No wedding is complete without the cutting of the cake. And if you ask us, that’s one of the best parts! So, how did you end up with that beautiful multi-tiered, delicious flavored cake? Dominica Clementi of Nona’s Sweets is walking us through that planning process and trust us, she knows what she’s doing.  

About six to eight months before wedding day is the sweet spot to start thinking about your cake. You want to have your venue, your date and your style/colors in mind before setting up your first baker consultation. It’s not just a tasting, it’s a time to sit down with your cake designer and talk through all the details from flavors to fillings to style. 

Tasting

Because it’s one of the best parts, let’s talk about the tasting portion of the consultation first. What should you expect? Each baker is going to do their tasting a little different, some will plate cake flavors with icings and fillings for you, while others will plate things separately so you can mix and match yourself.  

“I like to plate things separately, so if you didn't think about pairing the raspberry with the lemon cake or you want to put it with vanilla cake, it gives you the opportunity during the tasting do that,” explains Dominica.  “You can mix and match your flavors and maybe come up with something you hadn't thought of.”

The good news is, if you like multiple flavors, you can do different tiers in different flavors! It’s also always fun to play with flavors seasonally. Like lemon for summer or spice for the winter. 

Design

You know you want your cake to look pretty but it’s a little more complicated than that. You want to consider size, shape, color, design and cake table décor. Let’s break it down a little more than that.

Size

This will be solely based on your guest count. If cake is going to be your sole dessert, make sure you you’ve got enough for everyone. 

Shape

Yes, cakes can come in different shapes. Traditionally, they are round, but you can do square, rectangular or hexagon, or even mix the shapes. 

Color

Wedding cakes aren’t just white anymore – and why should they be? Nothing’s wrong with a traditional and beautiful white wedding cake, but nothing’s wrong with a little pop of color either. Coat your cake fully in one of your accent wedding colors or add a little pop with some brushstrokes of color. 

Design

Now the fun part, the design. Do you want something simple like a textured buttercream or do you want something more intricate like a flower growing out of your cake? Make sure you keep your overall wedding style in mind as you talk through your design with your cake designer. It’s always helpful for your designer to see things like your wedding dress or invitations to understand the feel and try to match it. 

“I ask the couple what's the venue like, what they want it to all look like, if we are matching details of the wedding dress, if there are invitations we can use for inspirations,” said Dominica. “All those things kind of play into a cake design.”

Cake Table Décor

You’ll also want to think about how you are displaying your cake at the wedding as you create the cake. Is it going to be on a gold sequined linen or a simpler linen? Is the table going to be decorated with flowers or greenery? These are all things to keep in mind!

Trends

If you want to have the latest and greatest for your wedding cake, you’ll need to know what’s currently trending with wedding cakes. Naked, or barely naked cakes have been making a statement lately. Same goes with real flowers. Not just a flower topper, but real blooms that are spread into the icing. It’s a really great look for a more boho styled wedding. 

Photo Coutesy of Nona's Sweets 

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About this week’s guests: Nona’s Sweets has been making fabulous cakes, cupcakes, and desserts since 2000. Family owned, they focus on you and your details for a personal and delicious experience.