Monday, April 19, 2010

Wedding Cake Serving Sizes

There are a few options when choosing a wedding cake size, it all depends on the number of guests, how you would prefer to serve it on the day and if you need some for guests to take home with them as wedding favours.

The most popular options we offer are; serving the cake as Dessert (as part of your menu) or serving it after dessert with Tea & Coffee as ‘Petit fours’.

Cakes are cut the same way regardless of their shape, ie Round Cakes or Square & Rectangle cakes. The size required depends on your number of guests.

As a dessert, you will get fewer slices per cake (opposed to tea & coffee serves) as the serves are bigger and are designed to be the dessert. Suggested accompaniments need to be discussed with your caterer like cream, ice-cream etc.

You will need to cater for one slice of cake per guest plus the accompaniments.

Each dessert serve will need to be plated and served – similar to our example below.

As Petit fours – or ‘Tea & Coffee' serves the cake will usually be placed on a platter next to the tea & coffee station and guests are encouraged to help themselves.

Slices are smaller than the dessert serve option and you will get more out of your cake however, with this option some guests may have more than one piece and some none. You will need to take this into consideration, it is recommended to still cater for one slice per guest.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sweet Treats

If you're feeling like a sweet treat but avoiding all things chocolate after a big Easter weekend, then we have the perfect little treats for any sugar fix.

Our range of treats this month;

  • Raspberry Crumbles, which are made from the recipe by the famous Magnolia's Bakery in New York, each crumble is sold for $2.50 each from the Cakes by Judy C store in Ashgrove.
  • Classic Melting Moments with lemon icing centres, Passionfruit Kisses, Chocolate Rum Kisses, Chocolate Raspberry Kisses and Coffee Walnut Creams are all $2.50 each or $22.00 per dozen available at Cakes by Judy C.
  • Parisian Macaroons in vintage colours of pink, green and latte - perfect for wedding favours, Mothers Day or other special occasions. They are priced at $2.20 each however are only available by made-to-order so please contact the store on +61 7 3366 9111 to order.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wedding cake cutting and etiquette

There is a certain kind of protocol involved with most aspects of a wedding, which also holds true for the wedding cake. Cutting the wedding cake is usually one of the last formalities in a wedding and the first that a couple will share as new husband and wife, which means it should be done perfectly.

Here are some cake cutting tips and etiquette recommended by

• Wedding cake etiquette starts with the correct setting of the wedding cake. The wedding cake should be displayed on a beautifully decorated table, which goes in front of the main table (or brides table). It should be set in such a manner so as not to block the guests' view of the head table. An engraved and decorated knife is usually placed at the table (although this is not mandatory).

• Etiquette demands that the cake be cut at the right time during the reception. This will depend on the kind of reception that you have. If it is an informal kind of gathering, such as a tea party or cocktail reception, then you should cut the wedding cake after the guests have been received and the speeches made. For more formal affairs, the cake should be cut after the main reception lunch or dinner has been served.

• The wedding cake cutting should be announced prior to the cutting. This can be done by making an announcement to the effect or by playing the very song that the wedded couple danced their first dance to.

• The right hand of the groom goes over the right hand of the bride and they cut the wedding cake together. The first slice is fed by the groom to his bride, after which the bride serves her new husband.

• The wedding cake is then taken away by a family member, friend or the catering staff to be cut. The cutting is not done in front of the guests.

• The cake is then either served along with the coffee or is used as a party favour and put in boxes for the guests to take home with them.

A guide to choosing the right cake shape for your wedding

When it comes to choosing the right cake shape, it is imperative to keep your wedding style in mind.

Here are the most common cake shapes and decorating tips recommended by

While some might think the shape a little plain, the simplicity of a round cake provides the perfect backdrop for interesting textures and colours.

TIPS - There's no need to hold back on decor with a round cake. Stunning ideas: an allover quilted or pleated pattern; embossed fondant in the shape of your wedding day motif or monogram; or a colorful cascade of sugar flowers.

A square cake is the modern alternative to a round cake - perfect for couples looking for something different but not too over-the-top.

TIPS - Play up the shape as little or as much as you want. Soften the hard edges with elegant touches like sugar flowers, pastel colours and paper-thin embellishments. Or, emphasise the shape by outlining each tier in ribbon.

Often referred to as ‘scalloped,’ this shape has a flowerlike appearance. Play up the petal shape for a garden wedding, or use the shape on the bottom tier of a round cake to add interest.

TIPS - To keep the cake from looking too bold, go light with the add-ons to compliment and draw attention to the unique shape. We love a white-on-white cake with a burst of colourful sugar flowers to top it off.

This six-sided wonder is the creative answer to a modern square cake. With such a striking appearance, you'll want to keep the adornment clean and simple. The shape itself brings a lot to the table even without any decoration.

TIPS - Outline each tier in buttercream pearls, accent with fresh or sugar paste green cymbidium orchids, or keep it completely free of decor, save an heirloom or flower cake topper.

This shape has serious attitude. While it's sure to make a bold statement at your wedding, consider the overall style of the day. It's perfect for a funky loft or restaurant, but won't work as well in an elegant ballroom or country club.

TIPS - Stray from anything traditional like flowers and play up the unique design with plenty of funky add-ons and bold colours. We recommend diamond fondant cut-outs in a bold mix of colours.

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