wedding cake budget

With the average cost of a UK wedding soaring year by year it’s no surprise that brides are on the lookout for ways to stretch their budgets. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together our top tips and ideas to help you make the most of your wedding cake budget ready for your big day… At Sugarbliss Cake Company we also offer a beautiful collection of simple wedding cakes ideal for a smaller wedding reception or budget.

 

1. Move away from fruit cake

Although fruit cakes are a wedding tradition, not everyone one likes them and they tend to be an expensive option. Replacing a fruit cake tier with a chocolate, lemon or vanilla sponge will save you money and give your guests a delicious alternative. If you’re looking for a spectacular centrepiece but don’t have lots of guests, using a cake dummy instead of a fruit cake will save you money and cut down on waste.

 

2. Downsize your centre piece

If you’ve set your heart on a particular style of cake but your budget won’t stretch that far then you could opt to have a cake with fewer tiers. A plain sheeted cake in the kitchen will cut down on decorating time and provide the extra portions.

 

3. Keep it simple

A professional cake maker will spend many hours creating an intricately decorated cake. Choosing a cake with simpler decorations or asking your cake maker about alternative styles that are quicker and easier to make can be a great way to spread you budget.

 

4. Smaller slices

Standard cake portion sizes are 1”x 1” for fruit cake and 1”x 2” for sponge cake. You’ll struggle to cut your fruit cake tiers smaller, but can increase your servings by offering 1”x 1” portions of sponge cake too.

 

5. Make your own

If you’re confident in your cake decorating skills and love the idea of adding a personal touch to your special day, making your own cake can be a cost effective solution. If you’re considering this option you need to be realistic about what you can achieve and whether you’re going to have the time. Be sure to check in advance that your venue is okay with this too. If you are making your own cake we suggest you keep it simple and definitely don’t attempt anything you haven’t tried before. Using readymade decorations is a great time saver – handmade edible decorations like SugarSoft® roses not only look beautiful but taste great too.

 

You can check out our top tips for making your own wedding cake here.

 

6. Respect your budget… and your cake maker

Budgets are there for a reason and it’s important that you do your best to stick to them. If you have hired a professional to make your cake then be upfront with them about your exact budget when you talk about the cake you would like. This’ll help them use their professional expertise to come up with ideas and sketches of what you can realistically be achieved with the budget you have available. Be prepared to compromise if your budget is very tight and you’ve set your heart on an elaborate cake.

Wedding Cake – Birthday Cake Decorations

cake candlesWe have just added a fantastic new range of cake decorating essentials for birthday cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes and wedding favours. If you are creating a summer wedding cake or birthday cake check out our new cake decorating products available from our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Shop, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands.

 

So here is some of our top sugesstions for you to stock up on, if you are creating a wedding cake, birthday cake or wedding favours this summer.

 

Our selection of birthday cake candles, decorations and equipment are the perfect way to bring fun and colour to birthday cakes and cupcakes this summer. From Happy Birthday cake candles to bright colourful cake candles we have all sorts of birthday cake candles and sparklers to really brighten up your special birthday cake design.

 

From beautiful sugar roses to delicate edible lace, our colourful wedding cake decorations are perfect for accentuating summer wedding cakes, cupcakes and wedding cake favours.

 

We also have a brand new range of JEM Pop It Moulds available, with new designs to suit a variety of occasions including a train set, animal paws and a cute gingerbread man. Stock up on these great new additions today to create perfect easy cake decorations for any birthday cake, christening cake or wedding cake.

 

Brighten up your baking this summer with our vibrant cake decorations and food colourings! Our colourful complete range of concentrated food colours is a great way to add a quick and easy burst of colour to your summer cake creations. If you are creating a unicorn birthday cake or a rainbow cake our food colours are perfect for creating those bright and vibrant colours.

How To Stack A Wedding Cake

stacked-wedding-cakeHow to Build a Stacked Wedding Cake

 

A stacked wedding cake or birthday cake is a cake design where the cakes are positioned directly on top of each other, as opposed to using pillars or separators for supporting each tier. For any multi tiered cake, whether it is a wedding cake or celebration cake, this is a very popular method and design in creating a tiered cake.

 

 

For a sponge cake which is usually iced only, a board just slightly larger  would be used for the base of the cake.  This may however vary if your side or base decoration requires boards of a larger size, for example if you are adding sugarflower cake decorations around the base of the bottom tier.

