The traditional fruit cake for weddings is out and delicious sponges and a variety of scrumptious flavor combinations are in. Fortunately, this has opened up the opportunity for wedding cakes DIY and brides and grooms can now opt to take the expensive wedding cake option off the budget.
1. The Cake
Your actual cake and filling should taste good but should also be firm enough to support the topping, icing and decorations. Experiment with different cake flavors and textures to find one that is suitable. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various flavor combinations to make your wedding cake delectable and unique.
2. The Icing On Top
Brides prefer a smooth finish to their wedding cakes that was traditionally achieved by using marzipan. Not only is marzipan not to everyone’s taste but it can be extremely difficult to work with. Rather opt for fondant that is available ready made. It is recommended to bake a few small cakes and roll out some fondant to get the thickness and placement over the icing or topping just right.
A good wedding cakes DIY tip is to place the cake on top of a container that is smaller than the size of the cake and drape the fondant over the cake. Trim and fold in the edges under the cake for a quick and easy smooth finish.
3. Cake Decorating 101
You aren’t going to learn complicated cake decorating, piping or molding techniques overnight so opt for ready made decorations like flowers that you can buy and arrange on the cake yourself. If you really want to make your own decorations, fondant is the way to go.
Follow instructional videos to design the different flowers, leaves or decorations that are popular choices for the cake. Start making these weeks before the wedding day and put each perfect specimen in a freezer until it is ready to be placed on the cake.
If you want to attempt piping a simple pattern, you will need a steady hand and some practice. First, invest in a professional piping bag and accessories – icing guns are not recommended. Lay some wax paper with a pattern printed on it and start practicing your moves. You can then practice on your experimental mini wedding cakes with draped fondant.
4. Unique Wedding Cake Ideas
Wedding cakes don’t have to follow a traditional design so don’t be afraid to consider some new and popular ideas. For example, cup cake stacks are trending at the moment. Topsy turvy cakes with layers in different sizes, shapes and laid at different angles are also popular. This is a great alternative to a tiered cake.
It is not recommended to attempt a tiered cake as a DIY option and rather opt for a tiered cake dish to place individual cakes on. Keep in mind that layered cakes take a little engineering and that firmness is essential to maintain the structural integrity of the cake. Day or two day old cake is better than freshly baked.
The most important factor to remember with DIY wedding cakes is practice, practice and practice.