Yum! Soon-to-be Mr. Dear LC and I had our cake tasting on Wednesday at Sweet in Worcester and it was de-li-cious! Owner and chef Alina Eisenhauer is a genius – a Sweet Genius in fact! She competed and won on the Food Network’s tasty hit Sweet Genius!
I’ve been a fan of Sweet since they opened the dessert bar in 2009 so I’m familiar with Alina’s culinary skills…probably a little too familiar…her french doughnuts…seriously? Yum! But back to the wedding cake. When we arrived we were given the sampler above to taste and try different flavor combinations. Red velvet with coconut buttercream, chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling…we practically licked the plate clean! Everything was so delicious that we had trouble deciding on which flavor combinations were our favorites! But we were able to come up with some preliminary choices, although I think I’m already changing one! Ha!
Once we had a few minutes alone with the cake chef Andrea spoke with us about the style of cake we were looking for and I showed her some photos of cakes we liked. Even through my sugar coma I was starting to get excited! This has definitely been one of the best parts of wedding planning so far! If all of our decisions were served with a side of cake, I don’t think either of us would complain.
To help all of you prepare for such a sweet decision here are a few tips to get you ready!
Tips for Attending Your Wedding Cake Tasting
1. Do your research. Talk to friends, read reviews, ask for recommendations from your other wedding vendors. I’ve only been to one wedding with a terrible cake…but you better believe that I remember who the vendor was and I was able to scratch them off my list immediately. Don’t waste your time with sub-par vendors.
2. Bring any photos and/or inspiration items with you. Pastry chefs and cake designers are artists and will be able to draw inspiration and better understand the look you’re going for if you provide them with a little guidance. Anything from a swatch of your bridesmaids dress fabric to your wedding invitations can be a starting point.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is likely the first cake tasting you’ve ever gone to but the chefs do this all the time and are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns.
4. Know your budget. Wedding cake is usually priced per slice and can run anywhere from $3-$5+ per slice. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend is important.
5. If you don’t love the cake, your guests probably won’t either. Move on. I go to several weddings each year and I remember the cakes I loved and the cakes I didn’t. Luckily the “love” list is much, much longer. People don’t always remember every detail from a wedding but they usually remember if the food was good or not. Don’t let bad cake be the memory your guests have of your big day.