FAQs and expert advice about cakes

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhampshiredorset.wedding


Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

Q. How can we make sure our wedding cake looks and tastes great and complements our autumn theme too?

A. Suzanne Glew says: Suzanne says: With weddings getting back to normal, big cakes are returning! Naked and semi-naked creations are a popular option and can be tailored to reflect the time of year using different types of seasonal fruits and flowers. Ivy or fern decorations and earthy colours like orange, brown and yellow add an extra autumnal feel. 

Cakes made to look like log slices are another favourite, decorated with autumnal leaves, fir and pine cones, forest animal designs or flowers. Couples often like to have their initials or names added to look like a carving on a tree trunk, which adds a lovely personal touch. 

As for the taste, classic vanilla is always a winner, along with lemon or salted caramel. Fruit cakes with a twist, including papaya, mango or pineapple pieces is another way to add flavour and pops of autumnal colours to surprise your guests when the cake is cut.

Suzanne Glew, Ditsy's Cakes


Cake creations

Cake creations

Q. We're great cake lovers and want a showstopper for our wedding that's right on trend. What would you suggest?

A. Helen Jalim says: Helen says: Large three- or four-tier cakes are still the most popular choice, however if you're having a more intimate wedding, two tiers can look just as fabulous dressed using a mix of beautiful sugar flowers and natural dried ones to add height. Other key trends include:

- Pretty florals using stunning dried, edible and handmade sugar flowers are very popular. I absolutely love creating sugar flowers as they are the perfect addition to a beautiful cake. Team them with a little pampas or dried bunny tail grass for a stunning design that your guests will be swooning over.

- Decorative details such as marbling with metallics and different textures like ruffles are also a big talking point and will make your cake stand out. Alternatively opt for a clean simple style using pretty green foliage for a minimalist look. Semi naked and buttercream creations remain popular and are great for a beautiful rustic theme.

- Bold colours can look dramatic and create a real talking point. Black is incredibly striking dressed with the right flowers and you'll certainly wow your guests with deep rich hues teamed with stunning florals.

- Display your wedding cake perfectly on a pedestal cake stand, raising it up high for all to see. Make it a real focal point by creating a whole table with matching mini cakes and beautifully iced biscuits for all your guests to enjoy.

Helen Jalim, Helen Jane Cake Design


Great cake expectations

Great cake expectations

Q. We love cake but can't agree on what to have for our wedding because there's so much choice. Any ideas to help us decide?

A. Alexandra Bishop says: Alexandra says: Despite being one of the oldest wedding traditions, cakes for the big day have changed dramatically over the years and continue to evolve. Trends vary from year to year, which is exciting for us. Every couple has their own concept and ideas and we have the honour of bringing them to life. Here are a few of the trends currently causing a stir to help inspire you.

- Rather than a traditional tiered creation, there's a move towards having a range of sweet treats instead. We've been creating towers of brownies, doughnuts and even individual cheesecakes. This is a fantastic way of making the cake more accessible to guests, as they can help themselves, with no waiting for the cake to be cut. Plus, who doesn't want to be dancing the night away, doughnut in hand!

- Naked cakes remain popular and I reckon they're here to stay, along with buttercream designs. Many people are looking for alternatives to the usual icings and are choosing softer gooier options. Influenced by dwindling love for traditional fruitcake, couples want their guests to be really excited to eat their cake. Decorations have become lighter too, with the use of fresh ingredients proving increasingly popular. I mean who doesn't want to eat a cake covered in delicious fresh berries! To add to the more relaxed look, fresh flowers, rather than sugar ones, are a popular choice. This is a great way for couples to tie in other elements by incorporating blooms used for the wedding flowers.

- Dramatic illusion cakes are a hot trend for next year and beyond. Made to look as though they're floating, or with clear boxes used to separate the tiers, they're a real statement piece and fantastic talking point. It's also a great way to add height, without the need for too much cake. We have some fantastic new designs in mind using these techniques and can't wait to showcase them in the coming months.

Alexandra Bishop, The Pastry Corner