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Wedding Cake Cutting Fees

Wedding Cake Cutting Fees

Cake cutting fees
Photo Courtesy of Carly Daniel Photography

When most LDS brides set out to procure their wedding cakes, they don’t know they’ll most likely be paying a separate cake cutting fee in addition to the cost of making and decorating the cake. Surprised? Learn who charges the fee and why, what it covers, and how much a typical wedding cake cutting fee runs.

When you bring in a cake from an outside bakery (or one that you’ve made yourself,) your reception venue may charge a cake cutting fee. If you have your cake made by their in-house baker, however, they will waive the fee.

Depending on the venue, a typical cake cutting fee runs between $1 and $2 per slice. Cake cutting fees can add up to several hundred dollars, so make sure to…read more

The LDS Bride and Groom’s First Slice of Wedding Cake

Cake Cutting Ceremony: The Bride and Groom’s First Slice of Wedding Cake

How to cut LDS wedding cake
Photo Courtesy of Ravenberg Photography

The wedding cake cutting ceremony is a timeless wedding tradition. No reception, no matter how casual, would feel complete without it. It’s important to plan your cake cutting ceremony ahead of time and communicate those plans clearly with your photographer, your caterer, and your band or DJ to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

Usually, the wedding cake remains on display for…read more

Wedding Cake, Cutting Guides

How to Cut LDS Wedding Cake
Photo Courtesy of Dayna Carroll

How to Cut Wedding Cake

It’s your wedding reception. The cake is displayed beautifully near the front of the room, decorated to the nines and scattered with fresh flower petals. Guests have oohed and ahed over it; the photographer has recorded it on film for posterity. By now, you’ve spent so much time planning each tier and pedestal and layer of fondant you’ve probably forgotten that a wedding cake, like all other cakes, is meant to be eaten! But before you and your guests can dig in, you need to get educated on cake serving etiquette and procedure.

The wedding cake cutting occurs in the last hour of the reception, just after the bride and groom publicly cut the first slice and feed it to each other. The cake is then taken to the back room or kitchen area out of sight to be cut or is cut in front of guests by those who know how.

The most important thing to figure out is…read more

Wedding Cake Decorators, How to Choose

How to choose a cake decorator
Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Davis Photography

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

Wedding Cake for an Anniversary

Your 1-Year Anniversary Cake

1st year anniversary cake
Photo Courtesy of Wasatch Studios.com

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

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

Shapes for Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cake Shapes

Wedding Cake Shapes for LDS wedding cakes
Photo Courtesy of Wasatch Studios

When you first walk into a professional wedding cake bakery, the first thing you will probably notice is that wedding cakes come in all different shapes and sizes. The shape you choose for your cake will have a dramatic impact on the cake’s overall appearance.

Round tiers represent the classic, traditional wedding cake. In fact, round wedding cakes were all that were available when your mother was getting married!

Not to say that round tiers are old-fashioned. They have a soft, timeless appearance. The circle is a well-known symbol for eternity, making a round cake more than appropriate for a wedding.

Square tiers have recently become very popular. Their clean-line geometrical shape makes them very eye-catching on the head table at your wedding reception.

Square cakes are also very versatile: decorate with bright colors and bold designs for an ultra-modern cake or soften the look with more classic colors and patterns to make them appear more traditional.

Though less common, some bakeries may offer…read more

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

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