Top Wedding Cake Tips

Top Wedding Cake Tips
By Ann Marie Smullen of ‘Lilies and Pearls Wedding Cakes’


  • It would be advisable to order your wedding cake three months in advance of your wedding. If you wish to have fruit cake as part of your wedding cake this should be made three months in advance to facilitate proper maturity.


  • When selecting a design for your cake, you need to consider how it will match your flowers, your gown and bridesmaids dress. Just let me have a colour swatch of the dress and bridesmaids and I will match these colours as closely as possible.


  • Brides will often consider a colour theme but you don’t have to match everything; you can match the side design of the cake to the embroidery of your dress


  • The amount of cake you will need will be decided with the total number of guests invited to your wedding. For example an 8″ 10″ & 12″ fruit cake will yield about 260 finger portions approximately.


  • For general appearance you should consider what way you would like the cake i.e. Stacked, separated by pillars or columns or on a stand. Ensure the hotel has the type of stand you require.


  • I offer a delivery service nationwide at a nominal fee outside a radius of 10 mile outside Galway. Cakes will be delivered on the morning of your wedding. I will personally set up the cake for you so you have one less thing to worry about.


  • After the wedding, cakes other than fruit cakes should be consumed on the day or within three days. Fruit cake should keep for up to 24 months but must be stored in a cool place. Do not hesitate to contact me for advice on storing your cake. I will be glad to help you.


With over 10 years experience as a Pastry Chef, and seven years of that experience working with Sugarcraft, Ann Marie is passionately committed to working with the bride and groom to design the wedding cake of their dreams. She will work with you to be as creative as you can with the cake of your desire.

Lilies and Pearls Wedding Cakes is based in Ann Marie’s own private residence in Gort, Co. Galway. To maintain high standards this residence has been appproved by the Western Health Board.

All cakes are made to order so there will be many different sizes and shapes available to suit exact needs: Round, Square, Hexagonal or Petal. Rich Fruit cakes are matured with Brandy, covered in pure natural marzipan and decorated to your exact requirements. Other cakes available are:


  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla, Lemon and Orange Madeira
  • Chocolate or Mocha Gateau
  • Carrot Cake
  • Chocolate Biscuit Cake


All cakes will be delivered for a nominal fee outside a radius of 10 miles of Galway. All wedding cakes are delivered on the morning of your wedding. Delivery is available nationwide. Ann Marie will personally set up the cake for you so you have one less thing to worry about.