If you’re a bride to be (or groom) the phrase, ‘make your own Wedding Cake’ probably fills you with dread. And, why wouldn’t it? Your wedding cake is possibly the single most important dessert of your adult life. If this cake is a disaster, you could be left without a centrepiece to your own wedding. But, and it’s a really important but, if you take it slow, keep it simple and give yourself plenty of time, creating a wedding cake can be a hugely satisfying process. Not to mention that a home-made cake will save you cash and add a unique personal touch to your day. Whether you’re creating a cake for your own day, or for a loved one, our straightforward guide can help you find your feet.
Wedding Cake Ideas
You’ve decide to take the plunge and make a wedding cake, but with so many designs out there, where do you start? It’s best to keep your wedding cake ideas relatively simple. As attractive as that 7-tiered, fairy castle looks in the pictures, it won’t be a laughing matter when you have lopsided turrets and you’re covered in frosting.
Start with a cake base that you or one of the wedding party loves, whether that be chocolate cake, carrot cake or a simple vanilla sponge. Whatever the flavour, rich, denser mixes tend to hold their shape and last longer. Remember, you can freeze your cakes in advance, to reduce pressure around the day.
Choose a square or round cake in a two or three tier design, as these offer sturdier construction. When it comes to construction, don’t leave it to cocktail sticks and chance. Visit your local cake or craft shop and invest in proper structural support for your wedding cake.
You can make it into a delicious pudding by adding either a generous spoonful of jam or golden syrup in the bowl before adding the sponge mixture. When cooked, turn out the sponge pudding onto a plate and watch the jam or syrup drizzle down the sides of the sponge dome – delicious!
Or simply garnish with a generous amount of whipped cream and fresh fruit. Strawberries are ideal!
Simple Wedding Cake Recipe
This straightforward, white cake recipe, is a great base to build your wedding cake around.
- 1 Cup Butter
- 3 Cups Sugar
- 7 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- Preheat oven to 170 C
- Use a little Butter to grease a 9 x 13-inch cake pan and line with parchment paper
- Cream together the Butter and the Sugar in a large bowl
- Add the Eggs slowly, combining each one well
- Add in the Vanilla
- Combine the Flour and dry ingredients in a separate bowl
- Fold in the Flour mix slowly until well combined
- Stir in the Sour Cream until a smooth batter is formed
- Pour into the cake pan and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a knife comes out cleanly
- Cool in the pan for a few minutes and turn out onto a wire rack
- When completely cool, decorate as desired
Decorating Wedding Cakes
A simple base of ready rolled fondant in white, creates a pretty backdrop that will also keep the cake inside fresh, allowing you to prepare days in advance. For finishing touches choose relaxed unsymmetrical designs that take off the pressure when it comes to decoration. Fresh flowers are a gorgeous addition, as are any fresh fruit. For a more modern finish, leave your cake naked and add only a little fresh whipped cream, berries and powdered sugar. Simple, but oh so gorgeous and effective.
When your thumbing through wedding cake ideas, it’s easy to forget this is all about you. There aren’t any rules. Make a cake you love, share it generously and it’s sure to be a success.