Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

RI Wedding Cakes

Next to the bride and groom, the wedding cake is the showpiece for the wedding. Although most wedding cakes still have white frosting, the actual flavors and shapes vary greatly. Just about any flavor cake may be used to make a wedding cake, whether it's carrot, chocolate or lemon.

The traditional wedding cake is round and consists of three tiers, which may be set on top of each other or may be separated by columns. Some bakers can prepare wedding cakes in special shapes, such as squares, rectangles, octagons - some even shaped as a gift box! Or how about cupcakes layered into the shape of a cake? The possibilities are endless. If you're looking for a unique and special shape for your cake, verify that the baker has done something like this before and be sure to view his portfolio.


RI wedding cakes
Cake by The Artisan Bake Shop

Cake decorations may consist of fresh flowers or greenery, ribbons, edible leaves, flowers shaped from icing or molded sugar decorations. Remember the cost of the cake largely depends on the labor required, so the more elaborate the decorations, the costlier the cake. You may also elect to use a cake topper. Traditionally the cake topper was a bride and groom figurine, but there are many other options today.

Cutting the Cake Tip:
Discuss the cake cutting/feeding of the cake: what is acceptable and what is not. Consider the Bridal Gown and Tux, Make-up, family and guests sitting within "throwing" range. If cake is smeared or thrown, servers need to clean it up which will delay your meal being served promptly.

Selecting a Wedding Cake Baker
Once again, check with friends for recommendations. When you visit a baker, be sure to taste test the type of cake you are interested in. The baker should have pictures of some of the cakes they have done so that you may select a style you like. Also check with your RI wedding caterer - many will also provide this service or can arrange it for you along with your wedding menu.

If you'd like to save the top layer for your first anniversary, be sure to let the baker know this up front. Since a frozen cake may not be tasty, many couples have the baker prepare a fresh cake on their first anniversary.

Questions to Ask a Baker
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  • How long have you been baking wedding cakes?
  • May I see photos/portfolio of cakes you have done?
  • Do you create custom cakes or are there set designs to choose from?
  • Do you have a specialty cake?
  • When will the cake be made? (often it can take a 3-5 days to prepare a cake depending on how elaborate the design).
  • Will the cake be fresh or frozen ahead of time?
  • Where will the cake be assembled?
  • What flavors do you offer?
  • What fillings do you offer?
  • How do you charge (by the slice?) and what are the fees involved?
  • How will the cake be delivered? Is there an extra fee?
  • Do you rent accessories, such as knife/server, topper, fountain, stands, etc)? Fees involved?
  • Do you offer fresh flowers for the topper? If yes, do you provide flowers or do I need to coordinate with my florist?
  • Do you have taste-testing appointments? When may I taste the flavors you offer?
  • Do you have references?
  • When is the deposit due? Balance due?

View our gallery of wedding cup cakes

Have one you'd like to share? Email news@riweddingguide.com the image, baker and photographer (if applicable).

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