Step Objective

We recommend taste-testing as many cakes as possible. Just be careful to not let a sugar-high influence your final decision.

STEP OVERVIEW

Wedding Cake

The cake is such a uniquely wonderful part of planning the wedding, since it has to look great (displayed at the reception) and taste great (it is dessert, after all!).

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Research cake bakers

Don't let a sugar high distract you from finding out essential info like your flavor options and the add-ons that will add up in price.

Meet cake bakers

Ask newlywed friends, your venue or caterer for recommendations, or go with your all-time favorite bakery. Use our cake baker search to find options. Narrow it down to two or three bakers and then set up a time to meet in person and have a tasting!

Book your cake baker

Once you've had a chance to taste all the samples (yum) and talk design, decide on a baker. Request a contract and make sure all the details are there, like flavor and fillings.

QUESTIONS TO ASK CAKE BAKERS

Yum! Here are some more questions to ask after you ask them when you can start taste-testing.

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Will they create a custom cake?

Will they create a custom cake, or are there specific styles to choose from? Look at photos and actual cakes, if possible. (Bring pictures.)

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What ingredients are used?

What ingredients are used–fresh fruits or purees, Italian buttercream, farm-fresh butter, kosher? (This may or may not be crucial to you, but the better the ingredients, the better a cake will taste! It could also cost more.

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What flavors will they make?

What are the options for cake flavors filings? Do they work in fondant or buttercream?

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Who all works on the cake?

Is there a baker and a designer, or does one person do the entire cake, from batter to sugar flowers? How many people work with the designer?> (You’ll get an idea of the time it takes the shop to put out a cake. Whether it’s single person or team of people, however, should have no bearing on quality.)

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Do they work with fresh flowers?

If you want your cake garnished with fresh flowers, will they work with your florists?

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How are the cakes priced?

Are cakes priced by the slice or by the cake? Are different flavors or fillings different prices? Will there be extra labor costs if the cake is one-of-a-kind or complex? (Ask for a price list.)

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How will the cake be presented?

Does they provide cake stands? Or can the cake be presented on what it is delivered on? (Ask to see a picture.)

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Are they licensed?

Are they licensed by the state health department? (Very important!)

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How does delivery work?

How does delivery work? How much does it cost? Unless you’re having a very small cake, you will want them to deliver. They have trained delivery staff and refrigerated trucks.)

TOP CAKE-PLANNING TIPS

The wedding cake is a signature piece of your wedding. Go over these tips to learn all about them.

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Do your homework

Learn a few basic terms, such as fondant and buttercream. (Fondant makes for a neat, put-together design but doesn’t taste amazing; buttercream tastes great but can’t be molded or colored like fondant). Some bakers can roll out the fondant in a thin layer and still frost with buttercream (for the best of both worlds).

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Get flavor pricing

Unless you simply can’t decide, don’t order different flavors by layer. Variety could cost you-and guests don’t generally get to choose anyways! Also, the more complicated the flavor, the more it’ll cost.

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Find ways to save

Order a smaller cake that’s exactly what you want and several sheet cakes of the same flavor to be cut in the kitchen. Stay away from complex tiers, special molded shapes, and tons of sugar flowers.

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Get creative with your topper

Riff on your wedding theme, consider your hobbies, include pictures, or make it yourself. Make sure that all decorative elements that are not edible are removed before serving.

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Mind your flowers

If you use flowers, make sure they are sturdy and can withstand an evening under the lights without wilting. Your florists will know the best options and may even add stem reinforcements to keep the flowers from looking droopy. Also, triple-check with your florists that the flowers have not been sprayed with pesticides.

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Know your frosting

If you’re getting married outdoors in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue, and buttercream incing, which melt!

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Skip the DIY route

It’s a nice personal touch to have your grandmother or mom bake your cake, but it works better for the other, smaller events (like the rehearsal dinner). Baking for 100 or more is a feat of engineering best left to the professionals.

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Delivery details

Cake delivery will take a little coordination. Complex cakes may not necessarily be delivered ready-to-go. Make sure there’s time and space for assembly to take place. Refrigeration may also be required.

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Note your cake table

A round table is perfect for round cakes, but a square design may look better displayed on a rectangular table. Next, pick out linens that will highlight the color of the cake. Finally, don’t hide your wedding cake in the corner. have it set on risers or near the entrance of your reception. Ask your venue or lighting guy about a pin-spot light to really showcase and highlight the work of art!

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Avoid freezer burn

Eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes. Instead, treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavor when you’ve survived the first year.

Bakers near Rochester, MN

Find a baker you like? Add them to your wishlist

Perfect Day Cakes

324 N Cedar Ave, Owatonna, MN, United States
Let me tell you a little about me and my company The Perfect Day Cakes. The Perfect Day Cakes was established in 2005. When I first opened my business.

OleCafe

1011 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN, United States
OleCafe is a Cafe, Bakery, Pizza and Wine Bar. We offer a variety of services that range from catering to wedding cakes.

Top Tier Delights

7333 Airport View Drive Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States
In addition to the more traditional tiered cakes, Top Tier offers a variety of other dessert options that include cupcakes, cake pops, and the newest fad..

Step Objective

We recommend taste-testing as many cakes as possible. Just be careful to not let a sugar-high influence your final decision.

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