Sprinkles or Cream?


By Sami Pritchard

Of all the questions to consider for your wedding day, the hardest may be: Cake or pie?

Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler
“I am very neutral about cake,” confessed Doonan, before adding that Adler was not, and that we should therefore go with his taste. “He loves cakes from a bakery in his hometown of Bridgeton, N.J., named Century Bakery. He loves the juvenile ones, which are decorated like a football field. His team is the Philly Eagles, so any attempt to refer to the Eagles would be greatly appreciated. The cake itself should be vanilla. These Century cakes are unpretentious and unszhooshy and lowbrow.”

A Wedding Cake primer
1. “It’s OK to think out of the box when it comes to weddings,” says Poliafito. “We always say, ‘Keep it simple, and do what you like.’ If you like pie, have pie.”
2. “Right now a big trend is the dessert table. Instead of just having a wedding cake, people can pick and choose from an assortment of desserts.”
3. “Even with a dessert table, there’s usually a centerpiece cake—maybe not massive—around which the others are arranged. We have a four-inch layer on top of a six-inch one. It’s a smaller presentation cake that the couple can slice into.”
4. “Don’t go crazy with the fondant. We think there are a lot of over-decorated cakes. We try to keep it simple, modern, elegant.”
5. “Keep it all edible—and looking edible. A cake in the shape of a car tastes like a car, actually. You want to avoid that.”
6. “Don’t try to bake your own wedding cake. You have so many other things to focus on. You don’t want to ice a cake in your wedding dress.”

Tip: Quality, not economy
“People tend to think you
can make a chocolate cake and use a Hershey’s, or a lower-quality chocolate, and get a passable cake,” says Lewis. “But if you’re making a brownie or a chocolate cake, you want to use the best quality chocolate you can find—with a high percentage of cocoa mass.”