How to Bake Your First Wedding Cake?
You have taken cake decorating classes, practiced the techniques, and now you have gotten your first wedding cake client in Chicago, IL! So what now? Scream, shimmy, shake and celebrate! This is the first thing that you have to do for your wedding day. Creating your first wedding cake design can be extremely exciting, overwhelming and a little frightening, so here are some few tips to get you started and help you finish with a flawless first delivery.
Meeting with your wedding client
Meet with your client, even if it is a friend or family member, and discuss what they are looking for. Remember this is their wedding cake, not yours, so let them express their thoughts before jumping ahead with your own. If they need help with inspiration, look at their invitations and other details to match the style and feel of their wedding. The number of servings is very important and should be brought up at the very beginning. It will determine the size and number of tiers you will need. Before the meeting, review your own costs and enter the meeting with a clear idea about what you will need to charge and why. Offer and only agree on designs you know you can produce. Almost all clients will bring cake inspiration they have found in magazines or online. Be honest about your abilities and if you agree to new techniques you have never tried…get going! Practice!
Preparing to make a wedding cake
Waiting until the last minute to try new techniques or to plan and gather supplies will only add stress to an already stressful week. So give yourself a break by preparing early. Gather or order your supplies as soon as the deposit is paid. If you are making sugar flowers or figures, prepare them early and make extras in case of breakage. If you are not sure with the design you may want to check the photographs online.
Wedding cake production schedule
You have planned, prepared and fretted over your first wedding cake and now it is finally time to bake and decorate. Here is a quick breakdown of general tasks to complete leading up to the big day. Days of tasks can be adjusted based on the design. You need to make sure that you have the right schedule and can deliver the cake on the right time to avoid delays.
Cake delivery tips
After days of work, it all comes down to the delivery. Contact the wedding venue or other vendors if needed, 2-3 weeks before the event to arrange the details of the delivery. Just because your bride gives you a time to be there does not always mean that is when the venue will be ready. Call and double check times. If you are attaching heavy flowers or bows to your cake, it may be best to attach them once you are at the venue. Heavy, loose decorations can cause ripping, tearing or bulging in the fondant during your bumpy ride. It sounds so easy, right! It can be stressful at times, but wedding cake decorating in Chicago, IL can also be extremely rewarding as you see flour and sugar turn into a beautiful work of art!