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post #1 of 37
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I am doing my first wedding cake, like need to start NOW. It will be 3 tier and they want "traditional" wedding cake and wedding cake flavor. I have seen "wedding cake flavor" @ some online stores, but my local stores says there is no such thing. I don't have time to order from an online site. Who is telling met he truth and what do I do? Any suggestions? I need something sturdy for the tiers (which I have never done before and have no idea where to start). HELP!!!
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post #2 of 37
When you buy things like "wedding cake" flavor or creme bouquet, you are buying blends of extract. They most often consist of a lot of vanilla and small amounts of butter flavor, almond, and citrus.

You can do this yourself by mixing some up and adding to a plain buttercream to test the flavor.

Within reason, you can vary the amounts of vanilla and butter flavors without changing the cake too much. They both seem to add richness to the cake.

I find citrus and almond to be stronger flavors in the final product. The key here is a very light hand. If you keep the amount to approximately 1/8 the amount of vanilla, they will add great flavor and bouquet without becoming The flavor of the cake. Some people may not be able to tell they are there, but it won't taste like plain vanilla.
post #3 of 37
More than likely they aren't talking about the emulsions mentioned by the previous poster or even what you saw online. These people simply want the "wedding cake flavor" like white cake, etc. that is the traditional type of wedding cake.
post #4 of 37
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ok, so If I use Creme Bouquet that is basically the same thing as wedding cake flavor?
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Originally Posted by aswartzw

More than likely they aren't talking about the emulsions mentioned by the previous poster or even what you saw online. These people simply want the "wedding cake flavor" like white cake, etc. that is the traditional type of wedding cake.



She specifically said "traditional wedding cake flavor" as what she wanted, not just "white cake" as the coloring.

I guess I just need to ask her specifically if she wants white cake/vanilla flavor?
post #6 of 37
no, Creme Bouquet is VERY citrus-y, use a very light hand with it if you use it. it's not the same as wedding cake flavor.
but yes make sure you understand what they want, there is Wedding Bouquet which is a mixture of vanilla, almond, and butter flavoring that usually flavors icing and you could use it to flavor cake too, or wedding cake which is usually white cake
post #7 of 37
Or another possibility, does she mean a pound cake type of wedding cake?

Guess it depends on what region her expectations/comparisons are coming from. icon_biggrin.gif "Traditional" where I grew up was more dense in nature, closer to a pound cake than a fluffier WASC recipe for example.
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post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by mbark

no, Creme Bouquet is VERY citrus-y, use a very light hand with it if you use it. it's not the same as wedding cake flavor.
but yes make sure you understand what they want, there is Wedding Bouquet which is a mixture of vanilla, almond, and butter flavoring that usually flavors icing and you could use it to flavor cake too, or wedding cake which is usually white cake



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post #9 of 37
When I've had people ask for "wedding cake flavor" I usually make two flavors of white cake, one having a vanilla/almond flavor & the other with a french vanilla extract. These are two very popular flavors when they order white cakes. Personally I like the vanilla/almond blend. I would just ask specifically what they want/looking for.
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post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by mbark

no, Creme Bouquet is VERY citrus-y, use a very light hand with it if you use it. it's not the same as wedding cake flavor.
but yes make sure you understand what they want, there is Wedding Bouquet which is a mixture of vanilla, almond, and butter flavoring that usually flavors icing and you could use it to flavor cake too, or wedding cake which is usually white cake



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Remember: when customers say things like "traditional wedding cake flavor" it doesn't mean the same thing to decorators as it does to them. They could simply mean vanilla or almond or the type of cake, ie. pound, white. They could also mean sweet BC vs. non-sweet BC. You need to find out what they want. My guess is white vanilla cake with sweet BC or poundcake. They could even mean fruitcake since that is the traditional wedding cake. You need to find this out.

Also, I guarantee you wedding cake emulsion did not exist when they were growing up and hence, that's not what they mean.
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Ask the bride specifically about pound cake vs. birthday cake type of texture. Although a wedding cake isn't always a birthday cake like crumb, you'll at least get an idea of what type of texture she's thinking of.

Then ask about the almond flavor. Could be a chance she doesn't realize that is the subtle flavor she is tasting, you know? You know A LOT just by reading CC, but the bride doesn't know the details!
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post #13 of 37
Without reading all the above posts. For me in THE SOUTH (FL/GA/AL) that is pound cake & buttercream frosting (& sweeter than I make it-UGH) & to some it's that old school almond flavored frosting.
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post #14 of 37
I'd ask the bride to describe exactly what she means. Around here, 'wedding cake flavor' means a really good white cake. Go figure!
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post #15 of 37
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We live in Kansas, does that help anyone? The bride is only early 20's so what she grew up with wouldn't be that long ago. :O)
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