 

If cakes are stacked a cake drum board is used at the base and usually each tier stacked on top of the base cake sits on either a thinner cake board or a thicker cake drum board which is the same size as the cake so that it is hidden when iced.

 

Choose a suitable size when making novelty bespoke wedding cakes, as there may be protruding ‘bits’ or inscriptions on the board which will require extra board space. There are many shapes of boards for this type of cake you can choose or you can maske your own and simple cover the cake board with silver cake foil paper.

 

Stacking your cake

 

Ice all the cakes and check they are level. (A small spirit level is useful for this purpose). Check that they have a neat finish around the base. Leave to set. The base cake is usually placed on the base board, with all  cakes on a cake board the same size as the cake.

 

Insert cake dowel rods, making sure they are positioned within the diameter of the cake above, but far enough apart to give support.  After placing the dowel into the iced cake, mark with a cake pen level with the surface of the cake, and remove. Cut the dowels ensuring they are all level and the same length, replace into cake.

 

Place a tiered cake (usually centrally, but may be offset) onto base cake, fixing with royal icing. Continue stacking in this way for multiple tiers.

 

What cake box should I use to transport the cake?

 

We stock a range of cake boxes at our Sugarbliss Cake Decorating Supplies Shop, Soliohull, West Midlands. We also stock cake box extensions for taller or tiered cakes.

 

A 4 tier cake can be partly stacked i.e. 2 tiers and 2 tiers for stability or individually for boxed for complete safety.

 

It is also easier to carry if each tier is separately placed in a suitable cake box especially if each cake has detailed design work such as, lace or piping work around the wedding cake.

 

 

 

Fresh Flowers And Wedding Cakes

fresh flower wedding cakeAt Sugarbliss Cake Company we regularly design wedding cakes to include fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are often used decorate wedding cakes and birthday cakes.  They can add a fresh and vibrant look to the cake, making it a focal point at any celebration.

 

There is one very important factor to consider if you wish to use fresh flowers – are they suitable?  Many are poisonous therefore must NOT be used directly on a cake.  Always check with a florist or other reliable source before going ahead.  A few of the more popular poisonous flowers are arum (calla) lilies, asparagus fern, bluebell, ivy, heelebore, iris and tulip.

 

Here are a few tips for using fresh flowers –

 

Check lists of edible non toxic flowers on the internet or consult with a florist.  Among the most popular edible flowers for cakes are roses, lavender, primroses, pansies, violets, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and hibiscus.

 

Check how they are grown.  The use of pesticides on many flowers makes them unsuitable for cakes.  They must have been grown organically, or come from a known source eg. home or farm grown with no pesticides or other chemicals being used.

 

Choose flowers to match the theme of the wedding or celebration.  If for a wedding this will be discussed with the bride well in advance!

 

Ways to use flowers on cakes –

 

Whole in arrangements, or wired and taped into a spray.   May be used as a divider between tiers – very popular for wedding cakes.

 

Use just the petals sprinkled around and over the cake (rose petals are popular).

 

Crystallised – a form of flower preservation for cakes and cupcakes (primroses and violets are popular in Spring).  Simply coat in egg white, dip in caster sugar and dry for several hours!

 

Place a barrier between the cake and flowers if possible, such as clear cellophane.

 

Wash gently, if possible before use under a slow running cold water tap.  This will ensure that any stray bugs, dirt etc will be removed.

 

Inserting stems into cakes – do not insert directly into a cake.  Place stems into plastic posy picks as a barrier between cake and stems.  Posy picks are available in many different sizes and are available from our cake decorating supplies shop, Solihull.

 

Add flowers as late as possible before the wedding or celebration commences to prevent wilting.  This can happen in hot weather, and if the flowers are directly on moist buttercream.

 

Fresh flowers are ideal for this style of cake, as they can be ‘squeezed’ into place with no gaps showing.  Sugar flowers are obviously delicate and cannot be manoeuvred like fresh flowers.

 

A standard size gap between the tiers is usually 1 ½” to 2”.  However this may vary depending on the flowers you are using.

 

How do you create the gap?

