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Dos And Don'ts Of Ordering Cake For A Big Event

Cake is a great dessert to serve at a big event. For one, most people really like cake. But also, you can order a pretty large cake that's enough to serve lots of people. There are, however, a few dos and don'ts you'll want to adhere to when ordering cake for a big event.

Do: Order more than one variety of cake.

You don't have to go all out and order five different types of cake. But if you're ordering for a lot of people, you'll want to order two or three varieties. This ensures most people in the crowd will have one type of cake they enjoy. You can just order chocolate and yellow, or chocolate and white. Or, if the bakery offers more options than this, you could order chocolate, yellow, and spice—or chocolate, yellow, and marble.

Don't: Order bright-colored frosting.

Choose your frosting colors carefully! Bright blue and bright red will stain almost anything they come into contact with, so avoid these colors. If possible, opt for a mostly white cake, and ask that the bakery uses pastel colors for decoration. This way, your guests won't be walking around with bright blue teeth, or with red stains on their nice clothing.

Do: Order less than you think you need.

When ordering food for an event, you often order for more people than you actually expect to attend. But you don't really need to do this with cake. No matter how good the cake is, there will be some people who don't eat it, and there will be plenty of people who share a slice with someone else. So, it's often best to under-order cake, if anything. If you plan on having 100 people attend, for example, a cake for 90 should be plenty. If you were to order for 120 people, you'd likely have lots of extra cake.

Don't: Forget to consider the climate.

If the cake will be in a fridge until it's served, then you can ignore this advice. But if the cake will be left out in the open, you need to consider the climate. You don't want to order whipped cream frosting or frosting made with real butter if it will be 80 degrees out. Ask the bakery to recommend the right cake and frosting for the climate in your area.

Keep the tips above in mind as you order a custom event cake. You're sure to have a tasty experience.