A wedding cake is a big part of every wedding celebration. While you can see all kinds of themes in Filipino weddings– even Tagaytay weddings– you’ll still have a wedding cake right there up front and center for all to see.
Wedding cakes are symbols of prosperity, abundance and happiness, and a lot of our traditions, from slicing the cake, to sharing that first slice, to storing/freezing the topmost tier (for your first anniversary), are all tied into that rich symbolism.
Wedding Cake Spreads
Now, we’ve been seeing more wedding cake spreads— wedding cakes with the addition of other components styled according to the couple’s theme or motif. These can include additional satellite cakes or cupcake towers, candy-and-dessert stations, and styled cake tables with all sorts of treats as wedding giveaways and souvenirs.
These wedding cake spreads are arranged nicely as a showcase piece, right up there in front, alongside the couple, for all to see during the wedding reception program. You’ll typically have your main wedding cake at the center, flanked by a few other, smaller cakes (with the same design/appearance), or an assortment of cupcakes, sweet treats, and giveaways spread out among flowers and other design elements according to theme.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Tagaytay wedding cake spread:
1. Your entire wedding cake doesn’t have to made of real cake.
Most brides would want a huge wedding cake. As a showcase piece, this doesn’t need to be all real cake. In fact, it’s common practice to to have just one or two tiers made of real cake.
This is fine; having some tiers made of mock cake significantly lowers the cost of your main wedding cake, freeing up more of your budget for, say, a styled wedding cake spread (with more cake and cupcakes), a candy station or a dessert station, or wedding giveaways for all your guests.
2. Cupcakes, mini-cakes and candy stations for wedding favors
Everybody is now talking about candy stations and dessert stations for their big day, and for good reason– everybody loves candy, or extra treats they can take home! In fact, for a lot of Tagaytay garden weddings, many brides opt to have a smaller (2-tier or 3-tier wedding cake), and a styled candy station or dessert station designed according to theme.
These candy-and-dessert stations typically have an assortment of goodies and sweet treats that guests can easily pack in a small bag and take home with them. One of the more popular items, of course, are cupcakes– little versions of your wedding cake arranged in a cupcake tower so your guests can help themselves to a piece or two any time during the day’s festivities.
3. Satellite cakes and cupcakes for your guests
Some of our brides also opt to have satellite cake setups accompanying the main wedding cake. This keeps your wedding cake mostly intact for the rest of your wedding reception, and it also allows the serving staff to conveniently serve cake (via your satellite cakes) to your various VIP tables– all they have to do is take a satellite cake from your cake spread, slice it up, and serve it to your guests.
For some couples, rather than satellite cakes, they’d prefer to have little trays of pretty little cupcakes, which also serve as design elements of your wedding cake spread, at least up until they’re served to your guests.
4. More cake and cupcakes for games and prizes
Finally, we’ve been seeing a lot more cupcakes and smaller cakes used as anything from welcome gifts, prizes for games and contests, or as additional wedding souvenirs and giveaways.
Note that you can have these usually packed in boxes for easier handling, and can also be initially included in your wedding cake spread, together with all the other giveaways and prizes for the evening, which you can just hand out throughout the event.
Again, cupcakes and cakes are merely an option. You can have anything from cake jars, to boxes of cookies, brownies or lemon bars, or stylish little bags of candy or chocolate, or little baskets of baked goodies.
While these wedding favors don’t have to be as pretty as your showcase pieces on your wedding cake spread, note that these have to be pretty enough for personal photo opps so your guests can take pictures and share them online.
Let’s Talk About Cake!
Talk to our team of Tagaytay wedding cake designers, event stylists and wedding planners here at Sofia’s Cakes, so we can put together your very own Tagaytay wedding cake spread.
Don’t forget to ask about our available promo packages, so you can get great deals on wedding souvenirs, custom cake toppers, candy stations and more!
Photos taken at Tagaytay Highlands, July 2013, by Metrophoto.