Just found out my younger cousin is getting married on May 13, 2009 and it is May 2nd now. It will only be a small wedding mainly her immediate family at most 20-25 people total. I have baked cakes for 18 years but nothing fancy just a store bought cake mix and tub icing. I would like to try and make it look as nice as possible. Any help is appreciated. I was thinking of a single layer rectangle cake with possibly 3 cupcakes on the top corner with silk flowers for a decoration. I have never made icing which I would like to try instead of store bought as the wedding is outside.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Shana .... big cousin to a great girl.
What about a cupcake display? So pretty and can be very simple! A swirl on top with heart candies or drop flowers. What are her colors or theme?
I'm not great with designing cakes . . . for proof, look at my photos !!
However, I can recommend that you use the Buttercream Dream frosting recipe that's on this site. It's easy to make, spreads and smooths easily, and it's delicious!!
You probably already know this, but you should cool your cake completely, then apply a crumb coat. That means a really thin layer of frosting all over the cake to keep the crumbs from showing on your finished cake. Chill for about 10 minutes.
Then, if you follow the method in this video, you'll have a nice, smooth cake to start with:
Hope this helps!!!
P.S. -- Everyone would love to see the finished product!!!
I would do whatever flavor cake you think they would like (red velvet, lemon cake, whatever), with a nice filling. I am making a lemon raspberry cake soon using raspberry jam as filling. Cover with buttercream and use the Viva method to smooth it (google ir or search on CC). Make a nice little border and garnish with fresh fruit or flowers (either real flowers or gumpaste/fondant flowers).
I really like the cupcake idea, its easy and you could get some inexpensive footed cake plates and make a small tower.
often there is a small 6" round cake on the top for the bride and groom.
if you decide to do a cake remember flowers can cover up your mistakes if you have any.
be sure to keep the cake out of the sun.
when I read your idea of putting cupcakes I thought of this cake from wilton
I think you could do a larger version of something like this and it would be really lovely. The heart is fitting for a wedding too.
I love the idea of using a cupcake tower. It's really easy to do and looks good to boot!
Here's a pic of one just to give you an idea:
Have fun and congrats to your cousin!