wedding planning: the cake


I had a unique situation with regards to my wedding cake. Our wedding was on the 28th of December in Durban and when I approached cake suppliers for quotes for my wedding day I discovered that majority of them (i.e. the best ones) would be closed from Christmas Day until the New Year. I called so many of them and was rejected so many times that I eventually just gave up.


Then one weekend we went to Shongweni Farmers Market and that is where I first discovered @smithsbakeshop (Instagram handle). She had a stand at the market and was selling cupcakes. I then went to her Instagram handle and checked out the rest of her work and she made these really pretty cakes. I decided I would try my luck and ask her if she would also make my wedding cake. To my delight, she responded yes and she would even deliver them, I was so happy! Her pricing was so reasonable that I decided to have four cakes made because my husband and I had been married for 4 years already when we had our white wedding.


On the day I was so grateful because at some point during the planning I had considered not having a cake at all because I couldn’t find a supplier. Candice from @smithsbakeshop exceeded my expectations by arriving on time and helping with setting up the cake. The true test though was in the fact that our guests finished all four cakes, I literally sampled a slice of three of the cakes. So not only did they look good but they were delicious as well. I must say that my situation was a bit different because had I secured a cake supplier I would have had enough time to do a cake tasting like other brides.


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