By Joan Salmon
From the toothpaste taste to falling tiers, we have seen and heard about the harrowing cake tales. However, we need not forget that just like that floral centrepiece on the tables, the cake is the centrepiece of any wedding. It will be talked about years after the wedding thus the need to see to it that your cakes look reflects its taste.
But the downfall is that many couples either over dream or skip some crucial things when it comes to this wedding item.
Asha Batenga, a baker, says that there is a need to pick a cake style that will suit your wedding. Diana Kigozi of Diana Cakes says a theme is necessary here. “You may go with a rustic semi-naked cake if your theme is rustic. However, it would be a disaster to host a black-tie wedding with the same cake style.” She therefore advises couples to handle cake after decisions of dress style, and decor to guide the style of the occasion. She mentions that the cake should be part of the wedding rather than stick out like a soar thumb.
Nonetheless, Batenga advises couples not to stick with their colour themes because while they may work well with outdoor functions, the colours will disappear within the decor if the function is indoors. “Themes such as white and gold can never go wrong regardless of the theme and colour pattern.”
The issue of themed cakes may get out of hand when one chooses a character for their wedding cake. “Many want to stand out hence characters such as Captain Marvel because they love it. However, this is a wedding cake not a birthday cake,” Batenga advised. Others may go for a wedding cake moulded like themselves but she advises against it saying,” For some of the attendees, cutting ‘yourself’ scares them.”
Batenga adds that one of the things that fail couples is payment. “Many think that they can pay the last deposit for their cake after the wedding. This is something bakers are running away from as many have had to go through a rat race before getting their money if they ever get it.” No wonder some people never see their cakes at all and heap the blame on the baker. It, therefore, goes without saying that couples need to finish up payment if they are to see a cake at their function.
More disaster arises with regards to flavour as couples fail to see that a cake slice is not the same as a wedding cake. For example, Batenga mentions that some love red velvet but with the heat, the milk cheese within this flavour will taste like spoilt milk. “It will not appeal to your guests. Some may go with chocolate mint but your guests may complain about a toothpaste taste owing to the mint.” She therefore advises against these as well as Black Forest because it is very soft hence not working for a tiered cake as it will collapse.
Identify a baker: To avoid these design and style mishaps, Kigozi advises that you pick a baker that you would like to work with. “They will advise you on the payment schedule, design, style, and flavour.”
Cake tasting: In order to deal with flavour mishaps, Batenga advises that the couple goes for cake tasting. “The baker you have chosen should be able to tell you what is ideal or trending so that you make an informed decision.”
Weather: As earlier mentioned, some flavours are spoilt by heat. As such, discuss with your baker the ideal flavour as well as frosting to avoid melting in case of intense heat. But on second thought, you may want to stick with a fondant covered cake seeing that it withstands well for tiered cakes and our weather is usually unpredictable.
Start early: With several things influencing the design and style of your cake, Kigozi says it is important for the couple to iron out issues such as venue and themes. “That way, there will be less back and forth between the couple and the baker in regards to changes to be made to the cake.”
Cost: With payments a crucial reason why a couple may actually never see a cake on their wedding day, it is imperative that they discuss with the baker to ensure that they work within their means. For example, if a couple desires to have sugar flowers on their cake, the cost will increase greatly. Therefore, going for real flowers with just a few sugar flower accents will lower the cost.
Get inspiration: Couples ought to work with their baker for inspiration towards their cake. “It could be that the couple loves nature or the seaside. When such a cake is made for them, it is memorable,” Joseph Bukenya, of Cake Studio, advises. You could also look at cake images, the bridal dress and the like for inspiration.
All in all, Batenga reminds couples that in Africa, the wedding is for the community. “Therefore, rather than have the notion of, ‘it is my wedding so do as I please’ when doing certain things or making some decisions, you need to consider those people that contributed towards the wedding or raised you. Otherwise, the wedding would have been just you and your spouse.”