Post # 1
I want to make my wedding cake. I love to bake, I do it all the time and my cake is super simple –
I am going to make it a vanilla sponge cake with a fresh lemon lime citrus custard and a caramel swiss meringue buttercream. yum!
The problem is, everyone keeps telling me that I shouldn’t take on too much and that I won’t be able to do it. I am definately a DIY kind of person and almost everything for the wedding is going to be done by myself or family/wedding party. It doesn’t hurt that myself, my fiancee, his family and almost the entire wedding party are designers, photographers, event planners, florists, etc.. I really feel like I can do this!
Does anyone have any experiences/advice for me? Also, when would I have to make it? Day of or is the day before ok?
Post # 3
Seriously, I sort of wish I had done mine myself. Ours was fine (and not a priority) but I think I could have done it and it would have been just as good as what we paid for. I definitely would have had time the day before the wedding to churn out 5 or 6 dozen cupcakes.
That being said, it’s a tricky balance you’re going to have to work. You have to make sure you’re leaving nothing else to the last minute. AND you’re not going to have time for a mani/pedi the day before if that was on the docket for the day. I would leave the day totally open, and I think it would be really really easy to do. You could always bake in the morning, let it cool for a couple hours, do your mani/pedi other last minute stuff in that cooling time, and then do the filling a bit later in the afternoon/early evening. You can make up the fillings and icing the day before.
The only potential conflict I see is if your rehearsal dinner is the day before the wedding.
Post # 4
i’m baking my own too! i totally understand, no one has faith in me either, so i’m looking forward to proving them all wrong!
Post # 5
You can always bake the cake layers ahead of time like most bakeries do. They are also easier to crumb coat when they are still cold.
Post # 6
I love to bake too… but baking my own wedding cake sounds like a nightmare! Unless you are having a very small family wedding at home with less than 15 people to serve or are a pastry chef will all the equipment that you need and easy access to a professional chef’s oven … I think that even a simple cake like the example shown would take away time that you really will not have available to you the weekend of your own wedding. If you want to bake something for your own wedding… bake cookies the month before and freeze them! You absolutely are not going to have time to bake a cake the day of your own wedding… especially not a large tiered cake. A cake like that would take hours and hours to bake in the standard oven because you can only bake so many cakes at a time… and you would have to plan on letting them cool to ice and stack. A friend of mine saved her seating chart to the weekend of her wedding to handwrite her seating charts out. (I think she had the seating planned out, but also plannec to have personallized DIY calligraphied charts.) She ended up taking them to the hair salon to finish, and it was terrible because it ended up delaying the whole bridal parties schedule…
Post # 7
I think it could go either way.
One one hand, what you are going for is actually pretty simple. I think you could do it based on that alone, and the fact that you are a fairly experienced baker.
Question though, how many are you preparing for?
I ask because – I have a degree in culinary arts, and consider myself to be a pretty good baker. I made a grooms cake for a friend last year, for about 100 people, and it was a task for me. I would hate for you to get stressed out right before the wedding.
I do think you could make it the day before though, I might be a little concerned about the custard filling making the cake soggy, so definitely do a scaled down trial run.
Beautiful cake though!
Post # 8
We are having 80 people at our wedding, but we are having our caterer do a carnival inspired dessert bar – which will have cake balls as well as other sweets (mini funnel cakes, cotton candy, etc.). So I would only need that cake for our top anniversary tier and maybe 30 servings. I was thinking like three 5″ and three 9″??
Basically I want the cake so we can cut it – keeping some tradition alive 🙂
Post # 9
I actually think that cake looks harder! I’ve made a couple layered cakes, and they tend to crumble and I have to patch it up with frosting, I’m thankful for the outer layer of frosting to cover the flaws!
I would seriously practice at least 2 times before the wedding to 1, sew if you can do it and 2, get your timing right 😉
Post # 10
I support your cause! I’m baking my own cake too 🙂 Granted, it will be cheesecakes and they won’t be stacked – the one detail I cannot master – but I definitely think home-baking has its advantage.
Post # 11
If you do it, please do it the day before, or 2 days before. I wouldn’t advise it either. Too much going on the week of the wedding. But, up to you.
Post # 12
I feel like I just wrote this post. (lol) Nobody has any faith in me. They’re like, “You’ll be busy and stressed and it won’t come out right and how will you get it there!?”
I want to bake my cake layers two weeks or so beforehand and freeze my cake. I’ll also make the frosting and filling ahead of time.
I’m planning on frosting it rustic style (not perfectly smooth, but so you can clearly see the spatula strokes) and just decorating with fresh flowers (or maybe even paper). All I’ll have to do is assemble it the day before. How is this so scary?
Post # 13
I admire DIY people. My advice is to trust yourself not others!
Also best to bake it the day before just in case of disaster but more because the cake is more firm when left, then do the icing on the day.
Good luck hun. Please send us pics!
Post # 14
Im all for DIY…. but that cake looks really hard to stack. I have made a cake for my daughters birthday party every year… and was stressed out enough to do that while organizing the rest. But I agree with a previous poster, if you are set on doing it, make sure you make a practice one at least 2 times before the wedding to know how long it will take and be prepared for any problems that could arise.