(Closed) Thinking of making my own cake…Bad plan?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I am making both our cake and his groom’s cake. I make cakes for a living, so it just seems natural for me to instead of paying someone else to do it. You can freeze your layers ahead of time if you’re in a time crunch. I’d recommend double wrapping, once in saran wrap and then again in quality foil. You can start looking at cake forums, there’s lots of tips for beginners. The Wlton forum is excellent for people getting into cakes at home. I wish you luck!

Just a note on cost of ingredients, bakers typically charge a lot for labor as the mixing, baking, storing, assembly and decoration is very time consuming. I’ve made cakes that have spanned three days.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m doing red velvet cupcakes but the costs I’m coming across are way too high for cupcakes so I’m thinking of making my own too. Maybe 2 days before the wedding because the day before will be too busy for me… 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you should totally do it. It seems you have not only the confidence but the experience to pull it off. It’s not like you’ve only made an ocassional cake here and there but have done actual wedding cakes.

I understand the reasoning behind wanting to do it yourself because I had the same feeling when it came to the flowers. I couldn’t see spending $165 on my bouquet, $9 on a boutonniere, $120 on a centerpiece and so forth when I know how to do all that. I’ve worked in a flower shop and have had a small home floral business and really couldn’t see spending hard earned $$$ on what I could do myself. I’ll have helpers so I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok.

Again I say go for it, you know what you’re capable of doing. Good luck and be sure to post some pics.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@Corilee13: Oh sorry, ignore everything I just said hahaha. I didn’t know you do cakes as well, my apologies!!! I come from a family of bakers so when my mom and grandma get here, it will sort of like be an assembly line. I am the only decorator in the family so they can bake, wrap, frost and stack and then I can do the decorating the day before. My whole wedding should be fairly laid back so I think it will be fun to sit around and bake cakes with my relatives haha. Are you doing buttercream only or fondant? I’m sure you know this but a denser cake such as a pound cake doesn’t soak up as much icing.

It’s so funny that you like carrot cake and mentioned no one else liking it. We are having a grooms cake only because FI loves carrot cake and I think it is replusive haha. Gotta give the hubs something yummy!

Also, just out of curiosity, what designs are you thinking of?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d do it. Try a few practice rounds of what you wannt it to look like, and then go from there. If you already have the expertise I can;t see why in the world you wouldn’t want to.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Corilee13: You’re right, the cost of bunching flowers and tying it with a ribbon is absured. I know I’m tackling a lot of projects but if I know I can do it myself for less then that’s $$$ spent for things I can’t do (catering, DJ, etc).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@Corilee13: I love the all over rose designs. I too hate the taste of fondant but love working with it. Ours will be fondant and i will just pull it off my piece. I’m excited to see!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I stole this from the Knot. I like this cake but the blue will be brown, the birds will be baby blue and the flowers will stay the same I think. Not 100% on this design but I keep coming back to it for some reason or another.

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