 

Polystyrene separators, round and square, 2″ deep are available, and are a perfect lightweight option for this job.  They come in many sizes and will spread the weight of the cake evenly, which ensures the assembled cake is stable.  A thin single or double thick cake card / board the same size as the separator should be placed underneath.  This will support the dowels.

 

Hidden or hollow pillars which fit down into the cake and may be cut to fit the height of the cake and gap required.  This option combines dowelling and separating the cakes all in one!

 

Ideal separator sizes for a wedding cake with 6” 8” 10” (12”) tiers would be 4” and 6”( 8”).  This will create sufficient room for the flowers and stems to be arranged around the separators.

Simple Wedding Cakes

Simple Wedding Cake

 

Our Sugarbliss Simple Wedding Cakes are a fantastic collection of beautifully and simply designed wedding cakes which look absolutely stunning at any wedding reception. With a collection of over 15 designs to choose from, our simple wedding cake collection can be altered to match your wedding colours or decor.

 

Cake Flavours

 

You can also choose different flavours for each tier which are all freshly baked from the finest ingredients in our very own Sugarbliss ‘Cakery’. With over 30 plus flavours to choose from you do not have to keep to the traditional fruit cake but can choose from a range of delicious flavours to suite  from we also specialise in dietary cakes including our reknowned eggless, gluten free and vegan cake flavours. At sugarbliss Cake Company we are sure you will find the perfect cake design and flavour for your wedding cake. If your wedding is an informal or intimate occasion our simple wedding cake collection could be the perfect choice for you.

 

Wedding Cake toppers

 

One of the easiest ways to give any wedding cake an extra special touch is to use a cake topper that reflects the wedding theme and personalities of the couple. Cake toppers have come a long way from the days of a simple plastic model of the couple – today there’s an array of styles to choose from whether you are looking for figurines, wording, sparkling diamante hearts or simple sugar flowers.

 

Wedding Cake Flavours

Wedding Cake Flavours

We have a great selection of over 50 cake flavours to choose from and although fruit cake may be the traditional flavour for wedding cakes we offer a whole range of delicious cake flavours which are freshly baked in our bakery for the modern bride to choose from.

 

Wedding cake designs don’t just stop at the decorations and choosing a different delicious cake flavour to compliment your wedding cake design is as important.

 

You can decide on a different flavour for each tier which will create all sorts of contrasting flavours with a combination of inventive fillings to really surprise your guests, once the cake is cut.

 

Have a look at some of our most popular flavours to help you choose the perfect wedding cake design.
Fruit cake: A must-have flavour for the traditional bride. Fruit cake goes a long way and with a very generous shelf life, making it a great choice for preservation or sending pieces to those that couldn’t attend the day. Traditionally, the bottom layer of a wedding cake was cut at the wedding, with the middle tier being served to guests and the top tier being kept for the christening of the couple’s first baby.

 

Chocolate: A perfect choice for chocoholics and a guaranteed hit with most of your guests. Chocolate cake can vary in richness and works well with an endless list of fillings. Put a unique spin on this classic flavour with different filling such as mint or really treat your guests with a chocolate fudge filling.

 

Vanilla:  This classic sponge wedding cake flavour remains the most popular flavour for our wedding cakes and will be popular with your younger and older guests. Vanilla makes a great base for just about any flavour and can be combined with a wide selection of different fillings.

 

Red velvet: This ever popular silky smooth cake flavour is irresistible as it not only looks great but tastes amazing. Hide underneath white icing for a surprise colour when the cake is cut or make a real statement with a red velvet naked wedding cake.

 

White Chocolate with Raspberry: This winning combination is perfect  for those looking for a flavour with a difference. The sweet white chocolate really comes to life when paired with the fruitiness of the raspberry filling. Perfect for bringing something a little unique to your wedding cake.
Lemon: A great choice for summer cakes. As one of the most popular flavours you can guarantee lemon cake will go down well on your day.

 

Carrot: Carrot cake makes a brilliant alternative to more common flavours such as chocolate and fruit.  Carrot cake can be very moist, particularly when paired with buttercream, so it may not make a suitable bottom tier flavour choice.

 

Pink Champagne: Cake, bubbly and weddings are a matched made in heaven so it’s no surprise that pink champagne flavoured wedding cakes are increasing in demand this year. The pretty shade can be achieved using our pink Colour Splash food colouring gel too. Popular fillings for a champagne cake include rum flavoured custard, white chocolate or rich whipped cream.

