Today, Denice Criswell Pittman, a Wilton Method course instructor, shares her expertise on wedding cakes! Who doesn’t love wedding cake? Read below for the answers she provided brides-to-be as they plan their big day. Denice teaches Wilton Method courses at Michaels in Montgomery, Alabama, and she also makes cakes for clients. Her contact information is provided at the end of the questions and answers.
Fondant Covered Groom’s Cake
Shower Cake: Buttercream and Fondant combination
Buttercream: Bun (Look how smooth it is!)
Fondant: Sesame Seeds, Cheese, Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, and Meat
1. What should a bride consider when deciding whether to order a wedding cake with either fondant or buttercream icing, two very common types of icing used on wedding cakes?
Most brides choose cakes covered in fondant because they want a cake that is smooth and seamless. Something to keep in mind, especially if the bride is on a budget, is that cakes covered in fondant cost more per serving, typically adding at least $1.00 and up per serving. Experienced decorators can achieve a smooth and seamless finish with buttercream icing, so the cake will look as smooth as a fondant covered cake even though it is covered in buttercream.
2. How should a bride choose her wedding cake design? Are any flavors, colors, or shapes taboo?
A bride should consider the style of her wedding as well as her own personal style. The cakes are the main focus of the reception, so the bride should make sure she is choosing a decorator that is professional who will create her cake and take pride in it as if it was her own wedding cake!
3. Do real flowers or flowers made out of icing/gum paste hold up better on a wedding cake, or does the type of flower really matter?
The type of flowers doesn’t really matter as far as holding up better on a cake. I personally like to have as many things as possible be completely edible on the cake. Flowers that are quite life-like can be created out of gum paste and fondant.
4. How does a bride plan the size cake she will order?
The amount of cake should serve slightly less than the amount of guests expected to attend the wedding. Not all guests will attend the reception, and some will not eat any cake. The reason I say that is to avoid the expense of excessive cake that will be left over or that will be wasted.
5. Do you have any advice for selecting a groom’s cake? Should the cake compliment the wedding cake, or can it be completely different?
The groom’s cake doesn’t have to complement the bride’s cake. The style of the groom’s cake typically reflects the groom’s hobbies or interests. Traditionally the groom’s cake has been chocolate cake with chocolate icing, but that isn’t always the case now. Many times it is the groom’s favorite flavor of cake and icing.
6. What is your favorite wedding cake or groom’s cake?
That is an easy one: chocolate is my favorite for any dessert! The icing is my favorite part of the cake. I tell people I like a little bit of cake with my icing! As far as style, I love to create cakes that are “outside the box.” Cakes that are non-traditional and whimsical are the most exciting, and I love a challenge!
7. Is there any wedding cake trivia, or cake trivia in general, you can share with us?
Many years ago guests brought cakes to the wedding and placed them across a table. The bride and groom then attempted to kiss one another across the table, above all of the cakes. One day, a baker decided to put all the cakes together and cover them in frosting. This is how the traditional, tiered wedding cake began!
Mini-biography of Denice:
In 2008, I decided to take cake decorating classes at Michaels in Montgomery, Alabama, to learn how to decorate the cakes I was making for my “4 legged” children. After taking the very first class, I was completely hooked on cake decorating!!!!!! God used my desired to decorate better cakes for my “4 legged” children to show me the new gift and talent He was ready to give to me. Believe me, I had no desire to be a cake decorator, but boy did that change in an instant!!!!!!!! I could not get enough of this new hobby I had! Well, little did I know that God had better plans for me than it just being a hobby! In May of 2011, I became a Wilton Method cake decorating instructor taking over teaching the classes when my instructor was retiring from teaching. I really didn’t see that coming! I love to share my knowledge of cake decorating with others!!!! God has opened so many “doors” and “windows” for me, and I am so thankful to Him for giving me the new gift that He has entrusted me with! I can’t wait to see what paths He has planned for me! Always listen to those “whispers of God;” you never know what He has in store for you!
Denice Criswell Pittman