Second Time Making A Wedding Cake

by Yani
(Ontario, Canada)


This is my second time making a wedding cake! My sister in law Cathy's wedding cake.


When Cathy announced her engagement back in December, it never crossed my mind that I would be making the wedding cake, as I have only made one in the last year or so.

My first wedding cake had been a project for my wedding cake class..lol

Cathy's wedding cake design came from a magazine that she had come across. My first thought was "Oh my lord, there's intricate piping of scrolls and fresh fruit involved". How does one work with fresh fruit placed on top & around the cake?

The Wedding Cake Topper


The topper would be bride and groom strawberries and three other strawberries placed on the second tier decorated to match the girls dresses (to represent the bridal party).

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Questions


  • Will the strawberries bleed when I puncture them with toothpicks to keep them in place??

  • When does the cake get stacked at home or at the venue?

  • Will it travel without any events or melting?

So many questions, so many unknown factors. I love checking out LOTS of cake decorating books from the library for my own pleasure, to see how the experts do things. I must say I did pick a few useful tips & facts when dealing with wedding cakes.

Cake Board Tip


  • One important tip, that makes so much sense, is to clean your cake boards with isopropyl alcohol(IPA) or any white alcohol like gin or vodka. It removes any dust & prevents bacteria that causes mold to form between the cake & the board.


Baking And Decorating The Cakes


The first thing of course was baking the cake, which turned out beautifully.

Once the main cake board was decorated with fondant, the edge stamped with a pretty design & ribbon place around the cake board, I moved on to the next task. Just seeing the cake board looking pretty gave me the energy & confidence that I could do this cake!!

Looking at the final product assembled & looking pretty I could take a deep breath of relief. Yes, I know its not over 'till the delivery is made..lol

Delivering The Wedding Cake


The cake made it to the venue safely. The bride was so happy! It was very touching when I showed her a photo of her cake and tears came to her eyes. I stood there in amazement at her reaction & the kind words she said to me!! That special moment, made everything alright. What ever doubts I had while making the cake...Pufff they disappeared at that instant...lol

My Heart Skipped A Beat...


When I got to the venue & ran to see the cake, my heart skipped a beat & I felt disappointed. I was only allowed to deliver the cake to the lobby, so I had no control over the final touches. I wasn't happy about that at all, but that's the way things were arranged.

Looking at the cake on the table it did look very pretty but as I got a closer look I noticed that there was some melting. I don't know what happened? Looking back at the photo of the cake before taking to the venue, it was perfect.

At the reception my spirits were uplifted a wee bit by the wonderful people who came to my table guided by the bride herself to introduce me to them. They cheerfully complimented me on the cake & how surprisingly delicious & light it was..it had the WOW factor!!

Thank you Cathy & Jeff for letting me be part of your wedding celebration.

Take care, sincerely yani*

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Jul 13, 2010
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Dynamite Cake!
by: Lorelie

Yanira, You did it again! Great job on your second wedding cake. Thanks for the great tip on the cake boards too. I didn't know about that one. You learn something new every day!

I guess that is what this is all about! I think your cake and the wonderful story and tips to go with it are very helpful and inspiring.

You are winner no matter what!

Lorelie


Jul 14, 2010
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You are the "IT"
by: Anonymous

Yanira, this is a piece of art work right here! Beautifully done! You've got so much talent within you. What I can't understand is why don't you have your own pastry shop or your own Food network show!?.....Great Job!! Absolutely Love it!!

Jul 14, 2010
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Felicitaciones hija.
by: Juan/Esperanza Martinez

Antes que nada recibe muchos saludos de tus padres, a la verz felicitarte porque cada dia te superas mas para hacer cakes, esta esta muy bonito y decorado, sigas adelante y buena suerte para el futuro.


Jul 17, 2010
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WOW!!!
by: Bonnie Johnson

Yani, great job!!! It looks amazing! You truly have a gift for making beautiful cakes. I love the insight and tips given, it's something many of us may not think about when making a cake, or the process that goes into putting the cake together. Keep it up!

Jul 21, 2010
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YOU DID IT AGAIN!!
by: Mirna

Yani, you are one artistic lady! This second Wedding cake looks very elegant and fabulous. The strawberries look very appealing. Cathy is one lucky lady to have you making her wedding cake. Continue your wonderful work and the best to you in the future<3

Jul 21, 2010
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Glorious!!
by: Reina

Yanira, you have outdone yourself with this beautiful creation. The wedding cake looks very beautiful and you have created quite the masterpiece with the strawberries and the design. Continue succeeding and the best to you.

Aug 01, 2010
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YAMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
by: Anonymous

EXCELENTE CAKES PRIMA KEEP DOING YOUR GOOD WORK FOR US YOU ARE THE WINER ES MAS SINCE THE BIGANING OF THIS CONTEST. DELICOUS ! JAMI

Aug 01, 2010
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nice
by: abraham ardon

Que honda prima, me gusta mucho tu diseño, quisiera estar alli para darle una mordida, nice real nice, looks amazing! Make some more y mandame uno aqui en houston

Aug 07, 2010
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Amazing
by: Diana

Wow, your cake is amazing Yani! The piping design looks excellent and the color contrast is wonderful. I think the strawberry people add a whimsical and creative touch. Keep up the great work!

Aug 15, 2010
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gorgeous wedding cake !!!!!!!!!
by: Emily.s

Auntie your cake is gorgeous ! I am sure Kathrine & Jeff loved it. you sure put a lot of your effort into making that cake. My favorite part is the strawberry's 3 of them had dresses of blue pink & purple . The other 2 had a tuxeto & a white dress. Your cakes are always 100% perfect!!!!!! oh....... my hands are aching from all the typing p.s I cant type . (EMILY your NIECE)************

Aug 15, 2010
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Nice
by: Hunter

I like it & it's the yummiest cake I ate & ever saw. Auntie is the best cake maker I ever saw. Thank you.

Aug 15, 2010
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Pretty amazing
by: Mark

Hey mona. That wedding cake looks almost good enough to get married for... Almost...

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