FAQs and 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


Fly me to the moon

Fly me to the moon

Q. I want to incorporate our love of travelling into our wedding cake. Do you have any ideas of how to do this?

A. Nat Crooks says: Absolutely! I love getting to know my couples and what they're passionate about. There are many ways to incorporate your love of travel into your cake design from simple table dressing using suitcases and passports as props, to subtle hints using bespoke cake toppers with slogans such as let our adventures begin. Moving on to bespoke cakes, you could choose a novelty style cake, for example, 3D carved suitcases or travel-related stencils or silhouettes. You may wish to reflect your favourite place in the world using colours and associations from that place to tie into your wedding theme for a more subtle nod to your love of travel.

Nat Crooks, My Little Cakery


Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Q. We want a relaxed and natural garden wedding. How do we incorporate this into our cake design?

A. Katrina Armitage says: This is a great theme to inspire your cake. Try including muted tones, pastels and neutrals for the cake tiers, and pair it with lots of greenery and floral arrangements. If you want to go really pared-back, try simply wrapping eucalyptus around the tiers. The layers could also be filled with seasonal fruit to tie it all together. I don't think anything says relaxed and natural more than a textured buttercream cake adorned with fresh florals. Why not match the cake flowers to your bouquet too for a simple yet elegant look?

You will have to consider the temperature if your cake is going to be outside. Opt for fondant or ganache in the warmer months, as opposed to buttercream, and keep your bake in a cool spot or indoors if possible.

Katrina Armitage, Katrina's Bespoke Cakes


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

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