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Everything You Need to Know About Ordering a Wedding Cake in Oklahoma

When it comes to your wedding, choosing the perfect cake is no small task. The options are truly endless. From buttercream to ganache, sugar flowers and piping, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Rest assured — we have you covered. Before committing to the wedding cake of your dreams, we want to make sure you cover all your bases. Below we’ve gathered everything you need to know when it comes to Oklahoma wedding cake. Read on!

Cake: Mishelle Handy Cakes

 

Booking an Oklahoma Cake Vendor

Just like any other part of the wedding process, finding your dream cake is important. Picking the perfect cake starts with picking the perfect vendor. Determining your vendor should start with research — and this article is a great place to start! Search for vendors whose style, design and pricing align with your wedding checklist. 

Once you find the wedding cake vendor of your dreams, it’s time to book. You can schedule a tasting via phone call or send an inquiry through their website. Be sure to bring a list of questions before your cake tasting. Here are some questions to have ready at your tasting:

  1. What flavors and fillings do you offer?
  2. Is a tasting included in the fee?
  3. How big should our cake be to feed our guests?
  4. Do you have a portfolio of past designs?
  5. How do you price your cakes?
  6. How far in advance do we need to order the cake?
  7. How many cakes do you deliver on the same day?

Now let your taste buds get to work!

 

What Does a Cake Tasting Look Like?

After you’ve settled on your vendor, it’s time for cake tasting. Aside from all the fun, you want to be prepared for what really happens in a traditional cake tasting appointment. 

Typically, the couple will discuss flavor combinations and overall cake design with the baker. Think brainstorming session but with yummy samples. The couple also gets to select their wedding cake topper

Choose from a bouquet of fresh flowers, a family heirloom or a classic bride and groom statuette. Let your imagination run wild! Just remember to keep your budget in mind to avoid mishaps down the road.

 

 

How Big Should Your Cake Be?

We want to make sure every bride knows the perfect amount of cake, depending on her guest list, to ensure there is enough for each guest. 

Wilton, a tried and true cake guru, shares that a small 3 tier cake (6x8x10 round) will feed 74 guests. Other cake enthusiasts say traditionally three tiers will serve between 50 to 100 guests. 

With that in mind, depending on the size of your guest list, you can add tiers to your cake to accommodate. Remember that every guest won’t have a slice of cake and some guests may RSVP “no,” so we recommend ordering your cake after you solidify your guest list. 

Additionally, wedding cake is often priced by the slice ($6 to $15) so keep this in mind when ordering a cake for your guests that also works with your budget.

Cake: Sweet Devotion Cakery

 

Choosing Your Flavors

When it comes to picking the flavor for your wedding cake, the combinations are truly endless. Your cake is a special part of your wedding day, so we want to ensure you pick the perfect flavor. 

We recommend choosing your cake flavor after you have decided on your wedding theme. Different flavors are more appropriate for different seasons. For example, lemon would be a delicious option for a spring wedding. However, you and your groom’s preferences matter the most. 

With your baker’s help, play around with flavor combinations and frosting types — and don’t think you have to pick just one flavor. Get creative and have fun! Below is a list of the most popular wedding cake flavors to help spark some inspiration:

  • Vanilla with a buttercream frosting and raspberry jam 
  • Red velvet with a cream cheese frosting
  • Carrot with a cream cheese frosting topped with candied pecans
  • Chocolate with a chocolate or white-chocolate buttercream frosting
  • Lemon with a vanilla buttercream frosting with a lemon curd filling topped with raspberry jam
  • Pink champagne with a Bavarian cream frosting topped with strawberries
  • White chocolate raspberry with a white-chocolate buttercream and a raspberry jam filling

 

Designing Your Dream Cake

When designed right, your wedding cake will be a statement piece at your reception for all your guests to see! Your cake should communicate your wedding style and accent your decor. 

There are many style options and trends, so research design ideas or work with your baker to pick a style that speaks to you. With that being said, we have some great tips to design a gorgeous wedding cake that will make your special day one to remember. 

First, the inside of your cake should mimic the outside in terms of flavor and design. If you choose a lemon cake, use lemon accents to decorate. Be sure to consider the phrase, “opposites attract.” Play with design elements like lace, appliqués, textures and florals. Mix metallics and clean lines. Contrast colors. 

Finally, if you are wanting to use fresh blooms on your cake, choose flowers that are in season for when you are getting married. This way, they’ll be available and blooming at their best. 

If the flowers you want are not in season, opt for sugar flowers. They look just as real and they add a gorgeous design element to your cake. As mentioned, the options are endless, so choose a cake design that fits your style and makes you smile!

Cake: Amy Cakes

 

What Do You Need for Serving?

Oh, what fun to cut the cake! Cutting the wedding cake has been a long-time tradition to honor the bride and groom. Cutting cake sounds easy, right? With the right serving utensils, it is.

When cutting the cake, start with the bottom tier using a knife, not the server. Then, with the knife, slide the cake onto the server to place on a plate, and viola! Also, be sure to pick a wedding cake knife and server set that you will love for years to come.

 

Who is in Charge of Cutting the Cake?

With any wedding task, there comes an assumed etiquette, and cutting the cake is no different. In traditional wedding ceremonies, the cake is usually cut between dinner and dancing. This provides a silent cue for older couples or those with young children to leave if they’re not planning to stay for dancing.

When it comes to actually cutting the cake, the tradition dates back decades to the bride and groom cutting the first piece to smash into each other’s faces. Some couples prefer the maid of honor, a trusted friend or a family member to do the cake cutting. Another option is employing a staff member at the venue to do the honors. However, some venues or catering companies charge a cake cutting fee per slice. 

Whoever cuts the cake is up to the bride and groom’s preference — you can’t go wrong!

 

What Else Do You Need for Cake Cutting?

When it comes to cutting the cake, a knife and serving set is essential. Serving sets come in all colors, shapes and styles to fit any bride to be! 

Along with that, couples often have serveware to accompany. This can include champagne flutes, personalized napkins, and serving plates and forks that match the wedding aesthetic. Shop our faves in our Amazon shop!

Cakes: Allie’s Baking Boutique

 

What is Saving the Top Tier?

Since the 19th century, couples have been saving the top tier of their wedding cake to enjoy on their first wedding anniversary. 

The proper way to save the cake is to wrap it really well in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Before covering the cake, remember to remove all fresh flowers, leaves, sugar accents or garnishes to avoid freezer burn. 

If you forgot to save some cake from your big day or don’t feel comfortable eating a year-old cake, don’t panic. Contact your original cake bakery and request a small cake in the same flavor combo to commemorate your anniversary. 

If you want the real deal, make sure to coordinate with a trusted family member or your maid of honor to collect the top tier of the cake to preserve during the reception and to transport to a freezer post-celebration. 

With all these tips, enjoy your cake and know this long-standing tradition will bless you and your husband with luck and prosperity for years to come. Cheers!

Now that you have learned everything you need to know, it’s time to pick your cake! Check out some of Oklahoma’s best cake vendors here.