It is a great step in the right direction that more and more states are passing gay marriage. If all of America doesn’t agree with it, they should agree that it is good for the economy, and opens the wedding industry to millions of dollars. Dream weddings aren’t cheap, and gay dream weddings are definitely not cheap. And now onto the not so political things, if you find yourself in the midst of an engagement, part of that process is planning the wedding. If planning the wedding wasn’t stressful enough to think about, the reception is even that much more of a big deal. One of the biggest things for a reception, if not the center piece of the reception is the cake. So, how do you know what cake is right? Do you choose fondant or buttercream, how many tiers should you have? What is the appropriate cost for the cake? The list goes on. The cake is critical. Here is the Gay Man’s Guide to Wedding Cakes.
1. Take your time and plan ahead, most cake shops will ask you to order your cake months in advance. 2. If you don't know what you want exactly, go on Pinterest, go on Instagram and search. Or, tie your cake into a theme. 3. Make sure that you love the flavors of your cake, because taste is really important, and you want to savor that first bite you share with your husband. 4. Sometimes, less is really more. 5. Do not ask for people's opinions, because it is your cake, and the cake plays a vital role in your reception. 6. Be quirky and don't always use round cakes, look a square cakes, tilted cakes, or even cupcakes. These are all great little details that will matter in the long run. 7. You don't have to have those plastic cake toppers, if you don't put two little plastic men on the top of your cake, it doesn't mean you don't view your wedding as some accomplishment. Sometimes your vision, beauty, and ideal doesn't have to be political.
modern . simplistic . chic .
With the increasing talents of visionary patisseriers, wedding cakes are becoming more than just something to eat. They are actually becoming works of art, and people aren't eating them. It has become a very modern trend to have a cake that is actually fake, accept the bottom layer to cut into. The perk to the fake cake, it is less expensive, not as heavy, and can push the limits of the imagination. From fondant to gum paste, to spun sugar, modern cakes take a simpler form, with one stand out detail. This detail could be from color, to florals, to ribbons, and other simple embellishments. Modern trends are also a little more geometric, or a little more abstract.
A wedding cake, a classic wedding cake, is multiple layers, each layer being different in some way. The trend for classic wedding cakes now it to stay in all whites, creams, and light pinks usually decorated with flowers. These are great and can be pricey. The more layers, and the more complicated, the more expensive. But more importantly, a classic wedding cake offers something romantic, and fairytale like.
Once you have an idea of what you want your cake to look like, it is time to decide on a flavor or flavors. Now, a lot of people love the look of fondant but don't enjoy the taste, hence the fake cake versus what you actually serve. If you are going to use flowers, consider how they should be made? Are you using silk flowers, real flowers, piped flowers, flowers made from gum paste? All of these are things that will contribute to the look and taste of your cake.
ICINGS Butter cream Made with butter and icing sugar this may be flavored for example with lemon zest or chocolate. Buttercream is delicious cake fillings.
Royal icing This is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish and it is the most traditional of all icings. Royal icing can also be used to create piped flowers. It’s easy to color too!
Marzipan Almond flavored paste that can be formed into fruits or smaller flowers.
Sugar paste/Fondant Also known as rolled fondant, roll out icing, fondant etc. This is what gives cakes that clean, smooth finish.
Flower paste (also known as petal paste or gum paste) Icing, or paste that is usually rolled extremely thin to create delicate flowers. Usually this technique is only offered at higher end cake shops.