I think we may all know by now that I have an extreme sweet-tooth. So, I’d probably be stating the obvious when I say that the cake is one of the wedding elements I’m most excited about. What makes it even more exciting is that it’s going to be custom-made by the geniuses at my favorite French bakery, Duc de Lorraine. We’ve planned for tiers of navy, gold, and white sugar flowers. After browsing the bakery’s extensive wedding portfolio, I just knew that it was going to be in good hands. Also, it helps that everything on their menu is absolutely delicious… I’m already craving for one of their mille-feuilles (I’m a fan, can you tell?)
I’ve compiled a list of questions answered by Duc de Lorraine‘s owner, Victoria Sorensen. Victoria gives bridal couples some of her best advice for their wedding cake endeavors.
If a bridal couple is super last-minute with their wedding arrangements, what’s the shortest time-frame they should give themselves for their wedding cake?
We suggest as soon as the couple has the theme, colors, and venue to book their first consultation with our onsite cake specialist. We are able to create a cake in any time frame since our cakes are made fresh the day of the wedding. We do recommend, however, that the couple find the time to go through the steps to create and taste different options. For their first appointment, we encourage the couple to bring along any photos to keep any color samples and flowers in mind. As well, in our boutique, we have a collection of photos showcasing all of our past wedding creations. Over the years, we have created so many different cakes that we love the challenge to create the perfect wedding cake to match any celebration.
Let’s say the bridal couple is not a fan of fondant: what cake-finish do you suggest they use as an alternative?
Almond paste, buttercream, or chocolate
What are some of your favorite cake-and-icing combinations?
1) Frasier: almond paste on top of strawberries, white cake, and light cream. 2) Almond paste covered with a white sponge cake consisting of coffee syrup and crème mouselline. 3) Croquembouche (or in France, called apièce montée) – prior to moving to Montreal, I had never heard of this dessert. It is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. It’s truly beautiful.
Aside from the cake, what other desserts do you suggest to serve on a sweet table?
We can create miniature versions of your favorite pastries (éclairs, millefeuilles, miniature strawberry and lemon tarts), or even an assortment of different specialty cakes like mousse cakes, tarts, and meringues. We also offer macarons in an assortment of flavors and traditional French cookies that can be perfect for takeaway treats for your guests.
How do you suggest the wedding cake be displayed? (ex.: cake stand, mirror, silver platter)
There are so many options. We suggest you place your cake on its own table. Your cake should be placed where your guests may admire it, but also out of harms way (dance floor, incoming traffic). Discuss where you would like to have your cake displayed with your venue – they will be sure to have a slightly heightened smaller table that’s perfect for your masterpiece. While a crisp, white cloth is classic, don’t be afraid to dress the table in different linens, or decorate with a photo, or continuation of your theme. You may ask your venue as well about placing lighting near your table, so your cake can truly stand out. To give your cake height, we offer many options for stands. You may speak to our wedding cake specialist during your appointment about the many options. Be creative, there are many cake stand options to suite any décor from rustic to classic.
Ready for your wedding cake consultation? Contact Duc de Lorraine and you won’t regret it.