Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wedding Cakes

This article is about decorating, but not homes.  It's all about cakes.  My great niece (Nikita) got married September 6th.  Nikita told me some time ago that if she ever got married, she wanted me to bake her wedding cake.  I took a cake decorating class at Michael's about a year ago.  The instructor also taught a 3 hour session on tiered-cakes.  This was my first time to do a wedding cake.  I go to a few weddings a year and my favorite part of the ceremony is the wedding cake.  Wedding cakes always look so beautiful to me.  Sadly, when you bite into most of them, the cake part is horrible.  I've always been pretty good at baking cakes from scratch.  So, I decided to take the cake decorating class so that I could make my cakes look good.  For Nikita's cake, I did the 10 inch base in Italian Cream Cake, the 8 inch tier in Red Velvet, and the 6 inch tier in Chocolate.  All tiers are frosted in cream cheese frosting.  I did the frosting in a rustic style--that seems to be the popular look with wedding cakes.

 I also baked the groom's cake.  It was Chocolate with chocolate frosting.  The groom (Eugene) loves to fish and so did his father.  Unfortunately, Eugene's father unexpectedly passed away in July.  I did the cake with a fishing theme to honor Eugene's father.  I thought I would have trouble finding a fishing boat and fisherman, but Little Rock has a local cake supply store and the store had several in stock.  Here's the finished product:

It's a lot of work and engineering that goes into putting wedding cakes together.  I found this out the hard way when I work up Saturday morning and the wedding cake looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  I originally did a stacked cake.  Friday evening, I stored the cake in the refrigerator.  When I work up Saturday morning, the entire cake was leaning.  I knew that I could not take the cake to my niece's wedding in that condition.  So, I dismantled the cake and got the bottom two tiers level.  I had trouble getting the top tier straight, so I just threw it away, even thought I baked it from scratch.  Don't worry, I had plenty of eggs and flour.  I baked the layers again and added dowels to prevent this tier from leaning.  I decided to put the top tier on pillars.  Everything was nice and level at my house. 

The wedding was an outdoor event.  I knew there would be trouble with a cake outdoors; especially in the summer months.  The icing got very soft and right before the cake was ready to be cut, the top tier slid completely off the cake.  Luckily, the bride and groom had their photos taken with the cake prior to this happening.  I took the top tier and placed it in a box for my the couple's 1 year anniversary.

I can take "wedding cakes" off my bucket list. It's something I've always wanted to do and I am so glad I got the chance to bake one for my niece's wedding. Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to bake another wedding cake.


  1. Bravo, that cake is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like a professional baker made it. The groom's cake is also fabulous and it was such a great tribute to his late father. Michelle, you are full of creative energy and I am in awe of all of your talent... :)

    1. Thanks Dee! I may have another wedding cake to bake. I'll find out this week if it will happen.