We'll determine the best size for your wedding cake based on the number of guests, and the look of the cakes that you like.
3-tier wedding cakes serve up to 150 guests
4-tier wedding cakes serve up to 200 guests
5 tier wedding cakes serve up to 275 guests
These guidelines don't include the top tier, which is traditionally saved for the bride and groom to share on their first anniversary.
The average decoration time for one of my wedding cakes is 16-48 hours. That doesn't include baking or any of the filling or frosting items made in advance. Why so long?
Each cake is a unique creation. I meticulously copy lace or embroidery details onto the fondant with a stylus or pin prick technique. I custom-match all of our colors to swatches supplied by our clients. I create my own sugar flowers and figurines. My cakes are often hand-painted, lustered and gilded. I hand cut custom stencils and templates to match patterns from invitations or fabrics.
I also handle all of the cake consultations and do all of the decorating so there's no room for interpretation of your cake design.
Preserving the top tier of wedding cake
Many people have inquired about the tradition of freezing the top tier of the wedding cake for the first wedding anniversary. I don't know the origins of this tradition, but it's considered good luck to share a piece of cake from your wedding on your first anniversary.
You don't have to do it. But my brides report to me that their anniversary cake was delicious after a year. In my opinion, it's because of the fondant covering on the cake. Fondant was originally created for preserving fruitcakes so it is an airtight layer of protection for an otherwise naked dessert. That might explain why my cakes remain so good after a year in the freezer. Whatever the case may be, here is the best way to freeze a cake for your first anniversary:
1. Put the cake, unwrapped, in the freezer until firm.
2. Wrap the cake in two layers of plastic wrap then one layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil over that.
3. Store it in the freezer, no peeking!
4. One to two days before your first anniversary, take the cake out and immediately unwrap it completely.
5. Let the cake defrost in the refrigerator then let it come up to room temperature about one hour before it's served.