(Closed) DIY Wedding Cake – Would you do it?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Would you make your own wedding cake?
    Never, hadn't even occurred to me : (65 votes)
    60 %
    Yes (reason?) : (36 votes)
    33 %
    I did my own cake but would not recommend it (why?) : (4 votes)
    4 %
    I did and I don't regret it! : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    8579 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I LOVE baking, but I wouldn’t attempt it. I’m sure there are many ladies who have successfully made their wedding cake, but it’s not my thing. I tend to be a perfectionist, and I’ll try over and over to get something to look perfect. That just can’t be done with a cake in that amount of time for me.

    The only other person i’ve known who baked a wedding cake, it wasn’t even her wedding, but she made it for a friend. She used regular box cake mix, and made a simple tier cake. It looks nice, I suppose, but you could tell it wasn’t professional.

    I think if you have the time & patience to do such a thing, then go for it!

    Post # 4
    Member
    6210 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    No, but it DID occur to me. I’m a really good baker, but I wouldn’t want to deal with that the day before my wedding, and it would be a pain to transport. I would consider cupcakes, but again, a pain to transport.

    Post # 6
    Member
    10 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I plan on baking my own wedding cake. I will only have 50 people max at my wedding so a 2-tier cake is plenty. If it were any larger I probably wouldn’t do it. Also, I care more about taste than design, so my design is super simple and my cakes taste great. I’ve been practicing for about a year and I feel fairly confident it will turn out well.

    Do lots of research on cake construction (e.g. how to have proper supports, and what types of cake work best) and design (smooth buttercream or fondant can be hard to achieve for a beginner, so textured buttercream with prepurchased gumpaste flowers is what I’m doing). The forums on cakecentral.com have been a big help. Also, if you are a perfectionist then you should probably not do your own cake because you will drive yourself insane the days before your wedding, and that’s a level of stress no bride needs.

    Good luck!

    Post # 7
    Member
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I voted yes.  I’m a pretty competent baker and can ice cakes no problem.  I would have no second thoughts to making my own wedding cake.  It’s actually something I’m contemplating.

    My thought is you could do a small, simple 2-3 layer tiered cake (maybe 10-12″ tier at the bottom iced in a style similar to: http://sweetapolita.com/2012/06/pastel-swirl-cake-video-tutorial/) then have a sheet cake for your guests.  That way the cake won’t be too hard to manage (with that design there’s no way you can screw it up) and your guests will still have cake.

    Things to think about are the weather and transportation – certain icings will NOT hold up in warm weather and humidity so you will need to adjust your ingredients accordingly.  You can refrigerate certain icings/cakes but they need to come to room temperature first in order to be eaten.

    Post # 10
    Member
    6210 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    cupcakes are much easier. If you do it, make sure you have proper transportation for them and people you trust to set them up correctly

    Post # 12
    Member
    8461 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @eocenia:  I LOVE baking, and cake decorating, but that being said I wouldn’t do it.  It’s the whole transporting the cake thing that worries me.  Cupcakes, I would definitely consider doing if I wasn’t already baking for the snack buffet and doing so many other DIY projects.

    Post # 13
    Member
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I love it and I can make a delicious cake but it would involve so much time in the precious days leading up to the wedding that I would be stressed out.  Instead we are ordering three small specialty cakes (not wedding cakes) from the local grocery store (publix cakes are yummy and pretty!)  We will save money and stress but the cakes will still look and taste delicious.

    (For those who like Publix we are doing a raspberry elegance cake, a chocolate ganache cake, and a red velvet cake.  We plan to cut the red velvet cake for pictures but guests will be able to choose their slice from all three.)

    Post # 15
    Member
    1346 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I love baking. Do it all the time. But I wouldn’t want the added stress of having to do it. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I checked “I did my own cake and wouldn’t recommend it” but in reality, I made the grooms cake and bought the wedding cake.  I was up until 2am on wedding day making the cake, and my topper just wouldn’t turn out, so I ended up with a thomas kinkaid lighthouse that didn’t match at all.  Too much stress.  

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