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A wedding cake can be baked at home or designed by professional wedding cake designers and presented as works of art.

White wedding cakes, with sugary white frosting, are no longer your only wedding desert idea. Passion fruit, mango, pistachio and peach with buttercream, marzipan or chocolate raspberry ganache are all exciting wedding cake recipes.

Wedding Cake Design

The first step, in choosing what type of wedding cake you'll be serving on your big day, is to determine what you would like to spend. Designer wedding cakes will be considerably more expensive than bakery or grocery store cakes. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, stop in at your local bakery and see what types of wedding cakes they can prepare.

If you decide to have a professional wedding cake designer create your wedding cake, ask recent brides, family or friends for recommendations. If you are working with a caterer or Jewish wedding event planner, they should be able to provide a list of qualified names.

Before your initial consultation, begin cutting wedding cake photos out of bridal magazines. This will help you develop a sense of which wedding cake designs appeal to you.

Plan to begin interviewing wedding cake designers about eight months before your wedding date. Many designers need at least six months lead time.

Wedding Cake Decoration

When meeting with a wedding cake designer, you should be able to taste at least three varieties of cake, review their portfolio and get a list of references. If you've already chosen your wedding dress design, the colors for your wedding flower arrangements and the style of your wedding invitation bring color samples or swatches with you.

The colors you've selected for your Jewish ketubah and wedding chuppah can also be integrated into your cake design.

The designer will need to know approximately how many guests will be attending your wedding, and if the wedding cake will be the only dessert served. He/she will also need to know what time of day your wedding reception will be held and what time of year (season) it will be taking place. This is especially important if you will be holding an outdoor summer wedding, as not all frostings hold up in the heat.

Many wedding cake prices are quoted per slice, rather than the cost for the entire cake. Make sure your contract includes, time of delivery, who incurs the cost for any damages during transport or set-up and if there are any additional serving charges.

Once you've decided on a wedding cake designer, style and type of wedding cake, pay the necessary deposit. Do not pay the full amount until the completion of your wedding. And most importantly, make sure to get everything in writing.

Finally, don't forget to box up and freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to eat on your first wedding anniversary!

Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007