Tips for Choosing a Wedding Cake

Are you wondering what type of cake you should get for your New York wedding reception? There are many different wedding cake options, but couples usually go for a more traditional cake. A traditional wedding cake is made with layers of sponge cake, buttercream frosting, and fondant icing. The top layer is covered in sugar crystals and sometimes decorated with flowers. The first thing that most people notice at a wedding reception is the cake. When deciding on a cake, think about appearance. What do you want your guests to feel when they walk into your wedding reception? Give them a good first impression with a breathtakingly beautiful wedding cake.

Some wedding cakes are extravagant, while others are simple. But no matter how fancy or plain you go with your cake, one thing will always remain true: you and your guests should love it! Choosing your wedding cake in New York is a big part of the Central Park wedding planning process. Your reception isn’t complete without the sweets. But what is it that makes one cake better or more expensive than another? And how do you know how much money you should spend on a wedding cake or not? We’ve got the answers to these questions in this article.

Wedding Cake and Dessert Options for your New York Wedding

Depending on where you live, You may find that other cakes and dessert options are available. The more popular wedding options are:

Tiered Wedding Cake – Tiered wedding cakes are often used for large weddings because they’re easier to transport than other cakes because they fit into boxes. They can also feed more guests, and you have the option to choose different flavors and designs for each tier.

Chocolate Layer Cake – This is probably one of the most popular choices among couples looking for a delicious dessert option at the reception. 

Red Velvet Cake – Red velvet cake is a chocolate classic, and it looks beautiful against any kind of wedding décor. 

Angel Food Cake – Angel food cake is light and fluffy, making it a favorite for many people.

Pound Cake – Pound cake is dense and heavy, making it perfect for desserts served after dinner. It’s also known as sponge cake.

Wedding Cupcakes – These small cakes are easy to eat and don’t take up too much room at the table. Cupcakes are usually baked in individual containers and then decorated with frosting and sprinkles. You can have them customized to match your wedding theme.

Strawberry Shortcake – We all know that strawberries are known for being incredibly juicy, and well, shortcake is no exception. It consists of layers of cake and whipped cream topped with strawberries.

Frosted Sugar Cookies – If you want to give guests something sweet as an alternative to cake, consider ordering sugar cookies. They are a simple dessert designed to match your wedding theme; everybody loves sugar cookies!

If you’re having trouble deciding between the various options, ask friends or family members that have been through the process before. They will be able to help you narrow down your choices. Another option that you have is to request a cake tasting before your wedding so that you and your partner can choose the flavors you love the most.

Wedding Cake Flavors

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Funfetti
  • Almond
  • Lemon

Types of Wedding Cake Icing

  • Royal icing 
  • The whipped cream finish
  • Fondant icing
  • Hand-finishing 
  • Marzipan 
  • Buttercream icing 

How Much Does A Wedding Cake Cost in New York?

Skilled bakers are usually the ones that handcraft wedding cakes. The cost of a wedding cake depends on many factors, including the type of cake, the number of servings, the size of the cake, how you may want it decorated, and how much time and effort goes into its creation. The more intricate the design, the higher the price tag. The cost of a wedding cake also tends to vary based on location. For example, if you plan to have a destination wedding in New York, you may pay more for a cake than planning a local ceremony in a small town. The average price range for wedding cakes can run between $50 and $500 per serving; a simple wedding cake can run anywhere from $200 to $1000.

Choosing your Wedding Cake

Choosing the perfect design for your wedding cake is exciting, but it can also be tricky. You don’t want to choose the wrong design, icing, or flavors. Keep in mind the following things when selecting the design for your masterpiece.

  • Choose your colors wisely
    • When choosing colors for your cake, think about what makes you happy. 
  • Do you love pink or purple? 
    • Or maybe you prefer blue or yellow. 
  • You may also choose to have your cake made to match your wedding theme and colors.

Choosing a cake flavor

You may or may not have a preference for cake flavors. In that case, it’s ok to go with one of the traditional options such as: 

  • A vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. 
  • Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.
  • A red velvet with cream cheese frosting. 

Make sure your cake looks good from all angles

It’s important to consider the angles from which people will view your wedding cake. Some cakes are better suited for certain views. For example, round cakes look great from all sides, while square cakes look better viewed straight on. Think about where the cake will be located when deciding on your cake’s shape and size.

Don’t Overdo It

While it’s okay to use lots of different colors and designs, too many details and colors can make a cake look busy and cluttered. Choose one main color and then add accents using complementary colors. If you are unsure, ask for assistance from the pros. They can give you ideas and help you choose the best colors and cake flavors to match your wedding theme.

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