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Choosing a wedding cake, you will be presented with numerous decisions. There is the cake design, size, shape, and cake flavor, type of icing, type of topper, enhancements, and more. By understanding your options, you do not have to feel overwhelmed with all the decisions. To help you when you get ready to order your own wedding cake, consider the guidelines below:

Cake Flavor

While the traditional wedding cake was white or chocolate, in time, strawberry also became an option. However, today you can order a wedding cake of just about any flavor you like. The most popular choices include white, chocolate, and strawberry as well as these flavors:
  • Cherry
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Pina Colada
  • Butter Rum
  • Banana
  • Mango/Pineapple/Papaya
To create an exceptional wedding cake, have each tier created with a different flavor. The guests will love the variety and your cake will be a huge hit.

Icing

There are a number of types of icings. Just like the different flavors of cake, the icing can be made to coordinate with the cake. However, this list provides you with the various types of icings from which to choose:
  • Butter Cream This is the traditional icing that you find on cakes purchased from the store. Typically, it is very rich, creamy, and can be colored easily. Cake makers use this type of icing for piping flowers, leaves, seashells, and so on. The one drawback is that the main ingredient is butter, which melts when it is too hot. Therefore, if you are having an outdoor wedding, you should probably avoid using butter cream icing.

  • Fondant Many famous cake makers prefer this type of icing. Made from corn syrup and gelatin, the texture is smooth yet stiff enough to work with. Fondant is not as tasty as butter cream icing but flavoring can be added to enhance its taste.

  • Ganache This rich, chocolate icing is made from chocolate and heavy cream and has a nice smooth consistency that makes the perfect choice for a glass-like finish. Additionally, Ganache can be used in between cake layers and for some decoration. The only downfall is that it does not provide enough stability so excessive heat or humidity will cause the icing to slide off the cake.

  • Royal Icing Made from powdered sugar and milk or egg whites, this icing is shiny white, dries hard, and does not have to be refrigerated. Although not good for the entire wedding cake, it is perfect for decoration.

  • Whipped Cream Of all the icings, this is the most wonderful. Whipped cream can be used on a wedding cake if refrigerated for a long time to give it stability. Additionally, whipped cream can be flavored and even mixed with other icings to give them a light, fluffy taste and teture.
Decorations

All wedding cakes should be decorated, however, depending on whether your wedding is formal or informal, you can choose from simplistic decorations to those that are quite elaborate and elegant.
  • Dragees These hard sugar balls are painted gold or silver and edible

  • Gum Paste Made from gelatin, corn starch, and sugar, you can make realistic looking fruit or flower decorations that will withstand heat or humidity

  • Marzipan This Italian paste is made from sugar, egg whites, and almonds. The consistency is perfect for creating fruits or flowers that can then be used to decorate the cake. Typically, Marzipan is brightly colored to make the decorations look incredible great. Marzipan can also be used as cake icing and looks chic when smoothed on the sides and then raked with a fork to create straight or wavy lines.

  • Piping This icing is placed in a pastry bag and used with different tips to make whatever look you want such as latticework, basket weave, seashells, and more

  • Pulled Sugar By boiling water, sugar, and corn syrup, you can create a type of pulled sugar that is perfect for creating bows, roses, and other decorations. Because the sugar is pulled, it has a shiny look of satin that gives the cake an elegant appearance.
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