Post # 1
I know, I know…I’m going to be so busy the week of the wedding that baking is going to be the last thing on my mind. However, in my area, we really don’t have many options for wedding cakes. The few bakeries we do have are so expensive (mainly because of the little competition). We got quoted somewhere in the ballpark of $800-$1000 for a three tier fondant cake. We are paying for the wedding ourselves, so that’s a big chunk of change for a cake that I can make myself!
I played around with the design last night (this cake is actually for my grandparents anniversary). The wedding will be a rustic vintage theme, with lace, burlap, browns, etc. So here’s the cake!
I covered it with strips of MMF and made chocolate fondant roses and wrapped a burlap bow around it.
I just want opinions on other bees who have, or are planning on, making their own wedding cake/cupcakes/desserts/etc.
Post # 3
I voted no, because i think you will have way too much going on in that final week.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
my aunty is doing my cake. Its going to be a rum cake!! Because of the alcohol the cake can be made a month in advance and the decorated a bit before. Id do that
ETA: when i said id do that I mean put alcohol in the cake to preserve it
Post # 5
That’s a gorgeous cake! I voted “other”.
I’d bet that you’ll have more than enough to be stressed about in the last couple days before the wedding. For me, it would depend on if you’d be planning on doing it the day before, or a few days before. If the day before, I’d be concerned about something going wrong with the cake and you rushing to fix it and stressing yourself the hell out. If a few days before, would the decorations hold up? Do you have somewhere to store the completed cake? Will you be storing it deconstructed or assembled? What happens if the cake dries out before the wedding?
Post # 6
I debated on this too but everyone talked me out of it. You can always bake the cakes, freeze them and then decorate them the week of to make it a little less busy.
I still kind of want to make my own.
Post # 7
I think you could manage it, as long as you’re not doing any other projects. You should put someone else in charge of delivering the cake to the venue. And you should also have a Plan B.
Post # 8
I think it depends on how organized you are. We were super stressed finishing up the seating chart and buying our wedding party gifts but if you’re a little more organized I think you could do it!
Also, where is your venue? Do they allow you to bring in a cake that isn’t made at a licensed bakery (mine didn’t)? How will you get it there? Just other questions to think about.
Post # 9
Thank you for all your advice ladies!
I am actually a hobby baker, I’ve done a wedding cake in the past few months, I do birthday cakes, anniversary cakes, and all kinds of cupcakes. I am in the process of becoming a legal bakery (Yay!) So the venue won’t be a problem, I will have my licenses and liability insurance before the wedding date (hopefully in the next couple of weeks!)
So, with my background, the cake shouldn’t be a problem. I know to bake the cakes ahead of time and torte and freeze them. Whip up the BC a couple days before and I can make the fondant a week before and keep it wrapped. Actually, I could probably already have the strips of fondant cut and store them in some sort of plastic container? Idk, thinking out loud here 🙂
My mom is also my “helper” when I do bigger cakes, so I could delegate a lot of the tasks to her. I am definitely not going to be the one to deliver it, I always think the delivery is more stressful than the actual cake! Lol
Post # 10
I make cupcakes on the side and fully intend on making my own cupcakes ONLY because I can make them a month before and freeze them. I am playing with the idea of making a fondant cutting cake but think I may hire that part out because I’d have to make it no more than 3 days before and I’m sure i’ll have things I’d rather be doing then. in your situation I’d probably make it with help from your mom and maybe make a “girls day” out of it. Go for pedis or something fun a relaxing afterwards.
Post # 11
@BakerBee16: You can make the cake ahead of time and freeze it. There are lots of great cake recipes that freeze very well.
Then you can decorate it a couple days before the wedding. Make the flowers ahead of time too out of gumpaste. It dries hard and you can easily store them until you’re ready to put them on the cake.
So, you’d have to assemble the cake, cover it in fondant, and add the flowers. That sounds very doable to me. Plus, your design is great!
Post # 12
Have you looked into any grocery store bakeries? You can usually get a good cake for much less than a specialty bakery. I would just really worry about baking your own cake because it will give you such a tight timeline. Things will inevitably go wrong and take longer than expected and you don’t want to be in the position of choosing between having a cake or getting ready for your wedding
Post # 13
@BakerBee16: i think your cake looks great. fondant is actually quite easy to work with and your design is very forgiving. if you have the time i say do it.
Post # 14
Absolutely make it! I am. And I’m nowhere as good as you. I’m making a 6″ 3 layer cake and approx 150 cupcakes.
Post # 15
I definitely think you can do it! You have baking experience and halp from your Mom, so you can pull it off! Sounds like you are well organized and not stressing about it, so I think it will be great. I love your design ideas- maybe try a different colour burlap bow instead of white (maybe you already had a different colour in mind)? Good luck and post pics!!
Post # 16
@BakerBee16: My initial reaction was HELL NO. But wow, you are talented! And that sounds way overpriced to me.