GREAT FALLS — December has the highest percentage of proposals of any month and that means come February, people are looking to get their wedding vendors lined up. In this first of a four-part series, reporter James Rolin visits Cakes By Carr to learn what couples should look for in a baker.
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Kaleena, the owner of Cakes by Carr is extremely enthusiastic about her work. “I’m a veteran and when I got out I wanted to do something creative. I thought I was going to be a traditional baker, but while I was in culinary school my instructors told me ‘no… you’re a decorator!”
Kaleena says that the trend now is toward smaller cakes. “Couples are getting a cake just for them or maybe a slightly larger small two-tier cake for them and their close family. The rest of the guests are getting cupcakes."
She says that this is a way to keep things simple and not be so audacious with giant cakes tat need to be transported and stored. Simple cakes are also in right now. “Most of the cost is in the decorating. If you have a more simply designed cake then not only will it cost less, but it looks cleaner too.”
Still, there are a lot of options. She says that some of the most popular flavors are vanilla, lemon, and raspberry, but the best and most popular is certainly almond. “It’s… it’s just the best!” she exclaimed.
There are other ways to save money too. “There are some really good decorators at the grocery stores around town if you’re looking for a more budget friendly option, but if you want all natural ingredients and no fillers then you’ll want a traditional baker like me,” she said. Kareena does not recommend that you make your own cakes though. “It’s just too stressful and you don’t get to enjoy your days as much if you’re worried about making everything just right all on your own.”
What are your plans for a summer wedding and what kind of snacks do you plan to celebrate with?