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You’ll be the center of attention on your wedding day, that’s a given. But there’s something else that will take center stage at your reception, something that will provide the perfect ending to your celebration.
Your wedding cake is more than flour, sugar, and eggs. It’s the one dessert that your guests will talk about for months to come, raving over its size, its appearance, and most of all, its taste. The right combination of flavors, fillings, and frostings is out there; you just need to find it.
Cover It Up!
A great looking cake is all about one thing: the icing. The icing that covers your cake provides the base for the decoration, and helps seal in the flavor and moisture of the cake itself. The most popular icing for wedding cakes is buttercream, a creamy, spreadable icing that’s made from butter and sugar.
Rolled fondant is another popular icing for wedding cakes. Fondant is literally rolled out flat and then draped over the cake to provide a completely smooth, firm surface for decorating. Made from sugar and gelatin, fondant has a distinct flavor that may not appeal to everyone; however cake designers can add flavoring to rolled fondant to make it more palatable.
Chocolate lovers might decide to choose ganache, an icing that is made of heavy cream and chocolate. Ganache has the con- sistency of a thick mousse, which makes it ideal for use as a filling as well as an icing.
One of the lesser-used cake icing options is marzipan, a rolled paste of ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar that can be draped over a cake much like fondant. Most are more familiar with marzipan in holiday candies and cookies, but it can also be used for icing and decorating wedding cakes. It’s a great option for couples who don’t care for the flavor of fondant, but like the smooth surface it provides for decorating.
Fill It Up!
The icing may create a beautiful cake,
but it’s what’s inside that counts. A cake falls flat if it doesn’t taste as great as it looks, and the best way to give it flavor is with the batter and the filling. Wedding cake batter is usually a very simple flavor so that it won’t compete too heavily with the sweetness of the icing or the filling. The most popular batter is plain white, though yellow and pound cake are increasingly popular. Chocolate is another favorite, but is seen more often in the groom’s cake as opposed to the wedding cake.
When you meet with your cake designer, ask for a sample of his or her most popular batter flavors. You’ll have a better idea of the subtle differences in each, and be able to choose a filling that best complements the flavor.
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