Post # 1
I’m wondering if I should make my own wedding cake. I have experience baking and doing some basic decorating. Has anyone trade their own cake? How did it turn out? Any tips or suggestions? I just have a hard time paying $350+ for a cake I probably could make myself. We want a simple design of white butter cream frosting with a few tiny decorations. Nothing fancy. FH is trying to talk me out of it for time reasons and sress levels. Boy does he know me well, lol. Any help is appreciated bees! I want to know if it’s something I can handle or should have a professional manage. Thanks!!
Post # 3
@Ohiogal1201: I am making my own cake. I’ve pre-made my gum paste flowers and I’ll bake the cakes about a week before, dirty-ice and freeze them. I’ll thaw them a few days before the wedding and ice them a day before the wedding. I’ll assemble the cake and decorate the morning of the wedding. Yes, it’s stupid to do, but like you, I couldn’t stomach forking over that amount of money. I also had the added problem of being limited due to location and since I am so type-A I knew I wouldn’t like anyone else’s work.
My best case scenario would have been having someone make me a basic cake (a grocery store would do it for cheap, I’m sure) and then just adding my own decorations.
Here are pictures of the mock-up with my flowers on styrofoam cakes:
No idea why they are coming up sideways. Excuse the sloppy placement of the cake – I will be making 6, 9 and 12 inch tiers, but could only get 6, 8 and 12 inch styrofoam dummy cakes. It’s also tipped backwards on the cake stand because it’s not quite wide enough.
Post # 4
I decorate cakes and have done some wedding cakes…to be honest I would never do my own because of the amount of time that can go into them and the other stuff that I will have on the day before and morning of. Even if it was the most simplest design I still wouldn’t. The girls hair will start at 9am so there is just no time for me. Only exception maybe being a cake (fruit, heavy mudcake) that will last well under fondant for a few days so I can cover it earlier that week and it just needs to be stacked and have the flowers stuck on the day of by someone else.
Lucky for me FMIL is an awesome cake baker and decorator and will do it but I would have paid for it if not. (However I would have screened the cake shops well as I hate most commercial wedding cakes I have eaten in the past – they are all packet mix and have been flavourless/too sweet/undercooked etc. I don’t mind paying for the workmanship that goes into them but I want them to taste good).
Post # 5
@NLbride: this is essentially what I want except I would like the icing to have a bit of texture to it. I couldn’t attach my photos. It sounds like a lot of work, but doable. Maybe my local grocery store can make the cakes and I can assemble? I have some time to decide, i’m just a frugal planner. Lol. Thanks for the input. That will definitely come in handy.
Post # 6
We’re going to DIY cake! Well, my FIL is, anyways. He’s a great baker, and I’m sure he’ll make something delicious. We could care less how it looks–definitely not set on smooth icing.
Post # 7
@Ohiogal1201: We did. It was a 3 tiered Italian cheesecake with chocolate-dipped strawberries as decorations. We had great fun experimenting with recipes for a few months before the wedding, and you definitely have to figure out how the tiers are going to go together – that can get very tricky. The day before the wedding we did have to take time from our friends and family to put the whole thing together (the families all played miniature golf in our absence!) It is helpful if you can transport the pieces to the venue the day before and assemble it there. Trying to transport a fully assembled wedding cake is daunting. Do make sure your venue has a substantial refrigerator where you can leave the cake undisturbed until the reception. Make sure your caterer knows that they are responsible for cutting and serving the cake – that’s not something you want to do! I’m glad we did it, it was so fun, but it was really the only DIY thing we did for the wedding. That one thing was enough.
Post # 8
@NLbride: Only if you can make it ahead of time! You don’t need that stress on your big day.