Cake DIY?…

posted 2 years ago in DIY
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you like it and you’ve done it before, go for it! My only caution would be to think about what other things you will be doing in the days leading up to the wedding.

I was doing things like picking up relatives from the airport, driving to the florist, decorating the ceremony and reception venues (and picking up the cake but that won’t apply to you!) – things which couldn’t be done earlier. Then there were last minute things which should have been handled earlier but weren’t: giving the designated reading to the person doing the reading, speaking to the friend who was videoing, printing programmes (well DH did that).

So long as you’re sure you’ll have the time, do it. But just be aware that a lot of things could come up.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

NotFroofy baked our wedding cake.  The only issue was that with so much else to do, the cake was delicious but she really didn’t have time to do much decoration.  So it really depends on how much time you’ll have, and how intricate you want the decorations to be.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - England, UK

Yeah, I’ll be making cupcakes and a wedding cake. And a full buffet and hors d’oevres. And decorating my venues, and doing loads of other stuff.

I just really hope that I get some help this time, because whenever I’ve done big events before (like family Christmases, for example) then I have ended up doing the whole ******* lot whilst everyone else drinks champagne in the other room. I remember one year, I decorated the house, cleaned the house, cooked a four course meal with home made stuffing and condiments, and made my own truffles and fudge as late night snacks, all of which I had absolutely no help with whatsoever. I then did all of the post-meal washing up and cleaning, whilst my mother complained about how I hadn’t helped her with all her Christmas jobs to everyone else.

Hopefully I will have both FI, and some more of my reliable relatives, to help me on the day!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did my own three tier cake. I baked it two nights before and frosted it the day before. It turned out lovely, and I’m really glad I did it. It gave me a decent chunk of hours where I got to relax and do something that I like to do. Of course, my family really wanted to “help” which was less than helpful. (I was staying in town at my grandmothers, so I made it in her kitchen. She’s an advid cook/baker too, so I think it took a lot of will power for her to relinquish control to me. haha)

Generally though, it was a nice excuse to not have to entertain for a few hours that day.

I definitely say “Go for it!” 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have seen other threads on here, you might do a search to hear more about other bees experiences. It sounds like as long as you can delegate some of the other tasks and chores (because you will need help) you will be ok. I however, am  a perfectionist and I know I wouldnt be able to let go of all of the other things, so we decided to go with an inexpensive online bakery for cupcakes, and let her do the exact cupcakes we want with the exact decorations, deliver, set up, etc :)    this leaves more time for me to do last minute things, flowers, help with decor at the venue, first look photos, etc.

ps-i dont know how you feel about freezing, but some bees have mentioned freezing cupcakes the week before and frosting the night before. Good luck! :)

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My fiance is the bakery manager for a price chopper store. He will be making our wedding cake for 200 people! :)

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@cupcakebride2013:  i made my own 4 tier wedding cake for my previous wedding and i was not rushed at all. 

i think if you and organized and your schedule allows, do it.

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