a wedding cake is not impossible. If you have some baking experience and time
to experiment, you may find that you can produce the same quality cake as a very
expensive wedding cake designer.
most important thing to remember when you decide to bake the cake for your own
wedding or to gift a friend with a wedding cake, is that you'll have to make at
least one trial run before the wedding day.
Wedding cake design
Before you begin baking, you'll need to know what end result you want. Will you
be going for a traditional multi-tiered white frosting wedding cake or will you
want a tower of cupcakes or individual table cakes with a smaller "cutting'
through the designs online and in bridal magazines until you find one that is
Baking and decorating a wedding cake may require tools that you don't have handy. Since a wedding cake is actually just a big layer cake, you'll need at least three tiers to pull it off . This usually requires a 12-inch, 9-inch, and 6-inch cake pan.
Piping tips and fondant smoothers are generally needed for the frosting. Wooden dowels
and cardboard bases for the tiers are another unusual item you might not find in your kitchen drawer
If you plan on a special filling, coloring or flavor for the cake or frosting decorations, make sure you have all the ingredients together before you get started.
1... 2... 3...
makes perfect and this is especially true when it comes to something as important as a wedding cake.
you plan on adding a basket weave design for the frosting, for example, make a
few cakes for other occasions - like your family dinner - where you use the technique.
After you practice on cakes where mistakes don't matter, you'll be an expert when
it comes to decorating the wedding cake.
you feel ready to tackle the actual cake, it's time for a complete "dress rehearsal" practice run. Go through
the whole process from baking each piece and assembling the cake to adding the
may seem a bit expensive and a waste of good ingredients, but if there's gong
to be a problem... it's better to find out and figure out a solution on a practice
The bride and the cake
If you plan on baking your own cake for your wedding, have a reliable friend work
with you. The last thing you need on your wedding day is to worry about getting
the cake to the reception and setting it up.
If you've planned ahead, someone else can take care of these details while you are
getting dressed for the big event!
Wedding cake recipes and advice
soon discover that making a professional looking designer wedding cake really
is not impossible, it just takes a bit of practice...
the guests at the wedding find out who made the cake, they'll be amazed at your
new talent. Be prepared for requests for cakes from other friends and family!
The sites below
are good resources for cake ideas that come complete with recipes and instructions.
Once you decide on which cake you'll make, get busy baking and have a great time.
More about how to make a wedding cake around the Web:
Tiered Cakes - Wilton is a name that the best bakers know and trust. If you're new to constructing tiered cakes, check out these step-by-step instructions.
Wiz Wedding Cakes and more.. - From simple to complex, you'll find it
all here. Choosing a cake, recipes with baking tips and advice on how to assemble
the cake when you're done. Fondants and Pastillage, pipe a basket weave wedding
cake, drop strings and more with step by step instructions and plenty of pictures.
They have a recipe for gum based rolled
fondant if you plan on making some for your cake frosting...