Choosing a Cake


Okay, so I know I’m going a little out of order, but I wanted to get your advice on something I’m trying to choose right now – the cake design! 

I’ve met with a baker who I really like, is very reasonable, and who did a cake for a friend’s wedding (which was really very yummy!).  So now I just need to kind of narrow down my choices of design and choose one so I can get a more accurate quote and we can go ahead and book her.  Who knew that choosing a cake would be so difficult?!?  I certainly didn’t anticipate it being such a difficult decision.  But I’m telling you, it’s the small decisions that drive you nuts!  I know it’s not as big of a deal as choosing your dress, and I’m not planning on using it as high art, but I would still like it to be pretty nonetheless.  So will you, dear EAD readers, help me out?

While the colors shown will not necessarily be what we would use, we have narrowed it down to the following options:

I really like the texture on this cake.  Maybe a little less of the flowers though.

This cake is beautiful in its simplicity – classic but modern.

I like the colors of this cake, and a square design is a little unusual.

This scrollwork in fondant on this cake is really beautiful and elegant.  I think it would tie into the scrollwork on our invitations and monogram well, and the baker said we could do the background in buttercream icing (which tastes better!).  Maybe I’d add a flower or two on top?

I think this cake may be one of my top favorites.  I love the bow with the brooch detail, and the flowers on top.  Maybe I could use some of the “texture” from the first cake on a couple of the layers? 

*(all cakes from, the Knot, and Bludoor Photography)

The baker has told us that if we don’t do a groom’s cake, which is still undecided, we will need 4 tiers.  We will be using an antique stand similar to the one above, but not quite as big.   Our baker is very talented and would be able to pull of any of these cakes, so what do you think??  Have you chosen your cake yet?  Was it easy to decide upon, or did you find you struggled with your decision as well? 

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15 comments on “Choosing a Cake

  1. I LOVE the texture of the first one combined with the flowers and ribbon of the last one. I love when a cake looks edible, yummy and gorgeous!

  2. anne writes...

    The last cake would fit so well with the dresses and details you’ve picked!

  3. Janet writes...

    I’m in the process of deciding what kind of cake we want to and I have to say that I’ll probably go with the design that factors into the theme of our wedding. I actually got inspiration for our invitations, place cards, etc. from a cake. It’s simple and like you said, no work of art. We might also go with alternating layers of different flavored cakes because we’re not doing a groom’s cake. It will be hard deciding the flavors because we might like ones that won’t necessarily all “go together.”

  4. elizabeth writes...

    The last one for sure! I love the big bow – as long as it’s edible!

  5. nicole writes...

    A combo of the first and last. I like it when you can tell that a cake is frosted in something edible – fondant looks so plastic.

  6. KateMW writes...

    My favorites are #2, 3, and 4. I don’t care for #1 or #5, but I like clean, modern looking cakes, so it’s just personal opinion. I would go with #1 if it were me, but I do love the look of #4.

  7. First and last! Why? They look like food, not art. Always go with the cake the makes you want to lick the computer screen, I say.

  8. Well my advice here isn’t going to be worth anything because you featured a cake that is officially my favorite cake design ever! So of course I vote for #1, except maybe I don’t because I kind of want #1 for myself. So maybe you should go with #3 which is still beautiful. So let’s do #1 for me, and #3 for you.

  9. I love the last cake- but I also think the scrollwork cake is very elegant! The last cake reminds me of one I just saw at a ;ocal baker here in Philadelphia and I was in love with it the moment I saw it! These are all beautiful cakes. Good luck choosing!

  10. Rebecca writes...

    The first one, because it’s so inviting to eat — I want to dip my finger into my computer screen and get some of that frosting! The others — # 2 and and 4 in particular — don’t look like cake to me; they sort of look like a candle or like plastic; they’re not very inviting to eat.
    I struggled with the cake decision too, but it was more of a budget thing for me and I think it was rooted in the cake not being a high priority for me. So, we opted for a small, heart-shaped cake (FI’s idea) and accompanying cupcakes in all different flavors.

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