Post # 1
My Fiance and I live in a rural area where there aren’t that many professional bakers around, and my Mom’s a pretty hot-stuff amateur cake-maker, so we’ve had it in our heads since we started planning that we’re going to DIY our cake. But the more I research what it takes to pull of a tiered cake, the more stressful the whole thing sounds, and I want to make it as easy on my Mom as possible, since she’s volunteered to do this.
I’ve been thinking of either:
- A number of single-tiered cakes on cake stands of various heights or
- A small tiered cake for display and a lot of extra sheet cakes that can be cut up behind-the-scenes
Which would be easier to pull off? With the sheet cakes, a lot of the cutting could be done ahead of time and out of the bustle of things, but there’d be the extra challenge of attempting the tiered cake. I know we can make some nice-looking single-tiered cakes, but having more of those to cut up in the middle of the reception area could be more difficult than the other option. (Also, for reference, there’ll probably be about 300 people at this wedding. Yikes…).
From a DIY standpoint, which of these would be easiest? Can anyone think of things to consider that I’ve forgotten?
Post # 3
I want to DIY my cake and everyone says I’m crazy, but I’m planning on working on it about a month before. Here’s my plan.
1 Month before:
Spend Saturday afternoon about a month before the wedding making batter.
Spend Sunday afternoon the next day baking. I hope to get at least 3 cakes done. and then freeze.
3 Weeks to Go:
The next weekend (3 weeks before wedding) repeat above.
Begin to make the frosting and do the filling and crumb layer of frosting for each tier. Freeze.
2 Weeks to Go:
Take out all the tiers and frost with the real layer of frosting. re-freeze.
Carry the cake boxed up to the location and assemble on a cake stand. Bottom tier then a wooden mandrel through the center. Then I’d stack the center tier and top tier on. I’m just going to put an organic flower on the top and be done with it. Very rustic and sweet looking. I’ll hand it over to the location and have them wheel it out and cut it up during the cake cutting.
Post # 4
@posh_princess: That plan looks awesome! Sounds a lot like what I want, too — something rustic and simple. Your breakdown of steps looks much less scary than some of the lists I’ve seen 😀
My Mom and I were just discussing it more after I posted, and in a fit of panic, we looked up the closest bakeries and their prices. They’re all at least an hour away, and the cheapest estimate I found would be around $900. That just solidified our DIY commitment 😛