Post # 1
I absolutely love baking and I am the go to baker in my family and FI family. My FI grandmother has actually retired pie making to me cause she says I should be the next generation of pie baker! (I almost cried when his Grammie said that to me!).
I make cakes/cupcakes as well for birthdays etc and know some basic cake decorating with buttercream (don’t like fondant and have no desire to learn).
I want to take on the task of making cake or cupcakes for my wedding (about 80 guests). I want to know if I am crazy for wanting to take on this task in the days before my wedding?
I have only 1 person that MAY be able to help me. Other then that I am on my own. I just don’t want to bite off more then I can chew so I am looking for feedback on anyone who knows someone or has themselves made their own cake/cupcakes for a wedding?
What is easier? Cake or Cupcakes?
Post # 3
I think that’s too big of a task. I know I wouldn’t want to be doing all that work, and dealing with the stress and worry that goes along with it, on top of the added worry and stress that comes with the days prior to the wedding.
I’d say do a trial. Maybe make half a batch of cupcakes to see how the process goes and imagine that doubled, with everything else going on before the wedding. I’d try to do some mock-up scenarios to see if it’s worth it.
Post # 4
Well, I’m not sure if I can help you or not. I am making cupcakes for our wedding(40 guests). I won’t have any help either, so I am making them ahead of time and freezing them. I will also make the buttercream in advance and freeze it. The night before the wedding I will take them out and whip the frosting and pipe it on. I don’t think it will take more than an hour to do the 50 or so cupcakes. I have tried the freezing and thawing out already and it works pretty good. I individually wrap the cupcakes in plastic wrap and then put them in a large zipper bag. The same with the butterccream I put it in a zipper bag.
Post # 5
I’m planning on doing mine, although for about the quarter of your number of guests. I’m actually currently in the middle of a trial cake in the form of my birthday cake (like literally right now; I’m just taking a break from decorating, ha). It can definitely be done, and if you enjoy baking as much as it seems, it won’t be as bad. You definitely will want to do trial runs, and learn how to freeze and thaw your cake layers (and probably your icing too unless you want to whip up a whole bunch the day before).
I know lots of people who’ve made their own wedding cakes, and I’ve helped others make their wedding cakes as well as other celebration cakes before. If you’re not new to cake making and decorating, and you’re okay with the possibility of things going south, it can be a lot of fun.
In terms of which is easier, depends on what you’ll be doing. If you do a small cutting cake plus a sheet cake to feed your guests, it might be easier to do cakes vs. cupcakes. I’m biased though; I find decorating cupcakes to be a big pain compared to a more simple cake design.