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posted on 31st May 2013

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life- you want everything to be perfect, just as you have always imagined. When you plan your wedding cake you may need to go the extra mile to make sure that your cake is exactly what you want- a stunning centrepiece for you and all your guests at your wedding reception.

Here are a few ideas that really get our mouths watering:

Flavours

Red Velvet
A dramatic red chocolate cake with cheese filling-  this is a great way to be a little more adventurous than simple vanilla or chocolate but will still be an all-round hit.

Vanilla Ripple
Moist vanilla bean cake filled with layers of vanilla buttercream and personalised preserves such as cherry, rose petal or lemon curd- whichever one takes your fancy!

The Citrus Twist
A tangy lemon cake with lemon buttercream and lemon curd. This is great for people less keen on the richness of chocolate based cakes.

Classy Carrot Cake
A wonderful alternative to fruit cake, try moist carrot cake filled with orange Italian meringue buttercream.

These are just some ideas. Look for a bakery that really knows what they are doing when it comes to mixing and matching flavours.

Icing

Fondant Icing
A very popular option for its smooth and flawless finish, it also photographs well and stays fresh for weeks. Soft, doughy and sweet, underlain with butter cream or marzipan to ensure crumbs don’t interfere with the finish.

Royal Icing
A more classic option as it gives a sharper, clean finish. It dries hard which helps to seal in freshness. Royal icing is also used to make decorations such as beautiful life-like flowers.

Butter Cream
Usually used for fillings but if you are a big fan of the yummy flavour and soft consistency it can also be used on the outside. Although it is delicious, it can be very hard to work with and does not do well in the heat!

Meringue or Mousseline Buttercream
The mixture is made using egg whites and is gently heated whilst being continuously mixed. As the mixture has been cooked it will hold it’s shape well and is not affected by heat so perfect for Spring and Summer weddings.

Ganache
A good one for chocolate lovers (like me!). Made with heavy cream, rich chocolate and liqueurs or flavours of choice. The consistency can be adapted depending on the ratio of chocolate to cream. Used like this it creates a beautiful shiny glaze but it can also be chilled and whipped to create a lighter fluffier texture.

Naked
A new trend to the wedding industry- try leaving your cake without icing! It exposes all the layers and delicious fillings for a rustic and unique feel. Finish with sugar crafted flowers and a dusting of icing sugar for Spring sophistication.

So what style will you go for?

Jessica at Gosfield Hall

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