Whether you’re passionate about baking or just trying to conserve money in your budget, there are a lot of great reasons to bake your own wedding cake rather than hiring a professional. But if you’re planning to bake your own cake, there are some things you need to know. Here’s our guide to baking your wedding cake, from buying ingredients to getting it to the venue.
Think About What you Want
First, try to envision the cake you want and research your inspiration. If you want an extravagant tiered cake, learn the baking process and then make a smaller one to practice. Try making flowers out of icing or laying fondant on practice cakes as well to ensure you can make the wedding cake you really want. If you want something outside of the box, there are plenty of resources for less conventional wedding cakes as well. Just make sure you know the look you’re going for, and that you have the practice to execute it well.
Consider Your Baking Needs
Is your oven large enough to fit the bottom tier of your cake? If not, do you have access to an oven larger than your own? What baking and decorating supplies will you need? Can you frost and decorate the cake at home or will you need to do it at the venue? Make sure you’re as prepared as possible while you’re still in the planning phase to make your life easier when it’s time to bake the cake.
For a cake as large as the one you’re probably planning to make, you’ll need a plan to transport it. Depending on your cake’s ingredients, it might be too fragile to transport in one piece. You might have to move it in separate layers or decorate the cake after it gets to the venue. If your car doesn’t have enough space for the entire cake, you might need to get help from a friend or family member. Your cake should ideally be dropped off the night before or the morning of your wedding ceremony so you have plenty of time to perfect it and get ready to walk down the aisle.
Know When to Ask for Help
Wedding cakes are large, incredibly detailed, and very difficult to make. Wedding cakes are expensive and time consuming for any professional, and especially for non-bakers. If you need help getting your cake right, or if you don’t think you’ll be able to make your cake the way you want, there’s no shame in hiring a professional to take the task off your hands.
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