How to Make a Wedding Cake
About a 12 months in the past, my just right good friend Shai requested me if I might make her wedding ceremony cake. Many years in the past, I used to do a little cupcake catering at the aspect, so I’ve made cupcakes for a few weddings. But I’ve by no means made a tiered cake earlier than. And I used to be terrified to accomplish that as I in reality don’t believe myself a lot of a cake decorator. I really like to bake and really feel beautiful just right about that total, however adorning a tiered cake for a just right good friend’s wedding ceremony gave the impression of a lot of drive. But I used to be delighted that she requested me to be a a part of her special occasion and I used to be excited for the problem. I simply wanted to work out how to make a wedding ceremony cake. I imply, how arduous may it’s?
This is the phase the place I snigger till it trails off and becomes a frightened gulp.
I made up our minds to recruit my gifted good friend, Amber McGuire, to lend a hand me with the adorning and arrange of the cake since she in the past had labored for a bakery. I discovered a lot from Amber, and the cake grew to become out so just right! Shai’s best request was once for this peanut butter frosting that I make, so I did that at the side of vanilla and chocolate cake layers. Really, it was once a quite simple cake and now that I do know a few methods I discovered from Amber, I in reality suppose someone who likes to bake may utterly make a wedding ceremony cake. So I simply concept I’d proportion in case someone in the market will get requested via their good friend to make their wedding ceremony cake—it’s now not that arduous. You can utterly do that even supposing you don’t have a cake adorning professional good friend like I did. 🙂
First, suppose throughout the flavors of the cake and the recipes you intend to use. If they’re recipes you aren’t acquainted with, check them out first. You’ll additionally need to take into accounts how a lot cake will likely be wanted, relying on how giant the visitor checklist is. I assumed this newsletter was once useful. Based on that article, the marriage cake I made will have to have served round 100-120 visitors (she was once anticipating extra like 150 visitors). I used to be aiming a little low simply because in my enjoy now not everybody eats cake at a wedding ceremony, particularly if dinner and beverages are being served (which they had been at this one). I noticed there was once some further cake slices left over, however it was once most certainly round 10 or possibly a few extra, in order that labored out. But you’ll additionally need to take into accounts if a groom’s cake is being served, if every other truffles are being presented, and if the couple would love to save the highest tier for his or her first anniversary (does someone nonetheless do that?).
My backside tier was once 3 10-inch layers, the center tier was once two Eight-inch layers, and the highest tier was once two 6-inch layers. I merely alternated the layers between vanilla and chocolate and used all peanut butter frosting all the way through.
You’ll need to bake the marriage cake layers 1-2 weeks earlier than (or much more) and freeze them. This is the name of the game to in reality just right wedding ceremony cake!
For the vanilla cake, I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. For the chocolate cake, I used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I had made those cake recipes earlier than and cherished them, so I doubled the recipes it wanted and that’s what I used. How did they cling up in a tiered wedding ceremony cake? The vanilla cake recipe is cake flour primarily based and makes use of a mixture of baking powder and soda as the primary leavening brokers. That makes this cake beautiful strong, so it held up in reality neatly and I might utterly suggest this because the recipe you utilize for a complete tiered cake if wanted. The chocolate cake recipe is all-purpose flour primarily based and makes use of baking soda and vinegar as the primary leavening brokers. This makes for a softer cake (suppose fluffy and wet—in reality nice cake!), so it labored neatly on this tiered cake along the sturdier vanilla cake layers. But if I were making all the wedding ceremony cake chocolate, I feel this recipe may well be a little too cushy to cling up neatly. The freezing is helping, however in case you are going that path I might check a few different chocolate cake recipes and to find what you suppose will paintings for the scale of your cake.
Once the truffles are baked, permit them to totally cool. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap earlier than freezing. Be cautious when freezing them to stack or layer in order that they don’t freeze with dents or bumps from different issues that can be for your freezer. Also, you’ll inform this from the photograph, however simply to be tremendous transparent, you gained’t degree off the truffles till you frost them. So freeze them with out leveling the layers.
