How to Bake Your Own Wedding Cake
A homemade cake can be much more special for your big day, as well as make the bride very proud of her cake creation on her special day. The cake is a symbol of new love and what could be more loving than baking the wedding cake yourself.
When to Start Baking
Begin by deciding what the date is and when you will need to begin your baking. If you need to have your cake at the reception hall the night before your wedding, you will need to be sure and consider the time to transport and setup the cake at the reception hall as well. Typically you will want to get your ingredients about a week before baking the cake. Use this time to do a test run of your recipe, especially if you are doing something creative such as cream fillings. This will allow you to work out any kinks before you start baking a big cake. You will want to prepare your icings and other decorations about four days before the wedding and two days before you will want to bake the layers. One day before the wedding you will want to decorate the cake. If you are transporting the cake the day of the wedding, you may need to teach a friend how to decorate and assemble the cake while you are preparing for the wedding.
How many Wedding Guests?
Secondly, you will need to know how many guests to expect. Hopefully, your guests will be kind and send in their RSVP cards or call you to let you know they are coming. Be sure to include your photographers, clergy, musicians, etc. in your count, as they will all want a piece of cake too. You will also need to decide if you are going to save the top tier of your cake. Most bakeries do not consider the top tier as part of your servings, so you may want to do the same.
How formal will your reception be? You will want to design your cake around the formality of your reception and wedding. If the reception is going to be casual and outdoors, you may wish to have the cake reflect those aspects. If the event is formal, then you will want a very formal cake.
When you bake your own cake, you have a little more budget to work with. Your costs are typically lower than if you have a baker bake your cake. You may be able to have more extravagant decorations than you would have been able to have if the baker was decorating your cake.
The flavours of the cake will also need to be decided on. You have the option of being very unique when you are baking your own cake. If you have always dreamed about having a chocolate cake or perhaps using your motherís special pumpkin cake recipe, then this is your opportunity. Allow your individuality to shine through on your cake. You may need to find out if anyone has any food allergies that would keep him or her from enjoying your cake.
Some other tips to follow:
- Always use fresh ingredients.
- Do a trial run of your cake recipe.
- Use unsalted butter.
- Make the batter for all of the layers at one time and bake separately if you need to.
- Use a skewer or knife to ensure that the cake layers are baked all the way through.
- Never ice a hot cake.
- If you are using whipped cream for icing, you will nee to keep the cake refrigerated.
- Ensure that you have strong and thick enough cardboard to support the weight of your cake.