Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My First Wedding Cake...

Last weekend I was tasked with making my first wedding cake...and I have to say it was a rather nerve wracking experience as you want the cake to be perfect for the bride and groom on their big day!

We started off planning to make cupcakes...and this eventually ended up as a four tier open stack wedding cake! I'm really glad I had the opportunity to make a cake like this as it was a big challenge as you never know how it will turn out...but in this instance I was more than pleased with the result!
The cake itself is sponge which was cut and shaped out of 12 x 19" slabs of cake. I used the appropriately sized cake boards as a template and to ensure the layers of cake were the right depth, I used a cake leveller...there's 3 layers in each tier. It's a 5, 7, 9, 112 cake and the top tier is a dummy, as it's lighter and easier that messing around with a small cake.

Each cake is covered in celebration ivory sugarpaste from Regalice. There's 6kg of icing on this cake...it was extremely heavy!!! I covered each layer twice as it gives a really nice finish and to sure an even roll I use 4mm spacers to run my rolling pin over.

A few weeks ago I saw a top tip for making sure the pearl swags are nice and even. The book suggested using a necklace hung over the side of the cake to give the perfect draped shape to pipe around. However, I tried this and found that it slid of the side and also left marks on the icing as it was too heavy. So instead I used a piece of cotton thread which was perfect for the job. The dots were piped with royal icing using a size 3 nozzle. Once they were dry I then painted them with an iridescent pearl lustre dust which really makes the piping look like a real string of pearls!
The cakes were stacked at the venue on the day but I put the dowels in the day before. The bottom 11" layer has 5 dowels which come 2" out of the cake to give the open stack effect. The next layers are all doweled too and it is important to check they are all level otherwise you can end up with a wonky cake, which was my biggest worry! To avoid this, use a spirit level to check as they go in.

The final touch was the flowers, they are non-toxic varieties. The top posy is held together using a mini oasis in a little plastic holder. For the flowers in the stack, the ends can either be taped with florist tape or you can use water tubes...just make sure they don't leak on your cake!!!
I really enjoyed making this cake, it really was a test as I've never made anything like it before at home...all in all it probably took 20 hours plus to make! I'd definitely make another one...but maybe not for a while! :-)

32 comments:

  1. It's beautiful Laura - bet the bride and groom were delighted! :)

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  2. It's stunning Laura. I love it. Well done for taking on the challenge. I've done a couple and it is nerve wracking as you want it to be perfect. Great photos too.

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  3. Oh my God, this is amazing, can't believe you've never made a wedding cake before! I thought those were pearls around the side and when you said they were piping... wow.Did you have to transport it to the venue too? That's a pretty scary part from what I hear!

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  4. While I know that creating this must have been very painstaking, the effort resulted in an amazing success! You do have some natural talent since this was your first wedding cake. Be proud that you tackled this job with such excellent results! Stunning cake.

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  5. is this for your first wedding?... that's very prepared of you!... Oh Laura it is a STUNNER!!!!...

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  6. Wow this is completely amazing Laura, you have outdone yourself! The pearls are so intricate and beautiful! seriously...have you ever baked anything and not had it turn out perfect? haha

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  7. Stunning. I'd be chuffed if that was my wedding cake!

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  8. Oh my! Laura! This amazing and stunning!!

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  9. OMG!! you are an artist!How can you create amazing things like this?? Well done to you. This is a masterpiece.

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  10. what a beautiful job you have done here! really gorgeous

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  11. Oh my god Laura that cake is absolutely beautiful! I honestly thought those were strings of pearls, not piped icing! Congratulations! You wouldn't know it was your first wedding cake. I bet the happy couple were delighted.

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  12. Laura I just can't stop staring at the photos! How absolutely beautiful, and your piping is just perfect. The couple must have been so delighted with it. I am MASSIVELY impressed, what a talented lady you are!

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  13. What a stunning cake! Really good job Laura, you're talented!

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  14. It's beautiful Laura - well done! You should be really proud of such a stunning cake and I think the happy couple were more than delighted! X

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  15. WOW it looks so professional and beautiful - you'd never guess it's your first wedding cake! How big is your kitchen? :)

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  16. Laura, your cake is so very beautiful!!! I am in total awe. Well done, it is an absolute triumph!

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  17. This cake is simply stunning. Amazing job for your first wedding cake!!! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

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  18. Wow! Can't believe that this is your first wedding cake! This is so gorgeous & perfectly done! Great job Laura! Just LOVE it! :)

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  19. Laura, I'm so pleased for you! It is truly amazing. How can this be your first wedding cake? It's immaculate! Xxx

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  20. Your cake is stunning...everything about it is perfect..l love the classic design!

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  21. Thanks everyone...I was so nervous!!! I have been on a few sugarpaste and royal icing courses but I've never made a wedding cake for anyone and certainly not four tiers!! :-)

    Dom - I did think someone was going to ask if it was my first wedding...makes it sound as if I've had many!! ;-)

    Ros - my kitchen is tiny...smaller than Rachel Khoo's little Paris kitchen!!

    Caroline - I did have to transport it to the venue...and I have a mini, so all the boxes were crammed in...I think I was driving about 20 mph.

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  22. You did a beautiful job on this cake! I'll bet everyone was admiring it :)!

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  23. You are sincerely amazing!! This cake is GORGEOUS! High five for a job VERY well done!

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  24. You made a wonderful wedding cake, Laura. I agree that it can be nerve-wracking for the first-timers to make a wedding cake for someone. I'm sure this one's had been the center of attraction in the venue, next to the couples, of course.

    Always,
    Hildred @ CGliv.com

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  25. Hi Laura, what a beautiful cake !
    So glad I found this tutorial as a customer of mine had given me this exact picture of what she wants for her big day! She's having the fondant a pale mint green with white pearls and just real flowers on the top. Can I ask, if you assembled at the venue did you central dowel or did you just use the dowels that were already in the cake?

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  26. BakingNutter...good luck with your cake, it would be fab to see the finished product!!! I did assemble it at the venue but didn't use a central dowel, just the dowels already in the cake! I hope this helps :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura, I'm in the process of doing the cake, pale mint green, cakes made with dowels in and markers on ready for tier above. My cakes are 6cm depth, what depth were yours( if you can remember) ?
      I'll post a pic once its assembled at the venue
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      Gemma

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  27. This a beautiful cake that proves simplicity works. Congratulations on your first cake, its very impressive

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