Show me your non-professional cakes!

posted 9 months ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Here is ours made by a family friend! I knew she had made birthday cakes and novelty cakes and I’d also tasted her baking which was delicious but I’d never seen a wedding cake that she’d made. I took a gamble and was delighted! I kept it simple and asked her to decorate with fresh flowers. I loved it. The fact that a friend made it, made it special! 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

My husband and I made our own wedding cake to feed 50. It was actually fun and not as stressful as I was expecting. The cake is four 8″ wide layers. We baked the cake a week before and froze it. The buttercream we made the night before the wedding after our rehearsal dinner. That was the most stressful part. We stacked two layers together the night before and transported them to the venue in cake boxes. We completed the assembly and decoration at the venue. We are not experienced cake bakers but we were able to pull it off. We did a test run a month before the wedding and then made tweaks to the final version. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think your flavor combo sounds lush!  This is the cake I made for my best friend’s wedding.  Each tier is alternating chocolate/vanilla/chocolate layers, with fresh strawberry filling and a Swiss meringue buttercream over all.  She asked for a messy-look frosting, which I was very happy about!  It was my first big baking project and very stressful, although a) I was baking in her kitchen, not mine, b) I was also Maid/Matron of Honor, and c) we had to transport it from SF to Berkeley and make sure it survived being served in a park.

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Melbourne, Australia

Your flavour sounds wonderful! Will she be able to do a small version trial? 

Here is our cake, we only had a small wedding of around 50. I wanted something simple. The cake was made by a close friend of ours as her gift to us. It was caramel mudcake with buttercream. My husband is obsessed with caramel lol. The cake topper we ordered separately off Etsy. It was pricey, but worth it and as it’s made of polymer clay, we hope to keep it forever. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

We’re getting married in May and we’re going to make our own stack of Wedding Brownies as our “cake”!

we’re thinking 3 different types – salted caramel, fresh raspberry and plain / nut. 

Practising our recipes has been fun and DELICIOUS! And they’re so easy to make we should be able to bash out a few bakes in the couple of days before the wedding!

INSPIRATION below (minus the strawberries!):

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Darling Husband aunt made ours too because she always makes the cake. We were ultra traditional. Also included my brother’s which was made by a friend of theirs. I was a bit annoyed that ours was too big for the cake stand and no one used the initiative to not put it on it. Oh well.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - England

peekaboobs :  I made our cake. I think the key is simplicity if it is being homemade! 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

peekaboobs : I agree with juneweddingbee, simplicity is best. 

I dont know exactly what you are imagining as a wedding cake: with fondant?  naked cake? tiers?

People have very very differing ideas about what a weddig cake is to them. 

I made a naked cake (I am absolutely NO baker. Not for fun, not fr family and certainly not for formal affairs. In fact I don’t think I even really decorated a cake before I made mine) and I found making and decorating my own cake was super easy. Granted it was tiny, but I made several in my practice run and scaling it up wouldn’t have been hard. I would also say I only wanted a naked cake which is a great way to have a classy cake which is still very easy to transport and super easy to decorate and absolutely forgiving when things perhaps don’t go perfectly. 

There are about 3.5 million pins on pinterest about planning, making and transporting your wedding cake as a non professional. Do not get distracted by th efancy cakes, just go for the how-to’s, they’re gonnna answer all of your questions. 

Here is my tiny home made cake (hahah, serves maybe 5? So not really relevant, but I am kinda proud so there you go 🙂 )

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Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

ladyartichoke :  lol. I chuckled when I read your post and then saw the cake stand. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I made my wedding cake and although it wasn’t perfect, I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I took a cake decorating class at a Joann Fabrics store a few months before and also did a test run (my coworkers were more than happy to make sure the test cake didn’t go to waste, lol!). One reason I decided to make it myself is that I needed at least part of the cake to be gluten-free for me to be able to eat it, and that get’s very expensive! I used a boxed Girlfriend cake mix that I was already familiar with. It was spice cake with a maple buttercream frosting for our fall wedding.

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