The center of any wedding reception and one of the major decisions of the bride and groom is the choosing of the wedding cake. Wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes and flavors but one thing they have in common is frosting!
With many flavors and types of frostings to choose from, making a selection can be difficult. Wedding cake frosting has come a long way from the butter cream which was typically used in the past. Today, frosting can come in any flavor combination imaginable with extracts and natural fruit juices.
The wedding cake is the culmination of the wedding ceremony and the ingredients for the frosting should be well thought out. The main thing which needs to be remembered when choosing a wedding cake frosting is to make sure the frosting can hold up for the amount of time it will be displayed before cutting and enjoying it. A good way to ensure the frosting can sit for the hours necessary is have the bakery bake a small sample cake with the frosting of your choice and let it sit over night to see if the frosting will hold its shape and flavor. Another factor to consider when choosing the perfect wedding cake frosting is taste. Many times this can be the most important factor because if the cake is covered in fondant for the perfect look, you want to make sure it tastes just as good as it looks.
When choosing the flavor of the frosting the best way to make sure you get a frosting you will enjoy is through a tasting with the bakery. Call the bakery and set up a cake tasting and they will prepare several types of cakes and frosting for sampling. Frosting can come in any flavor but you need to make sure that the taste of the frosting will combine well with your choice for the cake recipe.Of course, the baker will be able to guide you and offer advice about what frostings pair best with each cake.You have many more choices than just chocolate and vanilla. Orange added to white chocolate can give a refreshing burst of flavor to the cake. Almond extract added to a vanilla fondant can add also add an extra layer of flavor. If you are making your own wedding cake, it is a good idea to experiment with different cake and frosting combinations prior to making your actual wedding cake. Just make small round cakes using different recipes and then see how they taste with different flavors of wedding cake frosting. This experimenting can be a lot of fun, especially for brides and grooms who happen to have a sweet tooth.
While choosing a wedding cake frosting doesn’t seem like a very major decision, no bride or groom wants a wedding cake that doesn’t taste great. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a baker to make your cake, the wedding cake frosting has to be a good match with the cake, both in how it looks AND how it tastes.