The wedding cake was once THE focal point of a wedding reception. Today, it doesn’t seem to hold quite the same vaulted position but it is still a pretty important component (the cutting of the cake is traditionally a signal to guests that they can, if desired, start saying their goodbyes) so most couples want a pretty (and tasty!) confection.
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Now, some couples are choosing to have a traditional tiered cake while others are more interested in Amy Atlas style dessert tables. Either is fine but both require the same thing – a great bakery (or baker). But how to find one?
There are several ways to find a great cake/dessert resource: look (and do tastings) at wedding fairs/expos, seek out vendors at local farmer’s markets, visit various bakeries in your area, Google “local bakeries/wedding cakes”, ask for recommendations, and ask to sample the work of local culinary students. Next, narrow your selection down to your top 3-5 vendors. Then, schedule your (free – it should ALWAYS be free) tasting/consultation. These consultations usually involve looking through the baker’s portfolio and sampling various cakes, fillings, and frostings to find your favorites.
However, at the tasting you will need to do more than just snack on yummy stuff (though that is AWESOME!). You’re going to need to ask a few questions to help you compare the actual bakery and its business (in addition to its tasty offerings) at a later time. Below is a download of a good list of questions to ask each bakery – print it out as needed and take with you to your appointments!
Alright, Tulle Nation raise your voices! What do you think is important to ask your potential wedding cake bakery? Got any tips on how to find your perfect wedding cake match? Share away in the comments.