I need some advice about making my first wedding cake. While I am a newbie at it, my mom has made wedding cakes for about 30 years...so I will have back-up VERY close by. She simply doesn't have the time or interest anymore and I've been desperately wanting to get started. It must be in our blood!
The cake is a four tier of varying heights...round...stacked without separators. The cake is very simple...moss green fondant. The decorations are green gumpaste blades of grass surrounding the layers. There are small pink gumpaste flowers in bunches grouped sporadically on the cake. The bride is using an inital topper. Overall, the cake has a rather whimsical, fresh, and simple look.
I'm not really that nervous about the decorating part besides...the fondant. I've only made it once before. At the same time, this cake is for a first cousin so it will be highly critiqued. I want something that is going to taste and look good. Another thing, the cake will have to travel an hour to the wedding.
All advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
My best idea would be, if you have time, to make a 6 or 8 inch practice cake. When I have a special design, I make a prototype to determine which tools I want to use, the coloring formula and I make sure I have enough supplies on hand. Practice with fondant on a real cake will help you feel more confident. Also, make a small "first aid" kit to take with you, which includes, tape, straws, small spatula, camera, extra dowels, extra butter cream, royal icing, a baggie of extra fondant, extra flowers, toothpicks, a small box for the top cake, etc.
Good luck and have fun.
Thanks for the tips...I will be sure to carry that emergency kit. What are your thoughts on fondant and traveling that distance?
You are welcome! Most of my deliveries are 45 minutes to over an hour every weekend. Some times I am going to a beach or I am taking a boat out to a private island. I set my cakes up at the venue. I do as much as possible on the cake so I am only doing finishing trim. I even put the initial topper on the cake and remove it. So when I get there the "holes" are ready and I put the topper back on. I take each tier in a box. Take some of your colored fondant. I remember making a "green color" fondant "band-aid" for the back of a green cake when, I found a small slit in the fondant. It looked great
I put the fondant (Satin Ice) on the night before and it travels really well. Use a good buttercream under the fondant, like sugarshacks and you will be a hit.
Good luck, I am taking "my crew" and going to ICES in Orlando in a couple of hours. I am so excited!!!!!!
Thanks...I will definitely look those 2 exact recipes up. I plan to have several trial runs between now and Aug. 9.
Here is how my first attempt at making a wedding cake (really any cake for anyone) turned out. My cousin brought me a pic from a wedding book of a fondant cake similar to this, but after trying the fondant on another cake, I decided to use buttercream instead. I need more practice with the fondant!
Everyone at the wedding loved it thankfully!
Lovely! I really like the little wildflowers in the grass. Very delicate.
How did you make the blades?
Thanks! The leaves, flowers, and pearls are gumpaste. For the grass blades, I just rolled it out and started cutting them out free hand. Then, I sponge painted them with green coloring so they would be a little different shade...the painting didn't turn out exactly like I wanted though.
This cake is very pretty. It has a really cleanline feel to it. That is very popular with todays brides. You should be very proud!
Lovely concept, and nicely done! Congrats!