Ask An Expert: Kerry Vincent

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What current trends do you see in wedding cake design?
Cupcake towers are a trendy, non-traditional cake option. They make a big statement and eliminate the need for a cake cutter. However, they are typically more expensive because each cupcake has to be made individually. In the end, most brides choose a traditional, stacked cake with some color. But be careful with color. Make sure that it is not too dark so that it stains teeth and clothing. And no matter what cake a bride chooses, it should complement the style of the wedding.

What decisions should a bride make before she meets with a baker?
First, a bride and groom should determine their budget, then the type of cake they want and their favorite flavors. The wedding is not the time to experiment with new flavors. They should choose a flavor they know that they like. Be careful about choosing anything with nuts. No bride wants her guests having allergy attacks. Safety is always the smart way to go. Sample cake flavors from a baker, and research cake icing options, such as rolled fondant, sugar paste and buttercream icing.

How early should a bride choose a baker?
Deciding on a wedding cake should be one of the first things a bride does, after picking a church and a dress. The more intricate a cake that a bride wants, the earlier she should pick her baker.

What is the biggest cake mistake you have seen brides commit?
Not making sure their baker is qualified. Brides should look at actual cakes the baker has made, not just pictures. Brides need to know that the baker is experienced, knowledgeable and reliable. There are a lot of copycat bakers who steal pictures of cakes and claim the cakes as their own creations. Make sure the baker is authentic.

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