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Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009

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One of the richest and most delicious wedding traditions is the wedding cake. Whether you will be celebrating with a few close friends or a party of three hundred, the wedding cake is a glorious centerpiece to the festivities.

In today’s world of choice and variety, the traditional tiered white wedding cake has given way to an assortment of shapes and flavors, such as chocolate mint, hazelnut and even cheesecake. Influences of other countries have brought us wedding cakes decorated with luscious buttercream, as well as elegant rolled fondant.

Fresh flowers adorn many wedding cakes, while others are decorated with handmade marzipan flowers. These gum paste flowers are edible or can serve as keepsakes for use on an anniversary cake.

You may already have an idea in mind of the perfect wedding cake. To get additional ideas, we recommend that you look through bridal magazines and cake decorating books. Most bakers will have photos of their work, which might spark new ideas for you as well.

Whatever you can dream, someone can probably create, but do keep practicality and cost in mind. Pay careful attention that your cake reflects your wedding style and complements your color scheme. The flavor and icing should also be appropriate for the season of the year and the weather, particularly if the reception is held outside.

In many cases reception sites provide wedding cakes. Otherwise, you will want to hire a professional cake designer. When selecting your cake designer, you should plan ahead at least three to six months. Remember, the more sought-after bakers will be booked early. Ask to see actual wedding cakes they have prepared, and ask to sample some flavors.

Establish what services are provided (delivery, set-up, etc.), and exactly what is covered in the cost. The price of actual wedding cake itself can vary, depending on the size, flavor and intricacy of design. Your baker will help you in determining the size of cake needed for your reception.

Regardless of the size, simplicity or intricacy of your wedding cake, it is a special treat for your guests and a symbol of you and your groom’s willingness to share your lives with each other.

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