When I think wedding cakes, I think Julie from the Sweetest Thing. It may be because she has a shop front in Terrigal Crowne Plaza, that I pass on an almost daily basis. It might be the fact that I see more of her cakes at the weddings I photograph (something that all Central Coast wedding photographers will attest to). It may be that I met Julie when I started my career in wedding photography… which means she’s been making cakes for some time. Or, it just may be, she’s a fun, bubbly, excited and knows her stuff when it comes to wedding cakes!
Fruit cake is so not in at the moment. It hasn’t been for a while and probably never will be again. Julie from The Sweetest Thing
Whatever the reason, Julie was my first thought when the idea of finding everything there was to know about ordering a wedding cake for a Central Coast Wedding. I hope you get some great tips from the interview.
If you’d prefer to read the interview transcript than watch the video, click here.
What did you think? Surely you picked up some great tips from Julie. I was really surprised to learn about the posts and boards inside a multi layered cake – I thought the icing in the cake was thick and strong enough to support the layer above… pretty tricky!
I know Julie and “The Sweetest Thing” team aren’t the only wedding cake suppliers on the Central Coast so I did ask Karen from Karen’s speciality cakes for some tips and advice for her wedding couples and she suggests that clients have the following details in mind or at least considered before they make their cake order:
- The shape of cake they wish for as different shapes offer different serving portions.
- Approximately how many people they are serving and how the cake will be served – dessert slices or finger slices. This way they are not buying more cake than they require as no-one likes to see cake go to waste.
- Types of decorations and toppers they are interested in so I can give them an accurate quote.
- I would recommend brides book their cake 2-6 months prior to their wedding to ensure they don’t miss out on their favourite decorator.
Choosing a cake is a pretty simple process and with a little information I can provide couples with a quote pretty much straight away so they can make decision on booking their cake as soon as they know. Karen from Karen’s Speciality Cakes
Karen services, Like Julie’s aren’t limited to Central Coast Weddings, she also makes and delivers cakes to Sydney, Hunter Valley and Newcastle weddings.
Another company that are well-known amongst wedding and cake aficionados is Planet Cake in Balmain, Sydney. I caught up with Antony from Planet cake to add to the discussion and asked him for a few ‘pointers’ when it comes to weddings and wedding cakes, here’s his advice:
- Make sure your cake is designed to suit your venue. For example, if you have tall ceilings, design a taller cake.
- If you have a smaller budget, rather than going with a cheaper cake that is poorly made, use a good supplier to make you a fresh finished cake (such as meringue) and have your florist decorate with fresh flowers.
- If you are taking cake design ideas from your dress, invitation, flowers or theme – remember to bring these things when ordering your cake as a reference.
Make sure if your dress is ivory or white, you have the same base colour for you cake. If you have a white cake and an ivory dress, the dress can look dirty in your wedding photos. Antony from Planet Cake
I hope this blog post and video have gone some way to making your choice of wedding cake, supplier and design a little easier. If you would like more information from Julie, Karen or Antony, I have provided their website details below, where you will find more information again plus all their contact details.
The Sweetest Thing – http://thesweetestthings.com.au/
Karens Specialty Cakes – http://www.karenscakes.com.au/
Planet Cake – http://www.planetcake.com.au/
Both Julie and Antony mentioned that florists can go along way to either reducing the cost of a cake or to cover possible damage to your wedding cake. If you want any more information regarding Central Coast florists, make sure you see this post here.
Lastly, if you want to see why Impact Images are the most awarded wedding photographers in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and the Central Coast, make sure you see our website at: https://impact-images.com.au/weddings