Did you practice a real wedding cake or stacking a cake before you started selling them? I feel like i should practice just in case. I don't want to accept an order and then I'm unable to stack or my cake is too soft.
it's a very good idea but no my very first wedding cake was for a wedding -- and i got paid for it -- this like nearly fifty years ago --
Actually my *very 1st decorated cake* was for daughters wedding - no practice; 2nd cake was 6 days later but just a small 2 tier; had a couple b'day cakes before 3rd wedding cake but NO I didn't practice :( Didn't have any problems - was very lucky.
As K8 said it is a good idea to practice. Thee are some places you could donate cake to if you don't want/can't eat it yourself. Any chance you get to make a cake, make it a tiered one so you get the practice. Also spend all the time you can reading sites like this and watch those YouTube videos. Just remember, what works for one might not work for all.....what a video spouts might not be right or work out for you.
I remember my first one too, sometime in '60's, no practice, just did it. Was for my daughters boyfriends (at that time) sister. A 4 tier. I used the clear legs & plates to separate the tiers so no stacking problems back then. Just remember when stacking cakes one on top of another to use a good support system under each tier. After I started stacking tiers (like todays cakes) depending on how many tiers there were, I always stacked & finished at venue site. Easier to deliver .
This is the 1st decorated cake I ever made :
Is that you in pic? You picked a hard one to start off with, looks nice. I used to have the stair stuff, long gone now got left at a venue I think. I still have all those legs & etc. wish I could find some one here that would like them. I don't have a pic of my first, wish I did.
My first few cakes were for family birthday parties and events. Only when I felt that I put out a quality product did I start to charge. Even now, if there is something that I am unfamiliar with I usually give it a practice run.
I totally recommend any opportunity to make a multi-tiered cake to go for it. Birthday, Holiday, what ever. This will give you practice. Multi-tiered cakes are not just for weddings!
Yes Betty thats me 50# lighter LOL! (& her dad, now my ex) in 1980 The cake is covered with cornelli lace w/fresh violets I baked & threw away that bottom 16” tier 3 times because I thought it smelled weird:(
Yes Betty that’s me in 1980–50 # lighter LOL (& her dad,now my ex) The cake was covered with cornelli lace w/fresh violets I baked & threw out that 16” bottom tier 3 times because I thought it smelled weird Daughter ‘s mil helped a bit supplying some of the equipment & the flowers
That cake is beautiful, Lynne! You were a natural.
My first (and only) wedding cake was for my niece's wedding. It was small wedding of around 20 people. She was just expecting a small cake, but I thought since it was special day, she deserved more than a small cake. I made her a 3 tier 10-8-6. It was a semi naked to naked transition with fresh berries. It was Rebecca Rather's white on white cake, with buttercream, and raspberry filling. They ate the whole cake.
no practice at all, & the brides took a chance on me. They only knew that they loved the taste of my cake & frostings. Lots' of trust there.
I gave them pretty much what they asked for.
Thankfully they wanted the old Wilton free floating stands for their cakes. Whew hahaha
Yeah!!! MBalaska you got off easy. Pretty cake, looks like snowflakes.
Thanks, everyone. I'm making 2 cakes this weekend. I think I'll try making one of them tiered (just for the practice).
MBalaska, you cake is beautiful and perfect. Their trust was well placed!
Many years ago, I made my daughter's wedding cake, which had the Wilton columns between the tiers. I even piped roses and they were half decent! No practice on stacked cakes at the time, but dumb luck carried me through.
When I started serious cake decorating, a few years ago, I made many tiered cakes for my neighbors's birthdays, just for practice. We ate a lot of cake, lol.
@kakeladi I still like the piped cakes & yours was a winner, no one would ever know it was your first one.
Practice is good, but someone has to eat up the practice cakes. Oh yes, someone already noted here: that it's not the cake that supports the upper tiers. It's the supports (which ever type that you choose) that hold up all the weight above. So you could have the softest cake ever and still be good.
Things have sure changed over the decades as far as cake & cookie decorating is concerned. MAJOR changes. And Good Old Wilton was the main trainer & supplier for all things cake back then.