I made the frosting the day earlier than the marriage, however it will most certainly be made up to a week earlier than (relying at the recipe you utilize) and refrigerated. Make certain you’ve gotten sufficient packing containers to cling the volume of frosting you are making. I had in fact introduced a good friend (who simply had a child) dinner the week earlier than this wedding ceremony and didn’t suppose what number of of my reusable packing containers would nonetheless be at her space by the point I wanted them to make this frosting. So, I finished up cleansing out a container I don’t most often use for this objective (even though it may be) since I used to be brief.
I used my peanut butter frosting recipe and tripled it. That ended up being just about best for this sized cake, with simply a little bit left over. But in case you are undecided, I might err at the aspect of creating an excessive amount of frosting over now not sufficient.
You may additionally need to purchase or borrow a cooler to shipping the frozen cake layers and frosting in. This in reality will depend on climate, if the marriage is outside, and what the venue’s amenities are like. This wedding ceremony cake was once for an outside wedding ceremony in southern Missouri in mid-June—so it was once sizzling and humid! I used to be VERY terrified of the cake melting. I used to be as soon as a bridesmaid for a good friend whose wedding ceremony cake partly melted and it leaned such a lot it fell off the desk earlier than her wedding ceremony started. Her wedding ceremony was once nonetheless such a stunning match, however it was once unhappy to see all that scrumptious cake at the floor. The tragedy!
The evening earlier than the marriage, we leveled the frozen cake layers, positioned them on cake forums, and frosted every tier. These had been wrapped and refrigerated after which transported the day of the marriage. The venue had a fridge lets use to retailer the tiers in as we did the overall meeting simply earlier than the reception. We sought after to bring together the cake on the closing imaginable second, hoping this may save you any melting from the Midwest climate. The cake did get a little sweaty, however rather then that, it held up and tasted nice, so I feel this was once the most productive name for our scenario.
A couple of pointers in this step of the method. So, every tier of the cake will likely be by itself cake board. Since this wedding ceremony cake had 3 tiers, it additionally had 3 cake forums all the way through. This permits you to transfer the tiers to bring together, in addition to take away as you slice it to serve. The backside tier can move immediately on a covered cardboard cake board (because the cake will best be touching the covered phase). The different two cake forums will want to be lined in plastic wrap or parchment or one thing in order that the ground of the card cake board doesn’t contact the beneath tier as soon as assembled.
As you’ll see from the above photograph, you’ll additionally need a turntable so you’ll simply spin the cake as you frost and bring together. Amber confirmed me that you’ll minimize up some shelf liner to position beneath so the cake doesn’t slide round as you’re employed. I displayed the cake on a wooden slab, however you want to use different cake shows for no matter glance you you sought after.
For a tiered wedding ceremony cake, you’ll additionally need to insert picket dowel rods into the ground tiers (all tiers excluding the highest). This simply makes the cake more potent and extra strong. You should purchase picket dowels within the cake adorning segment of any craft retailer or on-line. Just minimize the dowels the scale of the tier earlier than moderately placing (with blank palms—do the whole thing whilst making a wedding ceremony cake with blank palms, in fact).
Once we added the dowels, we popped the tiers again into the fridge, attempting to stay them as chilly as imaginable because it was once so sizzling that day and we had been outside.
Once you’re ready to bring together, stack the tiers moderately. To duvet the road between the tiers, pipe a little extra frosting at the seam and gently degree out with an offset spatula.
Just to higher illustrate what all is on this wedding ceremony cake rather then cake and frosting, this is a visible that I feel in reality presentations off my Photoshop talents as neatly:
Once totally assembled, you’ll enhance on the other hand you prefer. Since Shai had asked the peanut butter frosting, I knew the cake was once going to be a mild brown. Her wedding ceremony colours had been grey and blush purple, so I sought after to constitute the ones colours in every other decor I may. We added a purple chocolate drip to the highest layer for some added colour (accomplished via merely melting purple sweet melts and the usage of a spoon to drip over the threshold). I additionally bought some purple felt plants from Etsy that I had wiped clean and disinfected as very best I may to upload some extra colour across the cake.
It was once in reality amusing, even though a little bit nerve-wracking, to get to be a a part of making this wedding ceremony cake. But it was once an absolute JOY to see my pals get married and be a small a part of their day—I’m so thankful. Thanks for letting me proportion! And I’d love to listen if any of you’ve gotten made a tiered wedding ceremony cake in your or a good friend’s special occasion. Do you’ve gotten extra pointers? Tells us all of the secrets and techniques! xo. Emma