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Easy Ways To Make A Homemade Wedding Cake

homemade wedding cakeMaking 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.

The 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' layer?

Go through the designs online and in bridal magazines until you find one that is just right.

What size cake do you need?

Click on the link and use the charts to find out how much cake you'll need to serve at the wedding.

Gather your tools and ingredients

wedding cakeAround the Web: wedding cakes for absolute beginners

cake decorating supply checklist

Frosting and Piping 101

Making Fondant - Step by Step

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.

Testing 1... 2... 3...

Practice makes perfect and this is especially true when it comes to something as important as a wedding cake.

If 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.

After 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 decorations. It 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 cake!

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

You'll soon discover that making a professional looking designer wedding cake really is not impossible, it just takes a bit of practice...

When 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:

Building 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.

Pastry 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...

also see our recipe file -> Wedding Cupcake Recipe

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