This is one of the focal points of your wedding. Modern wedding cakes come in all sizes, shapes, colours and flavours. Popular in the castle are various designs of castle cake complete with turrets, in the colours of the Bride & Groom's table settings.
You could even have a photograph scanned and the image transferred onto the cake though we have not seen this done in any of the examples below.
The problem was caused by brides in straitened economic times, ordering light sponge fillings for the lower tier of the cake instead of fruit, with the more expensive and heavier fillings reserved for the upper levels. The Upper Levels are your longer lasting 'anniversary' levels - hence you'll be advised to use longer lasting fruit fillings for the top levels. You can see that if your base ends up a lightweight sponge cake while the upper tiers are heavy, therein lies a construction issue.
In theory the icing should become solid and with a few internal pillars to provide support, everything should be ok. In hot weather in the Glass walled Conservatory, icing becomes soft, leading to no outside support, as there remains no outer 'shell' for the pillars to rest upon.
Hot weather in Wales is not usually a problem but when you are paying £400 or more for your wedding cake, you do not want the centrepiece of your wedding to go wrong. We recommend you opt for a heavier base, such as fruit, which will work fine. If you are going for a light sponge base, do not overload the cake with heavier upper tiers, and instruct your cakemaker to insert sufficient plastic pillars, connected to each other within a solid frame, to fully support the cake.
Take care when transporting the cake. A cake placed loose in the boot of a car will arrive at the venue in pieces (this has happened - we've seen it all!). In one instance two weddings had similar 'castle' cakes and we had to reassemble the damaged cake using turrets donated from the previous wedding's cake.
The top tier of the cake is traditionally the 'anniversary' layer. Rich fruit cakes may well last a year but not all fillings will last to your anniversary. So if you are intending to save your 'anniversary tier' till your first anniversary, select a filling for this tier that will last. Alternatively you can try freezing it and bringing it out a year later but it might not be so tasty on thawing out.
Some couples save the top tier and take it with them for their honeymoon.
You may be tempted to top the cake with an heirloom such as, perhaps, a china statuette that decorated your mother's or grandmother's cake. Best advice is not to, in case it gets broken or falls off, or even, thrown into the bin by the caterers when the cake is being cut for the guests!
When should you have the cake cutting ceremony? At Craig Y Nos we recommend the Cake Cutting Ceremony be after the main course, but before the pudding course. This allows (if you are having a pudding course) the staff to cut the cake while your guests are having their pudding course. The cake can then be served after the pudding course (or, as above, instead of the pudding course).