Have you ever wondered what your baker is thinking as you sit across the table from them, detailing all of the beautiful designs you have in mind for your gorgeous wedding cake?
Well baker Carissa Byrnes, owner of the popular All Things Sweet By Carissa, has shared exclusively with The Motherish all the things she wishes couples knew when deciding on their all-important wedding cake.
Given she’s the resident baker for Terry Biviano, she definitely knows what she’s taking about.
Here are the eight things you need to know:
1. Book as early as you can and don’t skip the consultation.
Most couples planning their wedding tend to worry about booking the big things, like the venue and photographer. But as Byrnes warns, “Bakers do get booked up pretty quickly.” Most people these days are booking cakes eight to twelve months in advance, Byrnes explains. So you’ll want to get in, fast.
The consultation also makes it really clear what you do and don’t want on your big day. You can bring inspiration along and talk about your design, so you get what you envisioned on the day.
2. Slimline your cake design.
When looking at cake inspiration, try to stick to a theme. Otherwise, it can make the job of your baker very hard. “I get people to bring me inspirational images and they’ll come with one image that’s a naked style rustic cake and the other is a five tiered fondant beautifully laced detailed cake and I think, ‘Where is this going? They’re completely different, there are no similarities in these cakes what so ever,’” Byrnes explains.
3. If you want a very detailed cake, it’s going to cost you.
For those couples who want a beautifully detailed cake, it’s important to understand the time that goes into making one. Time equals money which means a larger price tag.
“If you want a beautifully detailed cake, you need to understand the time that’s involved, which then equals the cost,” Byrnes explains. You can’t have a $1,000 cake for $500, it just doesn’t work that way.
4. Don’t ask the baker to alter their recipe… ever.
Different bakers make different types of cake. You’re better off going to find a baker who makes the same texture of cake that you enjoy as opposed to asking a baker to change their recipe. It’s a cardinal sin.
“I’ve had a few grooms in the past who’ve been picky about the density of the cake. My cakes are light, they are a mud cake but they’re not dense. I did have a groom who preferred his cakes much denser and he wanted me to alter my recipe,” Byrnes revealed. The couple ended up going with Byrne’s signature cake in the end, so crisis averted. But no, don’t ask for that.