Ladies and Gentlemen, it's that time of year again! We are smack dab in the middle of engagement season. The days between Thanksgiving and New Years are the most popular for excited grooms to be to pop the question. During this time of year 1/3 of all engagements for the year take place. And only a few short weeks after the newly engaged brides-to-be have that ring on their finger, the two day bridal extravaganza takes place! Thousands of excited couples swarm the Austin Convention Center ready to plan their wedding! The show is huge...and to the unprepared bride, it will be overwhelming. Let me help you prepare for the big show!
A new craze began a few years ago. One that was non-traditional, and a little edgy too. The naked cake began to make an appearance! The naked cake is void of icing on the outside of the cake, but decorated with fruits, flowers, nuts, and/or powder sugar. The filling runs over the sides just a bit to create a less structured look. While they were popular for a while, they soon fizzled out. However, they are coming back!!!
A naked cake is right for some brides for several reasons. 1 - The bride that doesn't like icing. I'm going to let you in on a little secret...I don't like icing either! Strange...I know, but it's true. 2 - The cake's outside. Icing doesn't do well in heat or direct sunlight. While the naked cake isn't completely protected against the elements of mother nature, you don't have to worry about the icing sweating or getting droopy before it's served to guests. 3 - It fits the theme of the wedding. Naked cakes go great with vintage themes and natural themes. The somewhat unorganized look of the naked cake compliments these themes very well!
There are a few things to consider when choosing a naked cake. 1 - Your guests. Just because you don't like icing, you want to make sure your choice of cake will be pleasing to your guests too. 2 - The moisture. Icing seals in the moisture of a cake. When it's removed the cake will dry out quicker. Make sure your baker will prepare this cake last, to ensure it's the freshest and most moist possible. 3 - Don't forget the adornments. An iced cake can still be beautiful without flowers, a topper, or other decorations. A naked cake...not so much. The adornments are what completes the look of the cake, bringing it full circle with your theme.
Bride's who choose to hire a wedding coordinator, which is something I recommend, or who use a venue that includes a day of coordinator don't need to worry too much about timeline. The coordinator will take care of all the sequence of events for the evening. But, not every bride has a coordinator involved in her wedding and will need a little help in time management on her big day!
When is it customary to cut the cake? The best time to cut the cake is shortly after your guests have finished their meal, but before the dancing begins. Cutting the cake is the segue from the more formal dinner reception to the more relaxed dancing reception. Your DJ will announce that the couple is about the cut the cake and usually a little crowd will form around the cake table.
Usually older guests or guests with young children will use dessert as a great ending to the wedding and quietly excuse themselves for the evening. The remaining crowd has closed out their meal with a tasty dessert and are ready to get started with a night of dancing! This is why it's best to not wait too long after dinner to serve the cake, but make sure your guests have had plenty of time to finish their meal.
Winter weddings tend to be a little more formal and the colors seem to be a little less bold. However, they are also known for their sparkle! That pop of silver not only compliments the formal elements of the wedding, but they add a pop of shine and color too!
One way to create that extra pop of sparkle is to insert a small (or large) rhinestone border at the base of each tier. The size in which you create your border can completely change the look of the cake too. A small border, like the photo above, will create a subtle pop of sparkle; whereas a thicker rhinestone border will create a more dramatic look.
Silver Dragees can also create a little sparkle on the cake. The great thing about dragees is that a bride can place them wherever she would like on the cake. Some brides like a cluster at the bottom like the photo below. Others prefer a waterfall look, where there are more dragees at the top and then less as you go down the cake. Another option is just to incorporate them into the design. This is a very subtle look, that just adds a touch of sparkle.
The third idea is a soft look that really catches the eye. The cake above, at first glance, appears to be a simple smooth cake with a minimal rhinestone bead in the middle. Just to give it a pop of sparkle. But, look again! The entire cake is covered in edible glitter. The subtlety of the glitter in addition to the rhinestone placed in the center of the cake create a dramatic effect when the lighting is upon the cake! The perfect pop that will wow your guests!
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.