 

Coconut and Lime: Channel the tropics with this surprisingly delicious flavour combination. Coconut has surged in popularity over recent years and the addition of tangy lime filling gives it that extra kick that guests will love.  This fun-filled flavour is perfect for summer weddings or tropical destination weddings.

 

Marble cake: Can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate? Who says you have to! The two popular flavours work incredibly well together to create an irresistible marble cake that is guaranteed to tantalise your guests’ tastebuds.

 

We also offer a range of delicious dietary cake flavours including our popular eggless wedding cake flavour, vegan wedding cake flavour, gluten free wedding cake flavour and our new sugarfree wedding cake flavour.

 

What flavours will you be trying out for your big day? Why not try one of our delicious wedding cake taster boxes.

Summer Wedding Cake – Wethele Manor

wedding-cakes-wethele-manorSummer wedding cake – Wethele Manor

 

We had a great day out at Wethele Manor, Warwickshire, today delivering one of our summer bespoke designed wedding cakes. Our stunning wedding cake looked superb  in the reception hall of Wethele manor. This wedding cake was created from our delicious chocolate, lemon and vanilla sponges baked in our very own cakery.

 

This wedding cake featured our new edible lace icing design and adorned in our beautiful, delicate handcrafted wedding cake sugar flowers.

 

Wethele Manor is situated in the very heart of Warwickshire; set amid rolling fields for as far as the eye can see, the perfect venue to showcase one of our new 2015 bespoke wedding cake designs.

 

We stock a wide range of wedding cake sugar flowers and wedding cake decorations, such as, bride and groom cake topper, cake ribbons and diamante cake pins. We also stock everything you need to create your very own magnificent wedding cake in our cake decorating shop or order from our cake decorating supplies online shop, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands.

 

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5 Tier Red And Gold Ruffles Wedding Cake

5-tier-red-gold-wedding-cakeOur 5 Tier Red And Gold Ruffles Wedding Cake looked absolutely stunning with the resplendent Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, in the background.

 

The individual red ruffles were tinted with edible gold and set between large red sugar flowers. The simple quilting and gold sugar pearls effect added to the elegance and decor of this beautiful wedding cake.

 

Each tier of this red and gold wedding cake had a different delicious flavour freshly baked in our cakery. With an additional 4 cutting cakes to complete this amazing Bollywood inspired wedding cake we are sure all the quests were able to enjoy our wonderful wedding cake.

 

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Mini 3 Tier Wedding Cakes

midsummer-dreamWe are really excited about our new mini wedding cake collection. Our mini wedding cakes are sized 4″, 6″ and 8″ serving approximately 70 portions. Our mini wedding cakes are ideally suited for smaller wedding receptions and are also available in 3″, 4″ and 5″ depth, although, a combination of depth really makes these wedding cakes elegant.

 

Our new coloured and patterned cake flavour designs are also available for our mini wedding cake collection. You can choose rainbow-cakefrom hearts, stars polka dot, just to name a few to our delicious mouth watering rainbow cake flavour design.

 

You can also choose different cake flavours for each tier and our mini wedding cake collection is available in our range of delicious cake flavours, as well as, our eggless and gluten free flavours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Edible Flower Cake Decorations

PM134BYWe have added a new range of edible cake decorations perfect for decorating cupcakes, celebration cakes and wedding cakes. Our sugar cake toppers are fun and easy to use. Decorate like a professional with our ready made sugar decorations.

 

Sometimes a new cake decorating product comes along which you just love!  We are really excited over our new range of flavoured icing sugars which are absolutely AMAZING!!!

 
flavoued-icing-sugarOur range of flavoured Icing Sugars are perfect and easy to create deliciously flavoured buttercream, fillings, cake mixes, fudge, creams, meringues, crumb coatings, custards, macarons, drizzles, royal icing and so much more!

 

Mix and match our flavours for an incredible mouth watering tastes which make your cakes and cupcakes stand out from the crowd. So make sure you add a couple to your next order and let us know what amazing combinations of tastes you have come up with.

 

This natural flavoured icing achieves consistent flavour every time and is a great cake decorating solution for those trying to produce mouth-watering cupcake decoration.

 

You’ll find the full range in our Specialist Sugars and Buttercream department . . .

 

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