You may think that we’re mad for suggesting that you make your own wedding cake. There’s no doubt that undertaking this baking challenge is nerve-wracking. However, if you’re a keen and confident baker, who is having a relaxed, rustic wedding, then a homemade wedding cake could make the most spectacular centerpiece.
Making your own wedding cake doesn’t need to be as complicated as you’re imagining. There’s no need for it to be six feet tall and seven tiers high, perfectly smoothed royal icing is an unnecessary extravagance, and handmade sugar flowers can definitely be replaced by real petals, which don’t require you to have phenomenal sugar-decoration skills.
If you are going to take on the totally doable challenge of making your own wedding cake, you need to make sure you set aside enough time to bake it, and to practice baking it. In the months before the wedding, you need to rehearse every element of the cake, from the cake itself, to the icing, the filling, the decorating, and the construction. Nothing should be being done for the first time the day before (or the day of) your wedding. And you also need to have the three days directly before your wedding kept fairly free. If you’re going to be crazily busy entertaining relatives, decorating the venue, and perfecting your hairstyle, then we advise you don’t try to make your own cake. Baking your wedding cake will require almost all of your time and attention during these pre-wedding days — embrace the challenge, but don’t underestimate how intense it can be.
If you’re a keen baker, you don’t have over-ambitious visions of what you want your cake to be, and you have plenty of time pre-wedding to spare, then read on for our step-by-step guide, which talks you through how to make your own wedding cake. Just please don’t underestimate the amount of time, patience, and practice that this is going to take.