When you start planning your wedding, you may find that doing things yourself can save you a lot of money and enable you to have the wedding of your dreams without having to take out a third mortgage on your home. One of the easiest and most fun ways to do this is to make your own wedding cake rather than spend hundreds (or sometimes even thousands) of dollars buying one from a local bakery. Best of all, making your own wedding cake really isn’t as tough as it may sound as long as you have some decent skills in the kitchen already. Here are the things you’ll need to consider before you take on the challenge of making your own wedding cake.
Making Your Cake
First off, you need to choose the type of cake that you want to make and find a good recipe. Most people opt for a simple white cake recipe, but you can get adventurous and do alternating layers of chocolate, lemon, white, or whatever flavors strike your fancy.
No matter what flavor or type of recipe you choose for your homemade wedding cake, you need to buy high quality ingredients. People expect a silky-smooth cake at a wedding, so make sure you buy high grade cake flour and sift it properly. If you buy the right ingredients and prepare your cake batter properly, none of your guests would ever guess that you made your own wedding cake.
Decorating Your Cake
Decorating your wedding cake is the most important part of making it look fabulous. All you need to do is choose either fondant or a thin frosting recipe to create a smooth appearance. Fondant is pretty straight forward, but you can use a paper towel to smooth out your regular frosting with the proper technique. Don’t forget a cool wedding topper to bring it all together nicely, or you can distract your wedding guests if you don’t like the way the wedding cake turned out but adding a few sparklers to the top of the cake. With proper decorating skills, any cake can look like a masterpiece!
Transporting the Cake
Lastly, you’ll need to get your wedding cake from your house to the reception hall undamaged. First off, you’ll want to get a cake box to prevent your wedding cake from getting squished. Second, it’s a good idea to freeze your cake the night before so it is a little more durable. And finally, you’ll want to delegate someone to hold the cake on their lap during transport. This will allow the wedding cake that you spent so much of your time making to stay firmly in place while you worry about your own safety and drive to the reception venue.