Finding a Maine BakeryMaine's many fresh-produced flavors mean there is a wealth of expert food establishments -- and this includes bakeries. Look for a baker that specializes in wedding creations. Ask a friend who frequents the area of Maine you will be getting married in, or check online for listings. Try all-inclusive wedding cake services like Edible Delights Cakes, New England Couture Cakes and Handmade Desserts.
Setting Up a Cake TastingYour wedding cake is one item you will definitely want to "try before you buy." Call several bakeries and ask to arrange a cake sampling. The bakery may suggest several cake and icing flavor combinations ahead of time so that they can have samples available when you come in. If you're not currently located in Maine, see whether you can arrange several cake tastings on the same day so you can make a day trip of it. Your groom should come along to taste the samples, but leave your mother, sister and best friend at home -- too many opinions may be distracting and could steer you away from your initial impressions (which are often the most important).
Take small sips of water between each sample to ensure a clean palate between bites. Take a small bite and allow it to linger on your tongue for several seconds before chewing. This will allow you to appreciate each flavor and decide which is best for you. Also watch for smoothness (you don't want a grainy frosting!) and the sweetness level (some people prefer a very sweet cake, while others appreciate a more subtle sensation).