5 top tips on buying a wedding cake – By Fun Cakes

Organising a wedding is a very exciting  time, but it can also be a little bit stressful! So, try and remove some of the stress by following some simple advice. We have outlined 5 practical tips to help you buy your wedding cake……

Decide on how many you need to feed – this will help in the cake design

If you are only planing a small wedding with perhaps 30 guests, you may not need a 5 tier wedding cake, so sometimes the amount of guests you are intending to feed can lead to some natural choices about the size (and how many tiers) of the cake you might need. It is also important to think about when you are serving the cake, will it be as a dessert, or simply a slice for every guest – this will also be a consideration in the size of the cake, if serving as a dessert, the cake may need to be bigger.

Decide on a style you like

A wedding cake is a very personal choice, you can get lots of ideas from the internet, simply typing in “wedding cakes” into a search engine and then looking at the images is a great place to start, you will quickly find designs that you like, (and ones you don’t). Once you have a rough idea of the style, print out the images you like and take them to your cake maker.

Sit down and speak to your cake maker – discuss what you would like

After you have your images, your cake maker will be able to run through all the details with you, advising on the flavours available, portion sizing, height of cake and discussing any delivery issues – it is generally a good idea to find a cake make local to the venue (usually within approx 40 miles). Some multi tiered wedding cakes can be difficult to transport, so the less distance they need to travel the better!

Decide on your budget, and stick to it.

If you have a budget in mind, I would always let your cake maker know this in advance, wedding cakes can vary in price dramatically depending on lots of factors, so if you have a figure in mind, let people know before hand. It will ensure that you and your cake maker remain focused on designing the cake you like for the budget you have. It is very easy to get tempted to design a large extravagant cake that you then find you don’t have the budget for.

Order Early – many wedding cake makers can be booked up a year in advance

Most wedding cake makers will only make one wedding cake per weekend, mainly due to the time it takes to create a wedding cake. Adding all the details that the bride and groom desire, and simply not wanting to be distracted with anything else, when working on these very important cakes, all takes a lot of time. So, it is always advisable to speak to your cake maker as soon as you can, at least to get them booked in for your big day. The designs can often change up to a month or so before hand, but only if this is the only cake that the cake maker is making for your special day.

To get you started with some inspiration, here are a few of my favourite wedding cakes.

 

For more information, please see the Fun Cakes wedding cake buying guide , or take a look at some more wedding cake designs on the wedding cake page on my website, or contact Fun Cakes to arrange a wedding consultation.

 

3 tier animal jungle

Christening Cakes

Traditional or novelty christening cake? That is the question that most parents seem to be asking themselves at the moment, the answer I am hearing more often is novelty. There seems to be a trend for most parents to desire a christening cake that reflects the emerging character of their child, the cakes being selected most often are based around a child’s favorite toy, TV program or the wall paper theme in their bedroom! Parents also seem to be choosing a main cake (mainly for the adults at the celebration, and then matching cupcakes that can be given to any children attending the christening, this is a great idea and makes everyone feel special. Here is a selection of some of my favorite christening cakes that I have recently made, you can find a lot more ideas for inspiration on my christening cakes page on the website.

For more ideas, take a look at my Christening Cakes page on the website

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A selection of my favorite cakes, so far this year……

Its been a very busy 2015, lots of cakes covering birthdays, wedding engagements, anniversary and helping to celebrate special corporate occasions. Here are a selection of some of the highlights so far in 2015. Plenty more cakes over on Fun Cakes website: Wedding Cakes, boys birthday cakes, girls birthday cakes

New Funcakes website!

I now have a new “mobile friendly” website! I have redesigned the whole site, but hopefully it still focuses on the photos of the cakes. It should be much easy to read on mobiles and tablets, whilst maintaining the desktop experience (or so I am told!) Any thoughts? These are some of the pages:

www.funcakes.co.uk

Birthday cakes

Boys Birthday Cakes

Childrens birthday cakes

Girls Birthday cakes

Numbered birthday cakes

Novelty Cakes

Wedding Cakes

Christening cakes

Sports cakes

Any thoughts? Please let me know what you think: (Good or bad!)

A cake to help celebrate 175 years at Cunard!

This week the 3 queens of Cunard will be sailing into their home port of Southampton, to help celebrate 175 years of Cunard. You can find details of the sailing at http://goo.gl/xnDY44

There are lots of events planned, and I was honored to be asked to create a cake to start the celebrations with the opening of a new art exhibition at Southampton’s Art Gallery, Cunard’s Director of Marketing, and the mayor of Southampton cut the cake:

cunard tweet

https://goo.gl/3qC7bC

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Great cakes over the last few months (up to March 2015)

Just a few of the cakes from the last few months, I have uploaded a lot more on my Flickr Channel: https://www.flickr.com/photos/funcakes2/

Even more to see in the Birthday Cakes section of my website

Ninja Turtle

Ninja Turtle cake

2 tier star wars

2 tier star wars

2 tier Nemo

2 tier Nemo birthday cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 tier Disney Frozen

3 tier Disney Frozen

Casino wedding cake

Casino wedding cake

2 tier princess

2 tier princess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adidas Trainers cake

Adidas Trainers

skittles cake

skittles

Hobbit cake

Hobbit cake

 

 

 

 

 

Iron Man

Iron Man

poppy christening

poppy christening cake

Sea Creatures

Sea Creatures cake

Top Cakes from April and May

It has been a very busy couple of months, lots of wedding cakes and special birthday cakes! Here are a few of my favorites…If you would like a birthday cake in the Southampton or Portsmouth area, please contact me at fi@funcakes.co.uk – always advisable to book in advance, during some periods I can be booked up around 6 weeks in advance.

 

Superheros purple wedding cake Postman Pat and Van Cycling Cake 50 Casino Cake Wedding Cake Family Wedding Cake Hamburger Cake Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake Ghostbusters Cake Boat wedding cake 21 allo allo

Baby Shower Cake – Brilliant Idea!

One of my customers requested a great cake this month (February 2014). It was a for a baby shower, but the parents didn’t want to know the sex of the baby….until they cut into the cake – pink sponge for a girl, or blue sponge for a boy! Penny (the mum to be) went for her scan and asked the nurse to write down the sex of the baby and seal it in an envelope, Penny then gave me the sealed envelope. I then opened the envelope, noted down the sex, resealed it and handed it back. I created the cake, in the desired decoration with the wording of “He? She? Open to See!” and coloured the sponge in the appropriate colour.

The family then gathered at the baby shower, and excitedly cut the cake! 

If you are wondering,……it was pink for a baby girl! (Congratulations Penny!)

This is such a great idea, and this is what the cake looked like. For more cakes related to christening/baby showers see the christening cakes page

Baby shower cake

Boy or a girl?

Baby shower cake - its a girl!

Baby shower cake – its a girl!

Baby shower cake - cutting the cake

Baby shower cake – cutting the cake