When we looking for the best advice on cakes, we reached out to the amazing Beth Ann Goldberg of Studio Cake, who creates one-of-a-kind, memorable confections. We have been lucky enough to experience the results of her handiwork ourselves. We hope that this will inspire your upcoming event!
Tip 1: What kinds of options do I need to consider?
You may wish to bring in an idea, concept, item or image, to help create an edible version that delights both the eyes and the taste buds. From tiered wedding cakes, to sweet sugar flowers, to 3-D animals (including elephants!), to large sculpted centerpieces, a baker can make anything in cake. Usually, a baker has some pre-existing favorite flavors to choose from, but you can work together to have a custom flavor to go with your custom design. For example, if you want a flavor reminiscent of France, you may want a lemon cake soaked in lavender simple syrup with vanilla bean and white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Tip 2: What is the process for ordering a custom cake?
Ordering a custom cake starts with a simple email or phone call. A cake tasting or consultation is set according to the date of the event. At the consultation, you can discuss flavor options, design ideas, and price estimates. Then the designer can create a sketch of the cake and email it to you for feedback. The process is complete when you are happy with the design, flavors, and pricing. In additions, since summer is the busiest time for weddings, ordering is typically done about 4-6 months in advance. In the winter there is less demand, the process can be more flexible.
Tip 3: What are my custom cake options for large weddings?
There are many options for large weddings. One solution is a single, grand centerpiece cake. A 5-tier cake serves 200-300 people, depending upon the shapes and sizes of the tiers. To add more cake servings, many people also order a groom’s cake, which adds another 50 or so servings, depending on the cake. Another option is to have smaller cakes but more of them. You can do some fun cake trios that have different designs with a uniting theme. These vary in size and shape of the tiers, but serve anywhere from 250-450 people. An additional option is to have sheet cake that looks the same on the inside as the display cake but is not decorated on the outside. The guests don’t see the sheet cake until it is cut and served on the plate.
Images courtesy of BethAnn Goldberg, StudioCake