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post #31 of 118
I have to laugh because I save to my hard drive all the time. Not only is it a quick reference, but it keeps me from spending TOO MUCH TIME on OTHER FUN parts of this Site! Before you know it, I've got an hour or two in here when I just neede to look at something for 5 minutes! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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post #32 of 118
AshleyMamaof4, Congrats! I am getting married on 6/6/09 and I have decided that I'm doing my own cake, also. I'm practicing alot on birthday cakes, etc., and hopefully I'll be much better by then. My cake will be chocolate. That's about the only thing my future hubby has requested in the whole wedding arena -- a chocolate wedding cake. I planned on using chocolate buttercream. Lately I've been toying with the idea of using ganache. I don't know. I'm in SC and it'll definitely be hot, humid. The buttercream will probably win out because I have one recipe I love, but it just needs to be a little stiffer. It's in Toba Garrett's book. icon_biggrin.gif I have a cake topper that is a fireman in yellow/gold turnout gear and a lovely bride. So, I'm thinking of making a chocolate cake with yellow/gold accents. How about daisies? Yellow roses would work, too. I do love swags! I'll have to incorporate that somehow. icon_eek.gif

Best of luck with your cake. I'm having fun dreaming up mine!

One question, though, for all the experienced bakers....I want my cakes to be a little more moist. I've tried several recipes and I do them by the book. They are dense and good-tasting, but I want it a little more moist. A friend said that maybe I am beating the batter too much. Have you ever heard of that?


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post #33 of 118
I sometimes add an extra egg... or add a package of pudding mix and maybe use milk instead of the water....... works for me...
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post #34 of 118
IcedTea4Me2,
Have you tried the WASC recipe? Everyone raves about it. HTH
post #35 of 118
I too love the WASC recipes.
post #36 of 118
What are you favorite fillings for a wedding using the WASC?
post #37 of 118
OMG!!! I had to post something so I won't lose this thread. JanH, thank you so much for going through the trouble of compiling all the links and organizing them the way you did. Talk about TONS of priceless information, all together in one site. And thanks to all the contributors with their recipes and techniques.
post #38 of 118
jan h is such a valuable member here....i look for her posts when i'm looking up stuff in the archives...it has saved me so much time...so many times...THANK YOU JAN H!
post #39 of 118
I "bookmarked" and I'm "watching this post", but I want to make sure I don't lose this thread. This is some seriously good cake info.

Thanks so much JanH! You are an amazing lady and so kind to share!

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post #40 of 118
Ahhh, just hire it out, and go to get your nails done the day before. I was up til midnight the night before my wedding, just dealing with the last minute details, and I didn't do my cake, flowers, or catering. As one CCer mentioned "everyone" will just need "a minute" of your time the day before AND the day of your wedding. Do you really want all the extra stress of making your own cake???

If I were you I'd use that time to make up a basket of goodies for you and your new hubby's wedding night. Put in all his favorite junk food, oh and don't forget some champagne, cheese & crackers, bubble bath, candles, massage oil, slippers. You get the idea. Have someone drop it off at the hotel and surprise him. Enjoy your day together, you only get one.
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post #41 of 118
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Originally Posted by tinygoose

Ahhh, just hire it out, and go to get your nails done the day before. I was up til midnight the night before my wedding, just dealing with the last minute details, and I didn't do my cake, flowers, or catering. As one CCer mentioned "everyone" will just need "a minute" of your time the day before AND the day of your wedding. Do you really want all the extra stress of making your own cake???

If I were you I'd use that time to make up a basket of goodies for you and your new hubby's wedding night. Put in all his favorite junk food, oh and don't forget some champagne, cheese & crackers, bubble bath, candles, massage oil, slippers. You get the idea. Have someone drop it off at the hotel and surprise him. Enjoy your day together, you only get one.



I totally agree!! Go out and spoil yourself before your big day!

I make my kids birthday cakes and I can't believe the amount of stress I am under just trying to get the balloons up and the cake done in time! I just can't imagine trying to do that for my wedding!
post #42 of 118
Hi... just wanted to say if you feel you can do it... then do it! My first ever wedding cake (was also my first tiered cake and just my 4th ever cake!) was for my own wedding and everytime I look through the pictures I feel really proud of myself and saved myself a lot of money in the process! My advice would be to be hyper organised with all the other wedding bits and have everything planned down to a tee of what you are doing...! I did a 12" fruit cake on the bottom.. which meant it could be made in advance (handy!), a 10" vanilla sponge in the middle and a 8" chocolate on the top! I used silk flowers as I thought doing my own flowers would be a bit too much! I loved doing it and everyone couldn't believe i had the time to fit it all in! ( I even worked up to 2 days before the wedding!) Thinking back I must have been a bit crazy but I am sooo glad I did it! I will try to post a pic for you to see (gosh I'm like a proud mummy! Lol!) Good luck if you decide to do it and if you want any advice from someone who has done it before then feel free to get in touch!
post #43 of 118
Ah I think this has worked! Here's the pic!
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post #44 of 118
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Originally Posted by weirkd

I think the hardest part is the pressure. First your nervous because you think "Oh God! What did I just do!!!" and then you get excited about doing it.
Then its back to being nervous when your baking and then decorating because you want it to be perfect. Then when your happy with your results you have to drive this thing which goes back to being nervous!!!



Haha, well, I'm a professional hairstylist and I couldn't even do my own hair that day. I had to get my mom to do it (she's a professional hairstylist too). But I had originally told her for her to do the up do and I would take care of my front pieces(curl them how I wanted). Well, needless to say I was so nervous I probably would have burned myself, so I got her to do it.
I can't imagine doing my own cake and where to find time to. Unless it doesn't matter to you if you take part in decorating the hall, etc.

If you do decide to go for it, here is a link on stacking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvaCSW78ybc

To me stacking cakes is a simple task!!! No need to assemble when you bring it to the hall, because it's all done! Good luck! thumbs_up.gif
post #45 of 118
Sorry me again.. I jus thought of something else I wanted to mention.... if you find stacking the cakes a bit daunting... then you could hire a stand where you can leave them separate, like the 'S' or 'C' or swan shaped stands (if that makes sense, then you don't have to worry about doweling them, or worry about problems with leaning / settling or the journey to the venue etc!
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