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Let Them Eat Cake!

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something—scrumptious?

Article by Julia Ann Bennett

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

SMALL WEDDING CAKES

Small wedding cakes can certainly make a grand statement if towering tiers and extravagant sugar flowers aren't your thing. Plenty of couples (and their caterers) find inventive ways to make small wedding cakes stand out. Photo: Leslie Charles Events

CLASSIC WEDDING CAKE

If you're a classic bride looking for classic elements, these are the wedding cakes for you. Be it a white cake or a piped cake, these cakes give a grand feeling to your reception.

FRESH FLOWERS

If you can’t get enough fresh flowers, you may want to have this style wedding cake. These cakes are usually tall, multi-tiered cakes with cascading flowers. Photo: Cakes by Blythe

When it comes to “I do,” it’s difficult to imagine a wedding reception without a sweet dessert to commemorate the celebration. According to Leslie Charles, the owner of Leslie Charles Events, the reason most couples still choose to serve cake at their reception is due to tradition.

“The traditional cakes I used to make when I first started baking 40 years ago were meant to feed all 300 people at the wedding,” Charles said. “I think the tradition is moving from that, but most couples still feel they should have at least a small cake."

Bakers from across Boise agree that the first few steps a couple should take when ordering their wedding cake is to consider their wedding size and venue, their favorite flavors, and their own personal style.

"By the time a couple is looking for a wedding cake, they usually have a pretty good sense of how they’re envisioning their wedding," said Blythe Forman, owner of Cakes by Blythe, "so I encourage them to look at many photos to figure out what they want so they can find a baker who is the perfect match."

The average cost of a wedding cake in the Treasure Valley is $2.50 to $5 per serving. The cost of the cake can be affected by flavor, the intricacy of design, type of frosting, ingredients, customizations, delivery fees, and the time the baker puts into making the cake.

If you plan to get married at the height of the wedding season, the sooner you order your cake, the better. Boise-area bakers recommend ordering your cake at least six months in advance, and some take orders up to a year in advance.

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