I know when I was planning my wedding, this was my favorite part of the planning. Particularly the taste samples... However, it's one thing to make a cake that is delicious. It's quite another to make it into a veritable work of art. Raleigh wedding cake bakeries offer a wide range of choices to potential customers in this regard. Some of the bakers around town are simply amazing in their creations of both astoundingly beautiful and delicious confectionery delights. We'll help you decide here about which type of cake and bakery will be the best choice for you.
Typically, taste is a matter of preference. But, if you were to ask a group of people which tastes better out of a buttercream and a fondant type frosting, the vast majority would probably prefer the buttercream. We'll outline the pros and cons for you right here...
Fondant. Ahhh Fondant. If you're going for a very elaborate cake design, chances are good that you're going to have to go with Fondant. It has a much smoother and thicker structure, and allows for much more forming. However, many people aren't as keen on the taste. More sugary and less creamy than it's buttery based competitor, a lot of folks find that the taste of Fondant just doesn't cut it when it comes to their cake. Based on our research and experience, we recommend Fondant if you happen to be having an outdoor wedding in the summertime... Or, are really partial to the ornate designs some of the local Raleigh artisans are capable of. In the end, it's a matter of taste and preference.
Buttercream frosting is a much lighter accompaniment to your wedding cake, and will yield a softer more balanced taste overall. However, the designs, while still capable of being quite beautiful, are not always the picture of perfection that the fondant designs are generally known for. This is no fault of the baker, and simply a characteristic of the less form-able frosting. If your cake is going to be exposed to a higher level of heat for an extended period of time... You might find that buttercream frosting will not hold up to this task. But if you prefer the taste, this is the only case we'd advise against a full buttercream styled cake.
There are compromises available too. A lot of bakers will put a base of buttercream with a fondant overlay. In other methodology, they'll just use the fondant for the special affects like floral or ribbon type designs. In the end, it will be up to you and what you figure out with your baker of choice!
Once you figure out what you're looking for design-wise... It's time to find the perfect bakery to make your cake dreams a reality! We recommend bringing in some images of cakes you're looking to have your baker emulate. Or, you can go through the materials they have to see if they have done anything that meets your vision. One thing I highly recommend is to make sure you check out reviews for your baker of choice. You want to be sure that the person you're hiring for this big day is reliable and trustworthy. I can tell at least one horror story of a baker who didn't deliver, and the bride was stuck getting a sheet cake from a local supermarket... Don't let that be you! Whatever choices you make you want to ensure you have a high comfort level with your choice.