Let them eat Cake
Do. Please. Even if you don’t like sweet things, there’s nothing that makes your heart sink more at a wedding than when you hear there’s no cake. Well ok, maybe if the Bride or Groom got cold feet and ran for the hills then that may have you reaching for the tissues faster but in my experience to date I never saw it happen so having no cake is top of my list.
Actually no, having a cake and NOT CUTTING IT is top of the list. It happens, a lot. Try not to do that to your biggest fans.
A lot of people don’t want one because the wedding cakes they remember are marzipan and white icing creations. Cakes these days are nothing like the fruitcakes of old, there are very very talented cake designers here in the Algarve, and the flavours they can do for you now are mouth watering, white chocolate and raspberry, salted caramel, amaretto and baileys, are you really going to say no to that?
Now for my top tip regarding these fragile tiered creations of loveliness. Do not let anyone near that cake, unless they are the creators of that cake, or they are part of the venue team and regularly carry the things.
If you’re at the Sao Rafael Atlantico you have no need to fear, numerous times I’ve seen the chef jog across the gardens at top speed, cake in arms, with not even one little drop of sweat on his brow.
There’s a reason I’m stressing this point to you. Here it is, my not so little secret, the biggest disaster in my wedding career to date…I dropped a cake. Well not exactly dropped, but I was responsible for some serious smooshing. The cake stand holding the beautiful three tier cake was sat on top of a wedding menu, my styling OCD took full control of my mind and all common sense momentarily went offline and I lifted the corner of the cake stand to move the menu. Seriously. I was that stupid. The cake fell backwards onto the wall, my reflex immediately woke so I caught it before too much damage was done and set it upright. I was so very very lucky that it was a semi naked cake with foliage, so I was able to artistically hide the smooshing with greenery. Thank you universe. Jane never, ever let me near a wedding cake again.
If you’re visiting prior to the big day then do get a cake tasting booked, definitely one of the best parts of the planning process you’d be crazy to miss that off your appointment list!