Custom Wedding Cake Design by Disneymooner Vanessa
One of the advantages of having a Disney wedding is that they offer every service needed for your big day including providing your wedding cake. Disney chefs are known for their unique designs and couples are offered a variety of choices for their cake through Disney Fairy Tale Weddings. Classic designs topped with the chocolate castle to more unique offerings with the Mad Hatter cakes give most brides a choice that will meet their needs. However, if you are looking for something a little different do not worry because Disney will work with you to make your cake dreams come true.
During my planning session I chose one of the standard cake designs offered by Disney. However, a few weeks later I started to have second thoughts about my choice. My planner had me send over pictures and descriptions of what I wanted to have in a cake and then set up a conference call with one of the pastry chefs at the Grand Floridian.
In advance of our call my planner forwarded the pictures and requests I had made to give the chef to give him an idea of what I was looking for in a design. We then had a call that included the pastry chef and my planner. During the call, I described my vision and was given input on a possible design by the pastry chef. After our call I was sent over a sketch that showed the proposed design for the cake. Then I had time to review the sketch to provide input for any additional changes.
I purchased a Jim Shore castle to sit at the top tier because I wanted something that was easier to keep compared to the chocolate castles that are often used. I had pastry chefs duplicate the design of the castles’ walls on the sides of each layer. I also had the banner of “And They Lived Happily Ever After” copied off of some of Disney’s other cake designs. They even created custom flowers that matched those in my bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Other unique touches that I requested came into the shape and placement of the tiers for the cake. I did not want a standard round or square cake, so I requested hexagon shaped layers. These shapes added to the size of the cake, but provided a unique design that is not typical of most wedding cakes. In addition, I asked for the layers of the cake to be staggered giving more height to the design and allowing other items such as floral and a small glass Mickey and Minnie bride and groom to be placed on the table.
I was able to incorporate the bouquets from my bridesmaids in the layout of the cake table. Many brides will choose to have the bouquets adorn the table, but they often end up placed in a circle around the edge of the cake. Brides do not often know that you can rent clear vases to have the bouquets stand upright adding height and depth to the arrangement on your cake table. At my reception we used 9” clear cylinder vases to hold the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Many custom designs that are created might have a minimum size for the cake based on an estimated number of servings. For many couples this might mean paying for a larger cake than your actual guest count. At my wedding we had 50 guests, but our cake design was based on pricing for 65 guests. Therefore we had to pay the additional per person serving costs for 15 people.
Besides the design of the cake another tip is that there are more flavor options for the wedding cakes than what is offered at the standard tasting. When arranging your tasting make sure to let your planner know any flavors that you would like to sample that might not be typically offered for you to taste. Having these options added to your platter will let you broaden your selection for your final cake. The cake flavors include yellow, chocolate, marble, carrot, red velvet, lemon, orange and almond. The biggest selection for Disney cakes comes with the filling options. For my wedding we had chocolate cake with peanut butter cup filling, orange cake with orange mousse and carrot cake with cream cheese filling.
The current fillings listed on the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding site include the following options:
- White Chocolate Mousse
- Dark Chocolate Mousse
- Milk Chocolate Mousse
- Raspberry Mousse
- Orange Mousse
- Amaretto Mousse
- Strawberry Mousse
- Passion Fruit Mousse
- German Chocolate
- Cream Cheese
- Bavarian Cream
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Bailey’s Mousse
- Blackberry Mousse
- Mocha Mousse
- White Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries
- Bavarian Cream with Fresh Strawberries
- Passion Fruit Mousse with Fresh Raspberries
- Dark Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Raspberries
- Strawberry Mousse with Fresh Strawberries
- Raspberry Mousse with Fresh Raspberries
No matter what your dream is for a wedding cake, Disney can help make it a reality. I am happy that I worked with my planner to create a custom designed cake that followed our theme and that was unique to our wedding.
Thank you to Vanessa for a mouth-watering blog post and if you would like to see more Disney Wedding cake designs please go to the Disneymooner Forums