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Ottawa wedding cake designers dish on top trends
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Published on: February 5, 2016 | Last Updated: February 5, 2016 1:06 PM EST
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Contrary to superstition, it’s doubtful that eating it confers either good luck or fertility. But there’s no questioning the starring role of the wedding cake at nuptial celebrations.
A kind of exclamation mark to the entire event, it’s lovingly selected — its design sometimes embodying the happy couple’s joint personality — oohed and ahhed over by guests, and finally cut and passed around, some slices destined for bridesmaids’ pillows.
So what are stylish newlyweds slicing into this year? The experts dish.
What’s trending and what’s not
“Brides are getting a little more gourmet,” says Kate Green of Ottawa’s Kate Green Cakes (kategreencakes.com). She says trending flavours include tiramisu and chocolate Grand Marnier, but that the bubble-gum colours predicted by some to be all the rage aren’t catching on in Ottawa.
Lovingly crafted individual cupcakes remain a popular alternative to cakes, adds Green.
According to Linda Bloomfield of Artistic Cake Design (artisticcakedesign.ca), elaborate garlands and miniature stairways and figurines have largely ceded ground to elegantly smooth fondant icing and clean, simple designs.
Vanilla, chocolate espresso, cherry, praline and ganache: you name it, it’s available. Ask about nut and gluten-free varieties.
What you’ll pay and how much to order
Scratch bakeries, which handcraft each cake from raw ingredients like real chocolate and cream, charge up to $1,000 for enough to serve 100 guests. “It’s an insanely laborious process,” says Linda Bartlett of The Girl with the Most Cake (thegirlwiththemostcake.com). She uses free-range eggs in her richly designed, often whimsical creations.
At Artistic Cake Design, a non-scratch cake for 50 to 100 guests runs around $375. “We start with a pound cake and add our magic,” says Bloomfield.
Your baker will advise you on size.
When to order
It depends on the bakery, with some requesting two months’ notice.
Candy bars have become a top trend during wedding receptions and for take-home treats. Offer your guests stylish bags or little boxes so they can make up their own colourful treat packages.