Oftentimes brides and grooms can become somewhat confused with all the wedding cake lingo, which can cause miscommunication among the couple and their baker! We certainly don't want that! So, here are a few key terms among the wedding cake industry that may help!
Tier - A tier is a multi-layer cake, beginning with the smallest cake on top and the largest on bottom. For example, the cake photographed above is a 3 tier cake.
Layer - A layer is a single sheet of cake. Most cakes multiple layers in each tier. This gives each tier their height.
Filling - Usually made from fruit or creams, fillings go inbetween each layer. Not only do they act as a gel to hold each layer together, they are a tasty addition to your cake. If you aren't a filling person, icing is always a good alternative.
Stacked - A stacked cake is a cake where each tier is placed directly on top of the tier underneath it.
Pillar - A pillared cake has 4 pillars supporting a plate. Each layer is placed upon the plate and the pillars go into each tier. This gives the cake a little extra height.
Sculpted - A sculpted cake is a traditional shaped cake that is cut and molded to create a certain shape. For example, a cake made to look like a football is a sculpted cake.
Border - A border is the piping at the bottom of each tier. This is what hides the board underneath it and there are various different styles and designs for borders.
Scroll - The scroll is the design, also called piping, on the side of the cake. This is what decorates and customizes the cake.
If you ever are unsure about a term your baker is using, feel free to ask! We love to answer questions and I for one, want to make sure that every couple and I are on the same page when it comes to their wedding cake!
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.