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Cake maker Peggy Porschen makes the most delicious cakes - and they taste as good as they look…


A three tier Peggy Porschen cake
Image © Peggy Porschen

Choosing the wedding cake should be one of the most enjoyable experiences when it comes to planning a wedding. From tasting the delicious flavours to deciding upon the multitude of different designs, it is often a difficult decision to make, but the end result is guaranteed to be sweet.

The wedding cake is the visual focal point of the reception and will get a great deal of attention throughout the event. It should not only look stunning and taste delicious, but it should also reflect the personal taste and individual style of the bride and groom.

There are a few things to consider before ordering a cake, such as the venue, the time of the year, the wedding flowers and colours, how many guests the cake should feed and if it will be served as a dessert or not. All this information will help the cake maker come up with a cake design that will match the aesthetics of the day.

Once the style and size of a cake has been established, the next step is to choose the design. I always encourage brides to bring items of inspiration to the cake meeting. The finest details, such as the embroidery of a wedding dress, a piece of jewellery or the flowers of the bridal bouquet can be incorporated into a cake design making it unique to each client.

The perfect wedding cake should taste as good as it looks and most cake makers will be happy to provide tasting samples. The current trend is moving away from the traditional fruit cake. Clients often go for a variation of different sponge flavours combined in one cake and compromise on a fruit cake top tier which can be kept as a christening cake. Serving the wedding cake instead of a dessert can be an effective way of reducing the cost for catering, but does depend on the size and design of the cake.

Finally the delivery and set up arrangements need to be discussed. I generally recommended that the cake is delivered and set up by the cake maker to ensure it is done correctly. However this may not always be possible so make sure you get exact instructions for a safe transport and set up and ask your venue or caterer to help.

For more details of what Peggy can offer - and to see more of her delicious cakes - check out www.peggyporschen.com

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