For anyone who has been at a wedding where Classic Cakes of Carmel has made the wedding cake, I’m sure you can attest to the delicious harmony of flavors that hit your pallet when you take a bite of one of their cakes! It is for that reason that I chose them to answer all the questions about your wedding cake needs and to see what they think about where the trends are heading for 2016! Read below for their answers!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got in the business of cakes!:
I grew up very interested in wedding cakes. We had a family friend that made gorgeous wedding cakes. She did all the cakes for the weddings at the church I grew up at in Illinois. I had an older sister that took a cake decorating class and she had all the tools at home, so I picked up a book, played with the decorating tools and my interest bloomed when I was in high school. I used any birthday or holiday as an excuse to make a cake. Then when my sister got married in 1972, she and I made her wedding cake. A couple of years later, two of my friends were getting married and asked me to do their wedding cakes……and I was hooked.
I taught elementary school for several years and decorated birthday, shower, and wedding cakes for friends and made my own wedding cake. I stayed at home with my sons when they came along and after they started school I worked for a couple of different cake shops. In 1995, I opened my own store.
I’ve been seeing a lot of cakes other than traditional wedding cakes – what are some different ideas you’ve seen that have shocked you?
We are a custom cake shop so we can do about anything. When a couple comes in and wants a unique cake, we try to get some ideas from them of what they are thinking, then one of our designers comes up with a sketch for them. One of our more unusual wedding cakes was a dump truck. They were both dump truck drivers, it was their second wedding, and they wanted to have a little fun. When I asked them who should be in the driver’s seat, the bride said, “Me!”
What do you think a big trend will be for desserts in 2016?
Metallic colors such as gold, silver, rose gold, and copper are popular in cakes right now. Rose gold seems to be trending big for 2016. We are hearing the colors cream, blush, champagne, gold and rose gold often.
When a bride comes to you and says she wants something unique/different, what do you tell them?
We only do cakes at our shop, we are not a full line bakery, so we only sell cakes and cupcakes. Cupcakes has been a big trend that is still happening. Those brides often purchase a one or two tier cake for cutting and saving, then serve the guests cupcakes. I still think a wedding cake makes a more impressive statement.
What is important when choosing a bakery for your wedding?
Check with your venues, photographers, florists, and DJ’s. They all have experience with cake vendors and make sure the vendor you want is reputable and reliable. When choosing a bakery for a wedding cake, it is important to check out the taste of the cake and icing and make sure it satisfies you. Then look at pictures of things they have done. Make sure their designers are able to do the design you want. Let them know your budget if that is a concern and ask them what they would recommend to help you get what you need in the price range you need. There are many options available. Your cake person should be a source of help in the design and cost elements of your day.
What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?
Gone are the days of just white and chocolate cakes. While those flavors are very popular, there are many other flavors available. Some brides like offering a more dessert like flavor such as almond pound cake with truffle filling, pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling, raspberry sour cream, or pistachio cake. After white and chocolate cake, our almond pound cake and raspberry sour cream cake are the most popular with our customers. Be aware that specialty flavors and fillings generally cost a little more
Anything else you want people to know about regarding their wedding day desserts?
The busy wedding months are April through November, with May, June, September, and October being the peak times. For peak times, it is good to book ones bakery about six months in advance if possible. Always call and check availability for your date, then schedule a free tasting and consultation.
The cake shows on television and Pinterest have educated the public that there are many many choices in cake design today. Many of these cakes require custom work. Be prepared to pay more for custom work beyond what is charged for icing designs. Ask your designer if there is something in icing that could maybe be substituted and still achieve the look you want if budget becomes an issue.
Now that I am fully salivating and dreaming about cake, I suppose this is a good place to end! Thank you Classic Cakes for participating in our Indianapolis Wedding Vendor Series! -Abby