First Wedding Cake

by Patti
(Brea, CA, USA)

First wedding cake

First wedding cake

First Wedding Cake

Just three weeks before her wedding, my niece asked me to make her cake! It had been many years (15-20?) since I had done any decorating, but I was up for the challenge.

Researching Cake Decorating Ideas

Working one full-time job and one part-time job, I really had no time for practicing, I had to just research and go for it. Wedding-cakes-for-you was awesome in finding advice and ideas for how I was going to bake a three tier cake and get it to a location 70 miles away, fresh, tasty, and looking beautiful. So many tips and methods that I had no idea about were discovered here.

The Wedding Cake Process

I started the process about 5 days before the wedding, baking one layer per evening and freezing it, wrapped well with plastic and foil as suggested. When that was done, I crumb coated the layers (I had never known about this step before) and added the filling, re-wrapped, and back in the freezer.

Three Different Buttercream Recipes

Fortunately the venue had a kitchen where I could do my work. I made the meringue buttercream icing (gathered different recipes and used one with less butter) and made the regular buttercream for the color and decorating the day before and put those in the refrigerator.

At the venue, I was able to beat the meringue buttercream to soften (took a bit and at first I thought it would not reconstitute as it looked to be a mess - just keep beating). I added the dowels as instructed here, decorated the layers, and the bride was extremely happy with the outcome.

The Best Wedding Cake Recipes

It was so VERY tasty (recipes from this site - carrot - cream cheese filling,
chocolate buttermilk
- chocolate mousse filling, and white wedding cake recipe - raspberry mousse filling) and was devoured with people coming back for seconds.

It may not be the most professional in appearance, but everyone was very happy with it, so I was happy with it! The small bride and groom were made by the brides children.

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Aug 03, 2013
Great story Patti and great cake!
by: Lorelie

Thank you Patti for adding a wonderful story about your first wedding cake. I LOVE the addition of the photo of the devoured cake at the end, and of you working hard on the frosting. So happy that wedding-cakes-for-you was helpful to you. You picked the three best recipes. I am VERY sure everyone was happy with the outcome! LOVE the toppers that the kids made too :-) Keep up the good work.


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