Making your own wedding cake is a venture that most brides and grooms would never imagine undertaking, but if you love baking (and saving some serious cash!) this might be a great idea for you. This fun, but major, project can involve a lot of different moving pieces, so here are some things to keep in mind if you do choose to make your own cake.
1. Use a Tested Wedding Cake Recipe
Choose a cake recipe and style that you’re familiar with and have made before. Or, if you want to choose something else, make sure you test it at least a couple of times beforehand. You do not want the day before your wedding to be the first time you’re trying this out! Plus, it’s always helpful—and very fun!—to have a taste testing session with your partner ahead of time to express preferences and make choices about the taste and style of cake. Try a few different recipes and have some choices for your tasting as you plan your wedding.
2. Do Not Skimp on Ingredients and Baking Tools
Although making your own wedding cake is absolutely a great way to stay within budget, make sure that you don’t ignore the items you truly need to bake a beautiful and delicious cake. Purchase high-quality ingredients (and extra, in case you accidentally drop that carton of eggs on your kitchen floor). Have a sturdy base that you can decorate on and transport the cake with. Don’t forget to buy bases for between the layers and strong dowel rods to use as you layer up the tiers. It may be tempting to keep things low-budget, but the last thing you need on your wedding day is for your cake to fall over or to run out of icing.
3. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Bake and Decorate
One thing you absolutely do not want to worry about on the day of your wedding is whether the frosting you made is sticking to the cake properly! In fact, you don’t want to be worried about any aspect of the cake at all while you’re getting your hair done, putting on your dress, or meeting your fiancé for a romantic first look. So, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get the cake done ahead of your big day. This may mean that you’ll need to dedicate the entire day before the wedding to baking and icing the cake. You’ll be way less stressed, however, when all that’s left for you on the cake front is to cut and eat your delicious creation!
4. Designate a Cake Point Person for the Wedding Day
No matter how much you do on your own, at some point you’ll need to place someone else in charge of the wedding cake. This may be to transport the cake from your kitchen to the venue, to add a few last-minute flowers or garnishes, or to just make sure it looks as beautiful as possible from start to finish. Choose a trusted friend or family member with a good eye to be the point person and have that person field any questions, comments, concerns, or changes that need to be made in regards to the cake. It may feel difficult to give up control of something you put so much hard work into, but it’ll free up your mind and heart to be focused on the most important part of the day—your marriage! Trust that person to take care of any potential emergencies, and let yourself be at ease.
5. Don’t Stress About the Cake Once it’s Baked
This goes along with the last point, but let yourself relax. You’ve baked your own wedding cake, which not many brides or grooms can say they’ve done! If something didn’t turn out perfectly according to your vision, that’s okay! The most important thing is that you spend your wedding day with the people who love you the most and, of course, your new spouse! So, cut a slice of that delicious cake you made, shove some in your partner’s face, and have an joyful and sweet wedding day!