No matter how laid back or formal the wedding, everyone wants dessert, and most of us want cake. Traditional wedding cakes are not as simple as mixing up some Duncan Hines and pouring it into your old casserole dish. These creations can be extremely elaborate and could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Over $1000.00 for a cake? Yep! Crazy, right? Today we're going to pick apart the frosting options. Some bakers may try to persuade you to one style or the other depending on their preference, or there may be a large cost difference between the two, so I want you to go into your tasting fully informed so you know what you're getting yourself into!
Let's start with Fondant...
As you can see, fondant is super versatile. It can be smoothed to perfection for the bride with an eye for details who wants everything to be flawless (left). It can be molded to provide certain textures, like a quilted pattern or be cut and shaped to make flowers (center), or it can be used to make a unique, whimsical, sculpture-like creation (right). It is, however, typically the most expensive option because of the labor that goes into making these gorgeous confections. It's hand rolled, laid over the cake, and smoothed out by hand. Although it does look great, in my opinion the taste leaves something to be desired. If you've been to a wedding that served a fondant cake, you will likely remember peeling off the fondant and flopping it to the side of your plate. It's not a big deal, but it really isn't edible for most people. It's essentially gum paste (Think sugary play-doh). If you want perfection or a unique design, go ahead and get fondant. It will be beautiful. Yes, your guests will likely "peel" off the top layer, but most bakers have a signature frosting that they layer underneath and of course there are TONS of filling options (Mmmm filling...). You will still have a totes delicious cake despite the discarded fondant.
If you are into something beautiful AND completely edible, or maybe something just a bit more textured or rustic looking...my personal pick is always buttercream...
Cake makers all have their own variation on the buttercream recipe, but it's basically the sweet frosting-y goodness that your mouth is watering for right now. Some are more sweet, some more creamy, depending on the ingredients and method used. You will want to interview cake shops and set up a tasting (Yay!) to see if their buttercream is to your liking. As for looks, buttercream can be smoothed quite well by most professional cake artists (a near perfect example is the cake on the right). If you want 100% edible and delicious, and are ok with or prefer not having the absolutely flawless look of fondant, buttercream is the way to go. It will almost always be the less expensive option compared to fondant.
What ever type of cake you decide to go with, get what YOU like and what falls within your budget (I'll have some tips for cost saving in a future blog). It's your day, and all that matters is that YOU like the cake that you're cutting into.
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.