So you're a pretty handy baker and those sweet treats you whip up on the weekend always go down a storm, but have you got what it takes to create your DIY wedding cake? Of course you have! There are a few things to you need to bear in mind though before you jump into fashioning a three-tiered showstopper that Mary Berry herself would be proud of. We look at some of the most important things you need to bear in mind when making your wedding own cake so that you don't end up with a wedding cake disaster (take a look at these to see how bad they can really be) on your big day.
1. Get Planning
It's a fact; this whole DIY wedding cake thing will take longer than you think! Start planning way in advance of your big day, even if it's just looking at the basics of how to make your own wedding cake. With all the other things you'll have to think about, your wedding day will soon be upon you, and you don't want to turn up cakeless.
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This is the really fun part. Take to the internet and see what's possible! Pinterest is always a great place to get some wedding cake ideas together, so have a browse and start homing in on the perfect one for your special day. The best part of doing it yourself is that you can make your cake exactly how you want it, but be careful though, try not to get your heart set on something that's incredibly technical and really hard to achieve!
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3. Find the best recipe
Decoration and style is one thing, but you want your DIY wedding cake to taste amazing too! Make sure you spend some time researching recipes so that your guests will be happy with your creation. If you're looking online, have a read of the reviews or comments to see how other people got on, or turn to a trusted recipe book that is tried and tested. The best recipes often call for the best ingredients too, so be prepared to spend a little extra on those high-quality goods.
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4. Invest in Equipment
Equally as important as the quality ingredients, are the calibre of your tools. You'll need a first rate mixer, a cake decorating turntable and an offset spatula (you won't believe how important this is!) to name but a few. A lot of the time in life, you get what you pay for, and this is often the case when it comes to kitchen appliances too.
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We cannot stress enough how important this is! We suggest a couple of test runs so you can really get to grips with your recipe and see how the finished product will turn out. Yes, you might end up spending a small fortune on eggs and butter, but with a bit of trial and error, you can ensure that your wedding cake is looking as good as can be on the day.
The journey you make transporting your cake may be the most nerve-racking you ever undertake. Sorry for the mini poem, but it's true. You can either transport your cake already assembled, for which you'll most likely need a designated ‘cake holder' and someone who'll drive carefully on the corners, or you can chauffeur your unconstructed tiers to the venue and put the finishing touches to it when you're there.
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If you're planning on putting your DIY wedding cake together at the venue, then it's important to factor in some time to do this. Depending on your style of cake and how much you've left yourself to do, this could take up a considerable bit of time so allow plenty or, better yet, ask a friend or family member to do the work for you!
Making your own cake is a brilliant thing to do and there are so many amazing wedding cake ideas out there for you to choose from. Even if it does feel like hard work at times, you and your guests are sure to remember your amazing DIY wedding cake for a long time to come.
Looking for some ideas to get you started? Take a look at these on trend and mouth-watering drip cakes and be inspired to make a showstopper!