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Mar 13, 2012
Baking 6 cakes for own wedding!
by: Miche

Hi Lorelie, your website has been immensely helpful! I'm working on a tight budget for my wedding and decided to try baking my own cakes to save cost.
I'm planning on a 3-tier 10", 8" and 6" cake, with 3 layers each. The wedding being on Sunday afternoon, I'm planning on:

Monday & Tuesday - Bake cakes and chill.
Wednesday - Slice chilled cakes into layers, fill with buttercream and do crumb coat. Wrap with saran and then freeze.
Saturday morning - Do the final coat of buttercream and let it sit in the fridge.
Sunday - Bring to venue, stack cakes and touch up frosting.

One worry I have is, on Saturday, would it be better to do the final coat of buttercream on a frozen cake and let it thaw? Or would the cake thawing cause the buttercream to crack in which case, I should thaw the cake in the fridge THEN only do the final coat?

I'm spending the next few weeks doing a trial run (going to be eating a lot of cake!) just to test the recipes, how dry the cake will be or how mushy after freezing and all. Hope you can advise. :)

Mar 19, 2012
Prevention of cracks in buttercream
by: Lorelie

Hi Miche, Congratulations on your wedding and DIY cake. I'm glad the site has helped you out. Your best bet is to thaw the cakes in the refrigerator and then do the final frosting. This will lessen the chance of cracking buttercream. If you do get cracking, wait until the cakes are set up and the frosting is soft enough to work with, you can do some touch ups at that point.

Make sure your bottom tier is supported well on a sturdy board, This will help yo prevent cracks as well. Good luck. Please share your cake and all of the details after your wedding. I would love to feature you on the DIY page.

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