Originally Posted by dreamsville
This is it! After a year in the business this weekend is my first REAL wedding cake! 215 servings which usually wouldn't be scary....except that it's supposed to be roughly 90 degrees outside and this wedding is an outdoor wedding and reception! Which means the cake will be outside as well.....
I'm planning on using fondant and now I'm scared becasue it's going to be so hot!
ANY and ALL advice would be much appreciated here to calm my nerves! I have no doubt I can make a beautiful wedding cake. I just want this to go flawlessly for my first one!
The bakery I worked for would refuse to do outdoor cakes. And I had a caketastrophe with a wedding cake I was transporting in extreme heat. Not fun.
Have you discussed with the bride some of the problems a cake outside in heat may incur ? Often they don't think about things like that. Besides heat there's also bug and bird issues. Sure everyone sees the magazines where these cakes are outside and the weather's perfect and looks great...but reality is that there are real problems to consider with a cake--or any food that's outside for any length of time--especially if it's hot.
I know this isn't helping calm your nerves...but I think you do need to be prepared to address with the bride some of the issues involved with an outdoor cake and perhaps offer some alternatives or solutions.
I know wedding guests don't like to be milling about in high heat...will there be any indoor reception area as well? Is ALL the food going to be outdoors? Perhaps the cake can be brought out just before the cutting ceremony. Perhaps your cake can be inside on a special table inside (if there is an inside) somewhere where guests can see it as they arrive.
At the very least you need to have in your contract with her a signed clause that reads that you are not responsible for damage to the cake due to weather conditions and temperature. Those are things beyond your control and the bride needs to be aware that they can happen so it won't come back on you.
That being said, if the bride is aware of everything and still insists on the cake outdoors, I would make sure the cake was as cold as I could get it and deliver at the last minute. Have extra decor on hand to repair if need be when you arrive. Surely it will be under some shade!