Post # 1
FH’s aunt has offered to make our cake as is tradition on that side of the family (and we were lucky to find a venue that allowed a cake that wasn’t from a certified bakery!) and at first I was all for it and so excited but now the small details have me feeling just a tad stuck and I want to give her all the info she needs and make as easy as we can for her since it is such a generous offer.
-We need the cake to feed 100.
-No preference over round or square so which is easiest to make/transport? (She will be baking it in home and driving it over to the venue)
-Sheet cake! I know sheet cake is always an option for serving but not sure if that would make transporting it more or less difficult.
-Please include photos of your cakes that were NOT made by a professional baker because I also want to provide her with some realistic reference photos and pinterest gets really fancy really fast.
-Bonus if you have input on flavor choices
FH’s dream cake is tres leches which she quickly said would be too difficult for her so we told her we would think about it and get back to her. We’re planning on giving her a call tomorrow and touching base about the cake and I’ve been thinking of an horchata cake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting, what do you guys think?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
surfingabi : That’s amazing, congrats!
Post # 6
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
- 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
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
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
- Wedding: June 2018 - England
peekaboobs : I made our cake. I think the key is simplicity if it is being homemade!
Post # 11
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 🙂 )
Post # 12
Shesaidyes : thanks so much! Your cake looks great. I didn’t think to look up how to’s. I just looked up wedding cakes and got all these fondant covered dream cakes. I personally hate fondant and the frosted ones looked so good like professional good but now I see that it’s easy for the average baker to get that look down!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2019 - City, State
ladyartichoke : lol. I chuckled when I read your post and then saw the cake stand.
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
juneweddingbee : how many did your cake feed? I love this size.