Hey, here is an idea that might take some of the stress out of it:
Why don't you do that icing technique where you lift a knife away from the icing to make little spikes all over the icing? That way you could entirely skip all the stress of trying to get the icing smooth or to put fondant on it. This would be almost foolproof and you could put a ribbon around the bottom of each layer and then decorate with fresh flowers. If you wanted to skip the stacking stress, you could get one of the stands that holds each layer individually. Just some thoughts for you! HTH
Thank you jan for all the useful info
You're most welcome, Uniqueask.
thank you for all of the info.. i have to check it out tomorrow.. not enough time to do it all in one shot.. thank you..
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the info!!!
Im getting married on a budget next june, I was considering making my own cake. I love doing b-day cakes and I would like to become more exprienced. Nothing fancy just plain staked teirs. Maybe some real flowers on it. I would love some tips or advice. Or a great web site to help me. Thanks
A wedding cake is just a series of cakes put together.
If you not comfortable trying to stack or using pillars at first, buy and use a nice cake stand....Wilton sell several two and three tiered stand that the cakes just sit in....no dowels or stacking required. As you become more confident, try stacking a two tier cake then a three....it's really not as hard as you might think.
So, how did it go Ashley? We'd love to see your cake.
Wow! What a great thread this is!! (Marking in my watched topics as we speak!)
How did I miss this thread before? Wonderful information. Thanks jan for the links. I'm sure a lot of people found them helpful.
thank you thank you very useful
My advice would be to enjoy your one and only special day! Leave the stress to the professionals! I know for me when I start a cake it becomes a bit of an obsession until it's done....Just my humble opinion....Good Luck either way!!
wow..this is so great...thank you!! I will try to make my MMF without water....yeahhhh
Wow! This is amazing-thanks!
Sorry I don't have time to read all the replies so forgive me if I repeat something someone else has already said. But I remember there was this wedding cake my mom would always wish she could make, and it was rather simple. It was probably a 3 tiers stacked with white BC or fondant. It had a monogram on the front of the top layer or bottom. And the topper was a beautiful bouquet made of real flowers that just laid on top the cake. It could easily be used as a throw away bouquet so you can keep your original if wanted.
Welcome and Congratulations!
If you want to do this, PRACTICE ahead. There is a lot more in doing a wedding cake than a birthday. I'm sure you can find LOADS of help on this board alone....
We'll do whatever we can to help.
I'm new here, my first post
anyways, I have been spending way too much time reading all these great advice, ideas and tips. This is a great list of tips, thanks!
Welcome to CC Ixtli!! You'll love it here -- but beware, this site is addicting!!
Addictive...is it what! I've read so much, and looked so much, I got mouse induced RSI in my hand the other day. I wish I was kidding but I'm not. It was very painful, cramped up in the mouseholding position.
Welcome aboard! You're amongst friends! You will absolute love this site
Wow, I have to save this thread just to save the links from Jan!
I also have thought that when the day comes I may want to do my own cake, however I have done a few wedding cakes for friends and am not sure I want all that stress right before my own wedding!
Not to mention the time constraints, so here is my idea around all that...
I think I will make a fondant covered dummy cake out of styrofoam, except for the layer I will be doing at the "cake cutting" moment. That way it can be made weeks ahead of time and I can pay attention to detail. For serving, I will have simple layered cakes of whatever flavor I want in the back for the staff to cut and serve to guests. They usually don't want to eat the fondant anyway, and I know my cake will taste great. These can be made close to the wedding date without the hassle of decorating. Just bake ahead of time, freeze, ice when I'm ready.
I work in banquets and several weddings a year use dummy cakes. Even I have been surprised and haven't been able to tell until the manager responsible for cutting tells me. The only tip off is when there is a huge elaborate cake with a small 6" next to it for the bridal couple to cut, telling me that the entire large cake is a dummy. Or when I see a lot of sheet cakes in the back, but the guests usually never notice, even if it's a bright pindant cake but they are served a vanilla buttercream slice. The more clever brides choose a dummy cake with a real cake layer for the cutting, that really fools the guests. Not that I will even try to fool the guests, I will probably tell them all what I've done.
Just a thought I've had, and an idea for you. And welcome to CC!
ty for the welcomes'
Looking forward to learning so much!
WOW! I was just hired to do 4 cakes this weekend and I am just starting so I was a little stressed out.. (good thing some of them are very easy) but this thread has helped out sooo much!
Wow, I stumbled upon this today and boy am I glad I did...What a wealth of information!
Ok, how do I save a thread?
Thank you for this valuable information!
Also wondering how to save this thread
Just type in an answer like you did and the screen will come up "you are now watching this topic." You'll automatically get email notices when someone else responds.