Is my plan for the cake totally stupid?

posted 1 year ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Worker bee

Why are you going through all that headache for two people?  Just buy something inexpensive at a local bakery.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Go for it!!!  Definitely do a trial.  If the trial doesn’t go well, I’d just order a small round from somewhere else and sneak it in as my own creation 😉

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Shesaidyes :  Sure, you could do it that way and I’m sure it would be fine. But is the holiday home furnished? If so, I would just make it there on Tuesday or Wednesday.

ETA: Yeah, actually, who am I kidding. I would absolutely buy one. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Seriously I’m sure you can go to a local cake shop and get them to make you a small 4 inch or 6 inch cake for cheap.  Add some toppers or flowers to it and you’re sorted  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I second the local shop idea.  That’s a lot of work you don’t want to be bothering with.  Or even a grocery store?  They often have cakes that are actually really pretty, or you can call in advance and have them make/design one.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

It could work. Not to much harm in trying, if it doesn’t taste good only you and new-husband will know and with simple decorations, it should at least look good. Is there a bakery or grocery store near the holiday home where you could pick up a backup cake if need be?

 

ETA: For our wedding celebration, my mother just ordered a small round cake with white buttercream. Then she decorated it with flowers and a topper. That may be an easier/cheaper option as well. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

When you say “cakes” plural… how much cake are you planning to make for just the two of you? or do you actually mean layers, like two small layers for one small cake? 

If you’re just baking a small single tier this should be easy and fine. I would worry a bit about the cake hanging out in tupperware in a hot car, though.  

Some cakes are actually tastier if you bake them ahead and freeze them, even for just a day or two. Could you bake on the weekend, freeze, pack a thawing cake in a cooler and drive down with that? I think the freezing might help, then just refrigerate on arrival…

I made a three-layer cake to serve 120 people at my own wedding. It was a lot of work but turned out pretty decent. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

For the 2 of you?  No, I wouldn’t go to all that work.  I’d pick something up at the bakery.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

You could totally do this. I have a little home bakery and do wedding cakes on the side. I honestly would bake my cake 2 weeks ahead, wrap it in tinfoil or wax paper and freeze it. I find freezing it locks in the flavor and moisture and you end up with a better porduct AND you can do it ahead of time.. win win! (learned this from Cake Boss!) 

Icing or drizzle is pretty easy to whip up. You can always frost it before it’s frozen, but it changes the consistency a little… I do this for family birthdays, no one has ever noticed and when I tell them it was frozen, they are shocked 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Shesaidyes :  of course you can do this, this is how many weddings were done and still are done! It will be even more meaningful and I’ll bet you will make a delicious cake, being such a good cook /person who appreciates good food.

if for any reason you can’t do it, get some German pastries/cookies, stack them on a pretty cake plate, add some greenery, done and done.

if you’re up for a real challenge, Baumkuchen:

 

https://www.germanfoods.org/recipes/baumkuchen/

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

With my mothers help I DIYed our cake for 70 people, and it actually turned out amazing. Ours was a naked cake similar to the first one you posted so I embraced the rustic messy look ;). Do a trial run first! 

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