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Fantasizing about the perfect cake for your upcoming Quinceanera? We’ve got you covered! Our advice: Choose a reputable bakery Future quinceaneras should absolutely begin their research online. Visit general quinceanera sites to obtain real customer feedback. Then visit the bakery’s website to view photos of their work. If the photos aren’t up-to-date or professional images are shown then forget this vendor. You want to work with a bakery with positive feedback from another quinceanera and a wide range of cake offerings. Next, you should visit the bakery in person and meet with the staff. It’s important to walk out of the bakery with an image of the quinceanera cake — either drawn or rendered via computer — so that there aren’t any surprises. If you don’t feel comfortable with the bakery staff, you won’t be happy with your cake. Most cake specialists have a dedicated staffer and a separate area in which to sit down and review your quinceanera cake design. If the sales associate rushes you or fails to answer basic questions, you should consider going somewhere else. Give yourself adequate time to pick a quince cake Three to six months is enough time to plan the quinceanera cake. Once a quinceanera knows her color scheme and the quinceanera venue, it’s good to get the cake designed and ordered before she enters the ‘crunch period,’ which is usually the last two months.” Make sure you love how the cake tastes I can’t stress this enough: Arrange for a cake tasting before the cake is ordered. If the cake has multiple flavors, taste all of them. Basic flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla will vary depending on how the cake is made, its formulation, its frosting and more. Don’t assume — taste! Also, with regard to taste, avoid the exotic. A good bakery can make vanilla taste amazing. Exotic flavors sometimes alienate guests who don’t recognize the flavor. Get creative with the design Many quinceañeras bring their color scheme (quince gown, dama dresses) into the shop for color coordination. Also, themed quinceaneras need a themed cake. From outdoor spring quinceaneras to indoor religious ceremonies, any type of quinceanera can be accommodated with a custom cake. Need inspiration? Try a cake trend Matching the quinceanera’s dress to the cake is a big trend this season. We’re also seeing a return to classic buttercream frosting — the original style of frosting that looks more realistic and has a richer flavor than modern frostings. As for shapes, ovals are really this season’s hottest shift. Round is traditional, a square can be a lot of fun, but an oval-shaped quinceanera cake draws a lot of attention and allows more for a unique creation. Don’t make these cake mistakes There are two cardinal sins of planning a custom quinceanera cake: The first is waiting until the last minute to design and order a cake. Most bakeries have their custom cakes calendared out weeks/months in advance. Special ingredients and decorations sometimes need to be ordered and, in some cases, created from scratch, which takes considerable experimentation. The second mistake is to have too many people providing input. I’ve seen many quinceaneras driven crazy because they involved parents, friends, cousins, the entire quinceanera party, etc. When you come to the bakery, keep your entourage down to one or two people at the most. Choosing a cake is about what feels good to you as the quinceanera.