FAQs and expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Surrey Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yoursurrey.wedding

 

Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

Q. What cake design and flavours would you suggest for a winter wedding?

A. Shenaz Lake-Thomas says: There are so many options available that are perfect for winter weddings. You could opt for a semi-naked design adorned with deep red flowers, pine cones, holly, ivy leaves and foliage or go for sugar versions instead, which you can keep after the big day.

Think of the kind of icing you want on your wedding cake and if you want texture applied, whether it be appliqué, stencilling or edible lace.

Deep reds, purples and various shades of blues, greens and whites would be a great way of incorporating the time of year.

For the flavours, how about cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg and clove? Just thinking of these spices will give your guests a warm wintry feeling.

Snowflakes and an iced white snow effect would also look great.

Shenaz Lake-Thomas, Lake Thomas Cakes
www.ltcakes.co.uk

 

Summer delights

Summer delights

Q. What cake flavours would you suggest for a summer wedding?

A. Jeannette Lawrence says: Keep it light and fresh. The classic vanilla sponge with seedless raspberry jam and vanilla bean buttercream is always very popular. Alternatively, you could switch up the fillings with a mango and passionfruit coulis and buttercream. Peach conserve and melba buttercream is also very delicate.

Zesty lemon sponge layered with lemon curd and buttercream is always a hit, or you could add a twist with lemon and elderflower buttercream paired with blueberry conserve.

For the chocoholics, a chocolate sponge layered with black cherry conserves and buttercream or salted caramel would be perfect.

Jeannette Lawrence, Jeannette's Great Cakes
www.jeannettesgreatcakes.co.uk

 

Just one slice

Just one slice

Q. My wife-to-be and I want to incorporate the festive season into our wedding cake. Can you suggest any flavours or decorations?

A. Jo Harper says: Do you prefer a more traditional look with reds, greens and golds, or are you after a more modern theme with blues, whites and silvers? Either will make a stunning cake design and tie in with your theme perfectly.

If you've opted for a more traditional bake, why not incorporate some beautiful shades of red with roses, styled with deep green ivy and holly leaves? Add gold accents with edible gold leaf, which will create a glamorous feel. If this is too bold for you, then pair it back by swapping the red roses for cream roses and bringing in small touches of red with holly berries.

Alternatively, those of you who are more swayed towards the winter wonderland style, there are so many shades of blue you could choose from. Keep the flowers simple with an all-white display and let the cake make the impact with some edible glitter or silver leaf that will catch the light beautifully. If you prefer paler blue tones, then look for glitter details, snowflakes embossed into the icing and 3D snowflakes to add depth and dimension.

When it comes to what's inside the cake, why not delight and surprise your guests with some flavours that immediately make you think of Christmas, such as chocolate orange, gingerbread spice or chocolate and Irish cream?

Jo Harper, The Jo Harper Cake Company
www.thejoharpercakecompany.co.uk

 

Budget saver

Budget saver

Q. We want a grand wedding cake that will wow our guests without breaking the bank. Do you have any ideas on how we can cut down the costs?

A. Shenaz Lake-Thomas says: To achieve a grand cake, you need to think carefully about labour costs. These will be greater depending on which decorations you choose. For example, if you want an adornment of sugar flowers, these can take days to make with extras needed incase any break.

To make the design taller you could add iced polystyrene dummies, but remember making the various embellishments does take time and therefore money.

Decorate your creation with sugar pieces, ribbons or fresh flowers. You could also have oblong cutting cakes which will be served to your guests. These are large pieces which are iced plain and can be filled without any icing to help cut down the costs.

Pieces such as toppers and figures could also save you money, but keep in mind some of these can be quite generic.

Shenaz Lake-Thomas, Lake Thomas Cakes
www.ltcakes.co.uk

 

Just one slice

Just one slice

Q. My wife-to-be and I want a cake that's on-trend. What's popular right now?

A. Shenaz Lake-Thomas says: Naked and semi-naked cakes have been a popular trend for the past few years. It's great for clients who don't like soft icing, and can be decorated with fresh flowers, herbs and fruit. The individual tiers can be flavoured differently to give your guests a variety to choose from.

Another trend is buttercream bakes. These are suitable for all weddings, but if you're getting married in the summer make sure it's stored in a very cool place. You can adorn your bake with blooms, fruit, sugar decorations and quirky toppers.

Iced (sugar paste) cakes are still popular and marbled patterns with metallic elements can be a great way of contrasting your décor.

Shenaz Lake-Thomas, Lake Thomas Cakes
www.ltcakes.co.uk

 

Oh crumbs!

Oh crumbs!

Q. How can we incorporate our summer-themed wedding into our cake?

A. Shenaz Lake-Thomas says: Now you've decided on a theme the next step is to think about how to decorate it. Decide whether you want an iced, buttercream, semi-naked, or naked wedding cake.

- Use flowers, flavours, textures or icing to incorporate your theme. Blooms such as peonies, roses, sunflowers and foliage are great options. Alternatively, you could adorn the bake with ribbons paired with summer flowers.

- Colours play an important part in your design. Use bright colour such as yellow, cream or orange both inside and out.

Shenaz Lake-Thomas, Lake Thomas Cakes
www.ltcakes.co.uk

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