My Daughter's Wedding Cake
A Basketweave Cake for My Daughter
I have recently started taking some on-line classes for cake decorating and felt comfortable with some simple techniques. My daughter had said that she was just going to do cupcakes. I asked her if she would like for me to make an actual small cake and then she could fill the rest in with the cupcakes. She said "yes".
Cake Flavors and Layers
So we started talking about how many layers and what kind of cake. She said that she was just going to have fresh flowers on top, so we went with a basket weave. At around Thanks Giving I gave her and her fiancee about 15 cupcakes of different types of cake, fillings, and frosting's. They chose a white cake with a raspberry filling for the bottom tier, carrot cake for the middle tier, and also carrot cake for the top that they will eat in a year.
Cake Weight Training
I think one of the things that surprised me (since I have never made a cake like this before) was how heavy it was. Make sure you do some arm exercises before trying to lift a 12 inch, three layer cake.
We live in the Midwest, where it gets very hot and humid. I found it helpful to keep three bags of frosting filled, with two in the fridge while working with the third. Then when the one I was using became to soft to hold the shape, I would throw it into the fridge and get one of the cold ones to work with.
Another thing I learned is to have good communication with the florist (if you're using fresh flowers. I thought my daughter had ordered a 6 inch topper of flowers for the cake, however day of the wedding when setting the cake up, I found that the florist had just left single stem wrapped flowers, instead of an actual topper. So I had to push the stems into the cake. I was not happy with that, but everyone loved the cake. As a matter-of-fact, there was none of the cake I made left, and there were lots of cupcakes left.