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How to Choose a Wedding Cake Decorator

How to choose a cake decorator
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How to Choose a Wedding Cake Decorator

LDS brides and grooms get their wedding cakes from all sorts of designers, from a top-dollar professional wedding cake specialist to their talented Aunt Miranda who will do it for free. Accounting for price, style, and taste, how do you choose a wedding cake decorator?

The fun part is browsing through bridal magazines and online wedding cake photo galleries for pictures of the intricate, unique, and always beautiful wedding cakes. Who knew that food could be so much fun just to look at? Don’t worry about finding “your” wedding cake just yet, but do…read more

Your 1-Year Anniversary Cake

Your 1-Year Anniversary Cake

1st year anniversary cake
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Hard to believe it now, but the 365 days after you are married are going to fly by, and before you know it you’ll be celebrating your first wedding anniversary. Most couples, while they are in the middle of planning their wedding, also make arrangements for their first anniversary cake with their wedding cake decorator.

Most professional bakeries and cake designers make it easy for you to get your first anniversary cake through them. The following three options are the most common.

Many cake decorators will offer to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake, so that in one years’ time you will have a cake for two that helps you relive the most special moment of your life together.

If the decorator doesn’t offer the service of freezing your cake, you can always do it yourself. Just make sure that the caterer or the cake decorator – whoever is doing the wedding cake cutting and serving – knows to reserve the top layer for you. To freeze the cake at home…read more

Fondant vs. Buttercream: Appearance, Price, Durability, and Taste

Fondant vs. Buttercream: Appearance, Price, Durability, and Taste

differences of fondant and buttercream
Photography Courtesy of Photos by Wendy G., Cake by Midway Country Corner Bakery

The majority of all wedding cakes are made with a smooth, flawless layer of icing on top. If brides are interested in this type of cake, then the first decision they will need to make is whether they want to use buttercream icing or fondant.

Fondant is a sweet icing made of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. Buttercream, like its name suggests, is made with butter, sugar, and milk. Both types of icing are rolled out flat with a rolling pin, draped over the wedding cake, smoothed down, and dried to create a porcelain-like finish.

Let’s see how buttercream and fondant stack up in terms of appearance, price, durability, and taste.

The smooth, sleek look of fondant is hard to duplicate. The cakes featured in wedding magazines are almost always fondant cakes because of their superior workability. If how the cake looks in pictures is your main concern, fondant is probably the way to go.

Though it’s not easy to recreate a fondant look with buttercream, it’s possible in…read more

Wedding Cake Colors, How to Choose

colors of wedding cakes
Photography Courtesy of Photos by Wendy G.

Choosing Wedding Cake Colors

Although there are many factors that go into a wedding cake’s final appearance – shape, size, texture, arrangement, and presentation – color is probably the most salient factor.

People will notice the colors on your wedding cake first and remember them longer than they remember anything else about it, so make choosing your wedding cake colors a supremely important decision.

The color white has long been a universally understood symbol for purity, so naturally it has become synonymous with weddings. No surprise here that the traditional wedding cake color is white – but traditional doesn’t have to mean boring.

The smooth, white layer of fondant can certainly stand on its own without adornment. But using white frosting to create…read more

Types of Wedding Cake Toppers

Types of Wedding Cake Toppers

Cake Toppers for Weddings
Photo Courtesy of Justine Miller Photography

The wedding cake receives a place of honor near the head table at the reception, where it is only display until the moment it is cut and served. A wedding cake topper can be the crowning touch on an LDS wedding cake, and even those who think they don’t like wedding cake toppers may be surprised at some of their options.

When most people think of a wedding cake topper, they immediately picture traditional bride and groom figures that are either standing next to each other, holding hands, linking arms, dancing, or kissing. While these traditional style wedding cake toppers are still available and popular, there are also…read more

Determining Wedding Cake Size

Cake Size for an LDS wedding cake
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Determining Wedding Cake Size:

How Much Wedding Cake Will I Need?

Picking out your wedding cake colors and style is easy. The hard part is figuring out how much you need. The size, shape, and number of tiers you want all affect the answer to your question: How much wedding cake is enough?

The first thing brides must understand is…read more

Wedding Cakes for LDS Receptions

wedding cake for LDS wedding receptions
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How to Choose a Wedding Cake Design

How do you describe your dream cake to your decorator when you don’t know the lingo? Read on for an overview of commonly used wedding cake decorating techniques and embellishments. Knowing what’s out there can help you to choose your ideal design when you sit down with your wedding cake decorator.

Do you ever wonder how professionally-done cakes get that flawlessly smooth layer of frosting on top?
Most wedding cakes are coated with fondant or buttercream icing that is rolled out with a rolling pin and draped over the cake to provide a smooth working surface. Rolled fondant or buttercream comes in a variety of colors and can be rolled out to a variety of thicknesses.

Once you have the smooth “base” of your cake – usually fondant or buttercream – it’s ready to be…read more

LDS Wedding Planning

LDS WEDDING PLANNING AN OVERVIEW: Download the free interactive budget, the 3-6-9 month LDS wedding planning checklists, and LDS wedding day timeline, and more. Of course, some items will pertain to your LDS wedding planning and some may not, so tweak them to fit your own special circumstances. These LDS wedding’s planning pages will help you stay on track for your big day! And most pages include helpful how-to videos about LDS wedding planning. Create your own personalized online-offline LDS Wedding Planning Notebook by using the helpful modifiable pages below. To get access to the LDS wedding planning notebook, CLICK HERE!

Garter Toss for LDS Wedding Receptions

LDS Wedding Alternatives to the Garter Toss

garter toss and alternatives for LDS wedding receptions
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If you are LDS and planning your wedding reception and your reaction to the words “garter toss” is “absolutely not!”, or you are in any way uncomfortable with removing and tossing a garter in front of all your friends and family, read on to find plenty of fun alternatives.

No law says the groom has to toss a garter. Why not…read more

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