Soooooo Over... My Head

Decorating By Machel Updated 19 Oct 2007 , 3:28pm by bcake1960

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Machel Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 1:37pm
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so I am a super novice who can't even really make shells and couldn't make a BC rose to save my life. I have done a couple birthday cakes and stuff but mostly for free just to get started. So an old friend called to say she is getting married again and asked if I wanted to do her cake. I said yea and we agreed that I would do it as a gift. Well now she tells me that it is for 200 people!!!!! I don't have a clue how to do something like that! I figured second marriage for her, 3rd for him and they would do something little in their house for maybe 50 max. What is a giant wedding cake without flowers???? Any advise on easy, easy cakes that look nice? Thank goodness I have until April!!!


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Sunflower08 Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:14pm
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You can always use fresh flowers.. That's what I do because I can't do flowers either! My first wedding cake is in my pictures if you want to check it out..I'm working on another tonight that I will post pictures of tomorrow..
Good Luck!!

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kelleym Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:39pm
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First of all, take deep breaths. icon_smile.gif April is a long way away. Practice, practice, practice. Make cakes for anyone and everyone you know. Get a styrafoam dummy and practice frosting it. The hardest part of a wedding cake is getting the icing smooth and the cake straight and level. If you can do that, place some fresh flowers and a bead border on it, and boom you're done. Remember, a wedding cake is just a lot of little cakes. Check out the Wilton site for lots of possible size combinations:

Here is one of my very simple wedding cakes with fresh flowers.

Here's a simple fondant one by GrannieJ that is so beautiful you don't notice how simple it is!

Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif

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melkneec Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:50pm
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I am super new too and haven't made any flowers but simple ones. I did see a post not long ago on how to make Duff Goldman's roses. I will add the link. I haven't made any yet but with a little practice I'm sure you could! Hope this helps. Thanks awoisch for posting that!! icon_biggrin.gif


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Mencked Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:52pm
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Fresh flowers add so much to any cake, plus they draw attention away from any imperfections--also, if you can't perfect the art of smoothing the icing, you might practice learning how to do basketweave or cornelli lace--both so easy, but impressive!

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dljc Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:45pm
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And when in doubt, you can always buy premade flowers for decoration as well.

Good luck!

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DianeLM Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:58pm
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Congrats on your first wedding gig! IMO, the biggest challenge is construction, not decoration. If you don't want to tackle a stacked cake for 200, you can arrange several single tiers on stands of varying heights.

I agree with the others as far as what to practice - making level cakes, smoothing the icing, and practicing cornelli lace and basketweave. Get your hands on a few cake dummies and just keep at it.

Good luck!

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amoos Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:07pm
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Super new to all this myself....doing my first wedding cake (as well as expecting my first baby anyday now!) this weekend. I practiced a cake and made flowers and scrollwork on it.....hhm, not at elegant as I wanted. So, I went and purchased some satin ribbon and picked out some fresh flowers. The florist even recommended putting in a few faux pearls to dress it up. Fresh flowers add SOOOOO much more than icing ones anyway, and a quick way to add color and elegance (imo) is the satin ribbon, plus can't get much easier than that icon_smile.gif

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indydebi Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:11pm
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Diane is right about the construction. If doweling and pillars-n-plates makes you nervous, check out the acrylic stands (see my M&M cake for an example: ). You can buy premade flowers at a cake supply shop; you can use real or silk flowers; a ribbon base with swiss dots is simple.

And as Kelleym said, a wedding cakes is just a bunch of little cakes. One at a time ..... just think of them one at a time.

here's some wilton links to servings sizes (so you know what size pans to use) and assembly tips:

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amysue99 Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:19pm
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I'm fairly new as well. Just wanted to say YOU CAN DO IT!!! And with all the help from great people on CC, you'll do a great job. Practice and confidence!

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hillmn Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:17pm
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Luckily you have time on your side to practice and maybe take a cake decorating class. Are their any cake stores or Michael's in your area that offer classes? They teach you the basics and then the possibilities are endless from there.

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koalabear Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:19pm
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There was a photo, that I cannot find at the moment, using fresh flowers. The flowers were fabulous and very unusual. I know you're doing this as a gift and these flowers are expensive but the WOW factor is extreme. Here's the link to the one site that I found a picture. Sorry I couldn't find the cake here on CC.

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thecakemancan Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:33pm
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Congrats on your first wedding gig! IMO, the biggest challenge is construction, not decoration. If you don't want to tackle a stacked cake for 200, you can arrange several single tiers on stands of varying heights.

I agree with Diane on this one, you could use the wilton cakes'n'more stand, it seems highly customizable and i perfect base for any style of cake

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tincanbaby Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:34pm
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Hey, you can do this. Take a deep breath. Relax. I made my first wedding cake and never had lessons. I didn't know how to do fancy style frosting so I frosted it and covered the frosting with fondant. I painted the fondant with luster dust and put some flowers on it that I had made with the fondant and gumpaste. The thought of doing it was scarier than actually doing it. Don't forget to post your picture here when your done.

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bcake1960 Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:28pm
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You are going to do just fine... I say that to myself every time I do a wedding cake too. "This is just little cakes put together to make a big cake! " Really read about construction.. IT MAKES THE CAKE.. Check into the Stress free system if this is something you will be doing again. Otherwise the multi separate tiers are a great look and no stacking... all on their individual stands.. no stress there...OH!! Check out Sugarshacks new DVD on how to frost a super smooth cake with Buttercream I just got mine yesterday and it is great!!! Very basic but ton's of information!!! I have been decorating for 23 years and learned new things... totally worth it to have !! Especially if you are just starting out.... Good luck and keep us posted!

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