February of 2020 is now in the rear view mirror and we are heading into the ramp-up time for the wedding season. I know we are busy getting the new production runs completed, getting the warehouse in order, and mapping out all the plans for the rest of the year. With all that is going on it can be hard to remember how lucky we are to be part of someone's special day. Just think about all the people that list their wedding day as one of the best days of their lives and how amazing it is that you get to be a part of so many of them. Okay, let's dig into some wedding cake news and take a look at the February Sweets before getting back to work:
Most Expensive Cakes
So next time a client takes issue with the price of your cake tell them the story about Debbie Wingman and her 1 million dollar wedding cake and 75 million dollar birthday cake. For those that don't know, Debbie is an artist known for making crazy expensive pieces in the dessert and fashion worlds. She is London born but does most of her work in Dubai, which makes sense given the price point. The wedding cake is a full-size replica of the bride with a real diamond headpiece. It's impressive work! But am I the only one that finds it a little awkward to have all your guests eating a full-size version of you? I don't want to linger too long on the 75 million dollar birthday cake, because I think the actual sugar-craft is a little sub-par. But you should check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. Check out her work in the Emirates Woman and The Luxury Spot.
Dummy cakes have been around forever, but they have been experiencing a spike in popularity over the last year. For those that don't know dummy cakes are generally done in one of three ways.
- A multi-tier cake where only one tier is real cake
- The entire cake is Styrofoam and only a small sliver is real for the couple to cut.
- A small single tier cake is presented for the cake cutting ceremony.
With all three scenarios, there is usually a sheet cake in the back that is disturbed to the guest. For bakers, I would have a plan on which of these three you want to present when a bride asks about dummy cakes. Even if a couple never uses that option, it at least shows you can work with whatever they want to make happen. Now as to why couples would want to do this. Many think it's going to save them money. But in reality, unless they are just renting an already made dummy cake which obviously can not be cut, then they are not saving that much money. On average these dummy cake options only save about 10% to 15%. Which given the overall cost of a wedding is a drop in the bucket. Considering that the cake is consistently ranked in the top 3 things guests remember from a wedding, this doesn't seem like the area to cut corners on.
A Cake That Caught My Eye
This month a cake that caught my eye is this towering rustic beauty from Cove Cakes. This is a baker not afraid of bringing the height and the drama to a cake. Even adding a basket cake topper to add even more height to the cake display! I love the cross-hatching on the cake itself that connects that cake tiers with the weaving of the basket. My Gold Picture Perfect cake stand is the perfect stand to match the coloring of the cake and give it a slight touch of elegance. Beautiful and well-done sugar art! To see more amazing cakes like this one, make sure to follow us on Instagram.
Navy Simply Stunning
In case you missed it, Classic Blue was named the Pantone color of the year for 2020. Pantone is the company that owns the proprietary Pantone color matching system that is used in dozens of industries across the globe. So they know a little something about color and the coming color trends. For this year's color, Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute described it as "A color that anticipates what's going to happen next."
I am not sure exactly what that means, but I kind of love it. Especially because it corresponds with the release of my Simply Stunning Cake Stand in Blue. For the first time, my modern shaped stand is available in the color that I call Moonlit Blue. We are only doing a single production run of them so if you think you might need one don't hesitate because as the saying goes supplies are limited._______________________________________________________
Question of the Month
Each month to try and better understand the wedding cake world I ask a question, and then share the answer the next month. Last month I was curious to know about the number of cake stands you own:
How many Cake Stands do you own?
- 7.7% - 1
- 8.5% - 2-3
- 12.8% - 4-6
- 15.4% - 7-10
- 55.6% - 11+
I love you guys. Seriously over 50% of you own more than 11 cake stands. Now I wish I had made the poll numbers go even higher to see how many of you break 20! I thought the over 11 cake stands answer was going to be maybe 10%, but it looks like I underestimated you. Now I don't feel so alone with me closet stuffed to the brim with cake stands.
This month I want to ask you about dummy cakes: