The Austin area was blessed with a little extended winter this year. I was a bit shocked when I was wearing a jacket to my son's April football games. While I'm not a fan of cold, it sure was a nice surprise for the spring bride's who yearned for an all outdoor wedding. But, the heat is coming! Well, no...it's here! And while we are still far from the August sauna, it's time to put the cakes inside!
Outside cakes are beautiful! Really, they are! The photographs are breathtaking. But, once 80 degree weather hits, it's not worth the risk and here's why:
Icing Melts. Yes, buttercream is made of butter. When left out in direct sunlight or heat it will get soft. If it gets too soft it will slide off the cake. Even though some suggest otherwise, fondant melts and cracks too in higher temperatures.
Wind Blows. Usually the wind is only a problem in spring months, but it is still a problem. The wind would have to be blowing pretty hard to actually knock a cake over. But, it doesn't have to blow very hard to pick up a light object (maybe some light table decorations) and hurl them into the side of the cake, leaving an ugly gash in your beautiful dessert!
Bugs Like Sugar! Yes, they do. Especially gnats. The bugs are out and they are hungry! I can't tell you how many times I have picked gnats off of cakes as I set them up and often wonder how many guests accidentally eat a little critter who is just cruising for a little sugar sample himself. Mmmm...does that have you craving dessert now?
So brides, as much as we love those beautiful backgrounds that come with placing a cake outside, let's not run the risk. Let's find a beautiful spot inside your venue to show off your wedding cake!
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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.