Post # 1
So…my future MIL and her mom are both champion bakers. (And the family owns a restaurant, so they have access to a big ol’ industrial kitchen.) I’d love to ask them to bake the cake(s) for the wedding (we’d probably go for multiple single-tired cakes displayed on different cake stands instead of the traditional “wedding cake” with tiers and fancy frosting all that), but I’m worried I might be massively underestimating the amount of work that would require, since I don’t cook or bake myself. I don’t want to ask them unless I know for sure I wouldn’t be asking for something unreasonable! How hard/time consuming would it be to bake cakes to serve ~150? On the one hand, they have the industrial kitchen and lots of experience baking for a crowd (and I should add that they like baking, they don’t do it out of obligation), but on the other hand…that’s still a lot of people.
Post # 3
@sunflower22: with an industrial kitchen it will take no time to actually bake the cakes. Assembling (do you want layers, fillint, etc?) and decorating will be the massive bulk. Industrial kitchens matter a lot less there. depending on the type of decoration you want, it could take anywhere from 1-6+ additional hours. If you’re keeping it pretty simple, but still fancy I’d guess it’s baking +3.
Post # 4
@sunflower22: I they are relatively simple cakes (ie. not some fancy gateaux with multiple layers) then pretty quick and simple. Particularly if they have a professional kitchen. If they are covered in fondant (the white icing you typically see on wedding cakes) and decorated then it gets more time consuming. I do the odd wedding cake – if it’s full on decorated with flowers or piping etc then all up it can take around 30-40 hours. It doesn’t sound like you want that though so I think you will be fine! They will probably be honoured you want to serve their food!
Post # 5
Agreed, if you’re talking about no-layer cakes without a ton of piping or decorative frosting, this wouldn’t take much time at all. I would decide how many cakes you want from a display perspective first, so the bakers can then determine how many each cake needs to serve, if that makes sense?
Post # 6
@sunflower22: I think that would be quite do-able, esp since they are master bakers and have the equipment. I think it comes down to whether they think they would have the time to do it, and how elaborate you want the cakes to look. Do they have any experience in cake decorating?
Post # 7
@sunflower22: I’d say for a beginner baker in a regular kitchen? Decades 😉
A pretty good baker in a regular kitchen… still so lonnnnng…
A mast baker in an industrial kitchen? Ehhhh I don’t think it would take tooooo long.
Post # 8
@sunflower22: If they have the industrial kitchen, then they probably have an industrial mixer, so actually making the cakes should be a cinch (although if you want each one a different flavor, each flavor would need to be made separately, which would multiply the time investment by however many flavors you want). FMIL made his sister’s wedding cake for 120+ in about two hours, and then the frosting took another hour – I did the mixing and she assembled and frosted. This was a single flavor, single frosting cake decorated with olive branches and lavender, without any fondant or any difficult decoratinons.
Post # 9
Piece of cake! (pun intended) You’re not asking for an intricate design, multiple layers or even fondant(?). I could easily knock out enough cakes to feed 150 in less than a week. Its actually easier to bake, freeze then frost/decorate so it could be done in phases creating less work than maybe imagined and the cakes would be fresh and moist. Good luck!
Post # 10
This should be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy for professionals. I made my friend’s wedding cake and as an amateur baker, levelling and stacking the cake took me the most time.
You’d be surprised how little cake feeds how many people (especially after a 3 course dinner). If you want to be extra considerate, you can just get them to make plain white buttercream cakes and you can decorate them yourself with toppers or flowers.
Post # 11
I would say go a different route.. I have been making and decorating cakes for years and I’m not going to attempt that for my own wedding. It’s too much work and stress.
Post # 12
If you want to be extra considerate, you can just get them to make plain white buttercream cakes and you can decorate them yourself with toppers or flowers.
Mr TTR & I wanted to have a Wedding Cake for our Back Home Reception Party, but we didn’t want to spend oodles of money on it. We went with a 3 Layer, basic White Cake, with White Buttercream Frosting. It would feed between 50 and 100 People (3 Layers… 12 – 9 – 6) depending on how large the pieces.
You can find charts on line that explain Cake Layers & Sizes and how many they’ll feed… depending if you want Round, Square, or Sheet Cakes.
Our cake cost $ 200, all in (altho no delivery, we opted to save on that, and pick it up ourselves, not that difficult).
It was very pretty… and like canadajane: said, we then just added a few bits to it once it was set up… a Topper, some ribbon, and edible flowers and such are easy. It looked great.
PS… And in the end we brought home leftover cake (plus the Top Layer that we decided to save / freeze).
Hope this helps,
Post # 13
The last wedding cake i did at home was fairly time consuming for me (60 individually fondant iced tiffany boxes all with fondant ribbons plus a large tiffany box for the top tier. It took me 15 hours to complete. I am no means a master baker and this was in my home kitchen.
At college our industrial kitchen made making the actual sponge bases very easy and quick (no hanging around waiting for a free oven) didnt make much difference in the decorating time though other than there was more space to set things out to get a system in place to knock decorations out quickly.
I would say seeing as they are competant and enjoy baking go ahead and ask them. the only thing i might be worried about is if they own a restaurant do they have the time available to do this for you. owning a restaurant is pretty time consuming. they are family so im sure they would be delighted to do this for you.
I am always honoured when someone asks me to make their wedding cake for them. can you perhaps pot a picture of your ideas. i love looking at cake!
ETA: As a pp also said i didnt make my own wedding cake though as it would have been too stressful for me even though i bake all the time!
Also our wedding cake was just 3 tiers cant remember the dimensions but it wasnt very big and it served all 120 guests with the whole top tier and half the bottom tier still left uncut. cake goes along way
Post # 14
Thanks for all the input, everyone!
@emstar168: I wouldn’t really want fancy decorations on the cakes. No more than what they usually do, anyway. So yeah, they have experience with at least the amount of decorating I would want, which is not much.
@ChocolateLime: Here’s my inspiration photo: http://lh3.ggpht.com/_ND7jfcOt5nQ/S-dbrwgAYzI/AAAAAAAAH6Y/P98zxlmjzDE/s1600-h/MaloneWedding271427x6403.jpg (from the blog Daily Garnish)
The more I think about it, the more I love the idea. Their cakes are at least as good as any bakery (probably better), plus it’s personal, it gets the family involved, and I’m sure it’ll cost less than a traditional wedding cake. The most we’d have to buy is ingredients, right? Between all our parents and grandparents, we definitely own enough cake stands. I think it could be a lovely table just oozing with family love and togetherness, lol.
Post # 15
@sunflower22: totally doable. I love your idea. I would love to see this at a wedding rather than a traditional wedding cake.
The only thing i would say is be careful with the ones with either fresh cream or cream cheese frosting as they do not keep well if the temp is too warm and really need to be decorated last minute.
The actual cakes however can be made in advance and frozen to the bulk of the work can me done over a few weeks if time is short and just thawed out before decorating.