One of the more exciting aspects of wedding planning, after picking the dress, and the shoes, and the jewelry and... well, you get my drift... is picking the wedding cake. This is mostly because it involves cake tasting.
It is important to be prepared when you go for your cake tasting. It’s rude to waste a baker’s time if they are offering this service to you. You should only arrange a cake testing if you’re seriously considering buying from that bakery. You should attend with just your fiancé, but if you want to bring another person like your mother or chief bridesmaid, you should call ahead and check that this is alright. Most tastings are limited to a maximum of four people.
If you know what sort of flavor or filling you are after, let the baker know beforehand, so they can be sure to prepare this for you. If you’re undecided, request a wide variety of samples to choose from. Don’t forget to inform the baker if you have any special requirements or if any of your party has a food allergy or intolerance.
To get the most out of your cake tasting, be sure to only eat a light meal beforehand as you don’t want to get too full too quickly. Take a pen and piece of paper with you to note down your thoughts on each sample, and take a camera or snap pictures on your phone to jog your memory later.
It’s a good idea to take some images of cake designs you like to make sure the type of cake you like will work for that design. You can make scrapbooks and moodboards of your favourite images right here on hitched!
Your samples can be presented in one of two ways: ‘naked’ or ‘fully prepared’. A naked taster is a sample of the wedding cake in a deconstructed manner. You will try the sponge, filling and icing separately to get a taste of each individual flavor, or if you have a fully prepared sample you will receive a normal slice of cake. Make notes about the flavor, texture and how moist the sponge is, and if there is anything you don’t like make sure to ask the baker if it can be modified.
Don’t feel pressured into making a decision straight away. Take your notes and discuss them with your fiancé and compare them to anything else you’ve tried before you make your decision. This way you can be sure to have the cake you want.