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Great Advice from TLC’s Cake Boss

Bake Me A Wish has already touted it’s love for TLC’s Buddy Valastro – a true artist when it comes to his cakes and a fantastic show to watch the inner workings of a family run bakery.  Just yesterday, Candy Williams over at the Pittsburgh Tribune wrote an article about his success in the previous year – and we wanted to share the article with our fellow readers.


At the end of an article is an excellent guideline for the bride and grooms to be when selecting your wedding cake.   These are very important to consider when deciding on, what always turns out to be, the centerpiece of the reception:

Creative planning

On the wedding Web site The Knot, Valastro offers advice for future brides on planning for their perfect wedding cake:

Think beyond sugar flowers. You can do almost anything in sugar — from bows and ribbons to leaves and butterflies. Let your imagination run wild.

Not all cake shapes are created equal. Topsy-turvy wedding cakes are tough. While they look amazing, there’s always the chance that they’ll topple over because they are unbalanced. Another disadvantage: You have to use pound cake, which isn’t a traditional wedding cake flavor.

A topper can make or break your cake. If you have an elaborate dessert, adding a topper might not be a great idea, but if you have a simpler one, a topper might do the trick.

Go with crowd-pleasing flavors. Because I’m a traditionalist, I like white cake with cannoli cream filling and fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Eat your top layer sooner rather than later. Eat the first layer after your honeymoon instead of waiting until your anniversary. Then go back to the baker on your anniversary. Some bakers will throw in a free small cake on your one-year anniversary. If they don’t, just ask.

Get real baker reviews. Ask around to see what other brides say. Maybe one baker specializes in one thing and another in something else. You wouldn’t buy a car without doing some research. The same goes for your wedding cake.

Be prepared for your design meeting. Bring swatches of your wedding colors, other cake designs you like, pictures of your dress and anything else that inspires you.

Let the baker do his job. Don’t micromanage. You should meet and go over the design, but after that, let the baker work his magic.

Be upfront with your baker. Explain what your budget is and work together. The baker will want to give you the best wedding cake possible, because his name is on the line, as well.

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