Expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youryorkshire.wedding

 

Small but perfectly formed

Small but perfectly formed

Q. We've had to downsize our wedding, but we still want a showstopping cake. Help!

A. Tracey Smith says: Small wedding cakes can still look amazing; it's all about the way you dress them and how you display them. Go for large flowers on plain, soft-coloured cakes to create impact or bright and bold colours work brilliantly on tall slim cakes with a statement topper. Adding a touch of sparkle is a fool-proof trick to catch the eye.

Consider where you will display your cake. Try not to put it in a corner, but choose a central location with plenty of natural light or a spotlight for a more dramatic effect. A cake stand will add height and grandeur, and make sure the table isn't too big as this can swamp a smaller cake. Finally, don't over-decorate it – less is more!

Tracey Smith,Cakes to Please
www.cakestopleasebradford.co.uk

 

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake

Q. We'd love a real showstopper of a cake. What's the latest trend that we should opt for to get the wow factor?

A. Karen Willis says: If you want a cake that'll be talked about long after you return from honeymoon and settle into married life, then forget last season's naked cake. This year it's all about hand-painted designs. Whether you choose a fine-art inspired brush-painted cake or a contemporary bake painted with a palette knife, your cake is sure to make a statement. We're proud to be leading the way with this trend, and we believe it's here to stay.

Couples are still loving the indoor-outdoor look this season, and with Yorkshire boasting an array of beautiful venues in stunning locations, it's no surprise that our woodland styles and English country garden-themed cakes are very popular.

Our hand-painted designs are totally bespoke, so we can create a cake that's personal to you and a real work of art.

Karen Willis
www.facebook.com/sugarnrosecakes

 

Colour pop!

Colour pop!

Q. We're having a bright and bold theme for our wedding. What options are there to incorporate colour into our cake design?

A. Sophia Saleh says: There are many ways to add vibrant tones to your cake. The most popular way is through the addition of flowers. Cakes decorated with blooms and foliage are undeniable showstoppers and have been a staple of weddings since traditions began. There's an abundance of flowers to choose from so you're really spoiled for choice. Try a pop of colour with a small cluster of florals or have them cascading from top to bottom.

A good cake designer will also be a skilled sugar florist and can replicate almost any flower in sugar form. The best thing is, they won't wilt on the day and can be kept almost indefinitely as a keepsake if looked after properly.

If you're more daring, why not have your cake finished in a bright hue? The bake can be covered in traditional fondant icing, buttercream or even ganache that's been dyed to a specific colour. The current trend for buttercream art and painted cakes is growing and would work perfectly!

Sophia Saleh
sophiascakeboutique.co.uk

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