With the increase in popularity of TV shows such as Ace of Cakes and Choccywoccydoodah, the desire to add the personal touch to the wedding cake has now become even stronger. However, investing in a customised wedding cake is an expensive extra that many couples simply can not afford.
Fortunately, there is an alternative solution which can give couples that personalised touch to their cake without the huge expense. The answer is wedding cake toppers.
What are toppers?
Toppers are the figures which sit on top of a cake, and typically on a wedding cake, you will find figures of the bride and groom. Normally, these figures are standard items which can be purchased from most craft shops and are usually traditional in their appearance. However, there now companies out there who specialise in designing toppers to suit your looks and appearance, even down to your hair, eye colour and wedding attire. Toppers aren’t just limited to weddings however, many people will invest in a topper for their birthday, anniversary or other celebration cake.
How much do toppers cost?
Toppers vary in cost from as little as a few pounds for pre-made, non-customised toppers, up to 200 for a completely personalised wedding cake topper. For wedding cakes, most cake makers will include the topper in the price they quote for the overall wedding cake, but check with your individual cake maker, it maybe an extra hidden cost. Some cake makers may not attempt a topper at all so you will need to outsource this.
What are toppers made from?
Standard ‘off the shelf’ cake toppers will generally be made from plastic, but hand crafted cake toppers are usually made from sugar icing or polymer clay as they are easy to mould and create the personalised look. The advantage of using icing for making cake toppers is that they can be consumed once they have been created! However, wedding cake toppers made from clay will generally last forever and can be kept as a keepsake. Most cake topper designers will use clay which is non-toxic so there are no health and safety issues in placing the clay directly onto a cake.
Where can I buy a wedding cake topper?
If you want a standard, pre made cake topper, stores such as Hobbycraft will have these on their shelves. Websites like eBay will also have a selection of standard designs to choose from. For the more personalised touch, there are many online companies now specialising in unique toppers, you just need to pick the style which suits you best! A good place for inspiration is forums as there will be brides who will share their experiences and their preferred suppliers to help you make your decision.
Whichever route you decide to go down, there are many options open to you. Just consider what budget you have available and then select a designer who can meet your requirements.