Couple Shares Their Tips For Hiring a Great Wedding Cake Designer

Many couples see the cake as the centerpiece of their wedding, showcasing their style while feeding their guests something delectable and memorable. So, if you’re not sure how to go about choosing a  wedding cake designer, maybe you’ll benefit from the experiences we’ve had during the planning of our October wedding…

White Birch Tree Wedding Cake

Our cake was made by Felix’s Caketeria of Newtown, PA, who we met through the venue we selected as our wedding reception location.  Turns out he was opening a bakery storefront about a block away from our house, so once he had the grand opening we stopped by.  We went through the normal process of coming in and sampling some of the basic cakes he offered, and even bought a cake or two for special occasions over the summer.  The bakery is great and they offer a large selection of delicious stuff.  Probably not the best situation for our waistlines having them right down the street…

My then fiancee and I weren’t thrilled by the more traditional, simple flavors offered so we asked Felix if we could come in for a second meeting.  We didn’t want to offend him by requesting we do something more exciting, but it turned out he was just as excited to make a special cake as we were.  In hindsight it makes sense… he probably makes chocolate cakes all day long!  So don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for what you like. Felix had a ton of different suggestions, but we ended up choosing something that fit our Fall theme.

We were torn between two choices: a pumpkin cake with chocolate cinnamon ganache, or a maple walnut cake with cream cheese icing.  We all decided it would be even better if we did both!  Felix alternated the layers, and covered the outside in buttercream.  This turned out very cool, because people at the wedding got to try two different types, especially those with dates who swapped halfway through.  We found a picture online of a cake made to look like a white birch tree, and Felix used that as his muse and created a really unusual cake for us with our initials “carved” into the “bark” on the outside of the cake.  Fit our personalities, theme and the venue perfectly, and was something more memorable and personal than a typical traditional style.

The design process was a great success obviously.  The ending product tasted great, as we expected, but the service is also worth mentioning.  We bought sample cakes to try the two Fall flavors with friends, and Felix was texting me the next morning to see what we thought.  He was just as excited as we were, if not more so.

Wedding Cake Close Up

All in all, it was one of the least stressful parts of the wedding process, and considering we had an excuse to eat about 20 pounds of cake along the way, one of the most enjoyable.  The effort to create something special was more than worth it, and we owe Felix a big thank you for his inspiration and great work!

Final Thoughts: We recommend finding cake photos to offer inspiration, visiting the baker and getting samples and asking your wedding venue for names of bakers they have used. Be sure there’s some good communication between you and your baker to make sure you get the cake you want and so you’ll know they’re dependable.

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  1. Chef Marney White

    Matthew & Leanne –

    Congratulations on your wedding! I’m glad you had a positive experience with your wedding cake designer. Your recommendation to bring pictures of the wedding cake designs that you like is a very helpful one. More communication is always better, and graphic visual communication is always a win-win. You could describe a hairstyle to your hairstylist, but wouldn’t know if your description was interpreted by them the same way it was intended by you until it was too late. But when you share and discuss a photo, everybody’s on the same page and there is no guessing to be done. You’re bound to end up happier with the end result.

    Also, your suggestion to discuss flavors that are not necessarily on the menu is also spot-on. Most wedding cake designers are in their line of work because they enjoy being creative, and would welcome the opportunity to try a fabulous new option.

    Thank you for your very practical tips!

  2. Top Wedding Sites

    Everyone loved the cake design – it was so “them”! Plus, the flavor choices coordinating with the time of year was genius. Good job everyone.

  3. Matt, PA

    Genius huh? I will remember that!

  4. Top Wedding Sites

    Yeah, well I thought it was Felix’s idea!

    Here is a professional photo of the cake done by Cindy DeSau photography.

    White Birch Wedding Cake Photo

  5. Ireland

    Love the image of your cake, very pretty. We had a small wedding and got a quote for a cake. We did not mention it was a wedding. After we got our quote, the cake maker realised it was a wedding and added a large premium to the bill. Word of caution, be careful and dont pay over the odds. A recommendation of a good cake designer is worth while.

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