Choosing to have a smaller guest list at your wedding never means that you have to compromise on style – and this is especially true when it comes to choosing your small wedding cake.
Bigger isn’t always better and when it comes to wedding cakes, small doesn’t mean you can’t have a showstopper! From vibrant fresh flowers to decadent gold leaf, the decoration can create a real wow factor, so if you’ve always had your heart set on having a spectacular wedding cake, then there is no reason why this shouldn’t be a part of your small wedding.
Sarah from The Cornish Cakery is our go-to baking Queen when it comes to perfectly petite wedding cakes, and has worked with us on a number of beautiful Treseren weddings. We caught up with her to find out a little bit more about her business and get some expert advice on choosing your small but fabulous wedding cake.
How long have you been making wedding cakes?
I took the step into the world of wedding cakes a few years ago after spending around 8-9 years learning and growing my skills. I wanted to make sure I was able to provide my couples with the best service for their special day.
Do you have any advice for couples organising a small wedding, when it comes to choosing their cake?
Small cakes can make a statement as much as a larger one and can create a focal point of the day. Your cake can be tailored to fit in with your styling and reflect your day perfectly. From a classic iced cake with sugar flowers to a rustic cake with a pop of colour, I will work with you to create your perfect cake.
What size should a cake for a ‘small’ wedding be?
Obviously it depends on the exact amount of guests, but for smaller weddings I would recommend a single tier 8″ cake which will provide approximately 20 good sized slices, or a 2 tier 6″/8″ which will provide approximately 35 slices. To avoid wastage it’s a great idea to gift leftover slices to friends and family who aren’t with you on the day – this is a great way to make them feel included, particularly if you are planning an elopement wedding. There are no rules though – and individual personalised cupcakes can be really effective too!
What is the average price for a ‘small’ wedding cake?
Final prices are always dependant on the couples exact choices, but as a guide a one tier semi-naked cake starts from £75 and a 2 tier semi-naked cake starts at £150 plus additional decoration such as edible flowers. I always include delivery in my quotes and personally set up each cake at the venue on the morning of the wedding.
We know that you were very productive with your time during lockdown – tell us about your newly learnt skill!
I spent many hours during lockdown working on improving my sugar flower skills. Many hours of watching and practicing which culminated in a sugar garden adorning my table. From roses to dahlias to Lisianthus, it definitely made lockdown more enjoyable.
We were in absolute awe and amazement watching Sarah put these skills to the test creating intricate life-like sugar roses for Ben and Shannon’s elegant white iced small wedding cake.
We’re continually amazed by the creations that Sarah delivers for our wedding couples and cannot recommend her enough – we have even been lucky enough to sample her creations for ourselves as she created Paul and Max’s birthday cakes this year! If you’re planning a celebration and are in need of a showstopping cake then you can get in touch with Sarah here.