I love weddings.
The place settings, pictures of the couple so in love……..ah, the romance of the occasion sweeps me away.
I know many of you have had questions about wedding cakes and/or are preparing to make one in the near future. Instead of answering individually, I thought I’d post some of the tips and tricks that work for me. Remember, I am not a pro at this………but I hope some of these ideas can help you.
I ran into a problem with freezing cake some months back. If I tried to freezer all of my cake at one time, the top layers would start to squish the bottom layer. So now i freeze in stages. The first layer goes in…4 hours later the middle layer……4 hours later the top layer.
For wedding cakes, I use real wood for my cake board. For party cakes, I use cardboard cake boards.
The board not only adds stability but it makes a statement around the bottom.
Have you ever seen Buddy on Cake Boss steam a cake?
Piping takes practice. I do not consider myself I good piper. Don’t ask me to do lettering…I can’t!
This will give you more control.
Before I put the cake in the car, I take a very long dowel and sharpen it. Then I insert it all the way down through the center of the cake. All the way to the base.
This is how the cake will look when I leave.
Then you don’t have to worry about anything falling off on the ride.
(for this picture it was edible leaves and acorns………..flowers are usually there for you, left by the bride).
For this cake, I arrived 2 hours before the ceremony with a 1/2 hour to set up. The sweetest bride was waiting for me and would not get ready until she saw her cake.
It was the most romantic, rustic outdoor setting.
It was a beautiful country fall wedding.
Tips? Start with placement.
I look at the cake and all the flowers I have. Then I place little marks on the cake where I want all the bundles of flowers to go.
Then I add 2 medium sized flowers.
The topper is done in a similar manner.
I started with the roses and phonies (big pink) in the middle and added outward with the alstroemeria (small pink) and the greens.
The back of the topper.
So begin small, and give it a try. And if you’d really like to enter the wedding cake world, begin making mock wedding cakes for birthday gifts…….just to get in some good practice.