By Parnella Gauvin. Cake. Published at Monday, September 09th, 2019 - 06:10:14 AM.
Don’t Forget Your Budget, Be sure to consider your budget before you let your imagination get the better of you. You want your wedding day to be one of celebration, not the day that you started your journey into financial disaster. Many people are surprised at the cost of a wedding cake. Keep in mind that you are asking an artisan to create a masterpiece for you, and this can often be reflected in the price that he/she will be charging. The cost of labor is often the largest expense in the creation of a wedding cake but keep in mind the simple fact that fondant is more expensive than buttercream.
Start assembling your cake. Take some of the frosting and spread it across the center of the cake board. This will be your ”glue” to secure the cake to the board. Turn one of the parchment lined cookie sheet cake ones onto the cake board. Center it in place on the board before removing the cookie sheet and then peel off the parchment paper. Turn the cookie sheet over and set it on top of the cake layer. Apply a little pressure to make sure that it is secured to the board. Apply frosting to the top of the cake and spread out evenly. Take the next cookie sheet cake and turn over onto the frosted layer. The easiest way to do this is to lift the cookie sheet up against the wide side and then quickly flip it onto the frosted layer. Do not remove the cookie sheet until you shift the cake into place and make it level with the previous layer. Then remove the cookie sheet and peel off the parchment paper. Turn the cookie sheet over and set it on top of the cake layer. Apply a little pressure to make sure that it is secured to the previous frosted layer. Repeat this process again with the next two layers. Trim any excess cake off the sides with a sharp knife so you have a nice even side. Crumb coat and refrigerate until firm.
There will be descriptions of taste flavorings that sound so delectable that when you taste it, you still may not believe how horrible it tastes, or even vice versa. Try all that you can until you find your favorite. Take water or seltzer to clear your palette after each tasting, so that your next taste of a different flavor will not have the lingering taste of the previous confection. Finding your favorite will be almost instantaneous sometimes and other times it is a long expedition into the cake world of taste and textures of cake and frosting.
What about the cake provided by the wedding reception site? What about ignoring it? That cake is being outsourced to a baker skilled in the creation of wedding cakes, then it’s being brought to your wedding and added to your bill with a nice profit markup for the reception hall. There is almost no instance when it makes sense to order this cake over one you can get direct from a baker. Be warned, however, that some reception facilities will CHARGE you for bringing in a different cake. They will refer to it as a ”plating” fee or some other such nonsense, but it can cost over $1 per person if your facility charges such a fee. Better to ask upfront to avoid any surprises to your budget.
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