cake History and Traditions

Wedding Cake, Before by Afroswede, on Flickr

Modern wedding cakes come in a vast array of shapes, sizes and flavours. The wedding cake is an ancient tradition, that has always been one of the most important aspects of the wedding ceremony. Looking to history, we learn that the wedding cake originated in Roman and Greek culture – but, it wasn’t always the same sweet, beautifully decorated offering that we’re accustomed to today. In ancient times the “cake” was more akin to what we would recognise as a hearty grain bread. It was believed that the ingredients – specifically wheat – symbolised life, fertility, and abundance; all things a pair of newlyweds, even today, hope to experience. In the ancient ceremony, the groom would break the wedding cake over the brides head, whereas today the couple cuts their cake together, and then serve each other a bite to symbolise their new life together as a wedded couple.

Wedding Cake Flavours

Red Rose Wedding Cake by Sugar Daze (f/k/a LittleMissCupcakeParis), on Flickr

The traditional white, vanilla-flavoured wedding cake has long been surpassed by exotic new flavors inspired by modern cuisine. Butter cream fillings or mixes in different flavors can be tucked away under traditional white frosting. Alternatively, a deliciously flavoured and coloured frosting can cover a traditional vanilla cake. The choice is yours and it is limitless.

How to Decorate a Wedding Cake with Ribbons and Lace

wedding cake by mum

Decorating wedding cakes with different ribbons can transform a plain cake into something eye-catching. Ribbon trim can contrast with the cake and flowers or can match the bride’s dress or wedding colours. You can use any ribbon for the border, while satin and solid-colour ribbons stand out better against darker frosting. (more…)