I thought it would be helpful to share some tips on a question I get asked all the time – When should we cut our cake? Now I know not everyone wants a cake or is keen to do a cake cut but if you are then here are my tips…
Consider your cake set up
Most cake makers will deliver and set up your cake on the day of your wedding. It’s important you let your venue/wedding coordinator know to expect them so they can make sure everything is ready to go for their arrival.
Don’t forget to think about how your cake will be displayed.
1. Will there be any florals on or around your cake? If so, you will need to discuss this with your florist.
2. Will there be any styling or decorative elements?
3. Where and what will your cake be positioned on? If it is being displayed on a table does this need clothing?
4. Who will provide your cake knife if you are having a cake cut?
*Buttercream cakes melt easily so make sure these are kept away from heat sources such as radiators and direct sunlight*
A lot of effort has gone into creating your beautiful cake so it’s good to take a bit of time to consider it’s placement. The last thing you want is for your cake to be shoved in a dark corner, next to the fire extinguisher on a creased tablecloth
When to cut your wedding cake
Now this will depend on when you want to eat your wedding cake!
1. If you want to have your cake as a part of your meal for dessert or with tea and coffee – it’s a great idea to cut this before your wedding breakfast is served. You could have your cake cut during your drinks reception or just after everyone enters the room for the meal.
2. If you’re inviting evening guests and want everyone to be a part of your cake cut – then I recommend cutting your cake just before your evening reception gets going/you have your first dance (that’s if you decide to have one). Then your cake can be served on platters in the evening as a pick me up for guests.
3. Alternatively, you don’t have to cut your cake – your cake can instead be whisked off at a moment of your choosing and served to guests later in the day or alongside your evening food.
Alternative wedding cakes
As we discussed earlier, not everyone wants a traditional cake, so here are a few thoughts if you’ve opted for something different…
1. Will you be doing a cake cut & if so, when? (if you’re having a cheese wheel cake or a cake which is best served chilled such as pork pie or cheesecake then be mindful that you won’t want it to be on display all day as it may spoil)
2. Will your ‘wedding cake’ be served to guests at some point?
3. Does it need cutting into portions by your caterer, or will guests help themselves?
4. Do you need plates, cutlery, napkins or any additional accompaniments such as crackers, chutneys, fruit, or cream?
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