From time to time I may hear a bride ask if she can pick up her cake in order to save on the delivery and set up fee. The short answer, no. But, here is the long answer. If an accident is going to happen with the cake, it is most likely during the delivery and set up. I spent a lot of time creating the cake...and the bride spent a lot of money purchasing the cake. So, we both want to make sure it is brought to completion. While some bakeries are comfortable delivering cakes already stacked, I am not. I want to take that extra precaution in making sure your cake arrives just as beautiful as you imagined.
This is how we do it. First, our car is "cake padded." What this means is that we have extra foam in the back of the vehicle to absorb any shock along the way. Then, we transfer each tier individually in a box (also padded). This helps avoid sliding if we need to stop suddenly. With each tier being in a box we don't have to worry about the cake tipping over or one tier hitting another tier. While it's not the most stylish way to transport a cake, and there is no grand entrance, it's the best way to ensure your cake gets there.
Once we arrive we will hand carry each tier into the venue and stack the cake. Then the fun begins...the final preparations. After the cake is stacked we put the final piping on to cover the board on each tier and then add adornments. Placing flowers, cake toppers, or other adornments brings the cake to life...and is fun too! It's like putting the final touches on a canvas. And then your cake is ready to go! It's also great entertainment for those who have arrived early with nothing to do. People love to watch us "cake build."
And on that note, I wanted to introduce you to our newest employee! We have recently hired our very first Delivery Assistant, Tiffany. You may have noticed her tagging along with me this summer. And you may have seen her at my Bridal Extravaganza booth too. She has spent the entire summer with me, training. But, her training is complete and she will begin delivering cakes on her own in September. She is doing a great job and I'm excited she is joining the Kayla Knight Cakes family!
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of working with a young couple, Siera and Jordan, to create their one of a kind wedding cake! Siera was having a peacock themed wedding and wanted a cake that fit the theme, but was still elegant and looked like a wedding cake. After discussing several ideas we came up with a great concept! A simple smooth cake, 4 tiers, to serve her 160 guests. We dressed up the cake itself with a small rosette border for a little extra elegance. Then, we went to work with the POP! Siera chose a porcelain peacock topper (which actually isn't a topper, but something found online) and will be able to keep it as a reminder of the day she said "I Do!" We then make fondant peacock feathers, of various sizes, and added some shimmer to them and cascaded them down the entire cake! With over 80 feathers this peacock's tail was sure to please! What ides do you have for your wedding cake? Come on it and let's chat! We can create a one of a kind cake for you too.
Brides love metallic cakes! They have been popular for quite a while and their fame isn't going anywhere anytime soon! I love Kristina's concept for incorporating metallic into her wedding cake. She chose a classic smooth design and then added a pop of color with the hand painted metallic gold dots. Busier at the top, cascading into a lighter dot as it flows down the cake....just like other concepts in her wedding! Classic, yet modern all rolled into one cake! Hmmm...wouldn't this make an awesome New Year's Eve Wedding Cake? Something for you NYE brides to think about.
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.