Happy Wednesday and Today we are talking about CAKE!! One of my fave parts of a wedding!! lol

Southern Girl Desserts, winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2013. The company brings the South’s southern delicious pies, cupcakes, cakes, cobblers, and cookies to the West Coast. Catarah Hampshire  co-founder of Southern Girl Desserts shares helpful information and wedding cake tips for brides along with her inside information on the design and baking for special events.

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C&C: The name of your company makes me hungry for red velvet cake and anything with pecans in the mix. Why did you decide to become a baker?

I always enjoyed watching my grandmothers bake and decided to honor them by starting a baking business to share some of their Deep South recipes.

C&C: What is your baking style?

NEVER bake angry! Taste, then bake. Measurements are important, but sometimes following directions to the T does not get the job done the way you want. Occasionally, I recreate an old recipe with a dash of something unique to change it to my own special creation. Know what the dessert is supposed to look like and taste like before starting.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?

“A smile ain’t never hurt nobody’s feelings.”

C&C: What are some good tips you would give to brides when selecting a baker?

1. Take a photo to explain your vision. That eliminates the difference between your vision and the baker’s artistic vision.

2. Don’t let the taste of your cake suffer for beauty. It is your wedding day. Demand both!

3. Keep your guests in mind when choosing cake flavors. You do not want to spend all that cash on a cake that no one will eat.

4. Be open to different ideas. If you do not want a traditional cake, consider a dessert table, candy bars or desserts on each guest table, sweets with flair.

5. Save money by purchasing a faux cake for photos and purchasing sheet cakes to be cut in the kitchen instead. No one will ever know

C&C: What are some popular cake trends in your area?

Metallic colors are huge this year! Brides are enjoying this expensive look usually seen on one tier of their cake, or sometimes on all cake tiers. Flowers are also popular, from one single flower on the top-tier to a cake covered in miniature roses. How romantic!

C&C: What are some different types of cakes?

Red Velvet, Hummingbird, Lemon, Vanilla on Vanilla, Vanilla on Chocolate. We have a list for brides to choose from.

C&C: What are some different styles of cakes?

Romantic, Rustic, Simple, architectural, humorous, modern, and many brides have started going ethnic and celebrating their culture.

C&C: What is more popular – fondant or buttercream?

Fondant is definitely more popular. It expands your design option. However, many brides, especially those who go for a rustic theme prefer buttercream.

C&C: What is the most unique cake you have made?

A cake of a man’s chest for a bachelorette party – abs and all! It was the funniest thing ever.

C&C: What are some different cake fillings?

We aren’t big on cake fillings at Southern Girl Desserts, but the few cakes that do have fillings are traditional Southern fillings such as caramel, strawberry cheesecake, and lemon cheesecake.

C&C: How can a couple get creative with their cake?

We love working with couples that want to add their personal touch to their cake. The cake can include photos of them, their vows can be written on the cake or instead of a traditional three-tier cake, they can have a cake buffet with each cake telling a story of their relationship. The options are endless.

C&C: What are some different elements that can really make a cake?

Color makes a cake! Gone are the days that couples are going with an all-white cake. If a pop of color is not their thing, small details such as their initials written on tiers or different patterns of ribbon at the base of the tiers really take a cake from boring to memorable.

C&C: How far in advance does a couple need to order a cake before the wedding?

A minimum of four months is average. Waiting any longer can get expensive, because the cakes – depending on the detail requested – can take weeks to bring all the elements together. It can take hours just to create one small sugar flower. The more time a decorator has the better, especially if you decide to change something. If required to rush a very detailed cake, the cost of labor can increase substantially.

C&C: What are the top ten wedding cake tips you would give couples about their wedding cake?

  1. Don’t over think it.
  2. Do your research to find what style you like best; knowing what you want makes things easier.
  3. Make sure your cake represents you and your groom’s personality.
  4. Do not skip the tasting, it is fun and delicious and is a  major factor to choose something people will enjoy.
  5. Bring someone with you on a cake tasting to get an opinion other than your own.
  6. Set a budget for your cake. This helps decorators determine upfront what they can create for you that meets your vision and stays within your budget.
  7. Don’t be afraid to forego tradition. Think outside the box; a three-tier cake is not your only option these days.
  8. Be realistic about the cake your want and what you can afford.
  9. Be open to a faux cake to save money.
  10. SIGN A CONTRACT; IF THEY DO NOT OFFER ONE; DEMAND ONE. It saves everyone heartache in the end.

Here are some pics of their FABULOUS CAKES!!

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Thanks so much to Catarah Hampshire co-founder of Southern Girl Desserts for all her helpful tips. I really enjoyed interviewing her.

To Learn More about Southern Girl Desserts visit their website Southern Girl Desserts They would love to hear from you – a thank you for their advice and questions you may have.

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