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Beautiful Traditional Multiple Tiered Wedding Cakes

 

When the term wedding cake is mentioned, the first image that comes to most people’s mind is a three or more tier white fondant covered cake with delicate decorations. This stereotypical traditional wedding cake image is predominant for good reason: these cakes are beautiful, special and very striking.

 

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A multiple tiered wedding cake stands high at a reception, and is often the focal point of the evening. These cakes never fail to impress both children and adults alike. Its beauty reflects the time, care and effort that were put into its creation.

 

Cost

 

The cost of a tiered wedding cake depends on a great deal of factors. Some of the factors are:

  • number of tiers
  • type of icing
  • type of decorating
  • amount and intricacy of decorating
  • quality of the cake
  • whether each tier is raised or they sit on top of each other
  • delivery of cake

 

Traditional tiered cakes can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Decide on your cake budget long before you approach any bakeries, because costs can add up quickly if you don’t have a set amount to work within.

 

Huge Range of Prices

 

We’ve heard of cakes being put together for just over $100 by people who make it themselves. With cake mixes, store bought professional icing and their own decorations, they have made a fairly impressive cake for relatively cheap. The downside is the time and effort needed to make the cake right before the wedding.

 

On the other side of the spectrum, we’ve heard of cakes which cost tens of thousands of dollars. These were made by famous cake designers and had very expensive ingredients. Some expensive cakes were life sized and very detailed.

 

Tiered on Top of Each Other vs Tiered with Pillars

 

You’ve probably noticed that some tiered wedding cakes have layers which sit directly on top of each other, and some have layers which are raised by pillars. Both types are beautiful and striking.

 

Pillared Tiers: Put Together at Reception

 

Cakes with raised levels usually need to be put together at the reception. They would be too unstable to transport if they were assembled ahead of time. There is a bit of an increased risk of problems assembling these types of cakes because it is done the day of the reception.

 

Some wedding cake tiers don’t sit directly on top of the cake underneath. Each level is independently supported. These are more stable and require less work assembling on the wedding day.

 

Non-Raised Tiers

 

Wedding cakes with levels which sit on top of each other are assembled before hand and transported to the wedding in one piece. Many interesting decorating ideas can be incorporated into these types of cakes. For example, cascades of flowers flowing from the top layer to the bottom layer creates a beautiful effect.

 

Cake Planning Can be Fun

 

There are many decisions to be made when considering a traditional multi-tiered wedding reception cake. Although it may seem daunting at first, cake planning can be a lot of fun as you can personalize the cake to be the way you want it.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2009 )
 
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