Wedding Cakes Defined
Wedding Cakes Defined
Abbey Zegar (Executive Pastry Chef, Sugar & Spice Cakes) gives expert video advice on: What is an 'anniversary cake'?; What are wedding 'mini cakes'? and more...
What is the 'groom's cake'?
Traditionally, a groom's cake was a wedding cake cut up and put in little boxes as favors given to guests when they leave the reception. This ensured the couple's special bond together. Modern grooms' cakes are typically reflective of what that groom's interests are. Let's say the groom is interested in golf. He can have a cake that is shaped like a golf bag. If he's into cigars, then the groom's cake will look like a cigar box, and it's all to honor the groom.
What is an 'anniversary cake'?
An anniversary cake is the cake top that the couple has taken down and frozen. But most couples nowadays don't really save the wedding cake top anymore. What they do is they ask their baker to remember what the flavor was and then duplicate that cake on their first anniversary.
What are wedding 'mini cakes'?
Wedding mini-cakes typically serve one person, and they look like miniature wedding cakes. They are designed with buttercream or fondant, and each guest gets one at the table.
What is a 'torte' wedding cake?
Typically, a torte wedding cake is a cake with more then two layers. If a cake is divided three or four times and filled with fillings, that's a torte wedding cake.
What is a 'round' wedding cake?
The round wedding cake is the king of all cakes. It's circular in shape, usually stacked, and traditional for most brides and grooms. Although there are other shapes, the round is the most popular cake.
What is a 'square' wedding cake?
A square wedding cake is a wedding cake that has sharp edges, shaped like a square, and is usually stacked. It's a more modern look. You can soften the edges by placing there natural flowers, fresh flowers, buttercream roses, or royal icing flowers.
What is a 'petaled' wedding cake?
A petaled wedding cake typically is a shape of a scallop or flower. Again, these can be stacked or these can be tiered. It's a simple wedding cake; you can enhance its scallops by placing flowers on the edge. They usually come stacked.
What is a 'table' wedding cake?
A table wedding cake takes the place of a centerpiece. While sitting for dinner, your guests will have the cake in the center of their table. When it's time to serve your wedding cake, that's typically the cake you serve for dessert.
What is a 'hexagonal' wedding cake?
A hexagon wedding cake has six sides. It is a more modern version of the square cake. Again, you want the sides emphasized, and you soften the sides and the harshness of the corners or edges with flowers.
What is an 'off-kilter' wedding cake?
An off-kilter wedding cake typically is a very modern, fun cake. It is a round cake turned at a 45 degree angle, usually decorated with fondant. For example, think of Alice in Wonderland and you will have an Alice in Wonderland cake with colors and the topsy turvey look of the Mad Hatter.
What is a 'flourless chocolate' wedding cake?
A flourless chocolate wedding cake is a cake that uses no flour. The base is the chocolate powder which is enhanced by the whipping of the eggs, which makes it look like a cake.