(Closed) Should I make my own wedding cake?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Should I make my own cake?
    Yes-go for it! : (48 votes)
    56 %
    No-you'll be too busy. : (36 votes)
    42 %
    Other-explain : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I voted no, because i think you will have way too much going on in that final week.

    Post # 4
    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    my aunty is doing my cake. Its going to be a rum cake!! Because of the alcohol the cake can be made a month in advance and the decorated a bit before. Id do that

    ETA: when i said id do that I mean put alcohol in the cake to preserve it


    Post # 5
    8 posts

    That’s a gorgeous cake!  I voted “other”.

    I’d bet that you’ll have more than enough to be stressed about in the last couple days before the wedding.  For me, it would depend on if you’d be planning on doing it the day before, or a few days before.  If the day before, I’d be concerned about something going wrong with the cake and you rushing to fix it and stressing yourself the hell out.  If a few days before, would the decorations hold up?  Do you have somewhere to store the completed cake?  Will you be storing it deconstructed or assembled?  What happens if the cake dries out before the wedding?

    Post # 6
    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I debated on this too but everyone talked me out of it. You can always bake the cakes, freeze them and then decorate them the week of to make it a little less busy. 

    I still kind of want to make my own. 

    Post # 7
    770 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think you could manage it, as long as you’re not doing any other projects. You should put someone else in charge of delivering the cake to the venue. And you should also have a Plan B.

    Post # 8
    7271 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it depends on how organized you are. We were super stressed finishing up the seating chart and buying our wedding party gifts but if you’re a little more organized I think you could do it!

    Also, where is your venue? Do they allow you to bring in a cake that isn’t made at a licensed bakery (mine didn’t)? How will you get it there? Just other questions to think about.

    Post # 10
    2873 posts
    Sugar bee

    I make cupcakes on the side and fully intend on making my own cupcakes ONLY because I can make them a month before and freeze them. I am playing with the idea of making a fondant cutting cake but think I may hire that part out because I’d have to make it no more than 3 days before and I’m sure i’ll have things I’d rather be doing then. in your situation I’d probably make it with help from your mom and maybe make a “girls day” out of it. Go for pedis or something fun a relaxing afterwards. 

    Post # 11
    2269 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @BakerBee16:  You can make the cake ahead of time and freeze it. There are lots of great cake recipes that freeze very well. 

    Then you can decorate it a couple days before the wedding. Make the flowers ahead of time too out of gumpaste. It dries hard and you can easily store them until you’re ready to put them on the cake. 

    So, you’d have to assemble the cake, cover it in fondant, and add the flowers. That sounds very doable to me. Plus, your design is great!


    Post # 12
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Have you looked into any grocery store bakeries? You can usually get a good cake for much less than a specialty bakery. I would just really worry about baking your own cake because it will give you such a tight timeline. Things will inevitably go wrong and take longer than expected and you don’t want to be in the position of choosing between having a cake or getting ready for your wedding

    Post # 13
    11271 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @BakerBee16:  i think your cake looks great.  fondant is actually quite easy to work with and your design is very forgiving.  if you have the time i say do it.

    Post # 14
    507 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Absolutely make it!  I am. And I’m nowhere as good as you. I’m making a 6″ 3 layer cake and approx 150 cupcakes. 

    Post # 15
    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I definitely think you can do it! You have baking experience and halp from your Mom, so you can pull it off! Sounds like you are well organized and not stressing about it, so I think it will be great. I love your design ideas- maybe try a different colour burlap bow instead of white (maybe you already had a different colour in mind)? Good luck and post pics!!

    Post # 16
    3101 posts
    Sugar bee

    @BakerBee16:  My initial reaction was HELL NO.  But wow, you are talented!  And that sounds way overpriced to me.

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