Wedding cake panic - sugarpaste or ganache

by Alison
(Bolton, UK)

Hi,

I love this site and hope you can help me. I've been asked by a friend to make her wedding cake. She's sent me a picture of the one she wants, it's 3 tiers, cream, with white chocolate cigarillos around each tier. I had planned to use sugarpaste (fondant) to cover it and then attach the cigarillos (hadn't quite worked out how) but have since been told the cigarillos won't stick to sugarpaste and that I'll need to use white chocolate ganache...have never made ganache in my life!! What would you advise I do? It's 3 tiers (12", 9", 6"). If I do use ganache how on earth do you work out how much to make to cover each tier. I'm really stressing over it now.

My other panic is do I stack it before I transport it (it's going on a long drive) or put each tier in a box and stack it when I get there.

Help!!

Alison

Hi Allison, Thank you! I'm glad you love my website :-) If the cigarillos will be covering the entire sides of the cakes, then I will suggest you do use a ganache, or a buttercream. Ganache is super easy to make. I have a chocolate ganache icing recipe. Just substitute white chocolate for dark. It is basically cream and chocolate melted with a little bit of corn syrup. you then cool it and use it as a frosting.

Buttercream would be the easiest route to go. You could do fondant /sugarpaste and then use royal icing to stick the cigarillos on with. But why use all of the fondant and not be able to see it. I hope that helps you out. Don't panic :-) Just take a deep breath and give yourself plenty of lead time, do as much as possible ahead and little bits each day.

As far as delivering the cake goes, If you have a long drive then I would suggest waiting until you get to the venue to stack it. Store each cake in a box on a flat surface and use the air conditioning to keep it cool in the vehicle. The only way I would suggest you stack it first is to use what I use The Cake Stackers. Good Luck and please let us know how it went by adding a picture and a story about your cake at my Wedding Cake Pictures page.

Thank you so much for visiting and for asking some really great questions!


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Feb 12, 2012
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Cigarillo Cake
by: Anonymous

Hi

I am making my own wedding cake, i want all sponge. i was wondering how many days before the big day i can make the cake. if i just ganache is it ok in a room over night as i am leaving the cake at the venue. sorry so many questions also how much ganache do i need to cover a 6", 8" and 10" cake?

regards

tacha

Feb 12, 2012
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DIY Cake Answers
by: Lorelie

Hi Tacha,

You can make your cakes ahead and freeze them. Just make sure that they are wrapped well. In general sponge cakes tend to dry out quicker,
so I would suggest making a simple syrup to brush on the cakes before filling and frosting.

Your wedding cake should be fine for a night out at the venue. Store it in the coolest spot you can find and in a box if possible or cover lightly with plastic wrap to protect it.

The ganache recipe on this site will make four cups and this should be enough to frost your cakes. I would recommend making extra just to be sure. Good luck. We would love to see your finished DIY wedding cake.

You can add it to the website and I will feature it on this DIY wedding cake page if you would like.

Here is the link to the DIY bride page.

Here is the ganache recipe


Aug 12, 2012
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Advice please
by: Thea

Hello

I need to make a wedding cake - 3 tiers - chocolate sponge with white cigarillos on the outside? Should I use ganache or buttercream (I have never used ganache before). Also as I am using white cigarillos, could I use chocolate buttercream under the white cigarillos or will the chocolate buttercream show through. If I need to use white chocolate ganache, do you have a recipe to cover a 11", 9" and 7" square cakes? Should the ganache be made the day before?
Thanks Thea

Aug 29, 2012
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thea
by: Anonymous

You could use a white chocolate butter cream to coat the cakes

Aug 29, 2012
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Buttercream or ganache
by: Thea Morris

Thank you - that is exactly what I am going to do.

Sep 19, 2012
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how far in advance
by: Anonymous

HI, I have made the cakes and butter iced them today (Wednesday ) . Can i put the cigarillos on today to finish it off or should i leave it. the wedding is on saturday.

Sep 30, 2012
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wait on cigarillos.
by: Lorelie

I would wait on the cigarillos.

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