Although we are specialist wedding caterers, we are not in any way involved with wedding cake production – which may seem a surprise given the number of blogs we have written on the subject. Our area of expertise is in crepe catering and although we have a lot of experience of providing guests with freshly-made crepes at weddings, our only involvement with wedding cakes is eating them.
The wedding cake is a very traditional (and some would argue essential) aspect to every wedding, and the potential for variation among cakes is vast. Although most cakes are along traditional lines (and we’ve written extensively about the benefits and disadvantages of the traditional wedding cake) some are out of the ordinary and others are downright bizarre.
However, one thing which we have only ever seen once, is the cake making a grand entrance. Usually the cake is left in-situ, at the point where it will be cut and served. Sometimes the cake is “unveiled” as a surprise and other times it is left on display for the whole day. Obviously it is matter of individual choice.
The one occasion in question, at a wedding near Guildford in Surrey, involved the lights being dimmed (meaning we temporarily had to suspend making crepes at the evening reception because we couldn’t see what we were doing!) and the cake making a grand entrance complete with music (“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, bizarrely enough!) and some fantastic indoor fireworks (safe sparklers, basically). It certainly managed to add a bit of pizzazz to what is basically the most boring aspect of the day (like I said you’ve got to read our extensive wedding cake blog back-catalogue to understand our take on this!)
Whether the cake tasted any better after this little ceremony, we would have to guess at “no”. But it was a memorable entrance (worthy of the bride herself) and after the lights had been raised, we were able to resume serving guests with pancakes from our crepe cart, whilst quietly humming “Eye of the Tiger” to ourselves.