wedding cake

On these pages you will find a mixture of wedding cake history, basic and advanced cake decorating recipes, as well as a variety of wedding resources.

Learn how to pipe a basket weave wedding cake or learn how to create your own square wedding cake, featured in an easy-to-read format with step-by-step pictures and instructions.
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Wedding cake, a fertility symbol?!?
Your wedding just wouldn't be complete without fertility symbols, like the wedding cake.

Ancient Romans would bake a cake made of wheat or barley and break it over the bride's head as a symbol of her fertility. It became tradition to pile up several small cakes, one on top of the other, as high as they could, and the bride and groom would kiss over the tower and try not to knock it down. If they were successful, it meant a lifetime of prosperity.

In the 1660s, during the reign of King Charles II, a French chef was visiting London and observed the cake piling ceremony. Appalled at the haphazard manner in which the British stacked baked goods, often to have them tumble, he conceived the idea of transforming the mountain of bland biscuits into an iced, multi-tiered cake sensation.
British papers of the day are supposed to have deplored the French excess, but before the close of the century, British bakers were offering the very same magnificent creations.

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We specialize in original-design cheesecakes for weddings and celebrations, sculpted with imported chocolate and garnished with edible adornments. Our cakes are made from the freshest ingredients, then hand-wrapped in the finest Belgian chocolate ... the results are edible works of art! We offer an extensive selection of gourmet cheesecakes, as well as traditional desserts. Only the freshest ingredients, the purest extracts and liqueurs, and the finest Belgian chocolate are blended and baked to perfection.

We serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area. All of our items can be shipped nationwide, except where noted. Please allow 4-day lead time on all orders except for our Ship Today items

Basic Wedding Cake:
Consists of one or more of the following cake flavors with your choice of filling: White, Yellow, Chocolate, Marble, Lemon, Banana, Spice

Note: Each tier is composed of three layers of cake and two layers of filling; two cake flavors and two different fillings may be selected for each tier.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEDDING CAKES

WEDDING CAKES

Wedding cakes may be ordered from a caterer or from a bakery. Some hotels and restaurants may also be able to provide a wedding cake. However, you will probably be better off ordering your wedding cake from a bakery that specializes in wedding cakes. Ask to see photographs of other wedding cakes your baker has created, and by all means, ask for a tasting!

Options: When ordering your cake, you will have to decide not only on a flavor, but also on a size, shape and color. Size is determined by the number of guests. You can choose from one large tier to two, three, or more smaller tiers. The cake can be round, square or heart-shaped. The most common flavors are chocolate, carrot, lemon, rum, and "white" cakes. You can be creative by adding a filling to your cake, such as custard, strawberry, or chocolate. You may also want to consider having tiers of different flavors.

Things To Consider: Price, workmanship, quality, and taste vary considerably from baker to baker. In addition to flavor, size, and cost, consider decoration and spoilage (sugar keeps longer than cream frostings). The wedding cake should be beautifully displayed on its own table decorated with flowers or greenery. Make sure the baker, caterer, or reception site manager can provide you with a pretty cake-cutting knife. If not, you will need to purchase or rent one.

When determining the size of the wedding cake, don't forget that you'll be saving the top tier for your first anniversary. This top tier should be removed before the cake is cut, wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap or put inside a plastic container, and kept frozen until your anniversary.

Tips To Save Money: Some bakers have set-up and delivery fees, some don't. Check for individuals who bake from their home. They are usually more reasonable, but you should check with your local health department before hiring one of these at-home bakers. Also, some caterers have contracts with bakeries and can pass on savings to you.

Some bakeries require a deposit on columns and plates. Other bakeries use disposable columns and plates, saving you the rental fee and the hassle of returning these items.

Price Range: $1 - $8/piece

 

GROOM'S CAKE

The groom's cake is an old southern tradition whereby this cake is cut up and distributed to guests in little white boxes engraved with the bride and groom's names. Today the groom's cake, if offered, is cut and served along with the wedding cake.

Options: Usually a chocolate cake decorated with fruit.

Price Range: $0.75 - $1.50/piece

 

CAKE DELIVERY & SET-UP FEE

This is the fee charged by bakers to deliver and set up your wedding cake at the reception site. It usually includes a deposit on the cake pillars and plate which will be refunded upon their return to the baker.

Tips To Save Money: Have a friend or family member get a quick lesson on how to set up your wedding cake. Have them pick it up and set it up the day of your wedding, then have the florist decorate the cake and/or cake table with flowers and greenery.

Price Range: $20 - $50

 

CAKE-CUTTING FEE

Most reception sites and caterers charge a fee for each slice of cake they cut if the cake is brought in from an outside bakery. This fee will probably shock you. It is simply their way of enticing you to order the cake through them. And unfortunately, many sites and caterers will not allow a member of your party to cut the wedding cake.

Price Range: $.75 - 1.75/person

 

CAKE TOP

The bride's cake is often topped and surrounded with fresh flowers, but traditional cake tops are also very popular.

Options: Bells, love birds, a bridal couple or replica of two wedding rings are popular choices for cake tops and can be saved as mementos of your wedding day.

Beware: Some porcelain and other heavier cake tops need to be anchored down into the cake. If you're planning to use a cake top other than flowers, be sure to discuss this with your baker.

Price Range: $25 - $150

 

CAKE KNIFE / TOASTING GLASSES

Your cake knife and toasting glasses should compliment your overall setting; these items will bring you happy memories of your wedding day every time you use them. The cake knife is used to cut the cake at the reception. The bride usually cuts the first two slices of the wedding cake with the groom's hand placed over hers. The groom feeds the bride first, then the bride feeds the groom. This tradition makes beautiful wedding photographs.

You will need toasting glasses to toast each other after you cut the cake. They are usually decorated with ribbons or flowers and kept near the cake. This tradition also makes beautiful wedding photographs.

Things To Consider: Consider having your initials and wedding date engraved on your wedding knife as a memento. Consider purchasing crystal or silver toasting glasses as a keepsake of your wedding. Have your florist decorate your knife and toasting glasses with flowers or ribbons.

Price Range: $15 - $120/knife; $30 - $80/toasting glasses

Our Wedding Cakes have no equal - even themselves. Every cake is hand crafted to a design chosen or created by you with plenty of help and advice from our staff. We have selected these few cakes as examples, along with prices for your guidance, so please come and visit our Wedding Cake Showroom with your ideas and together we'll create the perfect cake for your dream wedding.