Party Planning: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

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It’s no secret that pulling together a party is hard work. While the actual planning can be overwhelming, choosing the décor and food can be too much fun. Especially when cake is involved.

For my 25th birthday I ordered a creamy white chocolate raspberry cake with hand-painted floral frosting from Sweet Lady Jane. And I must say–the cake was delish!

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Before placing my cake order, I sampled my top three favorite cake flavors (this is where it gets dangerous): chocolate, white chocolate, and red velvet. In the end, I decided on white chocolate with raspberry, since rich chocolate and red velvet can be more of an acquired taste for some. As for frosting, I went with the hand-painted butter cream roses, which added the perfect finishing touch. Mmm mmm! Luckily for me, my cake was a total crowd pleaser.

Before ordering a cake for an event, consider these suggestions:

  1. Know your crowd. If you are catering to an extra large group, go with classic flavors such as chocolate and vanilla. When you are hosting a small get together with close friends, serve your favorite flavor along with an alternative classic dessert option, like vanilla ice cream, in case someone isn’t a fan of your flavor.
  2. Have a headcount. It’s important to know what size cake your event will require. Figure one and a half slices per person and work with a baker to estimate the appropriate size/quantity for your crowd.
  3. Stay cost-conscious. Opt for standard shapes to avoid the extra charges associated with specialty shaped cakes. Requesting a heart-shaped cake over a square or circular cake can tack on an average of $50 or so!
  4. Optimize your options. Always taste a few different types of cake and frosting before making a decision. Most bakeries are happy to set up a sampling appointment when you are planning to make an order.
  5. Make it pretty. Taste is just as important as the aesthetics. Be sure the cake reflects the décor and feel of your event.

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Above is a picture of my birthday cake. Isn’t it pretty?!

Send me photos of your favorite cakes from past events–especially if you had an exceptionally creative cake!

To send me photos, just sign up as a LaurenConrad.com member (it literally takes less than 1 minute!). After you set up your own profile page, you can upload the cake image to your personal LaurenConrad.com profile. Once it has uploaded, just be sure to hit “Submit this photo” so I can see it! I’ll post my favorite cake photo submission next month!

XO Lauren

Photos: Erik Nelder

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  • Kimberly

    Yes, it look so pretty and delicious!! The roses look so beautiful.

    It’s a very good inspiration for my own Birthday cake.

    Xxx

  • Dominika S

    This cake looks incredibly yummy. and it’s so pretty♥

  • Kristina Hoenel

    yummmyyy !!!

    it looks SO nice :)

    xx

    http://www.simplebutreal.blogspot.com/

  • Emily Richards

    Love!! The painting is so flirty and cute :)

  • Quotable Kitchen

    Wow that looks delicious! I like incorporating fruits into desserts, not only is it healthy but it really tastes great.

  • valeska garces

    una consulta!!!

  • Kara Endres

    That’s so pretty and looks delicious! I think you’re right to suggest classic flavors when there’s a lot of people attending. I’m trying to think of cakes, but since I always do homemade, I’ve never ordered one that would be pretty enough to submit. (My cakes taste good, but usually are an epic fail in the looks department lol! I’ll see if I have any pics though.)

    xx Kara

    Sprinkles in Springs

  • Jennifer Houlahan

    What a gorgeous cake! :) I love the berries oozing out from the between the layers mmm mmm!

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  • Emmy Rho

    Love the hand painted flowers! So adorable!

    -Emmy

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  • Valentine Valen

    mine is pretty too.

  • Audra Downing

    Perfect advice for a future event planner! Thank you! Such a pretty cake!

  • Mariella

    this cake is just beautiful Lauren! in a month is my birthday so I’m already planning my cake and want it to look delicious as yours!

  • Dd Sanabria Lo

    check out my wed cake on my profile :)

  • Nikki Hayes

    absolutely love this cake. Going to have it as my graduation cake :)

  • Alexa Losito

    that cake looks AMAZING! i work at a cake shop. i wanted to go to culinary schoool for pastry arts..but sadly i didnt get in! we make cakes like this at my job…..i hope you enjoyed it lauren! LOVE YOUU!!

  • Kayla Robertson

    Looks delicious! Really quite simple too…

  • ARSLAN KHALID

    well decorated cake

  • Abii Carter

    Who made this cake, it’s amazing!

  • Caroline Dabroszek

    wauw! I don’t like Cake, but I mean, this looks amazing! it looks like a cartoon cake, doesn’t it? :-)

  • Abii Carter

    Yeah, but who made it? xxxxx

  • Louna Charaf

    I had the same kind of cake for my 18th birthday two months ago. Mine was full of chocolate, & Oreos (yum yum). Your cake looks so delicious :)

  • danielle schemkes

    the cake look’s asomwe

  • Maggie

    mmmmmm yummy

  • mary1024

    What a beautiful cake! It looks so good Lauren!

  • Nina Kallas

    The most girly, fun, with prefect flavor!! I must say next birthday cake. :-)

  • Vicky Rivera

    Cute Cake looks yummy too!

  • Fiona Connolly

    such a beautiful cake! thats the cake i want for my 16th birthday for sure! <3

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  • Juan C Montalvo

    So awesome!!!! Totally love it!!

  • Karie Obremski

    That looks TOO good to eat, I bet it was absolutely delicious! Happy Birthday Lauren, you deserve the best. (: You are my inspiration.

  • Summer Lucari

    So pretty. I love it!

  • Chelsea Bengal

    I absolutely LOVE your cake! The design/frosting, lettering, flavor – Amazing! And now I want cake….

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