Post # 1
Tell me about that time you made your own wedding cake.
And how it all worked out and was a great idea.
Asking for a friend. 😉
ETA: because so many folks commented, just buy a cake from the store/bakery: I am in Germany, getting married in Denmark. Here they don’t even really have cakes like wedding cakes for sale in bakeries. You can order something, but it’s not like in the States. (it’s not really a thing here, they have some really bad, indutry packaged ones though in the supermarkets) I have never been to denmark and don’t know if they do or don’t have finished cakes and ones I would want to use. I would hate to end up with no cake at all, or really really ugly/not yummy. I also do not wnat to spend the one day in town before the wedding trying to find a bakery who could get me a cake. We are an hours drive away from the town so it could be a hit or miss situation and it feels like a big gamble.
Just for infos: We are eloping, there are no guests and the venue wants 400 bucks for a cake (for two people!) or kindly offered we could bring our own.
So my plan is to bake the cakes at home on the Monday, travel with them undecorated. (by car) Store them in our holiday home until Wednesday where I then decorate them (sort of, kinda as best I can in a holiday appartment with a small kitchen) and then take it to the venue and serve it on the Thursday. Does this sound okay?
Google tells me I they keep 5+ days wrapped in plastic and then in a cake tupperware thingie, even if I don’t refrigerate. I can refrigerate (even for the trip up) but apparently I don’t need to.
Here’s roughly what I am planning:
either a bit of a naked cake (depends how my cake trial this weekend goes, lol)
or a bundt cake with icing (if I feel it’s doable in the small kitchen) or just a a bit of powdered sugar, but everything with some flowers for decoration
yay or nay?
Post # 2
Why are you going through all that headache for two people? Just buy something inexpensive at a local bakery.
Post # 3
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
For the 2 of you? No, I wouldn’t go to all that work. I’d pick something up at the bakery.
Post # 10
yellowgold : yeah, it does seem a bit like a non issue. Here’s the thing though, I am in Germany, getting married in Denmark. Here they don’t even really have cakes like wedding cakes for sale in bakeries. You can order something, but it’s not like in the States. (it’s not really a thing here, they have some really bad ones though in the supermarkets) I have never been to denmark and don’t know if they do or don’t have finished cakes and ones I would want to use. I would hate to end up with no cake at all, or really really ugly/not yummy, you know what I mean? It’s one of the few things I actually care about since we’re not having guests…
Post # 11
denkyem : yeah, exactly, I just mean one small layer cake. It like a 6″ round. (or, maybe a simple bundt cake. But I am still looking for a very small cake pan. not so easy)
I am going to try it out this weekend or during the coming week. Plan was light icing and throw some baby’s breath or flowers on it 😉
Post # 12
- 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
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:
Post # 14
Charliejeorge : thanks! As I am traveling though, the freezing is probably a waste of time. I can’t keep it frozen for the amount of time I need, though I can keep it refridgerated. But then again, what do you think of denkyem ‘s idea: “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…”
(btw denkyem , you are some kind of godess for baking your own wedding cake for 120 people!!!)
Post # 15
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!