Over the years I've worked with so many talented wedding cake bakers, and one of my favorites is Ron Ben Israel. We met years ago, while creating a cake for our very first issue! His great style, innovative ideas, and overall fabulousness always inspires me, and his sugar flowers are unbelievable. So I asked him to answer a few questions here on the Bride's Guide.
Darcy: The wedding cake is still the biggest WOW moment in a wedding. Why do you think that is?
Ron: The wedding cake is often the first visual element the guests see when entering the reception, so a visually stunning cake gets people talking. And the cake cutting ceremony, towards the end of the reception, signifies the first task the freshly married couple will attempt together, and feeding it to each other is a sweet gesture of nurturing. Some guests would even take a piece of cake home as a sweet souvenir of the wedding. When you think about it that way, the cake is pretty much involved throughout the entire reception.
Darcy: If you were getting married tomorrow, what flavor combination would you choose?
Ron: Oh, that's not an easy choice. I love my candied ginger buttercream coupled with hazelnut-praline fillings and a spice cake. But then what about my dark chocolate ganache and chunky peanut butter cake? Maybe I'll have two.
Darcy: What are some of the hottest cake trends right now?
Ron: I'm seeing a lot of what's on the runway: icing ruffles and chic color pairings, like black and white and magenta.
Darcy: Having a groom’s cake can be so sweet, but is it a dying tradition?
Ron: Actually, brides from coast to coast are reviving this tradition. The groom's cake is whimsical and presented to the groom halfway through the festivities. It could serve as a focal point for a toast by the bride to her new husband.
Darcy: What’s your biggest piece of advice to couples who are just about to kick off the cake process?
Ron: Research is the most important element; know that what you pay for is excellence and originality, and base your budget choices accordingly.