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A-Z of Wedding Cakes

A-Z of Wedding Cakes | CHWV

Looking for wedding cake ideas to match your theme and budget? Check out this guide to wedding cakes to find everything you need to know!

Gone are the days when wedding cakes were limited to three tiers of fruit cake, tied with ribbon. Check out this A-Z of wedding cake ideas for mouth-watering inspiration with wow-factor results.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes | CHWV

A is for Achievable

There’s no point falling in love with a seven-tier cake, covered in sugar flowers, if your budget won’t cover it. Focus your attention on finding cake you love within the confines of your spending power.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Achievable | CHWV

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B is for Buttercream

Buttercream is a brilliant way to inject some flavour. Lemon, rose, caramel… there are endless flavour possibilities with this fantastic frosting so be creative and enjoy the mouth-watering results!

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Buttercream | CHWV

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C is for Cookies

Cookies are the perfect option for a fun and flavoursome sugar hit. Ask a relative to run to the local bakery on your wedding morning to collect your order, then add them to labelled jars ready to tuck into later on.

D is for Dessert Table

Can’t decide between a wedding cake, cupcake tower or cake pops when it comes to wedding cake ideas? Then don’t! Opt for a dessert table and you can have them all.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Dessert Table | CHWV

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E is for Edible Flowers

Edible flowers make a fantastic option for summer wedding cakes, providing bright pops of colour and surprising punches of flavour. Just be sure to check the flavours of the flowers will go well with your cake.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Edible flowers | CHWV

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F is for Fruit Cake

Traditionally, wedding cakes were all made from fruit cake and it was customary that couples keep the top tier for the birth of their first child. Today, many couples still include a fruit cake base tier, using the remaining tiers to introduce their favourite flavours too.

G is for Geometric

Geometric patterns are all the rage right now, so why not try combining geometric designs with contemporary colours on your cake?

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Geometric | CHWV

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H is for Homemade

If you’re looking to save money or are planning a lower key wedding, why not ask a baker in the family to make your cake for you as their wedding present? They will be delighted to be asked and play a part in your day. Or, if you’re feeling brave, take on the challenge yourself!

I is for Irresistible

It’s always worth tasting the different flavours your baker offers before committing to your final choices. Then you’ll be all set to choose irresistible flavours for your own wedding cake.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Irresistable | CHWV

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J is for Just Right

This will probably be the most expensive cake you ever buy, so it goes without saying that it needs to be just right. When you attend a consultation, ask to see similar designs and cakes that they’ve worked on before. That way you can ensure you’ll have tiers of joy on the big day.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Just right | CHWV

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K is for Krispy Kremes

Doughnut walls are one of the trendiest wedding ideas right now. Create one for your big day by investing in a simple wall peg board to hang them from and a cute sign to invite your guests to take a bite.

L is for Lustre

Edible lustres make it easier than ever to add glistening silver, opulent gold and even contemporary copper to your wedding cake. Discuss this with your cake designer and see what they can create.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Lustre | CHWV

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M is for More, More, More!

Whether you picture a sea of single-tier cakes on a laden table or a staggeringly tall, five-tier masterpiece, bigger cakes can quickly slip over budget. Why not host a wedding bake off, with each member of the bridal party bringing a cake? Or ask your cake designer to create narrower, taller tiers, for that extra height.

N is for Naked

With plenty of flavour options and a rustic charm of their simple decoration, we can see why naked cakes are winners for many couples. On a hot summer’s day, the buttercream can melt, so position your cake in the shade!

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Naked | CHWV

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O is for On The Day

There are several key cake questions to ask your venue such as, will they provide a cake knife and whether there is an additional fee for cake cutting? It’s also worth checking what time your baker can get into the venue to set up.

P is for Presentation

Many venues have cake stands available for you to use, but you can also hire, purchase or even make your own. A log slice cake stand works wonderfully at country weddings, while a wooden barrel is perfect for a boho big day.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Presentation | CHWV

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Q is for Quirky

There are so many ways to personalise your cake. You could introduce unusual fillings like chocolate and wasabi or flavours that mean something special to you. Alternatively, how about a surprise in the decoration? We love ‘reveal’ wedding cakes that show one design on one side, but when turned around present an entirely different scene!

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Quirky | CHWV

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R is for Requirements

If either of you have special dietary requirements, be sure to find a baker who is experienced at working to them. It’s also worth checking the dietary needs of your guests too.

S is for Sugar Flowers

Sugar flowers can be so intricately created that you’d swear they are the real deal. These however won’t wilt, they taste great and you don’t have to worry about what’s in season!

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Sugar flowers | CHWV

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T is for Theme

Your cake will take pride of place at your reception, so make sure it complements the rest of your day. There are lots of different styles of cake out there, so do your research and find the right one for your wedding.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Theme | CHWV

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U is for Understanding

If you want to have your cake and actually eat it, you do need to get down to the nitty gritty details with your cake designer. Just how much cake and how many tiers will feed 80 guests? How much will a cascade of sugar flowers cost? In short, always ask lots of questions!

V is for Victoria Sandwich

There’s a reason this delicious vanilla and jam cake makes it into so many wedding cakes! It’s a real crowd-pleaser but it’s easy to mix and match the flavours too if you want to change it up.

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Victoria sponge | CHWV

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W is for When

Timing is everything on your wedding day and getting to the ceremony on time is only the first step. Will you want to serve your cake for the dessert course, or save it for the evening?

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - When | CHWV

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X is for Extra Toppings (kind of!)

Just in case a salted caramel cake drizzled in chocolate ganache didn’t sound good enough, why not load up on tasty toppings, too? A sprinkle of honeycomb here, a scattering of popping candy there, or fresh strawberries on top… it’s all welcome!

Y is for Yes Please!

Some guests are bound to want more than one slice of cake, so have a chat with the venue staff about how you want to handle it. Make it clear in advance to avoid any problems on the day.

Z is for Zoom!

Your big day will be a blur of happiness, romance and partying and before you know it, you’re waking up to your first day as newlyweds. What better way to reminisce and make it last that bit longer than with leftover wedding cake for breakfast?

A-Z of Wedding Cakes - Zoom! | CHWV

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