The wedding cake is one of the first things guests see when entering the reception area, and it can set the tone for the occasion. That’s why so much thought and care goes into the cake. It’s not a simple matter of chocolate or vanilla. Many couples keep a slice of their wedding cake and freeze it as a souvenir. Such a special cake requires more than a baker—it requires a culinary mastermind. Here are 8 of the top wedding cake vendors in South Africa.
For light and dainty-ish wedding party fare, South Africa has Popcakes, a cake company that makes darling wedding cakes from cake pops. The cake pops are served individually or combined to make a giant tower of pops in the shape of a wedding cake that guests can easily pick apart. The bride and groom can also choose to have a small sample platter of several flavors served to each guest as well as having small figurines made of cakes pops to serve as cake toppers. You can see all the options at Popcakes.co.za.
True culinary artists are behind the designs at Frosted Dream Cakes. They are able to create the illusion of a wedding dress cascading down a cake, all with frosting, and even recreate architectural structures out of cake. They have a long list of wedding-specific categories including vintage, ocean-inspired, rustic, topsy-turvy and more. The gallery on Frosteddreamcakes.co.za will have your imagination running with ideas.
As the name implies, A Cake Story makes cakes that tell a story. The story can be anything the couple chooses, such as how they met, their family history and more. The founder is a master with edible accessories, topping cakes with whole apples covered in edible gold, or creating full gardens on each tier of the cakes. A Cake Story makes cakes that are truly one-of-a-kind. It might hurt a little to cut the cake, but it’s worth it for the flavor inside. See the full fantastical gallery at Acakestory.co.za.
Kanya Hunt makes their wedding cakes with couverture chocolate—a high-quality chocolate that has almost 40 percent cocoa butter, making it extra decadent. Kanya Hunt specializes in cakes with the traditional tower shape, with romantic accents like rose petals, ribbons and ruffles made from frosting, hand-carved details, and divine floral toppers made from—what else—chocolate. See the creations at Kanyahunt.co.za.
If you want Pinterest-worthy cakes, Kelly Jayne is your baker. She will make cakes that resemble a full wedding dress, cakes with chandelier pieces dangling off the sides, elegant black and white cakes, cakes with landmarks from Paris atop, and fairy-tale cakes built like a castle with bride and groom pieces inside. You can view the full gallery at Kellyjayne.co.za.
Dreamcakes.co.za uses the traditional tower shape, but aims to add each couple’s unique personality to every creation, usually adding gorgeous Mr & Mrs toppers to each one. For couples who want a little culture in their cake, Dreamcakes.co.za makes stunning tribal-art cakes, and they dabble in culinary art, like tower cakes made from three layers of cake pillows with edible tassels. See samples of recent cakes at Dreamcakes.co.za.
Wedding cakes don’t have to be all vanilla and chocolate. For the couple who doesn’t want to stray from their favorite decadent treat on their big day, there is The Cheese Cake, a company that makes wedding cakes out of gourmet cheeses. Literally. These are towers of full cheese wheels, stacked on top of each other to resemble a tier cake. They’re savory, not sweet, but are usually served with fruit. Take a look at the cheesy creations on Thecheesecake.co.za.
For the couple who cannot decide if they are romantic or edgy, traditional or quirky, there is the Absolutely Awesome Patisserie, which makes a little bit of everything. The bakers here can masterfully handle a classic, three-level vanilla cake with rose toppers just as well as they can handle a black forest ganache mad-hatter-themed cake. They also offer flat cakes and wedding cupcakes that are perfect for the couple who wants a variety of sweets on their big day. See the creations at Absolutelyawesomepatisserie.com.