Oooooh cake, what’s not to love? After all, what’s a party without cake? Fruit cake, chocolate cake, naked cake, cheesecake, cake pops…so many choices…and so many people to feed. We love nothing more at Gorcott Hall than serving a slice of cake and watching it be enjoyed by wedding guests! Serving your own wedding cake as dessert in the evening is a great way to provide all of your guests with a sweet treat whilst keeping your dessert costs down.
But why cake?
Why is having a cake at a wedding reception almost as big a tradition as wearing a wedding dress? Well, it all started in Ancient Rome, so the story goes. Every wedding ceremony ended with a scone-like cake being broken over the bride’s head for luck and fertility. The newlywed couple would then eat a few crumbs and afterwards all of the wedding guests would scoop up the leftover crumbs for good luck. And so, the tradition began. Thank goodness the tradition has been refined over the years!
There are some fabulous ways to serve cake to your guests and they don’t all need a big budget!
- Of course, you can go to a fabulous pro, our good friend Sharon at simplycake.co.uk is just that! Have a look at some of her stunning and tasty creations on her website. Look for inspiration for your cake design everywhere, don’t just limit it to pictures of cakes. If you see a pattern, a flower or something that takes your fancy that you would like to incorporate in your design, just go along and see her armed with your ideas. She often works miracles.
- If budget is a little tight, how about organising a family/wedding guest bake off. We’ve seen this done many a time and couples are always surprised by the amount of baking talent that they uncover on the guest list! Sponges, cupcakes or cake pops, get all the bakers baking. Give us an idea of how many you’re expecting, and Team Gorcott will make sure that they are displayed in all of their cakey glory!
- Bake it yourself! For the fantastically organised couple with time to spare in the run up to the big day this can be great fun and a fabulous talking point for your guests. A naked (or semi naked) wedding cake is probably the easiest DIY wedding cake to tackle and they look fantastic. These cakes do away with the traditional layers of icing and either are prepared bare or with a thin sheer layer of frosting so that you can see what’s inside. Stack them and decorate them with an array of fruit and flowers to make it your own, the possibilities are endless!
Don’t forget to think about how you will store and transport your fabulous cake creation! It can be warm in the wedding barn on a hot summer’s night, so making arrangements to have your cake delivered and assembled at Gorcott on the morning of your big day is always the best option. Oh, and last but certainly not least, don’t forget to consider all your guest’s dietary requirements, you don’t want anyone having cake envy at the evening party!
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