Here at Manolo for the Brides, we are not shy of DIY. Our attitude is more or less ‘if you really think you can do it, why not do it?’ If you know how to sew, we see no reason you couldn’t consider making your own gown. If you can cook, we can absolutely see you doing self-catering. If you’re good at design, we think it’s a great idea to design and print your own invitations. We don’t often give instructions, but we encourage considering your own talents in creating your own wedding.
Me? I love to bake, and I’m really good at it. All the same, I never considered making a tiered wedding cake and decorating it myself. Why? Because while my cakes taste amazingly good, they are not ever pretty. I put the effort into the flavor. Decoration doesn’t come easy to me. I’m not good at prettying up my plates. If I competed on Top Chef, they’d throw me out for my sloppy plates about challenge two. I would never dream of giving you instructions on constructing and decorating a wedding cake…but there are plenty of sites out there with everything you need if you want to try making your own wedding cake.
Pastrywiz has instructions for making any number of sizes and styles of wedding cake, and even includes a handy guide to cutting the cake in the traditional way. A lot of the photos look like they stepped out of my mothers’ 1970’s Wilton Cake Decorating books, but the instructions look pretty solid and clear.
Not feeling certain that you’ve got the idea? Try this Epicurious video found on YouTube. It’s just one style of cake with one kind of decoration, but it’s clear, concise, and a complete visual of the basics you need to know before you decide to do this for yourself.
Once you’ve got the concepts down, you’ll want some inspiration for your design. You could do a lot worse than take a look at Wedding Channel.com’s gallery of cakes. Here you can search designs by tier shape, by color, by number of tiers, and there’s certain to be something to give you a better idea of what you really want to serve at your reception. You’ll need to register with the site to get to the pretty pictures, but it’s free and only takes a minute.
Whether or not you decide to bake and decorate your own wedding cake, checking out these sites should give you a better idea of what you want, what you don’t want, and even what the language is before you talk to a professional baker.
Oh, and don’t forget to save a slice for me!