The beautiful thing about modern-day weddings is that it has become less cookie-cutter and more a matter of what the bride and groom want for their day. This remains a truth in regard to almost every aspect of the wedding, including the cake! Gone are the days where "wedding cake" is one particular flavor in 3 tiers with some roses slapped on to it. The cake making/decorating business is an art and some people will spend a small fortune in order to get exactly what they want (Prince William and Kate Middleton spent a whopping $80,000 on their royal wedding cake!)
Have no fear! In 2014 the average cost of a wedding cake and desserts was $466 (no where near the royal budget of almost $100,000!) According to The Knot, the average cake will range between $1.50-$12 per slice, all depending on the components and details of the cake. The factors which affect price are the following: number of servings, color, ingredients, frosting, decoration/design, and delivery.
If you are in the process of choosing a wedding cake, here are some things to keep in mind:
- The current most popular cake flavors are- Red Velvet, Chocolate, White Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon, Vanilla, Coconut + Lime, Pink Champagne, and Carrot
- Most popular fillings- traditional mousse, buttercream, chocolate, raspberry, lemon, white chocolate, strawberry, and salted caramel
- Biggest trends in cakes- Metallic, Naked Cakes, Painted cakes, Lace, Woodland deco, and Rosette cakes
- Cake toppers no longer have to be the traditional bride and groom, the following options are very in right now- laser cut words, bunting, monogram, wire, and photos
- There is no standard size, it is up to your discretion and should be catered to the amount of people who will be in attendance
- A cake isn't a necessity! Some people are choosing other routes (especially because let's face it: not everyone likes cake!) Popular alternatives include cupcakes, pie, dessert bars, and my personal favorite, the cannoli cake!