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SCHICK WEDDINGS: WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE CHOOSING A WEDDING CAKE, ACCORDING TO THIS NIGERIAN BAKER

Which of these wedding elements would you choose, if you could only have one?

A. Photography

B. Cake

C. DJ

If you picked B, it’s clear you’re passionate about cake! As a bride (or groom), you want nothing but the best on your Big Day, and that never excludes the dessert. Not only will it (most likely) be what you and your guests feast on; it’s also a centrepiece at your wedding, so it’s important to pick the right one. For that reason, we teamed up with Nigerian cake-maker, Hegai Cakes, to discuss the top wedding cake tips no one tells you.

Quality

“The reason you would go into a store to buy cupcakes or a cake loaf is because you like both the taste and texture,” Hegai Cakes founder says. “A wedding cake can be pricey, so you want to make sure you’re not just paying for the looks.”

It is imperative to understand that the more complex the design of your cake is, the more you’re likely to have to pay for it.

Customer Service

“This is almost everything! The way you’re attended to when you call or send an email to inquire, the follow up, and aura from your cake designer are all key! If they take care of you and put your mind at ease, leading up to the day, then the actual day will be no different.”

Testimonials

“You’re more likely to have peace-of-mind when a cake designer is tried-and-tested, ” she says. “Look out for what previous clients have to say about them, and if you’re pleased with what you see/hear, this could be the green light.” She also points out that you avoid only going for established names. “I’m all for trying out upcoming cake designers. Speak to them, and if all the other criteria mentioned here are ticked, give them a chance!”

Reliability

“This ties in with testimonials. If they have a record for being reliable – their word being their bond – then this is a go area.”

Style

In regards to theme for your wedding, Hegai Cakes CEO says, “it’s likely you’d want your wedding cake to tie in with the theme. I think it’s important for your wedding cake to represent the couple that you are – traditional, hybrid or experimental.” But it doesn’t end there. “It is imperative to understand that the more complex the design of your cake, the more you’re likely to have to pay for it.”

Price

“You are paying for time! A lot of people tend to think wedding cakes should be cheap and cheerful, but if you want a skyscraper, it’s not built in a day. Don’t think about it as just ingredients, but the time that’s been taken to create it with delicate hands, the thought process that goes into it, your design… all that is what you’re paying for.”