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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wedding Cake Guide for New Jersey Brides!

Bergen County, New Jersey

One of the most important decisions a bride will make in planning her wedding will be the design of her wedding cake. It is not the most important design decision, but it should be made together with the other decisions that will make your wedding the special event you want it to be. Here's a guide to help.

Eight Months to Go:

Come up with design ideas that you think will work as an overall theme for your wedding. Browse the internet or bridal magazines for inspiration. Don’t just look at cakes; use other elements for your design. For example, do you want your cake to compliment the lace on your dress? Use any idea to spark your imagination!

You should have an idea of the type of cake you want – will it be a traditional cake, a farandole of mini cupcakes or a whimsical cake that fits your personality? The style of cake may also depend on the number of guests at your wedding. Discuss this with each baker you interview.

Start to narrow down the list of bakers you would like to meet with and make tasting / design appointments. Make sure you discuss your budget with the baker prior to making the appointment as some may not be able to work within your budget. Your goal during this initial meeting is to determine if you are satisfied with the product quality, review the baker’s portfolios, and determine who can help you create your dream cake.

Six Months to Go:

Many specialty bakers are booked several months in advance, especially during peak wedding seasons, so book early if you have a specific baker in mind. Your baker should be working with you on the design, and asking questions such as: "How do you envision your wedding? What color/design are your flowers? Is it a lunch or dinner? What is being served? Is this an outdoor wedding? What's the theme? Are you thinking of something offbeat or classic? What does your dress look like? Approximately how many guests are you anticipating?" All of these questions, and others, will help determine the best design and flavors to fit your preferences.

Most bakers will require a signed contract and a 50% deposit to book a date.

One Month to Go:

Double check all the details with your baker – from the final payment to the delivery instructions.

The Day After:

Enjoy the first day of your new life and let your bridesmaids or mother do all the work for you! If you want the top tier saved for your first anniversary, they need to remove any sugar flowers, double wrap the tier in several layers of plastic wrap, seal it in an airtight bag and store it in the freezer. Also, they will need to return any items you may have rented from the baker, such as a cake platform.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Choosing a Wedding Cake Flavor - NJ Cake Bakery

Wedding cakes are often the centerpiece of the decor of your reception. And although your guests may be impressed with the appearance of your wedding cake, what they will remember most is the taste.

Selecting flavors for your cake should be one of the sweetest parts of planning your wedding. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than sampling a few slices of several delicious cakes?

Finding the right bakery to work with is the first step in selecting the flavors for your wedding cake. Many bakeries will charge a small fee if you wish to taste specific flavors. Often this fee is deducted from your final cost should you decide to order from them.

Have a good idea of what your wedding menu will be like when you go to your tasting, so you can tailor the cake to the rest of the meal. For example, if your meal is focused on Spanish flair, how about a rich vanilla cake with dulce de leche or a guava filling? Or maybe a cake with hints of ginger would be a perfect ending to an Asian feast.

Think about choosing a flavor that might have personal meaning to you and your beloved. Was your first date over coffee? Perhaps a mocha filling. Is your fiancee Italian? A fresh cannoli cream may delight him.

Don’t be afraid to stray from basic flavors such as vanilla and chocolate. Some of the more unique and complex flavor combinations we like are:
  • Coconut cake striped with key lime curd and vanilla bean filling. This cake is not only a delicious pairing of flavors, but it also looks amazing when plated .
  • Dark chocolate cake with coffee buttercream and almond toffee bits. The crunchy toffee offers an unexpected yet delightful texture.
  • Vanilla cake with banana cream and passion fruit filling. The combination is so very refreshing and perfect for a summer wedding.
You may also want to serve more than one flavor of cake at your reception. This can be accomplished by having a groom’s cake in addition to the wedding cake. Traditionally, groom’s cakes are a richer flavor like chocolate, red velvet, or a dense fruit cake. Of course, you could just choose the groom’s favorite flavor! You may also request your baker to make each tier a different flavor. This can often be done at little additional cost.

About us: Confectionary Designs is a boutique bakery located in Bergen county New Jersey NJ. Our specialty is creating custom cakes for all of life's occasions. We work with you every step of the way in creating a detailed and delicious wedding cake that you and your guests will remember!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Girl's Birthday Cake - NJ Bakeries

At Confectionary Designs, our NJ Bergen county based bakery, we love creating these pretty cakes for little girls. We made this cake for a special little girl turning six. She asked us to make her a cake 'like a wedding cake!'

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Elegant Birthday Cake - NJ Cake

Click here to see more of our custom birthday cakes!

I love working with our clients on creating just the right cake for their special occasion. In the cake above, the client gave me just two requirements: 1) black and white, and 2) elegant!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Birthday Favor Boxes

How cute are these favor boxes for a dinosaur themed birthday party? We purchased the gable boxes from PaperMart, created a custom label for the birthday boy, and filled each box with a dinosaur cookie, a chocolate #7 lollipop, and a decorated cupcake.

Thursday, December 19, 2013