Is my plan for the cake totally stupid?

posted 11 months ago in DIY
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I made my brothers 3 tier wedding cake and it turned out pretty fantastic. I say go for it. If it turns out badly, it’ll make for good memories! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Would it be possible to find a nice restaurant or semi-fancy bakery and get something that is not necessarily a cake for the two of you to enjoy (a pastry of some kind or something?)

I think the cakes you have in mind are beautiful and your plans sounds doable to me though!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I actually think this is a cute and meaningful thing to DIY for an elopement! And I totally get it… I’m no master baker but I bake to my own taste and with high quality ingredients so generally end up liking my own baking better than commercial baking. Also relatively low stakes because if it doesn’t come out as you want it, only you and your husband will be let down. 

Do be forewarned that “naked” cakes dry out more quickly, so icing wednesday to serve thursday might not be ideal, especially if the cake is already small, i.e. has high surface area. Maybe there’s a workaround but it would require some research. Traditional thicker cake icing creates a barrier to lock moisture into cakes! 

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper

I wouldn’t even bother with a cake…Id do a different dessert altogether. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

I live in Germany – and German wedding cakes are not that bad ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it actually depends on the area. In rural areas, they still serve ugly 80ies style cakes.

 

I bought many small cake pans on Amazon, no luck at shops. For your travel, I’d bake a pretty dense cake, e.g. like the cakes from The ScranLine, and freeze the whole thing overnight. You could ad a dowl for support. I had almost frozen cakes travel an hour on the train with me, and it worked just fine.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Shesaidyes :  Lol, you should have seen me when I was in the midst of it. The vibe was less “goddess” and more “crazed panicking maniac”.  But the cake project did force me to get EVERYTHING else done a week before the wedding so I could just focus on cake week-of, which was ultimately kind of nice. Oh, and I did the actual baking literally a month before and just froze. 

The cake I served was taken out of the freezer on a wednesday night (keep it wrapped in plastic  until it’s done thawing totally), iced/assembled over thursday and friday and served saturday, so that much thawing time seems fine? 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Shesaidyes :  Oh totally! It wont stay frozen because you’ll be travelling, but if you freeze it, you’ll be able to bake it whenever you want! Cake boss had been known to freeze his for up to 3 months (or so I read). This just allows you to do it whenever you want so you’re not rushed the day before you have to pack up and go!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Shesaidyes :  You could make the icing (if you’re making your own), stack and fill the cakes (i.e. put stuff between the layers) the day before, cover the stacked cakes in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge overnight, and then just quickly ice them morning of. For a six-inch cake I can’t see any reason that should take more than a few minutes. Depends what kind of icing you’re making, but many kinds would be fine in a covered container on the counter overnight. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee

Shesaidyes :  You are right – you can’t compare German and American buttercream, and German buttercream doesn’t travel well at all. 

 

Post # 29
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Shesaidyes :  yuuum! I know they’re going to be delicious. I wish you could send me some!

Ohhh I know the Baumkuchen is super hard. it looks sooo good. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Shesaidyes :  if you don’t want to mess around with the logistics of baking a cake, have you considered doing a cake made out of cheese wheels? It will look lovely in pictures wbd is less intensive than baking a cake and icing it. You could do a mini sized one and you can then enjoy eating it a leisure during your stay at your apartment, at night with some crackers and wine. 

You could even incorporate a Danish cheese and a German cheese to represent both locations.

Including a few inspo pictures…

 

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