Reception & Ceremony - March 12, 2015 - by: miguel
There are so many wonderful things about tying the knot in Arizona. There is no place like Arizona for breathtaking scenery, indescribable sunsets, extraordinary natural structures, world-renowned golf courses, and sparkling, sun-drenched lakes. However, with the scalding summer temperatures, it’s important to take the proper precautions if you are planning an outdoor wedding during the hotter months of the year.
One thing to consider is the state of your wedding cake as it sits in the hot sun. The cake is a major item on your menu and also your reception décor, you can’t afford to have it melt away before dinner! To ensure it doesn’t fall apart in the Arizona weather, consider these tips for hot weather cake survival:
If you’re not sure whether to go with fondant or buttercream for your tiered confection, fondant is the better option to ensure outdoor cake survival. Fondant has more staying power than buttercream, which tends to soften and eventually melt when exposed to warm temperatures. Fondant contains gelatin, which makes it a much sturdier frosting in the heat. However, if you have your heart set on buttercream, it’s certainly not out of the question. Your baker may just need to make a few adjustments. The butter can be swapped out and replaced with shortening, which has more staying power. Your pastry chef may also add a bit of starch to your frosting to make it thicker and sturdier.
It’s a good idea to stay away from any dairy-based fillings like ganache, whipped cream, marzipan, or mousse. These won’t take the heat well. Instead, give your guests natural sweetness by having your baker fill the cake with a variety of fresh fruit. It not only tastes great, but will also stay fresh longer while making the inside of your dessert look gorgeous!
Another solid plan to avoid major cake meltdown would be to invest in a naked cake. These cakes show off the colors of the cake itself, rather than cloaking it with frosting. Because there is no frosting on the outside of the cake, you don’t have as much to worry about when the temperatures start to climb. Keep in mind, many naked cakes still include some type of frosting between the cake layers. To give your naked cake the best chance for survival, you may want to include only fresh fruit or fruit jams between the layers and remove all traces of frosting. If you still crave a sweet, creamy topping, consider providing a canister or bowl of whipped cream on ice next to the cake. Click here to learn more about what to include in your naked cake.
In order to keep your cake as cool as possible before the reception, you should locate a cold storage area, like a refrigerator or even an air-conditioned room located nearby. The room should also be as dry as possible (do not put the cake anywhere near misters) to avoid potential sogginess. Ask your caterer or venue coordinator to keep the cake stored away until the last possible moment before the cake cutting. These steps will keep your tiered masterpiece looking perfect all the way up to the first slice!
Cake isn’t your only option when it comes to sweet treats on the big day. There are plenty of other desserts for you and your guests to enjoy. Try fruit tarts, pies, fruit cobblers, apple crisps, parfaits, or shortcakes. Dessert bars are also becoming wildly popular with things like serve yourself candy bars, pancake stations, s’mores stations, or doughnut bars.
Featured image by Photos by Wendy G., via WeddingLDS.com
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