The icing on the cake

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The wedding cake — the often tiered bakery marvel lavished with frosting and sugary details that look more like art than food. The wedding cake is a staple of any ceremony, and its cutting is often a highlight moment. Whether you shove a bite into your spouse's mouth or not is entirely up to you, but the cake itself should be a reflection of you both.

From elegant to geometric, cake designs and flavors are as numerous and varied as every couple is unique.

With 30-plus years of experience and a genuine love of designing cakes, Jocelyn Lucero of Jocelyn's Cakes in Taos has helped create the perfect cake for many couples. Finding out the wedding theme and feel of the day, how many tiers, flavors, fillings and exterior design are all covered during a consultation, which lasts about an hour, Lucero explained.

"The first question I ask is, 'During the last wedding you attended, do you remember the cake?'" she said.

Over the years, she has noticed many trends. Rustic cake designs and more vintage styles are popular these days.

"There are two worlds out there," Lucero said. "People are wanting cake designs that reflect natural things — not so fancy or busy. And wooden presentation bases have become more popular."

Also often requested, she continued, are cakes featuring a lace design to reflect the bride's dress.

Lucero recommends that couples should order their cake about six months in advance, to a year out for out-of-towners. She also highly recommends saving the top tier or a slice or two for later. Lucero has heard many a story about the couple being so busy socializing that they miss out on enjoying a whole piece of cake, and that's just wrong.

Local cake designers/bakers

Cakes by Mariel

(575) 770-0855

luv143@hotmail.com

facebook.com/cakesbymariel

 

Jocelyn's Cakes

(575) 751-6281

jocelyncakes@msn.com

taosweddingcakes.com

 

Rochelle Woollard

(505) 604-7889

chef.rochelle@live.com

 

Albertsons

(575) 758-1250

 

Smith's

Limited to smaller cakes

(575) 758-3711

 

Super Save Discount Foods

(575) 751-2801

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